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When Fire and Ice Devastated the Corner of Allen and East Houston [PHOTOS]

Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

With the so-called polar vortex enveloping the Tri-State area the last week, this story seemed rather appropriate. We’re revisiting the devastating fire that sparked in the early-morning hours of January 12, 1903 beneath a series of adjoining tenements at Houston and Allen Streets. Leather manurfactuer Fayerweather & Ladew owned the buildings, with addresses of 159-165 […]

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‘The Late Late’ Debuts at the Old National Underground Space on East Houston

Posted June 11, 2014 at 6:08 am

Where Gavin DeGraw’s National Underground once served its famous burgers (and music), the Late Late is now operating. The East Houston nightlife newcomer bid farewell to its purple sidewalk shed this past weekend. It had been a storefront fixture since April, when renovation activity accelerated, and Centre-fuge was tapped to decorate the blight with an illustration of […]

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Shebeen Chic Commissions Centre-fuge to Decorate Its East Houston Plywood

Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

The forthcoming Shebeen Chic is tapping into the local street art movement to help create a larger splash for its eventual opening at 159 East Houston. Its plywood shed will host murals for the next six to eight weeks, courtesy of a collaboration with the Centre-fuge public art project. First up is artist Ben Angotti. […]

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Shebeen Chic is the Irish Bar Now Taking Over the Former National Underground Space

Last modified April 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

Shebeen Chic is no April Fools joke… The artist formerly known as the National Underground is officially in transition. Purple plywood encasement was constructed over the weekend for the bar transformation. It was decorated last night with the saying, “This is not an April Fools joke.” You’ll recall that the National Underground – the live […]

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National Underground & White Rabbit Close; Replacements Prep Arrival

Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

That’s all she wrote – two longtime East Houston watering holes just bit the dust.

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Gavin Degraw Selected for Dancing with the Stars

Posted February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, who owns local venue National Underground on East Houston, is headed for network television.

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National Underground Serving McSorley’s Ale

Posted January 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

If you love McSorley’s Ale but loathe the seemingly endless horde of NYU revelers, there’s hope.

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Profile: Union Street Preservation Society

Last modified November 28, 2021 at 7:15 am

Now we know what you’re thinking… what’s a folk band without beards? Especially when all members hail from Brooklyn. Is this even possible? Apparently, it is. Union Street Preservation Society is a relatively new string-based folk group, performing “cosmic American music” that throws together every combination of home-spun country pickin’. And for a band that’s […]

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Operation: Battle of the Bands [5/19/10]

Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Operation: Battle of the Bands at National Underground.  Overall, the fundraiser event was a success, with high turnout and good tunes.  The following review and accompanying photographs were submitted by two of our newest contributors, Joshua Adcock and Jenny Penny. When I think of Battle […]

And We Have a Winner!

Posted May 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who entered the ticket giveaway. This was our first giveaway, and we look forward to doing more, especially after such a great response. For those who actually requested the drunk dials, we’ll see what we can do. Congratulations to Boogie reader Jen Moshiashvili on winning a […]