Boogie Staff Picks: The Year in Boogie [2013]

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 at 11:39 am by
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As 2013 comes to a close, we now collect the ten most popular stories on Bowery Boogie this past year. Thanks for reading, and for sharing with your friends and “friends.”

Here we go…

Take a Drive Through the Gritty 1980s East Village

This one post was so popular that it almost broke Boogie. If you don’t recall the video, it’s a must-see.

Teen Victim Identified in Last Night’s Fatal Shooting on Columbia Street

Last January, sixteen-year-old high school junior Sadonte Delgado (Raphael Sadonte Ward) was shot in the chest outside the Masaryk Towers. The community still mourns his loss.

In Which Santa Gets a Hand Job at Duane Reade

Of all the SantaCon stories out there, this one really seemed to resonate with readers. Seriously, how much you gotta drink to think getting a handy in the Duane Reade windows is a good idea?

El Sombrero Closing to Become Artichoke Pizza Outpost

The Hat, as it’s nicknamed, is closing to make way for another outpost of Artichoke Pizza. El Sombrero had been on the corner of Ludlow and Stanton since 1984.

Op-ed: An Open Letter to The DL from the LES Dwellers

Neighborhood activists LES Dwellers truly stirred the pot with this open letter, published exclusively on Boogie. It exposed the illegal method of operation at the club. Not much has changed, natch.

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Nude photos in Rox gallery on Delancey

Getting Rox Off with Natalie White Softcore in Delancey Windows

Gallery newcomer at 85 Delancey – Rox – caused a tizzy with its nude window displays last April. The sexy photos were part of the “Who Shot Natalie White” exhibit.

Warhol Star Taylor Meade Dies at 88

This is one of the sadder stories this past year. Warhol star Taylor Meade was essentially forced (i.e. bullied into a settlement) from his Ludlow Street apartment by landlord Ben Shaoul in May, and relocated to his sister’s place in Colorado. He wanted to return, but never did.

Morrissey Spotted on First Avenue Yesterday

Self explanatory. There are a ton of Moz fans out there.

Inside the Ruins of Possible Bull’s Head Tavern on the Bowery

Owner Alex Chu and architect Peter Poon are dropping a huge hotel at 50 Bowery. During initial demolition, a concerned neighborhood activist believed crews stumbled upon possible remnants of the iconic Bull’s Head Tavern.

Modesty War Brewing Over H&M Beyonce Advert on Grand Street

More conservative residents east on Grand Street opposed a risqué Beyonce ad promoting H&M. Someone kept censoring the semi-nude body with a white cover; and another kept ripping it down. The tit-for-tat actions lasted until the poster was removed.

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