Vicki Rovere

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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Nighttime with the Smoking Manholes of Ludlow Street

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

The following guest post was penned by Vicki Rovere, proprietor of the Ludlow Street Free Store the last decade. Walking home from the subway about midnight last Sunday night, as I turned onto my block I smelled smoke. Smoke seemed to be curling up from a little curbside street grate outside Libation. Was it steam […]

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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This Useless ‘Inutilious’ Store on Ludlow Street Sells Nothing

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Inutilious is an obscure trivia word that essentially means “useless.” That’s the type of retail awaiting 151 Ludlow. Photographer Adrian Wilson will open a new store at 151 Ludlow Street in a couple weeks. Unlike its trendy predecessor, Portia & Manny, this quirky shop will sell nothing. A retailer that gives everything away. The Inutilious […]

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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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