Essex Street

Essex Street Snowman Resurrected for Another Adventure

Posted February 4, 2021 at 5:08 am

For the second time in as many months, the Essex Street Snowman is back on the prowl. Resurrected for another Lower East Side adventure. The near-two-feet of snow dropped by the storm earlier this week provided enough building material for the portly creature. Complete with beer bottle nose, traffic cone hat, and Gatorade eyes. The […]

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Ten Years in the Life of the World Famous Essex Street Snowman

Posted February 1, 2021 at 5:06 am

The Essex Street Snowman has been an annual tradition for more than a decade already. Ever since two locals established a bodega-grocery at the nexus of Essex and Ludlow Streets. So, with an epic Nor’easter on the doorstep, it’s worth sledding down memory lane. The first iteration of the snow sculpture (nay, marketing stunt) appeared […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Overthrow the Wrong Way

Posted January 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, photographer Clayton Patterson shares news that the Overthrow boxing gym on Bleecker Street is back in action. Then, crosstown on Essex Street, two cops stopped for a quick slice. However, flouting traffic by driving the wrong way to park in front of Champion Pizza. This move seemed to irk […]

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How COVID and a Bus Stop Chased Benson’s from Essex Street

Last modified January 25, 2021 at 3:03 pm

The following guest post was penned by Boogie reader Sydney Fishman. For five years, Benson’s held down the corner of East Houston and Essex Streets with craft beers, sumptuous burgers, and the occasional movie night. The movie nights, according to owner Annie Morton, were the highlight of Benson’s tenure on the Lower East Side. Before […]

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Joan Micklin Silver, Director of Seminal LES RomCom ‘Crossing Delancey,’ Dies at 85

Posted January 4, 2021 at 5:08 am

Joan Micklin Silver, the filmmaker who broke ground with Hester Street, and hit the masses with Crossing Delancey, passed away last Thursday. She died at her home in Manhattan at the age of 85. Her daughter Claudia Silver told the New York Times that the cause of death was vascular dementia. Of Crossing Delancey, the […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Pandemic Pause, Promises Return

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade is now on pause until further notice. It was an eight-year run for the game room, which officially announced as much just before Christmas. Readers spotted trucks carting away the arcade cabinets from 153 Essex last week. The bar hadn’t been open since the onset of the pandemic last spring. Yet, signs […]

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Tradition of Jews Eating Chinese Food on Christmas Began on the Lower East Side

Last modified December 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm

Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas is a tradition forged long ago in the bowels of the Lower East Side. To many turn-of-the-century Eastern European newcomers, Chinese cuisine was somewhat familiar to their own. As the Yiddish Book Center points out, both culinary styles favor “chicken broth, lots of garlic and onions, vegetables cooked to a melting softness, […]

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The Essex Street Snowman Returns [Updated]

Last modified December 18, 2020 at 4:15 pm

The Essex Street Snowman returned to the fray after the snowstorm yesterday. A Boogie reader spoke with ownership yesterday who stated that the bodega will not be doing it “this time.” But that decision was apparently overturned. The sidewalk Yeti is usually a Lower East Side attraction whenever a big snow blankets the area. Employees […]

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LES Ecology Center to Headquarter in Seward Park During East Side Resilience Project

Posted December 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

With the fate of East River Park all but sealed in the face of the $1.45 billion coastal resilience project, the Lower East Side Ecology Center hangs in the balance. But an historic local park is coming to the rescue. Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the […]

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String of Hell Square Robberies Continues with E&S Wholesome Foods

Posted December 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

More Hell Square businesses continue to fall prey to crime. The latest establishment affected by this uptick is E&S Wholesome Foods at the corner of Stanton and Essex Streets. The front door glass was shattered and two bikes allegedly stolen from the premises. This commercial robbery is the third of its kind in less than […]

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