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Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is aptly titled, Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary. […]

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Despite Governor’s Recent Reopening Mandate, Seward Park Courts Remain Padlocked [Updated]

Last modified May 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

During this Covid-19 pandemic, students and community have forfeited sports and other outdoor activities for weeks.  They crave a resumption in activity, yet here on the Lower East Side, are blocked by the collective Seward Park high schools. The padlocks remain in place on a valuable neighborhood asset – the Seward Park Campus/Community Playground, situated […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Front Door with Masks

Posted April 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, we return to the front door on Essex Street. Photographer Clayton Patterson’s ongoing archive of neighborhood folk posing in front of his home entrance takes on new meaning during this COVID-19 shutdown. Namely, with face masks.

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Food Delivery for Clayton and Jim During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted April 9, 2020 at 5:07 am

New York is ramping up for some tough weeks of battling Covid-19, but one thing the virus can’t do is break the spirit of its inhabitants. Neighbors are looking out for each other. The Village Sun previously reported that filmmakers Jeff Brenner and Adam Juegos spent March 22 hustling around the city to buy groceries and […]

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Essex Market is Still Open for Business

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Not even Essex Crossing is immune to the impact of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire throughout the city. Its marquee tenants are in various stages of flux. The Essex Market is open for the time being, albeit with limited hours of 8am to 8pm. Grocery vendors are open (at each vendor’s discretion), but prepared food vendors are […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Mickey the Pope and Drugs on the Lower East Side

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

For this Clayton’s Corner, documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumed more 1980s drug-related photos from his archives on the Lower East Side. Overdosing Man passed out in the doorway of 159 Essex Street. It was an all-too common occurrence to see an addict overdosed in the doorway. Mickey “The Pope” Cesar Mickey was an eccentric character. In […]

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The Gutter’s Lower East Side Bowling Alley to Open at Essex Crossing ‘So Soon’

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Five years after a bowling alley was first announced for Essex Crossing, the finish line is “so soon.” The Lower East Side iteration of The Gutter (aka The Gutter L.E.S.) – it’s based in Long Island City – is opening imminently, according to the Essex Crossing Instagram. It’s a 12-lane bowling alley occupying roughly 17,000 […]

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Move-ins Begin at Second Affordable Senior Building at Essex Crossing

Posted March 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Another Essex Crossing development just came on line. The affordable senior building at 140 Essex Street is open. Tenant move-ins began and are ongoing, according to the latest news blast from the consortium of developers behind the billion-dollar project. There are a total of 92 affordable studio units in the eight-story residence (aka Site 8). […]

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11 Essex Street is Half its Former Self

Posted February 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Nearly two decades of dormancy culminated with the destruction of 11 Essex Street. The writing was on the wall for the 112-year-old tenement, which had been wrapped in a death shroud late last year. As of this week, the demolition is nearing complete; the building has been cut down to half-size. As previously reported, real […]

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International Center of Photography Launches at Essex Crossing Next Week

Posted January 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

For the International Center of Photography, four years of transition come to an end next week, as the institution plans its inauguration at Essex Crossing. The 40,000 square-foot museum and school, reunited for the first time since the midtown move, will debut on January 25 with a free “Opening Community Day.” Visitors on day one […]

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