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Another Show of Love for City First Responders Now Hangs Above the FDR

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:17 am

The Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR is a popular place to make a statement. Many a banner has hung from this chain-link fencing. And now, it’s adoration for the city’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday morning, a handwritten sheet appeared on the bridge with the message – “NYC loves RNs + […]

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The Crazy Line Outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street

Last modified April 6, 2020 at 7:47 am

This is the queue outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. Distanced six feet apart, the line of shoppers snaked around onto Clinton Street and up to Broome. It’s a scene that plays out daily amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, as residents scramble for groceries. We were told that management allows a store occupancy of fifty to […]

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In Memoriam: Big Steve of East 3rd Street

Posted March 26, 2020 at 5:05 am

A fixture on the Lower East Side for decades, Juan “Stevie” Guzman passed away last week of heart complications. He was kind, gentle and hilarious. Affectionately known as “Lil’ Steve,” and later, “Big Stevie,” he and his family lived on East 3rd Street and First Avenue since the 1960s. Many of of his relatives still […]

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Tales from the Shutdown: Saturday Night, and the Bowery was Empty

Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:07 am

Honking horns, traffic bottleneck, shrieking bar-goers, and plenty of ambient noise are the norm for a typical weekend night on the Bowery. This past Saturday, quite the opposite due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Boogie reader Bobby Subjenski shared these photos showing the ghost town that is the Bowery, just north of Delancey Street. Right by […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Mickey the Pope and Drugs on the Lower East Side

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

For this Clayton’s Corner, documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumed more 1980s drug-related photos from his archives on the Lower East Side. Overdosing Man passed out in the doorway of 159 Essex Street. It was an all-too common occurrence to see an addict overdosed in the doorway. Mickey “The Pope” Cesar Mickey was an eccentric character. In […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Drugs and Anti-Police Protests

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

In the 1980s, abandoned buildings dotted Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington, on the east side. Often these spaces became a drop-off for garbage and home base for drug dealers selling product. The spray-painted message warned sellers would be photographed. Due to the number of locations that sold illegal drugs, as well as the volume […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Essex Street Crack Busts in the 1990s [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

In this next installment of Clayton’s Corner, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumes the drug-heavy history of Essex Street in the 1990s. The bodega at the end of my block (179 Essex Street) was a cocaine store. One of the owners was murdered in Washington Heights. As locals, we were regular customers. Never bought […]

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Best of Boogie: The Year in Instagram [2019]

Posted December 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

What follows in this post are some of our favorite Instagram shots from the last year, in no particular order. If you haven’t followed us on Instagram yet, find us here. Without further ado… View this post on Instagram One way Bowery blues #bowery #polarvortex #oneway A post shared by Bowery Boogie (@boweryboogie) on Feb […]

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Clayton’s Corner: One More for the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson returns with his eponymous photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last three decades. This unassuming neighborhood portal is legendary amongst locals, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Hakki Akdeniz. Known professionally as Famous […]

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At the Chinatown Vigil for Homeless Men Murdered on the Bowery

Last modified October 8, 2019 at 10:22 am

It was a moment of silence, shame, then a call to action. New York City could not sweep its homeless crisis under the rug Monday morning as a moment of silence at a vigil in Kimlau Square, Chinatown was deafening to those mourning the senseless murder of four homeless men by a 24-year-old attacker now […]

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