Photo: Clayton Patterson

Clayton’s Corner: Tuesday on the Run

Posted October 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

It’s been a little while since we’ve checked in with the lenswork of Clayton Patterson. What follows is a quick day in the life. A random Tuesday on the Lower East Side. Nothing special, just the sights on the street…

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A northward view from the East River Drive

Check out These Compelling Depression-Era Photos of the Lower East Side and Little Italy [PHOTOS]

Posted October 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

In the mid-1930s, the Federal government dispatched photographers across the country to document Depression-era America. The resulting output ultimately became the “Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information collection,” currently under the auspices of the Library of Congress. Yale University took the archive and mapped it for convenience on a proprietary site called Photogrammar. The tool […]

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Adam Purple Memorial Planned for Saturday at LaPlaza Community Garden

Posted September 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

​Legendary guerrilla gardener Adam Purple died last week of a heart attack while biking across the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. Locals have since organized a memorial service for Mr. Purple, planned for Saturday evening (September 26) in Alphabet City. It’ll be held at the LaPlaza Cultural Community Garden at Avenue C and East 9th Street, […]

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Rosh Hashanah Through the Years on the Lower East Side, Including 7th Precinct CO Hellman [PHOTOS]

Posted September 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

Today is the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Let’s take a deep dive into some archival photographs showing the traditional observance of the high holiday on the Lower East Side. But first, the above is 7th Precinct Commanding Officer Steven Hellman partaking in Tashlich on the East River, the practice in which sins are symbolically absolved […]

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Photo: Jostarr537

Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the […]

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Ludlow and Rivington in late 1980s, Photo: Larry Morales

Revisiting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at Ludlow and Rivington, Circa 1980s

Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

Here now, a couple photos of what LeRoy McCarthy would’ve called “Beastie Boys Square.” These images of Ludlow and Rivington Streets come courtesy of Boogie reader Larry Morales. Seen clearly in the background of both images is Lee’s Sportswear, the world famous apparel store that graced the cover of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. It was a […]

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Photo: NYC Municipal Archives

On the Ground 7 Years Before the Essex Street Market Became a Reality [PHOTOS]

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

In the coming years, each of the Essex Street Market buildings will fall to accommodate the new Essex Crossing mega-project. The facility was built seventy-five years ago to move the plethora of pushcarts indoors. The archival photo is dated sometime in 1933, seven years before the one-story commercial buildings were constructed by order of Mayor LaGuardia. […]

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The Bowery near Prince St.

20 Photos from the (Very Different) Lower East Side of the 1980s [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:19 am

Thirty-year Lower East Side resident Steve Butcher recently emailed us to share a trove of archival images of the “good old bad days.” The 88-shot collection – dating back to the early eighties and nineties – further illustrates a neighborhood almost unrecognizable (nay, unfathomable) to today’s residents. We see the context and character that preceded […]

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Photo: Kevin Gannon

Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Touring the Creepy Abandoned Hospital Complex on Ellis Island [PHOTOS]

Posted April 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

Creepy. Cold. Intense. Haunted. All apt adjectives to describe the unused section of Ellis Island designated as ruins. It is on the south side of this national park – straddling the state lines of New York and New Jersey – that a maze-like collection of twenty-nine buildings sits. Rotting away from the inside out. Indeed, […]

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