Watch Police Crack Down on Food Carts, Circa 1903 [VIDEO]

Last modified January 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Policing food carts on the city streets is certainly nothing new. It’s likely a contributing factor to why some of your favorite meal-on-wheels oftentimes hit up different neighborhoods. But, again, it’s been happening for over a hundred years. Just check out this awesome video clip, a public domain black-and-white called “Move On” dating back to […]

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Take a Stroll Down Orchard Street, Circa 1962 [VIDEO]

Posted January 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

At a slim fifty-five seconds, the following video is a time capsule from a very different Lower East Side. Boogie reader Adam Varsano shares the quick clip – shot by his father – which candidly captures a northbound stroll on Orchard Street, circa 1962-63. Back when the area really was a true bargain district (yet, […]

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Christmas Day Fistfight Erupts in the Middle of Suffolk Street [VIDEO]

Posted December 27, 2016 at 5:08 am

Late in the afternoon on Christmas day, a bloody fistfight erupted between two adult men on Suffolk Street (near Rivington). The fisticuffs went on for a solid two minutes before police officers from the 7th Precinct arrived on scene. From what we can understand, one of the men reportedly bumped into the other guy’s pregnant significant other. […]

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Touring the ‘Hell’ that Was Avenue C in 1992 [VIDEO]

Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:09 am

This nine-minute clip is a candid glimpse into the warzone of Alphabet City, circa 1992. It shows a leisurely stroll across East 8th Street between Avenues C and D. Back when those letters stood for “C, you’re crazy,” and “D, you’re dead.” Michael Perhaes describes his life growing up around these parts in the 1960s […]

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Downtown Pols Condemn Bill O’Reilly’s Racist Segment on Chinatown Voting

Posted October 6, 2016 at 5:19 am

Good old fashioned racism was on display during a segment on the O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night. Eponymous host Bill O’Reilly sent his oaf-of-a-reporter, Jesse Watters, downtown armed with a host of Chinese stereotypes to find out voter predilections in the upcoming presidential election. It’s almost hard to watch, with this ass-clown poking fun at Chinese […]

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Watch the Eulogy at the NYC ‘Payphone Funeral’ [VIDEO]

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:15 am

The payphone’s number was called with the arrival of LinkNYC technology. Each of these kiosks will, over the next couple years, gradually replace the remaining payphones dotting the landscape. Indeed, the city plans to install 4,550 hot-spots by July 2019. Nostalgists are in mourning. So much so, that one Nick Smatt orchestrated and produced a “funeral” […]

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Chinatown Beatdown: Canal Street Brawl Sparked Saturday Night [VIDEO]

Posted June 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

WTF is going on at Chinatown Soup? We thought this was an “arts space for the neighborhood,” not a breeding ground for violence. For the second time in as many weeks, we hear about another troublesome occurrence near the gallery-events space. Last Friday night, a birthday party turned into mayhem after rumors circulated that rapper Theophilous […]

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Watch the Shocking Brawl at The DL that Engulfed Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Last modified May 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

​In case you really needed more evidence that The DL is a stain on the Lower East Side, peep the enclosed surveillance and eyewitness footage from a couple weeks ago. You may have heard about the violent street brawl outside 93 Ludlow Street, captured by camera on April 17, in which patrons fought with security […]

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Report: Chinese Man Viciously Beaten on East Broadway Last Week [VIDEO]

Last modified April 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

A Chinese man was viciously beaten outside Carol’s Bun restaurant at 139 East Broadway last week. The incident was captured on tape, and is spreading pretty quickly online. The footage is rather graphic. The incident wasn’t widely reported in the English press, but here’s what happened. According to a report in the Chinese-language NYPBBS, three […]

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Reliving ‘The Last Days at Mars Bar’ with Hank Penza [VIDEO]

Last modified April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

It’s been six months since former Mars Bar patriarch, Hank Penza, passed away. He was 82. And almost five years since his establishment shuttered. One of his closest confidantes, Jenny Woodward, had access to Penza (one of the few, actually) during the final weeks before Mars Bar closed in 2011. She filmed loads of conversations […]

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