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 more than mildly obsessed with all things history including hauntings. As an Urban Historian, Allison can be found exploring and documenting wherever she goes making it very hard to walk down the street with her. She founded the Bowery Boogie offshoot, Bowery Boogie Uncapped, which is a written interview series and podcast. Uncapped also curates and throws unique graffiti shows across the city. Allison, a pirate preservationist, avid collector of bricks and champion of all things NYC, can trace her roots in the Lower East Side to the late 18th century. She was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

Posts by Allison

Revisiting the Story of the Eastern Dispensary at 75 Essex Street

Posted May 13, 2022 at 5:01 am

The historic Eastern Dispensary Building at 75 Essex Street – home of Eisner Bros. – will soon undergo major redevelopment to add a ten-story protrusion to its rooftop. Fresh off this news, which broke earlier this month, we thought it appropriate to revisit a Bowery Boogie entry from nine years ago detailing the history of […]

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Uncapped: Dynamite Spear/DS3, Rest in Paint

Last modified March 25, 2022 at 10:50 am

Gary Ballentine has been called home. Known in the graffiti community as DS3, Dynamite Spear, and Deadly Spear, as well as a beloved friend, he passed away on Tuesday. DS3 was a prolific graffiti bomber and artist. He was even an on-screen Warrior whose tag appeared on the subway trains in the cult movie classic. […]

Graffiti Writer Duke 9 on Pentagrams, Gentrification and 1980s East Village [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 15, 2022 at 10:48 am

What’s up Boogie Readers! You might recall our deep dive into the squats of yesteryear some time ago. You can catch up here for good measure. When you’re done, Boogie contributor, Freddy Alva, rejoins us to interview Duke 9 about Pentagrams versus Gentrification in 1980’s East Village. (All photos courtesy of DUKE 9 except where […]

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Uncapped: ‘OUT THE BOX’ with Hand-Painted Kicks

Last modified February 10, 2022 at 7:39 pm

Boogie Fam! How goes it? If you’ve been following our Instagram lately, you may have seen our latest art show promotion! Last Friday, we curated and hosted the Out The Box Show at the Thames Art Center in Bushwick. The show was wonderful. Seeing the artwork these exceptionally talented people created was well worth venturing […]

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What You Missed at the ‘Uncapped’ SIGNS Group Show [Recap]

Last modified December 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

Have you ever walked by a fallen street sign plowed down by a car or one swapped out with fancier new models and thought, I really like that, and I’m taking it home. Luckily for a group of likedminded people, there is a collection of weathered or shiny, sparkling or grimy, flat surfaces to litter with […]

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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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