Clayton Patterson

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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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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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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Clayton’s Corner: Drugs and Anti-Police Protests

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

In the 1980s, abandoned buildings dotted Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington, on the east side. Often these spaces became a drop-off for garbage and home base for drug dealers selling product. The spray-painted message warned sellers would be photographed. Due to the number of locations that sold illegal drugs, as well as the volume […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Essex Street Crack Busts in the 1990s [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

In this next installment of Clayton’s Corner, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumes the drug-heavy history of Essex Street in the 1990s. The bodega at the end of my block (179 Essex Street) was a cocaine store. One of the owners was murdered in Washington Heights. As locals, we were regular customers. Never bought […]

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Clayton’s Corner: One More for the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson returns with his eponymous photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last three decades. This unassuming neighborhood portal is legendary amongst locals, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Hakki Akdeniz. Known professionally as Famous […]

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Lucien Bahaj, ‘Pink Pony’ and ‘Lucien’ Fixture, Dies at 74

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another of the old neighborhood guard has passed on. Lucien Bahaj, the local icon behind Lower East Side favorites Lucien and the Pink Pony, died last week. He was 74. According to published reports, he died on July 29. The Moroccan-born Bahaj founded his eponymous French bistro on First Avenue in 1998. It was a […]

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Clayton’s Corner: A Few More at the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:04 am

After the better part of a year, local documentarian Clayton Patterson is back with his photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last several decades. This neighborhood portal is legendary, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Trigger Smith is a […]

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Clayton Patterson Kisses for New York Times Magazine

Posted June 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and wife Elsa Rensaa are together on the front page of the New York Times Magazine this week. Smooching. The cover is one of 24 unique takes for the occasion, in which couples kissed during a 24-hour period back in mid-May. Photographer Ryan McGinley captured the images. Patterson […]

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