Elie

Elie

Elie (eh-lee) is a proud resident of the Lower East Side, with strong family roots in the neighborhood. He co-founded Bowery Boogie in July 2008 as a hyperlocal resource to document the ever-changing neighborhood landscape. His writing and photography credits have appeared in New York Magazine, New York Post, Daily News, Huffington Post, Spin Magazine, Spin Digital, the Curbed Network, The Villager, The Real Deal, and Time Out. Elie is a graduate of the University of Michigan. You can often find him wandering the neighborhood, drinking a pint at 169 Bar, playing Ms. Pacman at the Chinatown Fair Arcade, or catching a show at Mercury Lounge. His favorite band is the Beatles.

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Schiller’s Liquor Bar Closes for Good on August 13

Posted July 20, 2017 at 9:38 am

Storied McNally haunt, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, has less than a month to live. Employees are telling customers that the last day in business is probably August 13. As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar has fallen victim to a substantial rent hike. Management announced the imminent closure back in May with an email blast explaining the […]

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Division Street Pedestrian Plaza is Also Getting Refurbished

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

Much like its newer sibling down the block (at Straus Square), the small median triangle of Division Street at the confluence of Ludlow and Canal, is likewise ready for a makeover. Closed to traffic for nearly a decade, the 1,000 square-foot roadway is receiving some refocused attention from the Department of Transportation this month. Indeed, […]

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Reconstruction of DeSalvio Playground Finally Moves Forward

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:07 am

DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy is off-limits for the foreseeable future. The park is finally undergoing its long-awaited reconstruction. Parks Department workers dismantled the playground yesterday and the space is now another neighborhood construction zone. The $1.9 million project, which received funding from the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale […]

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Samy Mahfar Sells ‘Jones LES’ Rentals for $62M

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Jones LES luxury rental building on East Houston officially traded hands last week for a cool $62 million. Final deal price for the 67,600 square-foot rental property is just a tad north of what was reported in June. Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is laughing all the way to the bank with this transaction. His SMA […]

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Bowery Tenants Protest Harassment and Eviction Tactics of Slumlord Joseph Betesh

Posted July 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

Embattled rent regulated tenants at 83-85 Bowery are committed to fighting landlord Joseph Betesh. The Tenants Association there is holding a protest against Betesh later today to shine light on the displacement and alleged lack of repairs in the two tenements. Betesh purchased the adjacent tenements at 83-85 Bowery back in 2013 alongside ten other […]

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There was an Attempted Robbery at the Bank of America at Delancey and Ludlow Yesterday [Updated]

Last modified July 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

At roughly 5pm yesterday evening, the Bank of America branch at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets (anchoring the Ludlow Residence) was the site of an attempted robbery. Cops are looking for a white male wearing black t-shirt, light shorts, and a green fisherman hat, who allegedly passed the teller a note demanding money. […]

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Neighbors Bid Farewell to Cup & Saucer with Emotional Gate Tribute

Posted July 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Monday was supposed to have been the last day in business for Cup & Saucer. Unfortunately for those seeking a last meal that day, the rude surprise of a shuttered gate signaled the early end. By yesterday morning, an outpouring of tributes to the luncheonette arrived on the doorstep. Two pieces of neon orange oaktag […]

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Here’s What Really Happened in the Roach-Infested East Village Building that Made Headlines this Week

Posted July 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

The so-called hoarder heard ’round the world made headlines this weekend for an East Village apartment in shambles. After the tenant’s eviction – court proceedings reportedly dragged on for more than a year – the landlord hired exterminators to enter the scene, eradicate the roach infestation, and pick up everything from trash to dead animals. The super […]

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Big Reveal Begins at Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth Street Condos

Posted July 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

Tadao Ando’s seven-story “jewel box” condo project in Little Italy topped out back in February. It’s now undressing. The network of netting and ironwork is starting to come down at 152 Elizabeth Street, revealing the spartan glass-and-concrete design. A large panel obstructing the new facade was removed over the last several days. With entry on […]

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Elements of 50-Foot Jarmulowsky Bank Cupola Make an Appearance

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building, previously wrapped in a blanket for winter, just received its crown. The bones of the cupola are here… It was In February 2014 when word first leaked that the Jarmulowsky Bank Building at Canal and Orchard Streets would see the return of its defining feature. The fifty-foot rooftop cupola that had […]

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