Best of Boogie: The Most Popular Stories of 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.