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Ray just keeps on rolling

Ray just keeps on rolling

How time flies — and cigarette prices rise — when you’re serving up delicious fries. Ray a.k.a. Asghar Ghahraman, above in 1992, recently marked the 40th anniversary of running his “candy shop” on Avenue A at Seventh St. He turned 81 on Jan. 1. His hole-in-the-wall store is the go-to spot for tasty snacks that hit read more here »

Tent City to tattoo artists, etched in L.E.S. history

Around 1992, Stanley Sydorowitz a.k.a. “Cowboy Stan” spoke at a memorial in Tompkins Square Park for a woman named Barbara. She had reportedly been struck in the head by a police officer a year or two earlier in one of the neighborhood’s many street clashes during that turbulent time. Also pictured, from left, are Robert read more here »

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Actors, artists, activists, all in the mix on L.E.S.

CLAYTON  |  Tom Corn, artist and musician, left, and Grady Alexis, an artist from Haiti, hanging out at Bullet Space squat on E. Third St. in the early 1990s. The two collaborated on many art shows. Alexis was killed in 1991 when he got into an altercation with an off-duty police officer who was driving read more here »

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Anyone care about cameras?

BY CLAYTON PETTERSON  |  It seems traditional photography is going the way of the horse and buggy. Eastman Kodak is laying people off and discontinuing the production of cellulose acetate film, the product heavily associated with the Kodak name. We know Polaroid has suffered the same demise. Well, what about the Canon camera? My guess read more here »

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Spurred by C.B. 3 snub, Latinos launch a new group

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | Up until a few years ago, in the part of the Lower East Side where I live, between Houston and Delancey Sts., the only time one saw a politician was at election time. Gentrification may have changed the face of the area, but we still get almost no political representation. I read more here »

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Rings and reunions, and the final ring-ups at bodega

Axel the jewelry artist, left, and Tommy Turner, the writer / director of the film “Where Evil Dwells,” recently caught up at the opening of legendary street artist Peter Missing’s show at the Art on A Gallery, at 24 Avenue A. It was a real “old-school gathering,” according to the photographer. At right, Miguel, now read more here »

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Don’t take a short-term view of a long-term problem

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  “The latest from LES Dwellers (@LESdwellers). Our mission is to restore community with focus on livability, sustainability, balanced economic development… . “[Recently], a high-profile Soho House supporter, LES documentarian Clayton Patterson, softened his endorsement of the club somewhat. In his column in The Villager [“Soho House has my support, but won’t read more here »

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Punk music and poetry at park riot reunion concert

At the 25th Anniversary Riot Reunion Show at Tompkins Square Park last Sunday, Reagan Youth’s lead singer got down in the mosh pit and tore it up with the crusties, left, while longtime L.E.S. poet Pitts, right, laid down some verse as Reagan Youth were still onstage.  

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Ludlow’s bar-closing blues

  In another loss on Ludlow St., Motor City closed on June 30. The bar’s fans held a final blowout — including one guy who blew flames after swigging some alcohol. Then, this week, legendary Ludlow watering hole Max Fish also closed. There went the neighborhood.

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Portal 2 transports people to after-party with queen

The Portal Parades — by the East Village-based Free Art Society and Antidote Games — promise to transport participants to the “hidden East Village.” On July 13, dressed in a black-and-white theme a crowd converged at Portal 2, on E. Sixth St. between Avenues A and B, next to Sidewalk Cafe, where a new freshly read more here »

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