Clayton’s Corner

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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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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Clayton’s Corner: At Samoa’s ‘Candy Coated Evil’ Opening [PHOTO]

Posted January 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

In a poisoned, jaded world, this show is a limitless panacea. Samoa’s vocabulary is so innately understandable by anyone with a heart that still beats. And loved by those of us who understand that art and music and performance can create change, rather than just swell our pockets or decorate our rooms. It’s art that […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Blondie, Bridge Runners, and the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted October 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

Out and about. Here are some photos Clayton Patterson sent us from the last couple months… …Chris Stein, Power Malu, Debbie Harry, Shepard Fairey in front of the new Debbie Harry mural at Bowery and Bleecker Street… …Marvin Moskowitz, tattoo artist son of Walter Moskowitz of the famous Old Bowery Boys tattoo artist. His dad left […]

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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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Clayton’s Corner: Experiencing the ‘Matapaloz Festival’ Firsthand [PHOTOS]

Posted July 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

My friend Jochen Auer is the owner and creator of the Austria’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe show, which started in 1995. I have been involved since the beginning. This year, Jochen was invited to create an El Barrio Village at the Matapaloz Festival. The major focus of the Festival is the German band BÖHSE ONKELZ (“Bad […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Catching up with the Locals [PHOTOS]

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

Bridge Runners Club, lead by Power Malu, running to raise money for John Joseph’s child cancer fund… Bridge Runners stop off at newcomer Zen Chai tea room for a refreshing shot of Chai tea. New place, with fair prices, health drinks, and interesting owners… …The cut-off tree branches seem out of synch with a rehabilitation […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Loisaida Festival on Avenue C [PHOTOS]

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

Once again this past Memorial Day, the Loisaida Festival was in full force taking over Ave C from 6th Street to 12th Street. The annual event – founded in 1987 – is a way to get a taste of Hispanic culture: food, dancing, music, and of course, the streets filled with the local Hispanic residents. […]

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