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Return to Tent City: The mother of all occupations

At last weekend’s punk rock concerts marking the Tompkins Square Park riot’s 24th anniversary, one longtime East Villager could be overheard saying, “Occupy Wall Street, they held Zuccotti Park for two months. We occupied Tompkins Square Park for three years!” Clayton Patterson was among the local photographers who documented the homeless park scene, including these read more here »

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Keeping it real with some old friends on the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  John Lockwood is a neighborhood character who I have known and photographed many times over the years. Anyone who has spent any time on Avenue A is familiar with John. He makes his living washing windows. He owns and runs his own company, Rose Window & Awning Cleaning. John is getting read more here »

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Local lens: Capturing folks  over the years on the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I have always enjoyed documenting people as they grow older. I first photographed Miguel when he was 15 years old working at the same bodega as he does today. The ownership of the business has changed over the years, but Miguel, now 30, still is working at the same location. JAE, read more here »

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Double play: Chelsea chips to synthetic ball gloves

Photo by Clayton Patterson  Scott Carpenter manufacturing his synthetic-fiber baseball gloves in Upstate New York.   BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  When Stanley Bard managed the landmark Chelsea Hotel, just passing through the front door of the 12-story, redbrick building one could feel the energy the space exuded. The walls were saturated with the art trophies read more here »

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From ComFest and Columbus to Soho Zat and back again

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  It was an honor for me to get invited back to ComFest. In 1987, Darryl Mendelson first invited me to document this festival. From a political perspective, I think ComFest is one of the best examples of a working, community, cooperative affair. It takes a whole community of volunteers to pull read more here »

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‘We were goodfellas. Wiseguys’

[media-credit name="Photo by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Henry Hill, portrayed by Ray Liotta in the classic Martin Scorsese mob movie “Goodfellas,” died June 12 in Los Angeles of heart failure. In July 2010, Hill attended the celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary at the Museum of the American Gangster, on St. Mark’s Place, arriving read more here »

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Recycling and community building through free stuff

[media-credit name=" Photo by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Vicki Rovere scavenging for things to give away on the Lower East Side. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | Anyone who has spent any length of time on Ludlow between Rivington and Houston Sts. is familiar with the “free stuff” that keeps appearing on whatever space is available to hang read more here »

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Scene, Week of May 31, 2012

[media-credit name="Photo by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]On the evening of Tues, May 22, more than 100 young demonstrators marched through the East Village in support of Montreal college students’ protests against tuition increases. The march passed by St. Mark’s Church, headed up Broadway and ended in Union Square.

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No masking it: Loisaida Fest was well worth crowing about

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Since 1987, the Loisaida Festival has been celebrated on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s installment saw many vendors, including the woman painting a mask, above left. Of course there was great music, from conga players and singers to more casual itinerant music makers, like the read more here »

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From the Wall to the Hall

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]Back in the days before digital photography, Lower East Side youth used to flock from far and wide to have their photos taken in front of Clayton Patterson’s grafitti-covered door a.k.a. “The Wall of Fame,” on Essex St. between Houston and Stanton Sts. The L.E.S. documentarian would develop read more here »

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