Allison B Siegel (Resident Historian)

Resident Historian Allison B. Siegel focuses on 18th through the mid-20th century New York City. She has collaborated on several National Register nominations and is, at this point, more than mildly obsessed with all things history including hauntings. As an urban historian, Allison can be found exploring and documenting buildings wherever she goes making it very hard to walk down the street with her. A pirate preservationist, our ghost of neighborhoods’ past, LES and Allison? Like tenement brick and mortar. Her roots here date back to the early 19th century. She was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

Posts by Allison

The Bizarre ‘Mumming’ History of Thanksgiving Masking

Posted November 24, 2021 at 5:04 am

What follows is a reworking of a post originally published on Bowery Boogie in 2014. There was once a time when Thanksgiving customs more resembled Halloween masquerading than traditional turkey and history lessons. That’s right. So get out your masks, people! Thanksgivoween is upon us. Two key words: masking and mumming. To surmise thousands of […]

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Uncapped: CAINE ONE Forever

Last modified November 23, 2021 at 10:58 am

Hey Boogie faithful! Guest writer, Freddy Alva, joins us again to go beneath the paint with us at Uncapped. The following is a stylized excerpt from the Queens Graffiti Legend’s Black Book containing interviews with LADY PINK, ROGER, Martha Cooper, FREEDOM, NOTCH 56, JIMMY 131, ZAR, PHANTOM and CAINE, childhood friend Eileen Galindo. Head over here […]

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11-11 Synchronicity: LeCrue Eyebrows and Konstance Patton Art Show

Posted October 28, 2021 at 5:13 am

Boogie Fam! Street art time! LeCrue Eyebrows and Konstance Patton’s art now adorn the walls and halls of One Art Space, as of yesterday. LeCrue Eyebrows (tune in if you want to know what his name means) was featured on our Bowery Boogie Uncapped Podcast. We haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Konstance Patton’s work […]

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Uncapped: The Making of The Unauthorized Biography of Ree 2

Posted September 17, 2021 at 6:07 am

Boogie Fam! It sure has been a while. Have you checked out the Bowery Boogie Uncapped (BBU) Podcast? Launched during the pandemic, we are now three seasons deep and chock full of interviews with graffiti pioneers, street artists, Boogie affiliates and most recently, a song debut. You know that country we emancipated from in 1776? […]

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Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi volunteered). He later […]

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Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Posted February 26, 2021 at 5:08 am

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

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‘Illuminating’ the Bowery with COVID-19 Stats

Posted February 3, 2021 at 5:15 am

Looks like quarantine has been keeping the art community, ahem, enlightened and we love to see it. Allow me to introduce the Illuminate Cities Project Collective: Alexandra Payne: Project Manager, Urban Planner and Policy Specialist (Amplify) Domingo Abrusci: Project Lead, Designer and Architect (licensed in Italy) Elisa Forlini: Lighting Design, Chartered RIBA Architect Robyn Squires: […]

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In Conversation with Crimefaces: The Definitive Interview

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:09 am

Today, we chat with AC, the founder, and the voice of Crimefaces. You may recognize him from Instagram or his feature in Maxim magazine. He also co-sponsored our last Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle, and today is here to discuss the past, present, and future of Crimefaces. I visited AC at Crimefaces HQ – an undisclosed […]

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Of Saints and Sinners: In Conversation with Jose ‘Cochise’ Quiles

Posted December 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

Boogie fam, it is with great fanfare that I introduce you to our newest interview subject. Cochise – an artist, a lifelong Lower East Sider, and a man with a powerful message. Cochise recently opened his first solo show at Public Access, Leo Fitzgerald’s new gallery on St. Mark’s Place. The art exhibition was titled, […]

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COVID Has Taken Fineline Tattoo, a Lower East Side Institution

Last modified October 23, 2020 at 10:37 am

Oh, COVID/2020, you’re an evil bitch. Come Monday, you will no longer be able to walk into Fineline Tattoo shop. But the owner and legacy keeper, Mehai Bakaty, wants you to know: We are not closing, we are moving. LES STRONG.  We will be going back to a private studio next door. Appointment only. Rest […]

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