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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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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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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