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.

Posts by Allison

Uncapped: The Making of The Unauthorized Biography of Ree 2

Posted September 17, 2021 at 6:07 am

Boogie Fam! It sure has been a while. Have you checked out the Bowery Boogie Uncapped (BBU) Podcast? Launched during the pandemic, we are now three seasons deep and chock full of interviews with graffiti pioneers, street artists, Boogie affiliates and most recently, a song debut. You know that country we emancipated from in 1776? […]

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Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi volunteered). He later […]

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Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Posted February 26, 2021 at 5:08 am

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

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‘Illuminating’ the Bowery with COVID-19 Stats

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:15 am

Looks like quarantine has been keeping the art community, ahem, enlightened and we love to see it. Allow me to introduce the Illuminate Cities Project Collective: Alexandra Payne: Project Manager, Urban Planner and Policy Specialist (Amplify) Domingo Abrusci: Project Lead, Designer and Architect (licensed in Italy) Elisa Forlini: Lighting Design, Chartered RIBA Architect Robyn Squires: […]

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In Conversation with Crimefaces: The Definitive Interview

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:09 am

Today, we chat with AC, the founder, and the voice of Crimefaces. You may recognize him from Instagram or his feature in Maxim magazine. He also co-sponsored our last Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle, and today is here to discuss the past, present, and future of Crimefaces. I visited AC at Crimefaces HQ – an undisclosed […]

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Of Saints and Sinners: In Conversation with Jose ‘Cochise’ Quiles

Posted December 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

Boogie fam, it is with great fanfare that I introduce you to our newest interview subject. Cochise – an artist, a lifelong Lower East Sider, and a man with a powerful message. Cochise recently opened his first solo show at Public Access, Leo Fitzgerald’s new gallery on St. Mark’s Place. The art exhibition was titled, […]

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COVID Has Taken Fineline Tattoo, a Lower East Side Institution

Last modified October 23, 2020 at 10:37 am

Oh, COVID/2020, you’re an evil bitch. Come Monday, you will no longer be able to walk into Fineline Tattoo shop. But the owner and legacy keeper, Mehai Bakaty, wants you to know: We are not closing, we are moving. LES STRONG.  We will be going back to a private studio next door. Appointment only. Rest […]

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Down on the Bowery, ‘POPaganda on Paper’ with Ron English

Posted September 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Back in business on the Bowery, POP International Gallery is satiating the street art buds with a new virtual show featuring the “Godfather of Street Art,” Ron English. From the release: Pop international Galleries is thrilled to premiere Ron English with brand new original works on paper and select limited editions. The POPaganda on Paper exhibition […]

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Uncapped: Rest in Peace Gerald “Jerry” Wolkoff of 5POINTZ Fame

Last modified August 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm

Hello Uncapped Brethren. Some of you may find this news a little late and not worth your time, but it came to my attention, that Gerald “Jerry” Wolkoff passed away. He was 83 and had a neurological disorder unbeknownst to him. Death came quickly for the Brooklyn-born real estate Titan, and news of his passing […]

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Uncapped: GREED’s Journey from Graffiti to Holistic Doctor

Posted July 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

Hello, my precious Uncapped fam. Freddy Alva is back with us, offering up an exclusive interview with GREED to celebrate the launch of his new book Heal Profoundly: A Graffiti Thug’s Transformation to Holistic Doctor. You can cop that on Amazon, but for now check out the story behind the autobiography. FREDDY ALVA: Queens writer GREED has undergone a […]

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