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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POP International Galleries ‘Collects for Cause’

Posted May 21, 2020 at 5:08 am

Hello Art Lovers! This one’s for you. Starting tomorrow, and running through June 20, POP International Galleries (whose brick and mortar is 195 Bowery) will be presenting an online group charity exhibit suitably named “Collect for Cause.” The event will feature a mix of new and familiar faces. From the POP Press Release: No one […]

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Uncapped: Graffiti and New York Hardcore – Angel Duster aka KOOL AD

Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

The following piece was written by guest contributor and author of Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore, Freddy Alva. Angel Duster – NYC Graffiti Legend In the winter of 1982 I was hanging out at a youth center on the border of Corona and Elmhurst, Queens that served as the meeting place for all […]

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Get the WallWorks Graffiti Coloring Book

Posted April 30, 2020 at 5:09 am

Hope you all are faring well during these trying times. A little levity since many of us have a lot of quaran-time on our (very clean) hands. Wallworks NEW YORK, contemporary art gallery in the South Bronx, is offering a free downloadable coloring book with drawings from some of your favorite graffiti artists: BIO BG183 Br163 […]

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Uncapped: The Graffiti Virtual Memorial

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Before the clock struck midnight on December 31, so many of us were still reeling from the deaths of Stan 153, Phase 2, and Zexor. We wished 2019 good riddance, thinking that 2020 would be a new start, a new decade and a banner year. Boy, were we wrong. Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic and […]

Tattoo Legend ‘Bowery Stan’ Moskowitz Dies at 87

Posted April 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another loss. From the pioneering tattoo family, the oldest living electric tattooer and pre-ban tattoo artist, Stan Moskowitz, nicknamed Bowery Stan, passed away last week of heart-related issues. The Moskowitz family is legendary. In the 1920s, William Moskowitz, a Russian immigrant, opened a barbershop on the Bowery. By the late 1930s, he learned to tattoo, […]

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In Memoriam: Big Steve of East 3rd Street

Posted March 26, 2020 at 5:05 am

A fixture on the Lower East Side for decades, Juan “Stevie” Guzman passed away last week of heart complications. He was kind, gentle and hilarious. Affectionately known as “Lil’ Steve,” and later, “Big Stevie,” he and his family lived on East 3rd Street and First Avenue since the 1960s. Many of of his relatives still […]

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Uncapped: NIC ONE on Graffiti, Hip Hop, and the Art of Photography

Posted December 23, 2019 at 5:07 am

Uncapped Readers, Happy Holidaze. Today, we are proud to welcome graffiti pioneer NIC ONE! NIC is a South Bronx native who cut his teeth on the streets. His life’s work has appeared on various television shows and in graffiti videos over the years, including The Eleventh Hour Show (PBS, 1990), In The Mix show (PBS, […]

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Uncapped Recap: The Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle

Last modified September 27, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Hey Boogie Faithful, did you have a nice weekend? Thanks to all of you who attended our graffiti battle event, and to those who helped from inception to fruition. You know who you are. Anyway, let’s get ready to RRRRRRecap the very first GGGB (Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle) at Con Artist. We set the stage […]

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Bowery Boogie Uncapped Presents the Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle

Posted September 20, 2019 at 5:08 am

Hold on to your hats, kids. It’s all out war on the Bowery! Have you ever wanted to see two graffiti writers battle live? Sure you do! I mean, many of us don’t know what we want until we hear about on the interweb, so you’re welcome. Tomorrow night, PACE SSB and REE MTA will […]

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The Oft-Overlooked ‘Drag Balls’ of Harlem [HISTORY]

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:08 am

Bet that got your attention. The year was 1931 and “Fag Ball” was the newspaper equivalent click-bait of the decade. Certainly made me wonder what all the fuss was about, and how it all began. And by “it,” I mean Drag Balls.  Don’t let your Mothers down, children. We must leave the Lower. In 1869, […]

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