Looking east on Delancey with Moscot in the background

Watch This Footage of Crowded Delancey Street in the 1970s [VIDEO]

Posted April 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Last week, the venerable British Pathé news agency uploaded an entire collection of 85,000+ newsreels to its dedicated YouTube channel. Naturally, we honed in on some classic New York footage dated simply to 1970-1979. The clip shown below, “New York (1970-1979),” offers a great snapshot of the neighborhood, from Chinatown through the Lower East Side. Fast-forward […]

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Vintage PSA Urges Jaywalkers to ‘Cross at the Green, Not in Between’ [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

The violent arrest of 84-year-old Kang Wong back in January has jaywalking back in the local spotlight. For this everyday occurrence, cops charged him with jaywalking, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. The incident transpired just as Mayor de Blasio announced intentions to crack down on the practice citywide. Gothamist noted that 452 jaywalking tickets were written in […]

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Watch This Video of the Downtown Dance Club Scene of 1983 [VIDEO]

Posted April 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

“The Tube” was an innovate music program that had a brief run in the UK during the early 1980s. It ran for five seasons, and helped break artists such as The Proclaimers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Established artists of the day would also perform showcases on the show. A reader sent us a link […]

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Local Empire Tackles a Street Peeing Bro in Sketch [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

The call of the (urban) wild was inspiration behind this funny sketch by Local Empire, dubbed “Street Peeing.” Shot in the vein of a narrated nature documentary, the comedy crew follows a bro as he staggers home drunk looking for a place to urinate. This situation is familiar to anyone living or drinking around the […]

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Rare Footage from 1930s Shows the Third Avenue El in Action [VIDEO]

Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

Here’s your chance to ride the Third Avenue El of yore. Sort of. We came across this rare footage the other day, which offers a brief snapshot of the elevated subway system in operation sometime in the 1930s. The short clip, presumably shot by a passenger, shows the train riding the rails, first in midtown, then […]

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A Time-Lapse Look Behind the Scenes at Kossar’s Bialys [VIDEO]

Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

Check out this time lapse video shot at the rebooted Kossar’s Bialys on Grand Street. The short forty-second clip- dubbed “A Schmear My Dear”-is a behind the scenes look into the on-site bialy making.  It was shot by John Cafaro and produced by Boogie contributor Jolie Warbet as part of a new venture called “the forty,” which creates […]

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Governor Al Smith Walks Us Through the Lower East Side of 1945 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

With all this talk about gentrification (i.e. Spike Lee), I thought it would be appropriate to journey back in time to Lower Manhattan in 1945. The following borderline-propaganda footage is narrated by Al Smith, a significant, but largely under-recognized New York politician from the Lower East Side. Elected governor for four terms in New York, […]

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Hanksy held an unauthorized show called "Surplus Candy"

New Video Takes Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hanksy’s ‘Surplus Candy’ Street Art Show [VIDEO]

Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

The other big pun, Hanksy, is now officially in the realm of the mainstream. Indeed, the New York Times finally picked up the trend this weekend, and decided to splash the street artist on the front page of the Sunday Metro section. In it you’ll find a brief history of the dude and his work. But […]

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Riding down Avenue D

Watch this Dude Snowboard the Streets of the Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Last modified February 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

During yesterday’s epic snowfall, christened “Winter Storm Pax” by the Weather Channel crew, Casey Neistat grabbed his snowboard and hit the slopes streets of the Lower East Side. With the help of a Jeep-driving friend, the thrill-seeker, wearing construction crew neons, shredded the road powder and snowbanks on Avenue D, down to Rivington Street, and […]

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Take a Ride Through the Turn-of-the-Century Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

This unique drive-by film job is over one hundred years old. And it’s rather stunning. The found footage offers a brief glipmse of Lower East Side life shortly after the turn of the last century. It’s difficult to definitively determine the exact neighborhood locations, but after poring over the piece for some time, our best […]

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