About Us

Bowery Boogie is a New York City-based, hyperlocal website that chronicles the happenings of the Lower East Side. Our mission is to document the past, present, and future of the ever-changing neighborhood landscape.  In doing so, we cover everything from the latest local news and community events, to street art, graffiti, and film set location information.

Bowery Boogie is powered by an evolving roster of contributors, and anchored by the following personnel:

ELIE Z. PERLER (Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief)
Elie (eh-lee) started Bowery Boogie in July 2008 as a hyperlocal resource to document the ever-changing neighborhood landscape. His writing and photography credits have appeared in New York Magazine, New York Post, Daily News, Huffington Post, Spin Magazine, Spin Digital, the Curbed Network, The Villager, The Real Deal, and Time Out. Elie is a graduate of the University of Michigan. You can often find him wandering the neighborhood, drinking a pint at 169 Bar, playing Ms. Pacman at the Chinatown Fair Arcade, or catching a show at Mercury Lounge. His favorite band is the Beatles.

DAVE GUSTAV (Co-founder, Creative Director)
Dave (day-ve) joined Bowery Boogie in November 2008. Coming from a background in the entertainment industry, he spends most of his time working with emerging technologies and developing digital strategies. His photography and video work has appeared in print, web, and television including BBC America, Billboard Magazine, Spin Magazine, and Spin Digital. Dave is a graduate of NYU despite dropping out at one point to play in a band. As a musician-turned-geek, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, played to crowds of one, and has owned more pairs of Chucks than you can imagine.

EVAN STEIN (Designer/Developer)
Evan (eh-van) is too busy working on coding and making things look pretty to write a bio. As the man behind Vanpop.com he has created many websites. He and Dave started out playing in bands together and have since transitioned to speaking in code.

HOLLY LOUISE PERRY (Managing Editor)
A Bowery Boogie contributor since June of 2011, Holly covers music, arts, pop culture, and lifestyle pieces relevant to the Lower East Side, NYC and beyond. A stalwart indie music fan, she has interviewed bands such as The Fratellis, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Frightened Rabbit, to name a few. Holly previously reviewed music for the website Radio Exile. These days, when she’s not writing for Boogie, you can find her playing pinball at interstate truck stops, knocking back Newcastles whilst supporting Manchester City Football Club, or checking out new music in either her native Boston or adopted home, NYC.

ALLISON B. SIEGEL (Resident Historian)
Resident Historian Allison B. Siegel focuses on 18th through the mid-20th century New York City. She has collaborated on several National Register nominations and is, at this point, more than mildly obsessed with all things history including hauntings. As an urban historian, Allison can be found exploring and documenting buildings wherever she goes making it very hard to walk down the street with her. A pirate preservationist, our ghost of neighborhoods’ past, LES and Allison? Like tenement brick and mortar. Her roots here date back to the early 19th century. She was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

LORI GREENBERG (Contributor)
Lori Greenberg is a creative director, graphic designer and writer, who runs the Bergworks studio, along with her husband, David Bergman. Bergworks focuses on green architecture, eco furniture design and graphic design. A die-hard New Yorker, and a resident of the East Village and Lower East Side for over 30 years, Lori grew up in Queens, with ancestors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. While putting together a talk about the Lower East Side a few years ago, Lori found out that her grandparents met on her corner. She can also proudly imitate the accents of four out of five boroughs.

ROBERT CARMONA (Photographer)
Robert was born and raised on the Lower East Side, and has fond memories from his younger days in the 1970s and 1980s. He loves walking around Manhattan taking pictures, but especially in his beloved neighborhood. Being a truck driver by trade has brought him all over the country, but no place compares to the eclectic, multi-cultural, drug-infested, weird, cool, preppy interesting, historical, stylish, hip, cunning, melting pot that is the Lower East Side. More of his work can be found on Flickr.

Recent Stories

Target Cuts Ribbon at Essex Crossing Ahead of Sunday Opening

Target is poised to open another small format location on the Lower East Side this week. To mark the occasion, corporate held a special ribbon-cutting event yesterday evening for store employees and community VIPs. New signage was installed just before the celebration, which also included the Target mascot. Take a look inside… Perhaps fanfare will be […]

Sneak Peek Inside ‘Randall’s Barbecue,’ Opening August 26 on Grand Street

Time has come for Randall’s Barbecue on Grand Street. Months of delays in the rearview, the newcomer restaurant is set to start serving in two weeks. Here’s a sneak peek inside the establishment at 357 Grand. There is picnic seating plus bar stools facing the open kitchen. The Randall’s menu consists of barbecue classics like […]

The Aretha Franklin Subway Tribute at Franklin Street Station [PHOTOS]

The Queen of Soul is getting a proper tribute in the city’s subway system. As Aretha Franklin ails in hospice at her Detroit home, someone spent time renaming Franklin Street station in Tribeca, paying tribute and sending well wishes. Wheat-pasted messages in the stairwells read, “Say a little prayer for Aretha” and “Aretha Makes Me […]

Rumor: 76 East Houston Gets ‘Detoxed’ with New Makeup Market

It took two years to build, yet has been sitting mostly vacant for just as long. Goldman Properties completed construction of 76 East Houston Street in July 2016, yet the bi-level property hadn’t attracted a long-term tenant. The space largely functioned as staging area for art-related events at the adjacent Bowery Mural Wall. Until now. […]

Ruminating on the Summer Blackout of 2003 [PHOTOS]

We originally ran a version of this story five years ago. Seemed fitting to revisit on the fifteenth anniversary of the Blackout… August 14, 2003 was a seasonably warm Thursday, and coincidentally, the conclusion of a fruitful downtown work experience. To everyone else, though, it was just another day at the office. So, when the […]