Clayton’s Corner: Revisiting the Plight of Taylor Mead on Ludlow
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Iconic Lower East Side artist Taylor Mead continues to suffer in his fifth-floor tenement dwelling at 163 Ludlow Street. The 88-year-old creative is living in a property presently under renovation. One that was purchased by controversial landlord Ben Shaoul last summer, seemingly with the purpose of flipping to luxury. But right now, there is a stop-work order onsite, prohibiting the ongoing work in the hallways.
However, thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of neighbor and documentarian Clayton Patterson, we hear that reps from the offices of Councilwoman Margaret Chin and the Cooper Square Committee visited him on Thursday to assess the situation.
Clayton also tells us:
The roof door is open and you can see from graffiti that the roof is accessible…and there have been muggings in the building. Taylor is not sure if there is one or two tenants still in the building. It is a lonely space.
Below are some images of Mead’s apartment: