History

Celebrating 125 Years of the ‘House on Henry Street’

Last modified September 17, 2018 at 9:42 pm

The Henry Street Settlement is making waves as it continues with its year long quasquicentennial celebration of providing social services, arts, and healthcare to the Lower East Side and throughout the city. Of note, “The House on Henry Street,” a new permanent exhibit funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sun Hill […]

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The Village Voice is Killed Off for Good

Posted September 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Village is barely recognizable anymore and it just lost its Voice. As you’ve seen or likely heard, the Village Voice is gone after more than sixty years reporting the local beat. The news dropped Friday afternoon – in the true spirit of Labor Day – exactly one year after publication ceased on the print […]

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Ruminating on the Summer Blackout of 2003 [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:08 am

We originally ran a version of this story five years ago. Seemed fitting to revisit on the fifteenth anniversary of the Blackout… August 14, 2003 was a seasonably warm Thursday, and coincidentally, the conclusion of a fruitful downtown work experience. To everyone else, though, it was just another day at the office. So, when the […]

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The Hairy History of the Now-Demolished 282 Grand Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:09 am

Back in March, Grand Street Chinatown lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. What’s now a vacant lot will soon sprout a monument to luxury living. Here’s some history… Built sometime between the 1820s and the 1830s, the Federal-style row house at 282 Grand Street and its adjoining sisters were knee-buckling and […]

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Bowery Boogie Turns 10-Years-Old Today!

Posted July 16, 2018 at 9:33 am

Hey, it’s our birthday! Bowery Boogie turns ten today, an achievement we never thought possible at the outset.  Our first post – logged at 8:07pm on July 16, 2008 – was your standard “Hello World” message (i.e. “This blog is an ongoing chronicle of the Lower East Side of Manhattan through the eyes of a […]

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Walking Through the Catacombs of St. Patrick’s in Little Italy [PHOTOS]

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

When walking around New York City, you can take in a whole different world if you just stop texting, get off Instagram, remove your Beats headphones and, instead, look up and down to notice the smaller details of the city: gargoyles carved into buildings, plaques set into sidewalks, mosaics wedged into odd places. But what […]

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Revisiting Captain Kidd and the Pirate Port of New Amsterdam [HISTORY]

Posted July 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

Ahoy, 17th century Manhattan. In the mid to late 1600s, fledgling New York was crawling with buccaneers, but none quite as enduring as Captain William Kidd, a by-the-book privateer whose story and missing treasure put the city on the proverbial pirate map along with the tropical islands of the Caribbean. Today we revisit Captain Kidd’s […]

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When Robert F. Kennedy Campaigned on the Lower East Side (Revisited)

Posted June 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The 42-year-old senator and presidential candidate was assassinated by Palestinian terrorist Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles just after declaring victory in the 1968 Democratic California primary. Just four years earlier – in September 1964 – Kennedy had visited the Lower […]

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Lower East Side History Month Kicks Off Next Week

Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

It’s just about time for Lower East Side History Month festivities to commence in May. As in the past four years, a month-long series of celebrations is in the works to highlight the rich and diverse history of the neighborhood. An array of folks comprised of cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents have […]

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Check Out Vintage Political Memorabilia on the LES this Weekend

Posted February 2, 2018 at 9:33 am

Like IKE? This Sunday, the Seward Park High School Alumni Association is joining forces with the Big Apple Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors for a special political memorabilia show. Buttons, posters, and other vintage campaign swag will be on display and available for purchase. According to Big Apple Chapter president Tony Lee, “ […]

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