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Chinatown Pushes for Congressional Gold Medal to Honor Chinese American War Heroes

Posted November 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

This Saturday, folks will have a unique opportunity to attend an event that not only commemorates local veterans, but one that may help give these unsung heroes their deserved recognition in the eyes of the Federal government. Throughout United States history, over 16,000 Chinese Americans participated in all four theaters of World War II. As […]

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Vilified ‘HIAS’ Organization Founded on the Lower East Side

Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:08 am

Saturday morning, a man named Robert Bowers murdered eleven Shabbat worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It’s been widely reported in the aftermath that he vilified the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish organization founded more than one hundred years ago on the Lower East Side. Not long before Bowers opened […]

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Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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Revisiting the Rise of Brooks Brothers on the Lower East Side

Posted October 12, 2018 at 5:06 am

Brooks Brothers shuttered its Financial District store yesterday (October 11), a location the company held for the last 45 years. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, hopes to “overhaul the property.” “The store is closing due to the landlord’s plans for extensive renovations and changes to the building,” Brooks Brothers VP global public relations told Patch. “We […]

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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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