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Sticky Rice Outdoor Dining Foiled by Orchard Street Bike Rack

Posted January 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

Sticky Rice is stuck between a rack and an empty place. Bike rack, that is. Thanks to the sprawling, Department of Transportation issued bike corral at its doorstep, the fourteen-year-old Thai restaurant is unable to erect any dedicated structure to accommodate larger-scale outdoor seating. Like the one next door at Dudley’s. (There are currently two […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Parkside is headed upstairs. Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables. Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons. “It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the […]

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Bleecker Street Bar Plots Comeback with Upscale Broadway Reboot

Posted January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Four months after Bleecker Street Bar closed down for good, an unexpected twist. Ownership now plans an upscale comeback just a couple blocks away. The thirty-year-old NoHo dive was forced from its namesake street at the end of August due to pandemic-related restrictions and an apparent impasse over rent. But Bleecker Street Bar found a […]

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Rumor: Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Dining Room

Last modified January 2, 2021 at 7:32 pm

It certainly isn’t a happy new year here on the Lower East Side if rumors prove true that Sammy’s Roumanian is closed for good. The Chrystie Street restaurant closed back in mid-March with the rest of the city during the initial pandemic lockdown. And now it appears they didn’t survive. Photographers James and Karla Murray […]

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Best of Boogie: The Most-Read Stories of 2020

Last modified December 31, 2020 at 9:21 am

It goes without saying that the pandemic year of 2020 is a dumpster fire that most would just as soon rather forget. Yet, with plenty happening on the Lower East Side thoroughly out. What follows is a short list of the most-read stories on Bowery Boogie over the last year. Many thanks, once again, to all […]

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Development Site Gets Going with $162M Loan

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

The controversial, two-towered development slated to top the hallowed grounds of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is set to proceed, thanks to a multimillion-dollar construction loan. The Gotham Organization and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group joint venture behind the project just nabbed $162.4 million in debt from Wells Fargo and US Bank to move forward. Together with […]

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GNR’s Slash Pushes City to Rename St. Mark’s Block After Jimmy Webb

Posted December 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

Famed Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash just elevated the petition to rename part of St. Mark’s Place after his late friend, Jimmy Webb. The lead axe-man endorsed the memorial designation in a post to Instagram last week. “How Monumental Would This Be!? Jimmy Left His Mark On St Marks!!! What a Way To Honor An […]

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Surplus Love, or How the Community Rallies Behind a Beloved Shopkeeper

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Army & Navy Bags, the decades-old surplus store at 177 East Houston still hangs by a thread. Yet, embraced by a loyal customer base, and a community unwilling to let it fail, the business, and owner Henry Yao, soldier on. The New York Times profiled Yao over the weekend, highlighting the origins of the shop […]

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Heavy Winds Damage Elevator Motor Room at Seward Park Co-op

Last modified December 25, 2020 at 12:13 pm

The heavy storm that blew through Christmas Eve damaged one of the Seward Park Co-op buildings on East Broadway. A resident informed us this morning the elevator motor room atop 208 East Broadway lost some of its roof during the high winds last night. The debris fell into the playground area below. However, we’re told […]

Looking Back at Classic Coffee Shop on the Eve of its Closure

Posted December 24, 2020 at 5:03 am

Today marks the final day of business for the Classic Coffee Shop, a cozy luncheonette that’s kept the neighborhood fed for decades. As reported, the lease on 56 Hester Street expires this month, and owner Carmine Morales decided to retire. And insists that there is no rent hike or foul play here. The pandemic has […]

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