Greenwich Village Etymology: Chumley’s and the 86 [HISTORY]

Posted February 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

The historic Chumley’s is back in the news this week, as West Village NIMBYs are trying their best to bar the bar from reopening at 86 Bedford Street. It had closed suddenly back in 2007 when the facade collapsed. Since then, owner Jim Miller jumped through the hoops and red tape to properly reopen. This turn […]

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Born on the Bowery: ‘Outta Sight’

Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

This week we are examining the Bowery birth of “outta sight.”

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Poll: “In” or “On” the Lower East Side?

Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

How do you refer to our beloved Lower East Side in conversation?


How to Speak in 1938 New York

Last modified November 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Thanks to Boogie reader Shawn Chittle for passing along this link to the 1938 Almanac for New Yorkers [PDF].  In the wake of Friday’s post on Bowery slang, it seems rather appropriate to highlight the section on deciphering various city dialects (“In a Manner of Speaking”). Buckle in, this one will have you laughing! So […]