Clayton Patterson

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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A Conversation with Clayton Patterson and ESOPUS’ Tod Lipy Tonight

Posted July 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

Lower East Side artist and community activist Clayton Patterson has been documenting the fabric of the neighborhood since the eighties. Now, he’s diving into his archives to share his photographs of those who performed at the East Village’s legendary Pyramid Club. Patterson is often cited as a notable pioneer in capturing the evolution of drag in the […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Experiencing the ‘Matapaloz Festival’ Firsthand [PHOTOS]

Posted July 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

My friend Jochen Auer is the owner and creator of the Austria’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe show, which started in 1995. I have been involved since the beginning. This year, Jochen was invited to create an El Barrio Village at the Matapaloz Festival. The major focus of the Festival is the German band BÖHSE ONKELZ (“Bad […]

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Neighbors Are Concerned about Health of Richie Chang, the ‘Mayor’ of Ludlow Street

Last modified July 6, 2017 at 9:28 am

Richie Chang, the so-called mayor of Ludlow Street, was admitted to the hospital last week, several concerned residents tell us. His condition is not immediately clear, but we are told that his health has been failing recently. At 68, Chang has lived his entire life on the block of Ludlow Street between Rivington and Stanton. […]

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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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Clayton’s Corner: Rivington’s Falafel Guys Fighting City to Survive

Posted May 22, 2017 at 10:09 am

I understand many people believe New York City is a nicer, safer place now that international corporate capitalism has homogenized, standardized, and washed away so much of what made it edgy. They applaud such sentiments on the Lower East Side, where drugs and crime have largely been eliminated from public view. I am not one […]

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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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Clayton’s Corner: In the Ring with an Octogenarian Battling Trump

Posted March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

What do you do when you turn 80-years-old?  If you are Anthony Haden-Guest you get into the boxing ring and duke it out. In the run-up to the big birthday bout, he sustained four broken ribs in an incident, and is also in line to surgically get sixteen teeth implants. He calls me up and says he […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Around and Around the LES [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I walk and a nod around the community, taking in the odd smile and moments of lamenting. First, there’s Michael Lydon, a musician player for a number of years on the street with the 9th Street Stampers; he lives on 9th Street… …And here’s the legendary Sock Man, who’s returned with a new location 99 […]

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