Best of Boogie: The Most Popular Stories of 2015

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 at 9:15 am by

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Here we are again. Another year under the proverbial belt, and with plenty of hard-hitting local coverage to boot. Check out some of our most popular stories from 2015. Thanks once again to all the readers, tipsters, and supporters – old and new – who help make Bowery Boogie tick!

Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Some sicko decided to string up these rats (though, most likely possums) to the network of scaffolding outside the Baruch Houses. The story went viral and was our biggest traffic earner of the year. We later found out that a resident placed them here to call attention to the terrible living situation in the NYCHA facility.

Exclusive: Streit’s Matzo Factory is Under Contract and Leaving the Lower East Side this Spring

Yep. You read it here first. Streit’s Matzo Factory cashed out of the Lower East Side, having sold its chain of tenements on Rivington Street for $30.5 million. Condos coming soon. We first broke the story almost a year ago to the day.

Epstein’s Bar is Shuttered with White Flag of Surrender

Epstein’s Bar closed for good back in September after more than a decade at 82 Stanton Street. The rowdy nightspot was shuttered due to myriad violations including improper zoning and lack of Certificate of Occupancy.

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Bowery Beef: Cope2 Allegedly Pulls a Gun at the Graffiti Wall While Futura Painted

Controversial street artist Cope2 got in some shit while Futura painted the Bowery graffiti wall in September. He allegedly pointed a gun at HOW (from Tats Cru) and was arrested.

No, I’m no Angel: Digging Into the Hells Angels Clubhouse on 3rd Street

We explored the mysteries of the Hells Angels Clubhouse on East 3rd Street.

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Breaking: Explosion on 2nd Avenue, Tenants Reported Trapped in Collapse

Probably the most tragic story to come out of the neighborhood in some time. This post was our earliest account of the explosion, which ultimately took two lives, and affected dozens of residents and businesses.

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