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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Lakwena Brings her Kaleidoscopic Vision to the Bowery Mural Wall

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:08 am

The season is changing, which means another participant for the revolving door that is the Bowery Mural Wall. Earlier this week, contractors sanded then resurfaced the two-story canvas in preparation for the next artist on the docket. We are told that the latest is Lakwena, a London-based artist who specializes in colorful, “kaleidoscopic” patterns. She […]

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Six Years Later, Dewey Dufresne’s ‘BYGGYZ’ Finally Opens on Clinton Street

Last modified September 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

Don’t hold your breath any longer, for the time is here. Dewey Dufresne’s sandwich shop, BYGGYZ, finally debuted on the Lower East Side. The promise is fulfilled. BYGGYZ opened at 37-39 Clinton Street yesterday afternoon for the lunchtime rush. Truth be told, it bears an old-school, albeit welcome, deli counter vibe. (The previous tenant was […]

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‘Van Leeuwen’ to Open LES Artisanal Ice Cream Shop on Ludlow Street Next Month

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s been over a year since the music died at 172 Ludlow Street. That’s when Ludlow Guitars decamped from the Lower East Side after spending seventeen years on the block. Now its former Hell Square headquarters – where the business had moved in 2010 – is to become a trendy ice cream parlor. Artisanal ice […]

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‘Marm Cafe’ on Clinton Street is Kaput, Transitions to ‘Bricia’

Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:14 am

The end of the road is here for Marm Cafe. The three-year-old corner establishment at 79 Clinton Street hasn’t been open since at least mid-August, its fate finally sealed this week with those brown paper shades. We communicated with ownership via email several weeks ago and were told that the cafe was actually on holiday. […]

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Celebrity Endorsed ‘Sycamore Style’ to Open Orchard Street Footwear Boutique

Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

The search for a new retail occupant at 145 Orchard Street just came to a close. It’s been four months since Killion departed the block, but now signage is in place for the latest entrant. Another fashion boutique. Here comes Sycamore Style, a decades-old footwear brand that hawks “custom hand-dyed shoes.” According to their website, […]

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In Move from Midtown, ‘Ierimonti Gallery’ Readies 55 Delancey Showroom

Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:02 am

After Brennan & Griffin Gallery relocated to Norfolk Street last year, its former headquarters on Delancey Street remained vacant. The only action during its year-long dormancy was when Petee’s Pie used the space for its busy Thanksgiving rush last November. But now, more of the same is on the way. An art gallery from midtown […]

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With Final Votes Counted, Margaret Chin Squeaks by Marte for Third Term

Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Board of Elections yesterday completed its final tally of absentee and affidavit ballots, and the results are in. Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin maintained her narrow margin over challenger Christopher Marte by just over 200 votes. So, it’ll likely be another four years of the same. The results should be certified by the city at […]

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‘Girl with No Job’ Walks Down the Aisle (on Stanton Street)

Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

Instagram stars Girl with No Job and Boy with No Job were spotted in full wedding dress Sunday afternoon. The photo shoot took place on Stanton Street in what one of their hired photographers noted was her “favorite neighborhood.” This was presumably hours before their wedding. Together they walked down the grimy, uneven sidewalk just […]

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Rat Castle Retail Hits the Market for $4M

Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

The notorious “Rat Castle” building on Ludlow Street is back in the news. This time for something as innocuous as a real estate listing. Indeed, the owner of the ground-floor commercial condo at 179 Ludlow Street is looking to sell. The 1,650 square-foot space, currently home to national salon chain Drybar, is going for just […]

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Major Construction Resumes at Long-Stagnant ‘Allen Street Hotel’

Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:07 am

Take a look at the Allen Street Hotel, now renamed The Allen. Black netting is slowly crawling up the facade as major construction work is now reactivated. Yes, those words were mentioned in the same breath as this development. Make no mistake, either. This is a watershed event in the life of this zombie development. […]

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