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Post-Snow, the Lower East Side Dressed in White [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

Herewith, some photos from the first snowstorm of 2017 (and aftermath). All were shot in and around the Lower East Side with frozen fingers and wet camera lens. A blanket of snow is the perfect equalizer; it levels the playing field. Run-of-the-mill tensions and stresses of living in the big city easily fade with each […]

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There was a Fire at the ‘Cup & Saucer’ Building on Canal Street this Morning [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

Earlier this morning, at roughly 4:30am, fire broke out on the third floor of 89 Canal Street. Several trucks responded and extinguished the blaze rather quickly. Seemingly within an hour. Cup & Saucer occupies the ground level. We spoke to the owner of the beloved luncheonette, who indicated they’ll be open soon, but must first […]

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Best of Boogie: The Year in Instagram [2016]

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s been a tumultuous year, yet that didn’t deter us from capturing the moments of humanity that compose the fabric of our neighborhood. Herewith, some of our favorite Instagram shots from the last year, in no particular order. It’s also a good time to mention that if you haven’t joined us on Instagram yet, head over […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Around and Around the LES [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I walk and a nod around the community, taking in the odd smile and moments of lamenting. First, there’s Michael Lydon, a musician player for a number of years on the street with the 9th Street Stampers; he lives on 9th Street… …And here’s the legendary Sock Man, who’s returned with a new location 99 […]

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Antisemitism Strikes Taco Recipes Vestibule on Essex Street

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last week, reports surfaced that antisemitic incidents are surging in the days following Trump’s election a month ago. Around here, it’s usually graffiti attacks like the spray-job at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. And here’s one closer to home at Essex Street. “Jew Man” is scrawled on the vestibule of Taco Recipes at number 23, […]

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Protesters Target Ivanka Trump with Candlelight Vigil Outside Kushner’s SoHo Building [PHOTOS]

Last modified November 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

Trump protesters last night assembled at the foot of the Puck Building to voice opposition to the president-elect, but specifically daughter, Ivanka Trump. Her husband-slumlord Jared Kushner developed the Puck Penthouses. An Instagram account called “Dear Ivanka,” product of the Halt Action Group, accuses her of profiting from “Trump’s racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic campaign.” The rally […]

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Nighttime Shopping with the Lulav Vendors of Canal Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

With the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the proverbial back pocket, it’s on to the next with the feast Sukkot. Meaning, the traditional rush is on to pick up lulav and etrog … if that is your custom. The old time holdout vendors returned to the fray yesterday, setting up shop at the usual […]

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Clayton’s Corner: From the Streets to the Subways

Posted October 12, 2016 at 5:06 am

A family that sleeps together on the subway… …Also saw artist Mathew Courtney at the Broadway-Lafayette station. He’s sold his art on the street of Soho for many years. He was important in the ’80s and early ’90s struggle to save ABC No Rio. He also ran a very popular ABC No Rio spoken word […]

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Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

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Clayton’s Corner: The Drunken Ludlow Bunny Hop [PHOTOS]

Posted August 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

What should I say, bring back the drugs? What were our elected officials thinking of when they turned this area (Hell Square) into an entertainment zone? We have elected some real visionaries. Last Saturday afternoon, I was walking home from the store and I ran into a herd of bunnies. They were scrambling all over […]

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