Best of Boogie: The Most Popular Stories of 2017

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

On the precipice of the new year, we take another look back at the stories which broke through big in the last twelve months. Many thanks once again to all the readers, tipsters, and supporters – old and new – who help keep Bowery Boogie one of the most popular blogs in the city.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street is on Fire

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was constructed in 1850 and hollowed out by three-alarm fire last May. The blaze was intentionally set by a teenager who purportedly was not charged. It had been a vacant house of worship since about 2007, but its owner, Rabbi Greenbaum often tried to redevelop the property. With demolition underway, there is a new plan for affordable senior housing onsite.

Rats caused this car fire, May 2017

A Family of Rats Set this Guy’s Car Ablaze on Rivington; Tony Hawk there to Film it

Never underestimate the true power of the New York City rat. One driver learned the hard way when the vermin chewed through his engine, sparking a fire. The kicker is that Tony Hawk was filming on the sidelines.

East Broadway Noodle House ‘Lam Zhou’ is Shuttered

Popular Chinatown noodle house, Lam Zhou, closed its East Broadway shop back in August. To the happiness of rabid fans, they were able to rebound with a new spot on the Bowery just a few months later.

Martin Scorsese Filming ‘The Irishman’ on Orchard Street Today

This was the first time the Netflix production filming on the Lower East Side, before the corner of Orchard and Broome was recreated in the image of Little Italy. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. It’s a mob movie focusing on the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

Webster Hall Sells for $35M to AEG Live and Barclays Center Ownership

Webster Hall sold out to AEG Live after 27 years in operation (it succeeded The Ritz). The deal was valued at roughly $35 million. The concert venue, owned by Unity Gallega, is currently closed and under renovations.

NYPD: Chinatown Streets Off Limits to ‘Placard Parking’

The 5th Precinct began cracking down on placard parking in and around the Chinatown streets. The NYPD and DOT reportedly distribute more than 100,000 placards a year, including to law enforcement at other agencies and to people with disabilities. However, there is plenty of abuse.

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Time to Demand Cuomo and de Blasio Protect Workers and Small Businesses in Reopening Plan (OP-ED)

The following editorial was written by Zishun Ning of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The New York City and State governments are still failing to protect people’s health and livelihood after two months of “PAUSE.” The number of deaths and infections remain high. Patients with COVID-19 are still turned away, despite […]

Orchard Street Shop Continues Pushing Pencils During a Pandemic

Many independent neighborhood businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including CW Pencil Enterprise. Established in 2014, the pencil purveyor of Orchard Street is feeling the pains of the pandemic and adjusting as best they can during. Owner Caroline Weaver explains how they’ve been trying to keep the business afloat. “Adapting to this new […]

Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepark on Monroe Street. Skaters have begun scaling the fence of late, flouting […]

Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is aptly titled, Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary. […]

Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for these unwealthy sections of the […]