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Where are our politicians on Taylor Swift?!

Where are our politicians on Taylor Swift?!

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | I have been impressed by the number of passionate and intelligent responses I have been getting from the Taylor Swift column in the comment section, as well as in e-mails and phone calls. Responses from around the globe. No question, many people are offended by the fact that New York City […]

Ray just keeps on rolling

Ray just keeps on rolling

Photo by Clayton Patterson How time flies — and cigarette prices rise — when you’re serving up delicious fries. Ray a.k.a. Asghar Ghahraman, above in 1992, recently marked the 40th anniversary of running his “candy shop” on Avenue A at Seventh St. He turned 81 on Jan. 1. His hole-in-the-wall store is the go-to spot for […]

Actors, artists, activists, all in the mix on L.E.S.

Actors, artists, activists, all in the mix on L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Tom Corn, artist and musician, left, and Grady Alexis, an artist from Haiti, hanging out at Bullet Space squat on E. Third St. in the early 1990s. The two collaborated on many art shows. Alexis was killed in 1991 when he got into an altercation with an off-duty police officer who […]

Anyone care about cameras?

Anyone care about cameras?

The 7D camera sent back from the Canon repair center — with the battery door still off. BY CLAYTON PETTERSON  |  It seems traditional photography is going the way of the horse and buggy. Eastman Kodak is laying people off and discontinuing the production of cellulose acetate film, the product heavily associated with the Kodak […]

Spurred by C.B. 3 snub, Latinos launch a new group

Spurred by C.B. 3 snub, Latinos launch a new group

Lower East Side Hispanic business owners and residents recently gathered in the Marta Valle High School yard for the kickoff event of the new Association of Latino Business Owners & Residents. There was music, burgers, hot dogs and ices, and games for kids. Photos by Clayton Patterson BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | Up until a few years […]

Don’t take a short-term view of a long-term problem

Don’t take a short-term view of a long-term problem

Photo by Clayton Patterson Closing night at Max Fish on Ludlow St. at the end of last month. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  “The latest from LES Dwellers (@LESdwellers). Our mission is to restore community with focus on livability, sustainability, balanced economic development… . “[Recently], a high-profile Soho House supporter, LES documentarian Clayton Patterson, softened his endorsement […]

Punk music and poetry at park riot reunion concert

Punk music and poetry at park riot reunion concert

Photos by Clayton Patterson At the 25th Anniversary Riot Reunion Show at Tompkins Square Park last Sunday, Reagan Youth’s lead singer got down in the mosh pit and tore it up with the crusties, left, while longtime L.E.S. poet Pitts, right, laid down some verse as Reagan Youth were still onstage.  

Honoring L.E.S. avant-garde with first annual Acker Awards

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  As the tide of gentrification and the money it brings in its wake continues to wash away the creative culture that made the Lower East Side a world-renowned artistic center, I feel the need to somehow save, at least, an impression of what made the L.E.S. such a creative force. Creating […]

Wild times in Austria

Wild times in Austria

BY CLAYTON PETTERSON | The recent Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe tour in Austria featured acts like the heavily tattooed Zombie Boy — who appeared in a Lady Gaga video, as well on as a German modeling show — and is hugely popular in Europe. There were also ballerinas and break dancers, and gymnasts and aerialists.

Artist struggles to survive amid life on the street

Artist struggles to survive amid life on the street

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | One of the greatest blessings I have received in life is connected to my archive. How fortunate and blessed I have been to have been able to document such a wide cross-section of the people, places and events, the life and heart beat of the Lower East Side, before so much […]

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