Clayton Patterson

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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Clayton’s Corner: Kids at the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:09 am

Clayton Patterson’s front door is legendary. This portal to his home and Outlaw Art Museum at 161 Essex Street served as backdrop for thousands of shots. Locals from around the neighborhood posed (and still pose) in front of the door. Many such photos were included in his Front Door Book from 2009. This particular shot […]

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Follow Anthony Bourdain Through the Lower East Side for ‘Parts Unknown’

Posted April 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

Popular chef personality Anthony Bourdain is taking his CNN road show, Parts Unknown, to the Lower East Side next fall. The man has been touring the neighborhood of late, hitting up popular hangouts and meeting with local luminaries. Mr. Kitchen Confidential recently shared his weekend journey on Instagram. Area destinations and notable personalities that will appear in […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Bravest of the Brave [PHOTOS]

Posted April 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

Last weekend, there was a kitchen fire at the Ludlow House on the Lower East Side. It was reportedly the second fire on-premise in as many weeks… …Funeral procession on East Second Street for fire marshal and U.S Air Force Major Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis, who died in Iraq earlier this month with five other servicemen when their […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Of Generations and Gentrification [PHOTOS]

Posted March 21, 2018 at 5:16 am

As the unrelenting winds of the international corporate gentrification keeps eroding away the deep, rich, soil of our culture, it also disposes of “neighborhood” and “community.” It affects both collective memory and history. For example: changing the name of PS 122 into Performance Space New York obliterates the connection to the previous 30-year history. Another […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Memorial for LES Documentarian, Toyo Tsuchiya [PHOTOS]

Posted February 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

If, in the early ’80s, Toyo Tsuchiya’s ambition was to be remembered as a serious New York City documentary photographer, he could not have picked a more overlooked and neglected piece of landscape than the Forsyth and Rivington Street area, between Delancey and Houston. At the time, it was a drug- and crime-infested subdivision. As […]

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