Bowery Slang

Tracing the Origins of New York’s Nickname, ‘The City That Never Sleeps’

Posted June 26, 2014 at 6:05 am

I’m sitting in a 100-year-old converted loft on the Bowery watching the world go by. The Avalon Bowery (the building that killed McGurk’s) is in my peripheral, and it appears the well-heeled residents there are calling it a night behind those curtain-less windows. A thought hits me – the city that never sleeps, a phrase […]

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Born on the Bowery: ‘Outta Sight’

Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

This week we are examining the Bowery birth of “outta sight.”

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Born on the Bowery: The ‘Bar Crawl’

Posted May 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

We are picking one word or phrase each week whose origins are of the Bowery. You know, to up your slang game and all… This week: Crawl “Crawl” derives from the Bowery, where b’hoys and g’hals (attributed to the Irish pronunciation of boys and gals) would never see the light of day until they were […]

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Lower East Side Slang of Yore

Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

In the past, we here at Boogie have frequently delved into the subject of Lower East Side linguistics. What about slang that didn’t make the cut? More after the jump!

Ice Cream Sandwiches Born on the Bowery

Posted May 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

With destruction and gentrification now commonplace along the Bowery, from Cooper to Chatham, recognizing its cultural contributions to American society is more important than ever.

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How to Speak in 1938 New York

Last modified November 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Thanks to Boogie reader Shawn Chittle for passing along this link to the 1938 Almanac for New Yorkers [PDF].  In the wake of Friday’s post on Bowery slang, it seems rather appropriate to highlight the section on deciphering various city dialects (“In a Manner of Speaking”). Buckle in, this one will have you laughing! So […]

Bowery Slang

Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

As David Mulkins demonstrated at this week’s Tenement Talks, the Bowery is singlehandedly responsible for some of the most significant contributions to American culture in the last two hundred years.  Notable examples include Yiddish Theater, Vaudeville, tap dancing, minstrel shows, and punk rock. However, there is one oft-overlooked, yet no less important contribution that still […]

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