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5 Polaroids Shot from an Orchard Street Rooftop on 9/11 [PHOTOS]

Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11. Longtime Lower East Sider Robin Page shot the following Polaroids from her Orchard Street rooftop that cloudless Tuesday morning, and recently shared with us.

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Happy Labor Day! [PHOTOS]

Last modified September 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This is historically recognized as the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. For most, Labor Day denotes the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, a much needed day off from work. And while all of that […]

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Sidewalk Sleeper Gets a Rude Awakening on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted August 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

For the last few nights, this man moved a living room onto the sidewalk at Bowery and Delancey. Included is what looks to be a hospital bed and chair used as nightstand. A pretty comfortable setup for him, but not so much for the local authorities. Especially given the rise in violence here in recent […]

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The Visual Legacy of Legendary Lower East Side Photographer Rebecca Lepkoff [PHOTOS]

Posted August 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Lower East Side lost one of its most vibrant chroniclers this past week. Legendary photographer Rebecca Lepkoff passed away on August 17, a mere thirteen days after turning 98. Growing up at 60 Hester Street, Lepkoff acquired her first camera with money earned as a modern dancer at the 1939 World’s Fair. She was […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Dr. Dave’s Fundraising Success

Posted August 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

Local general practicioner Dr. David Ores has been providing medical services to low-income and uninsured residents of the Lower East Side for two decades. One week ago, Dr. Dave (as neighbors refer to him) organized a desperate crowdfunding plea to remain in his office on East Second Street. He had recently learned of a $30,000 […]

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Tat Chat: Billy Keith’s Japanese Ink

Last modified July 31, 2014 at 7:53 am

Annnnnd we’re back. Once again with a client from Fineline Tattoo. Like what you see? Maybe get a tattoo there. Ladies and gents, meet Billy Keith. He’s a Japanese tattoo aficionado who’s pretty much covered neck to toes. Japanese tattooing dates back thousands of years. Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文) is the Japanese word for tattoo. The history […]

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Clayton’s Corner: World War 3 and Chalkboard Tees

Posted July 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

  This week’s installment of Clayton’s Corner… World War 3 Illustrated book release party at Blue Stockings – original editors Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, who started the magazine in 1980 … WW3 illustrator Mac McGill, an ACKER Award recipient… …Art show at Chalkboard T-Shirt pop-up store on Lafayette Street. Street artist Gazoo To The Moon […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Hangin’ with Ricky Powell Outside Sweet Chick on Ludlow

Posted June 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

Clayton Patterson checks in this week with the above photo, recently snapped outside Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street, the artist formerly known as Max Fish. Proprietor John Seymour is seen here posing alongside the iconic downtown photographer Ricky Powell.  Powell is a lifelong city denizen, and currently resides in Greenwich Village. Many consider him the unofficial […]

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Clayton’s Corner: What is the True ‘Lower East Side Story’ Behind the Mural?

Last modified June 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The last mural beside my front door on Essex Street was done by local Hispanic artist Marty Mar, and was supposed to remain in this location. This relatively new artist pictured above – Garrett Wasserman (aka “People”) – was supposed to paint a mural in one of the smaller areas. “Lower East Side Story” is […]

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Forgotten Faces: Christopher on Avenue A [PHOTOS]

Posted June 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

“Forgotten Faces” is a photo essay series from New York City based photographer Adam Goyette that uncovers stories about the people you see on the streets of New York. Most of the time, pedestrians just pass by without giving a second thought. However, these faces have names and stories, and these are just a few. Christopher On the […]

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