Best of Boogie: The Most-Read Stories of 2019
What follows is a short list of the most-read stories on Bowery Boogie over the last year. Many thanks, once again, to all the readers, tipsters, and supporters – old and new – who help keep this website one of the most popular daily reads in the city.
He was a local icon. Most knew him, but didn’t really know him. Jimmy Becker, known colloquially as “Jimmy Blanco” for perennially roaming the streets dressed in all white, passed away last January after a battle with Lymphoma. It’s believed he was about 69 or 70.
A street cart vendor on the Bowery was caught with his hands down his pants back in August. Al Bundy style during lunchtime. It caused a hyperlocal uproar.
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein spent a night out at Downtime on Avenue B, where he was confronted by women during a private event. The protesters, including a comedian, were booed by some in the crowd.
Extell is desperate to fill the glut of vacant condos at One Manhattan Square. So much so that the 850-foot, 815-unit skyscraper resorted to comping up to ten years of common charges for new residents. These fees range from roughly $700 to $2,300 per month.
After decades of dormancy, the LaGuardia Bathhouse was deemed unstable last spring. Conveniently around the same time that the revised coastal resiliency plan started driving demand for alternate open space; East River Park will be sealed for three years (at least).
Joe’s Shanghai relocated to the Bowery earlier this month after a quarter-century on Pell Street. The desire for larger dining space apparently drove the decision to relocate. And maybe access to tourist dollars at the skyscraper hotel next door (Joie de Vivre).
The end-of-year story last year which brought the masses to Boogie carried over into 2019. Despite the early news that McNally Jackson was looking to leave Prince Street, the new year brought news of its plans to stay put.