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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‘Greens and Grains’ Health Spot Surprises at Former Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

Boss Tweed’s Saloon is not returning to Essex Street, as reported. Instead, a replacement is not only here, but almost ready to go. Large-print marquee signage installed this month announces Greens and Grains, an untested new health-conscious eatery focusing on “nutritious bowls.” No liquor is served here (at least not yet), and the license associated […]

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‘De Maria’ is Done After 2 Years on Kenmare Street [Updated]

Last modified August 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm

De Maria is dead. The chic Kenmare Street cafe closed down last week after little more than two years in business. Word on the street is that staff was allegedly informed that August 12 would be the last day for both De Maria and its basement “events space,” The Lo. An insider also alleges that […]

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At the ‘Wild Style’ 35th Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Seminal street film, Wild Style, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night with a special fete on the Lower East Side. The reunion-slash-homecoming was part of Summerstage, and took place at the East River bandshell, site of the classic final performance scene in the film. Director Charlie Ahearn was master of ceremonies; DJ Funk Flex is […]

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One of the Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians is on the LES

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

One of the most dangerous areas in Manhattan for pedestrians and cyclists is located in the borderlands of Little Italy and the Lower East Side, according to data mining website Localize. Street safety data was apparently evaluated at every New York City intersection between January 2013 and January 2018. “The analysis created an index that […]

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A Year Later, ‘Chamusca’ Announces itself on Rivington Street

Posted August 9, 2018 at 5:05 am

One year later, it looks like Chamusca is actually making some progress on Rivington Street. The “seafood restaurant with sustainable and seasonal menu” was originally slated to open in August 2017. However, in the intervening year, the 800 square-foot space remained largely dormant. Not until earlier this summer did activity pick up. There is a […]

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Clinton Street Synagogue Gets 6-Story Luxury Neighbor

Posted August 9, 2018 at 5:02 am

When the Congregation Chasam Sofer listed its adjacent alleyway for sale last year, the end game became clear. More development. And that’s precisely what’s happening. (The synagogue will no longer be freestanding.) Developer Andres Hogg of Hogg Holdings picked up the property (aka 10 Clinton Street) in October 2017 for $4.1 million. The plan now […]

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‘Fox & Jane’ Salon Renovates OG Orchard Street Space [Updated]

Last modified August 8, 2018 at 8:42 pm

[Updated] Fox & Jane Salon – born on the Lower East Side seven years ago – just completed a renovation project, not closing its 154 Orchard Street space. Its onetime flagship is now masked behind a curtain of brown paper. Fox & Jane has held down a Chinatown space (“Fox & Jane Bowery”) for almost […]

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‘Wild Style’ Celebrates 35th Anniversary with East River Fete

Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

Pioneering hip-hop film Wild Style turns 35 this year. Tomorrow night is another homecoming tribute. Much like five years ago – the event is part of Summerstage – the celebration includes a screening at the East River Bandshell. Plus, the opportunity to mingle with luminaries from the era. Director Charlie Ahearn is master of ceremonies […]

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Bringing Good Luck to Chinatown with ’88 Gates’ Mural Project

Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:11 am

While the Lower East Side is busy with 100 Gates, Chinatown is on its way to completing 88. Murals, that is. You may have noticed the sudden uptick in Chinese-style artwork on security gates around Chinatown. Look no further than the Yu family, which lives in the neighborhood, and is independently funding a beautification initiative […]

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Merchant’s House Museum Files Lawsuit to Block 8-Story Hotel Development

Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:07 am

In case you missed it… The Merchant’s House Museum is not going down without a fight. The landmark building on East 4th Street – the first to be designated as such in 1965 – two weeks ago filed a lawsuit to block the eight-story hotel proposed on its western flank, according to the Wall Street […]

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