The Sheep Are Now Grazing the Little Italy Churchyard

Posted September 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s an annual Little Italy tradition. Importing sheep with the sole purpose of tending to the churchyard at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Think of it as nature’s landscaping crew (“lambscaping”?). The New York Times had the story last week, and reported that three ewes made the 110-mile trek from Sara Healy’s tiny farm in […]

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Playing Stickball on Rutgers Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

It was like walking into an old black-and-white photograph. A game of stickball on the street – outside Rutgers Houses – with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. A fleeting moment of old school Lower East Side. The Saturday afternoon block party was a NYCHA event complete with cookout, music, and tables of advertising.

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Revisit the Lower East Side of Yesteryear with Carole Teller’s Archive [PHOTOS]

Posted August 11, 2017 at 5:11 am

For today’s photo dump, we feature the work of photographer Carole Teller, who has lived in the East Village since the early 1960s. The 100-image collection captures the three decades through the 1990s, an oft-romanticized period in city history sometimes referred to as the “good old days.” Key highlights of the set include an image […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Summer Light on the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted August 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

In the empty lot on Ludlow Street, on the west side just south of Stanton, hangs a wall-sized photo of Richie Chang. The photo was taken by Adrian Wilson, an interior photographer who previously ran the Inutlious Retailer on the block. Richie and his brother David, since birth, and for a few decades, lived in […]

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‘Mayor’ of Ludlow Street on the Mend as Neighbors Pay Tribute with New Photo Display

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:12 am

The so-called “Mayor” of Ludlow Street – 68 year-old Richie Chang – is reportedly on the mend. He was hospitalized a couple weeks ago with an unknown condition, but we’re now told he’s making progress and in good spirits. Back on his home turf, where he was born and spent the last six-plus decades, loyal […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Catching up with the Locals [PHOTOS]

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

Bridge Runners Club, lead by Power Malu, running to raise money for John Joseph’s child cancer fund… Bridge Runners stop off at newcomer Zen Chai tea room for a refreshing shot of Chai tea. New place, with fair prices, health drinks, and interesting owners… …The cut-off tree branches seem out of synch with a rehabilitation […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Loisaida Festival on Avenue C [PHOTOS]

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

Once again this past Memorial Day, the Loisaida Festival was in full force taking over Ave C from 6th Street to 12th Street. The annual event – founded in 1987 – is a way to get a taste of Hispanic culture: food, dancing, music, and of course, the streets filled with the local Hispanic residents. […]

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Assessing the Scorched Remains of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

The morning after the major 3-alarm fire that tore through Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street, the crisp air is silent but for the work of firefighters. That pungent stink of charred wood and smoke still fills the air blocks away. It’s in ruins. Fire crews worked through the night to ensure the blaze was […]

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Someone Junked their Plane on Delancey Street [Updated]

Last modified May 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm

The fuselage of a bombed-out plane is stashed in a Delancey Street parking lot primed for development. It’s not immediately clear why the plane is here, nor who who it belongs to, but there it sits, nonetheless. (And next to a trashed refrigerator, we might add.) Wings are clipped, and wheels removed; the cockpit and […]

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Clayton’s Corner: My New York, In Focus [PHOTOS]

Posted May 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

This is my New York, in focus. Just some shots around the neighborhood… …David Peel (RIP). At 9 Bleecker Street, during the Yippee Headquarters days. Aron Kay Pieman. David Peel, Buzzy Linhart, Mickey “The Pope of Dope” Cezar, Coco Crystal… …Jim “Mosaic Man” Power working on a new Robert Frank mosaic to go on an […]

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