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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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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CB2 Full Board Upholds Denial of Zoning Change for Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel

Posted June 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

More good news to report on the Merchant’s House front. Community Board 2 last week fully upheld the denial levied at committee for a zoning change for a proposed hotel beside the historic landmark. (#dontmesswithGertrude) While this is a major victory for the Merchant’s House (aka Tredwell House), the CB2 judgment is solely a recommendation. […]

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Uncapped: The Great Debate of Street Art vs. Graffiti [INTERVIEW]

Last modified May 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm

BBU’ers. How’s it going? Figured it was time for a debate with someone other than myself on the topic of Street Art vs. Graffiti. When the most prolific train-era bombers and wall-writers are boothing it up at art fairs or stacking Gs in galleries, is graffiti dead? I had to know. So, I gathered a […]

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Uncapped: Piecing Together Golden Era Trains

Posted April 11, 2018 at 5:06 am

Back in the day, photographing graffiti-sheathed subway trains in their full glory was a rarity, save for the infamous shots snapped by Martha Cooper, John Conn, or Henry Chalfant. Every now and again you run into (thanks, in part, to social media) a person whose passion is to do what they did, yet comes up short […]

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Game of Tomes: The NYPL Digital Scrapbook Collection

Posted March 5, 2018 at 5:14 am

Feast your eyes! The New York Public Library just updated “Iram and Paul Milstein’s Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy” collection with an intriguing new subset of images. Users now have an all access pass into the “Scrapbooks of New York City Views.” Bend the knee. Their digitized collection is now even […]

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