Best of Boogie: The Most-Read Stories of 2019

Posted on: December 23rd, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Jimmy Blanco in 2013

What follows is a short list of the most-read stories on Bowery Boogie over the last year. Many thanks, once again, to all the readers, tipsters, and supporters – old and new – who help keep this website one of the most popular daily reads in the city.

RIP Lower East Side Man in White, ‘Jimmy Blanco’

He was a local icon. Most knew him, but didn’t really know him. Jimmy Becker, known colloquially as “Jimmy Blanco” for perennially roaming the streets dressed in all white, passed away last January after a battle with Lymphoma. It’s believed he was about 69 or 70.

Street Vendor on the Bowery Caught with Hands Down His Pants

A street cart vendor on the Bowery was caught with his hands down his pants back in August. Al Bundy style during lunchtime. It caused a hyperlocal uproar.

Photo: Zoe Stuckless

This is What Happens When Harvey Weinstein Shows his Face at a Bar on Avenue B

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein spent a night out at Downtime on Avenue B, where he was confronted by women during a private event. The protesters, including a comedian, were booed by some in the crowd.

Desperate Extell Offers to Waive up to 10 Years of Common Charges at One Manhattan Square

Extell is desperate to fill the glut of vacant condos at One Manhattan Square. So much so that the 850-foot, 815-unit skyscraper resorted to comping up to ten years of common charges for new residents. These fees range from roughly $700 to $2,300 per month.

Fall of the LaGuardia Bathhouse, Aug. 2019

110-Year-Old LES Bathhouse Deemed Unstable, to be Demolished for Turf Field

After decades of dormancy, the LaGuardia Bathhouse was deemed unstable last spring. Conveniently around the same time that the revised coastal resiliency plan started driving demand for alternate open space; East River Park will be sealed for three years (at least).

After 2 Decades, ‘Joe’s Shanghai’ in Chinatown will Relocate to the Bowery

Joe’s Shanghai relocated to the Bowery earlier this month after a quarter-century on Pell Street. The desire for larger dining space apparently drove the decision to relocate. And maybe access to tourist dollars at the skyscraper hotel next door (Joie de Vivre).

McNally Jackson Books will Remain at its Longtime Prince Street Shop

The end-of-year story last year which brought the masses to Boogie carried over into 2019. Despite the early news that McNally Jackson was looking to leave Prince Street, the new year brought news of its plans to stay put.

Recent Stories

Displaced Chinatown Business Returns Months After Devastating Fire

Four months after a deadly fire knocked out 78 Mulberry Street, one of its businesses returned to the scene. Ewa Trading Company reopened in its former Chinatown home earlier this week. The store had spent some of the interim displacement period selling from a shuttered Vietnamese restaurant a few paces north. The two-alarm fire broke […]

EDC Sues Essex Restaurant for Back Rent over Former Essex Market Lease

Three years removed from its relocation across Rivington Street, the city filed suit against the Essex restaurant for alleged unpaid rent. The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) sued Essex for nearly $60,000 in unpaid back rent on the former Essex Market building it previously occupied, according to the lawsuit filed Monday. The city entity claims that […]

Exile on Orchard Street: Tenement Museum Recreates Exhibits During Renovations

The Tenement Museum is amidst a preservation project at 97 Orchard Street, but will continue its programming with replicas not too far away. The 1863-era tenement this past Sunday embarked on “vital” restoration work to preserve its walls, floors, roof, as well as the installation of a new HVAC system that will provide improved climate […]

Former Home of Stanton Social on the LES Hits Market for $5.9M

Stanton Social has been in the grave for nearly four years. Now, its former home is back on the market. The two-story building – located at 99 Stanton Street in Hell Square – carries an asking price of $5.9 million. B6 Real Estate Advisors is listed as the exclusive brokerage for the property, which has […]

DOT to Pave Pock-Marked Pell Street; Sheds Removed

Pell Street is finally on deck for a resurfacing, forcing numerous Chinatown businesses to dismantle their street shed annexes. Those who operate outdoor dining sheds along Pell Street received notice this week from the Department of Transportation to dismantle structure ahead of scheduled street repaving. This small neighborhood street – which once terminated at Division – […]