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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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Zarin Fabrics’ Bobby Zarin Dies of Cancer at 71

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:04 am

Bobby Zarin, former owner of Zarin Fabrics and husband to Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, passed away on Saturday after a years-long battle with thyroid cancer. He was 71. “With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully [Saturday] surrounded by […]

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Growing up on the Lower East Side with the Real Schmulka Bernstein, My Grandfather

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

The following guest piece was written by Michele Clark, granddaughter of the real Schmulka Bernstein.  My grandfather Schmulka Bernstein owned and ran a kosher butcher store (Schmulka Bernstein Kosher Meats and Provisions) and factory smokehouse on Rivington Street, between Essex and Ludlow, from the 1930s until 1964. He was noted for, among other things, the guaranteed […]

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Prohibition-Era Funeral Home on Madison Street Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

A former Lower East Side funeral home with colorful gangster roots just hit the market as a multimillion-dollar “investment opportunity.” Robert “Roxie” Vanella was a gangster-cum-undertaker who ran in the same circles as Johnnie Torrio and Al Capone. Later in life, the outlaw (and convicted murderer) went straight, and founded his namesake funeral home. Now, […]

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A Decade in the Making, Henry Street Settlement Finally Closes Deal on Historic Firehouse

Last modified October 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

The Henry Street Settlement finally closed the deal on an historic Lower East Side firehouse. A decade in the making, the transfer transpired exactly two years after Mayor Bill de Blasio executed resolution 835, thereby approving the sale of 269 Henry to the organization for the bargain price of $1. Thus ushering in a new chapter for the […]

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