Ten Years Gone: Looking Back on Story Highlights

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 at 9:37 am by

When we created Bowery Boogie in July 2008, the tagline was “A Lower East Side Chronicle.” In short, a daily diary of what was happening in the neighborhood. Through the ensuing decade, we cranked out more than 15,000 posts; yet there are several stories which stand out.

So, we invite you to take a walk down memory lane with some staff favorites throughout the years, in no particular order. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, but what first comes to mind.

Spelling fail, December 2008

Five months after our first post, the New York Times picked up one of our stories for its now-defunct Cityroom blog. The piece highlighted how Cemusa couldn’t spell Delancey on one of its Bowery bus shelters, and was our first major link. –Cemusa Busted (Again)

We watched in horror on the sidelines as the Hong Kong Supermarket burned to the ground on Pike Street in 2009, and chronicled the aftermath. –BREAKING: Blaze in Two Bridges!

Webster Hall stabbing, July 2012

It was billed as a hardcore show at Webster Hall as part of the inaugural (nay, short-lived) CBGB Festival – featuring Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, and VOD. Before our eyes, some tattooed guy was tackled right in front of us. Turned out estranged bassist Harley Flanagan, founding member of the Cro-Mags, had stumbled into the VIP lounge with a knife. –Stabbing Causes Cancelation of Webster Hall Hardcore Show

October 2008

Moscot wasn’t ready for a local blog to report blockbuster news of its move across Delancey Street. PR denied the story until a major publication reported, then confirmed what we already knew. Moscot had been headquartered at 118 Orchard Street since 1936. –MOSCOT Ditching Longtime Headquarters for 108 Orchard

It was a pleasure chatting with musician Lou Holtzman in 2009 about his Eastside Sound recording studio on Forsyth Street. “Let’s put it like this. When jazz musicians and rockers would come to my studio in the ’70s, there was one bodega open until around midnight. This place was a ghost town. And a dangerous ghost town…” –Eastside Sound: An Interview with Lou Holtzman [Part II]

Even Murray and Jemaine were pissed after we broke bad news that the Flight of the Conchords could no longer have band meetings at 232 East Broadway. It’s gonna be a luxury tower –Sorry, Flight of the Conchords, Your New Zealand Consulate will be Demolished

Receiving an invite by Clan Currie (Tartan Day, Capt. Kidd was originally from Scotland) to be featured on a panel with Walt Disney World’s Pirates was, hands down, a dream come true. Seeing the abandoned south side of the Ellis Island and coming face to face its haunted past is one of our all time most memorable experiences. –Touring the Creepy Abandoned Hospital Complex on Ellis Island

We escaped to Staten Island one sweltering afternoon to explore the teetering planks of a ship graveyard, despite the cautionary tales from a kind elderly woman, who allowed us to walk through her yard to gain access –Planks and Pitfalls: Journeying to the Abandoned Staten Island Ship Graveyard

Using album liner notes from Alice’s Restaurant and historical documents, we tracked down Arlo Guthrie’s famous Hootenanny Bar Mitzvah –The Mystery of Arlo Guthrie’s Lower East Side ‘Hootenanny Bar Mitzvah’

Bowery Boogie was the first publication to break news about Streit’s Matzo Factory selling out ($30.5 million) and leaving the Lower East Side. –Streit’s Matzo Factory is Under Contract and Leaving the Lower East Side this Spring

October 2008

Working with the Nieberg family to help preserve their legacy by telling their story was a joy. Shuffling through the former funeral home, and seeing what SoHo House did to 139-141 Ludlow Street, was/is nauseating. –The Big Burial Man of 139-141 Ludlow Street

Nothing like meeting up with a childhood friend to photograph the ruins of the CN West Disinfecting Company building in Long Island City. Like every other building in the neighborhood these days, it was torn down for a glistening glass tower. –Touring the Photogenic Ruins of the CN West Disinfecting Company in Long Island City

What are some of your favorites?

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