Allison

Allison

Resident Historian, Renaissance woman and Preservationist, Allison B. Siegel focuses on 18th through the mid-20th century New York City history. She has collaborated on numerous National Register nominations and Landmark Preservation Commission applications most with successful outcomes. Obsessed with all things history including hauntings, Allison can be found exploring, photographing and gawking at buildings, sharing their histories. She has an impressive collection of urban artifacts courtesy of adventures into the abandoned. A pirate preservationist, urban explorer and our ghost-teller of neighborhoods' past, NYC and Allison? Like tenement brick and mortar. Her roots here date back to 17th century Lower East Side as depicted by several tattoos on her person. Allison was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

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RIP Graffiti Writer Dan Whedon (OMNI), Passed Away in Elizabeth Street Apartment

Last modified February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

The old school graffiti community is coming together to mourn the loss this week of fallen comrade Dan Whedon. Whedon, a member of the “156 Crew” whose tag-name was OMNI, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Elizabeth Street apartment on Monday. His exact age is unknown, but thought to be in […]

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Century and A Half-Old Wood Frame House on Grand Street on the Market for $5.4M

Last modified January 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm

The People would most likely choose a lesser price tag, but so it goes for $5.4 million. Along the gateway to Grand Street stands number 527, a three-story frame house, currently home to beloved People Choice Pharmacy, a Mom-and-Pop shop for the ‘hood. The folks at People, currently on a month-to-month lease, cater to Lower […]

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Tats Cru Tapped For Bowery Mural Wall

Last modified January 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm

At the Bowery Mural Wall it’s one icon after another. The slate was wiped clean, so to speak, late last week. Gone is JR’s anti-gun proclamation, just in time to make way for Tats Cru. The legendary outfit teamed up with Crash One for the effort, which began at the wall yesterday with the outlining. […]

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More About the ABC No Rio ‘Passive House,’ Set to Begin Construction Next Year

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:09 am

Back in November, the Department of Buildings finally approved plans for the new ABC No Rio on Rivington Street. The four-story “Passive House,” already a decade in the making, will replace the fabled and famed original tenement building razed two years ago. The state-of-the-art facility, designed by local architect Paul A. Castrucci, will eventually boast larger exhibition […]

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The Tredwells Never Left: All Hallows’ Eve At The Merchant’s House Museum

Posted October 31, 2018 at 5:04 am

Have you been to the quaint brownstone at 29 East 4th street? An architectural dream, which is covered in landmark status plaques at the basement entrance revealing the historical and cultural significance of this home built in 1832.  Transformed into a museum after the last living family member passed in the 1930s, the Merchant’s House […]

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Uncapped: The Unseen Letters of PG and His Tribute to DONDI

Posted September 27, 2018 at 5:08 am

In December of 1998, PG (George Torres aka PGism) sent a letter to NAT KOA. It was a tribute letter to DONDI and in it was a simple request: On November 4, 1999, PG tragically died. He was only 36. A son, a brother and a father; the proverbial glue that kept a half-dozen graffiti […]

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Century-Old Tattoo and Flash Ephemera at the South Street Seaport Museum

Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:10 am

Daredevil Tattoo is hosting a can’t miss event with the South Street Seaport Museum. We have been documenting the history of tattooing on the Bowery for years; this event is making history all its own. Gus Wagner flash just for you. From the sea merchant-cum-tattoo artist and most artistically marked-up man in America. Seriously. You […]

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The Hairy History of the Now-Demolished 282 Grand Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:09 am

Back in March, Grand Street Chinatown lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. What’s now a vacant lot will soon sprout a monument to luxury living. Here’s some history… Built sometime between the 1820s and the 1830s, the Federal-style row house at 282 Grand Street and its adjoining sisters were knee-buckling and […]

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Revisiting Captain Kidd and the Pirate Port of New Amsterdam [HISTORY]

Posted July 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

Ahoy, 17th century Manhattan. In the mid to late 1600s, fledgling New York was crawling with buccaneers, but none quite as enduring as Captain William Kidd, a by-the-book privateer whose story and missing treasure put the city on the proverbial pirate map along with the tropical islands of the Caribbean. Today we revisit Captain Kidd’s […]

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Checking on the First Street Green ‘Wasteland’ [PHOTOS]

Posted June 28, 2018 at 5:03 am

Hello friends! As previously reported, our neighbors at First Street Green Park put out an open call for muralist for their “Wasteland” theme. This was the pitch for the open-air street gallery… Picture a time in the not-so-distant future – a “post human” era of apocalyptic proportion. According to geologists, we now live in the […]

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