Rings and reunions, and the final ring-ups at bodega | East Villager & Lower East Sider

Rings and reunions, and the final ring-ups at bodega

Photos by Clayton Patterson
Photos by Clayton Patterson

Axel the jewelry artist, left, and Tommy Turner, the writer / director of the film “Where Evil Dwells,” recently caught up at the opening of legendary street artist Peter Missing’s show at the Art on A Gallery, at 24 Avenue A. It was a real “old-school gathering,” according to the photographer. At right, Miguel, now in his 30s, has worked at the J.A.E. bodega on Stanton St. since he was 15. One of the last real bodegas in the Lower East Side, it will be closing soon — notice the lightly stocked cigarette case and shelves behind the register — possibly in a week, due to high rent. There are reportedly no plans to open elsewhere in the neighborhood because it’s now so prohibitively expensive.