Clayton’s Corner

Clayton’s Corner: The Drunken Ludlow Bunny Hop [PHOTOS]

Posted August 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

What should I say, bring back the drugs? What were our elected officials thinking of when they turned this area (Hell Square) into an entertainment zone? We have elected some real visionaries. Last Saturday afternoon, I was walking home from the store and I ran into a herd of bunnies. They were scrambling all over […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Boxing with the ‘Empress’ of Bleecker Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

I know so much has changed around here, making it difficult to be enthusiastic about anything that follows the gentrification. But there are pockets where one can still find the kinds of fires and heat that used to make the old Lower East Side the action-driven place we remember. And for me, one of the […]

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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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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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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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Clayton’s Corner: Wolfpack and the Hound [PHOTOS]

Posted February 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

Mukunda Angulo. Posing on Ludlow Street with friend. One of six siblings highlighted in the acclaimed documentary, The Wolfpack, by director Crystal Moselle. What made these kids different is that their father confined them to their apartment for 14 years. The movie has been well received by a wide audience. Spring Blitz. Sammy’s Spring Roll […]

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Clayton’s Corner: The Legend of Swee’ Pea Daniels [PHOTOS]

Posted February 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels is a folk hero, legend, tragic figure, all star, and one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of a New York City neighborhood playground. He’s the only baller in NBA history to have played without a high school diploma (i.e. a prodigy), while being the most in-demand. It’s […]

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Clayton’s Corner: The Radical Bread and Puppet Theater [PHOTOS]

Posted January 8, 2016 at 5:19 am

City Lore, founded in 1986, an organization that specializing in the documenting, collecting information, presenting talks, and having art shows related to folk lore. Last month, City Lore, an organization specializing in documenting, presenting talks, and hosting art shows related to folk lore, presented an event featuring Peter Schumann, founder of the radical Bread and Puppet […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Finding the Light on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted December 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

Ed Higgins. An artist from the original Rivington School, considered an Anachaist art collective that took over abandoned lots to create artist spaces. The most well known was the one on Forsyth close to Rivington. They would find metal on the street and eventually would be welded together and make a high metal fence which surround […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Catching up with LES Collectors, Treasure Hunters, and Vendor Barkers [PHOTOS]

Posted December 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

​Nathan is a fixture on the corner of East Houston and Orchard Street. He is the eyes and ears of the block. If it happens there, Nathan knows all about it… …Jerry Foust is a local artist who lives wherever and paints where he can. A true do-or-die artist. I first met Jerry in the […]

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