Elie

Elie

Elie (eh-lee) 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.

Posts by Elie

Sauce Restaurant Donates More than 2,000 Pizzas to Hospitals

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

Popular local Italian joint, Sauce Restaurant, is donating hundreds of pizza pies to hospitals around New York City. It all started when a nurse from an unidentified hospital called to order a pizza. She reportedly expressed that staff was working long shifts caring for COVID-19 intake, and not eating enough. And that most restaurants were […]

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City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

It’s a full court press. The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown. “There will not be any basketball games because there will not be […]

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Tenement Museum Faces ‘Extraordinary Crisis’ Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 27, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Tenement Museum is struggling to stay afloat, as the COVID-19 shutdown eliminated foot traffic and steady funding. Since closing to the public on March 14, the Lower East Side museum laid off 13 full-time employees (out of 66) – mostly from marketing, visitor services, and gift shop – and told another 40 not to […]

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Grindr Date at Baruch Houses Gone Awry as Man Robbed with Taser, Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:37 am

A man was threatened with a taser and robbed in the Baruch Houses this week after a Gindr meetup gone awry, police said. The victim had been corresponding with another man on the Grindr dating app, and arranged an early-morning meetup at the Baruch Houses on March 23. (Nevermind, COVID-19.) At 7:30am, the victim arrived […]

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Tales from the Shutdown: Upscale SoHo Stores Boarded up to Avoid Looting

Posted March 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

Normally brimming with customers, SoHo is a ghost town. Bereft of foot traffic. And now, multinational brands are fleeing the retail void left in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown. Several upscale stores across the neighborhood are now boarded up, allegedly due to fears of looting. Retailers such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Sephora, […]

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NYPD Dispatches Cruisers with Creepy ‘Social Distancing’ PSA

Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:02 am

The NYPD is now dispatching its fleet with audio messages to warn folks about keeping a safe distance from others during the COVID-19 shutdown. Chief of Patrol for the force, Fausto Pichardo, tweeted the below video of the police cruiser rolling down (soon to be demolished) East River Park yesterday evening. The bullhorn blared a […]

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Lower East Side Hotels Close During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

At least three of the trendiest hotels dotting the Lower East Side are now closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glitzy PUBLIC Hotel on Chrystie Street is the latest venue to announce its temporary pause. “It is with a heavy heart that I have finally decided to temporarily close PUBLIC on Monday, March 23rd,” […]

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Tales from the Shutdown: Saturday Night, and the Bowery was Empty

Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:07 am

Honking horns, traffic bottleneck, shrieking bar-goers, and plenty of ambient noise are the norm for a typical weekend night on the Bowery. This past Saturday, quite the opposite due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Boogie reader Bobby Subjenski shared these photos showing the ghost town that is the Bowery, just north of Delancey Street. Right by […]

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Scarr’s Pizza and Speedy Romeo Temporarily Shutter Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

Two popular Lower East Side pizzerias are shutting down for the time being, while the city continues to reel from the COVID-19 outbreak. Scarr’s Pizza announced last Friday that the Orchard Street pizza parlor is down for the duration. Speedy Romeo delivered the news on Sunday, also via Instagram, that the Clinton Street restaurant was […]

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Friday Whopper: SUV Crashes into Delancey Street Burger King

Posted March 23, 2020 at 5:05 am

It was a whopper of an accident on Delancey Street Friday evening. Shortly before 9:45pm, a driver headed westbound off the Williamsburg Bridge slammed into the facade of Burger King. An eyewitness tells us that pedestrians on the sidewalk were nearly flattened as the SUV careened into the store. Airbags purportedly deployed, and the woman […]

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