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Sky High with the Eldridge Street Synagogue ‘Oculus’ Window Restoration [PHOTOS]

Posted March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

The sky-high stained-glass window piercing the star-stamped ceiling of the Eldridge Street Synagogue is undergoing a full restoration. We’re told that the decorative glass of the so-called “Oculus” – an original relic dating back to 1887 – had dislodged from its lead frame that kept it in place all these years. Each section was then […]

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Clayton’s Corner: In the Ring with an Octogenarian Battling Trump

Posted March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

What do you do when you turn 80-years-old?  If you are Anthony Haden-Guest you get into the boxing ring and duke it out. In the run-up to the big birthday bout, he sustained four broken ribs in an incident, and is also in line to surgically get sixteen teeth implants. He calls me up and says he […]

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The Streit’s Name is Obliterated from Rivington Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

For the first time in some ninety years, the name Streit’s is no longer presiding over Rivington Street. The crowning letters of 154 Rivington, as well as the small branded stamp, are both gone. Demolished over the last several weeks ahead of condo construction. The delicious scent of baking matzo is now traded for must. […]

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New Division Street Snowman Challenges Essex Bodega for Area Domination [PHOTOS]

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:11 am

Until yesterday afternoon, we figured the Essex Street Snowman had given up on the city. Such a mild winter is certainly no hospitable host to the neighborhood’s most popular weather mascot. The blanket of fresh powder that fell was enough for a prompt return. Along with some competition… Employees of the Chinese bodega at the […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Rooster with a (Firecracker) Bang [PHOTOS]

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

Saturday afternoon, Chinatown rang in the year of the Rooster with quite a bang. Literally. For the eighteenth year running, the Better Chinatown Society hosted the Firecracker Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attracting hundreds to the Hester Playground inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Falling on the weekend certainly helped turnout.) The event featured traditional song and dance, […]

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Post-Snow, the Lower East Side Dressed in White [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

Herewith, some photos from the first snowstorm of 2017 (and aftermath). All were shot in and around the Lower East Side with frozen fingers and wet camera lens. A blanket of snow is the perfect equalizer; it levels the playing field. Run-of-the-mill tensions and stresses of living in the big city easily fade with each […]

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There was a Fire at the ‘Cup & Saucer’ Building on Canal Street this Morning [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

Earlier this morning, at roughly 4:30am, fire broke out on the third floor of 89 Canal Street. Several trucks responded and extinguished the blaze rather quickly. Seemingly within an hour. Cup & Saucer occupies the ground level. We spoke to the owner of the beloved luncheonette, who indicated they’ll be open soon, but must first […]

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Best of Boogie: The Year in Instagram [2016]

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s been a tumultuous year, yet that didn’t deter us from capturing the moments of humanity that compose the fabric of our neighborhood. Herewith, some of our favorite Instagram shots from the last year, in no particular order. It’s also a good time to mention that if you haven’t joined us on Instagram yet, head over […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Around and Around the LES [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I walk and a nod around the community, taking in the odd smile and moments of lamenting. First, there’s Michael Lydon, a musician player for a number of years on the street with the 9th Street Stampers; he lives on 9th Street… …And here’s the legendary Sock Man, who’s returned with a new location 99 […]

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Antisemitism Strikes Taco Recipes Vestibule on Essex Street

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last week, reports surfaced that antisemitic incidents are surging in the days following Trump’s election a month ago. Around here, it’s usually graffiti attacks like the spray-job at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. And here’s one closer to home at Essex Street. “Jew Man” is scrawled on the vestibule of Taco Recipes at number 23, […]

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