Clayton’s Corner

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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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’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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