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Clayton’s Corner: I Walk Around the ‘Hood [PHOTOS]

Posted July 19, 2016 at 5:12 am

I walk around the hood… …This group sits on the bench at East Houston and Orchard and practices rapping and making beats… …Edward Arrocha and Kate Huh posing in front of 161 Essex Street (aka Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum)… …7th precinct cops have to arrest a drunk in the early afternoon. Man had […]

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Scenes from Saturday’s Rooftop Fire at 1 Ludlow Street [PHOTOS]

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:16 am

Herewith, some photos from Saturday’s rooftop fire at 1 Ludlow Street. The unique structure at this corner – located at the three points of Division, Canal, and Ludlow Streets – caught fire but was quickly extinguished by an armada of first responders. Word on the street is that the flames may have sparked due to a […]

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Photographer David Godlis Takes us Back to the 1970s Bowery

Posted June 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

It’s mid 1970s gritty New York City and you’re perusing through the Village Voice when a large ad for a bar you’ve never heard of catches your eye. Night after night you find yourself heading down to this seedy part of town which has drawn you in with its sweaty air, loud punk music, and […]

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Junkies on a hot day, Photo: Clayton Patterson

Clayton’s Corner: Hot Days on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:17 am

The unseasonably hot summer streets are brutal when you have no cool place to get relief from the heat. I shot these images last Saturday, May 28. Most are in and around the Bowery. Check out the gallery below:

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The Essex Market in 1969, Photo: Susan Fensten, Robert M. Cunningham Collection

Shopping the Essex Street Market in 1969 [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

This month marks the 76th anniversary of the Essex Street Market. With three years left until the collection of warehouse buildings is cleared for the opulence of Essex Crossing, it’s important to remember the history being left behind. These one-story brick structures were built by order of Mayor LaGuardia in 1940, with the purpose of […]

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4th Street between Avenues A and B, Photo: Clayton Patterson

Clayton’s Corner: The 1980s, Lest We Forget [PHOTOS]

Posted May 24, 2016 at 9:26 am

The 1980s, lest we forget… On the one hand we tend to over-romanticize how wonderful the old Lower East Side was. Fact is, it was dangerous, dirty, and often with poor living conditions. There was a blur between the good guys and bad guys; a number of cops were as deeply involved in the illegal […]

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Widening Allen Street in 1931, Photo: KJJ

What Life was Like at Broome and Allen During the 1930s [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

With wheels in motion to co-name the corner of Broome and Allen Streets “Hy Genee Way,” and the advent of the second annual Greek Jewish Festival this Sunday, it’s time for an appreciation. An appreciation of the block through the eyes of the Kehila Kedosha Janina – for which Genee was longtime president and local […]

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These Dead Piglets Were Discarded on Essex Street

Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

You may want to avert your eyes. Here’s a scattering of lifeless fetal pigs left for, well, dead curbside outside Seward Park High School Sunday morning (Essex and Grand). It was a disgusting display for passersby, and remained as such for hours until trash pickup. Several Redditors responded to the thread, and suggested that these […]

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DOB Issues Stop-Work Order After Crane Crashes Into 133 Essex Street

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:14 am

Mere hours after a cherry picker crane tipped, then crashed, into the sixth-floor window of 133 Essex Street, Department of Buildings dropped the hammer. The city agency issued a stop-work order Monday night due to a “failure to safeguard public and property.” No one was injured in the incident, but there were reportedly tenants in the […]

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East Houston St. in 1933, Photo: Municipal Archives

Before the Stranglehold of Gas Stations at Lafayette and East Houston, Circa 1933 [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

One of the longest continuously operated gas stations south of 14th Street closes for good on April 14. As previously reported, the BP station on Lafayette Street will soon give way to seven stories of luxury office space. It had been some sort of petrol outpost since the 1930s. And with different operators, from Gulf to […]

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