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

14-Story Eldridge Street Hotel Hit with Stop Work Order

Posted January 21, 2021 at 5:03 am

The hotel newcomer underway on lower Eldridge Street – recently topped out at fourteen stories – met the might of the city. Inspectors from Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order on 79 Eldridge about a week ago. It’s a full order which only allows work “to provide shoring for all staircases and provide design […]

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East Broadway Subway Tiles Free of Disgusting Deposits

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:02 am

Down in the bowels of the East Broadway subway station, those hideous wall monsters are now a thing of the past. For years, the tunnel tiling devolved into a complete mess. Conditions were ripe for the formation of brown, slug-like deposits that grew ever larger by the week. Until this month, coincidentally the 85th anniversary […]

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Covid Killed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Phil Spector; Revisiting The Ronettes Outside Parisi Bakery

Last modified January 19, 2021 at 10:45 am

Phil Spector, the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer, music impresario, and convicted murderer, died on Saturday of purported complications from Covid-19 at the Health Care Facility in Stockton (California), after being transferred from prison. He was 81. Incarcerated for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, Spector would spend his final years behind bars. Which makes paying […]

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Appellate Court to Hear Community Lawsuit that Halted Development of Two Bridges Towers

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am

Down on the Two Bridges waterfront, the future of three super-tall residential projects will soon be decided. Indeed, it took a year, but a community-led lawsuit is now on appeal, with a court date set for next week. You’ll recall that a consortium of community groups under the banner of Lower East Side Organized Neighbors […]

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East Broadway Subway Station Turns 85

Posted January 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

The East Broadway subway station wasn’t always a shady dungeon attracting crime. Once upon a time, the transit stop inspired celebrations across the Lower East Side. It was exactly eighty-five years ago – January 1, 1936 – that the East Broadway subway station debuted to the public. The feat of subterranean engineering, then known as […]

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Looking at the New Ludlow House Annex Atop Demolished Libation Site

Posted January 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

Well, that was quick. With Libation excised from the Lower East Side, the hole is now filled. Taken over by Ludlow House. The building at 137 Ludlow Street was demolished last year, and replaced in a matter of months. In fact, it’s already operational. The architecture of this one-story newcomer mirrors design elements of its […]

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Unused Half of Bowery’s Sunshine Hotel Flophouse Available to Rent

Posted January 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

The leasing banner has been strung from the facade of 241 Bowery for more than two years. Without much success. The second and third floors (combined 8,938 square-feet) – once part of the Sunshine Hotel flophouse – are again on the market. And at a hefty price: $6,495 for a “raw” space that requires renovations […]

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Little Gio’s Pizza Rolls up Orchard Street Outpost

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:01 am

One less pizzeria for Hell Square. Little Gio’s Pizza recently closed down its Orchard Street annex. Token butcher paper in the windows signals the end of this road. The expansion outpost of the First Avenue pizzeria lasted about a year. It replaced the locals favorite, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, which shuttered in May 2018 thanks to […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Reaches Halfway Mark

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Cinema couldn’t be further down the horizon. Especially as each steel beam is knocked into place. Progress on the new office building at 143 East Houston Street is certainly visible now. Its skeleton recently reached the halfway mark, as it climbs to a total height of about nine stories. As previously reported, owners […]

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Wells Fargo Inspections Signal Extell’s Loan Interest for Cherry Street Tower

Posted January 12, 2021 at 5:06 am

It appears that Extell needs more money to operate 227 Cherry Street. Wavecrest Management, which oversees this affordable building in the shadow of One Manhattan Square, circulated a letter to tenants that Wells Fargo bank will be on-premise tomorrow for a “lender site inspection.” So, it would appear that Extell seeks another loan for this […]

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