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Sculptor dogged by a past act deserves forgiveness

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Elsa and I are dog lovers. We got our first dog around 1978. A friend was getting divorced and had to give up the dog. We took the dog in. When we came to New York City, the dog, a part of the family, came with us. After our canine friend read more here »

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Cochise and the last real  street gang of the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Documenting the streets and the people of New York City, in my case, mostly the Lower East Side, can yield rewards as well as have its drawbacks. Most of the negative incidents happen because people are high on drugs or drunk, or have something to hide, or because the people are read more here »

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There’s Varvatos and RIFF, but CB’s isn’t coming back

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Steven Tyler performing at RIFF 313, with RIFF designer Charles Andrew (without hat) on guitar. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  There are hopes and rumors and thoughts of possibilities centered around the idea of CBGB & OMFUG (Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers), better known read more here »

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The case of ‘The Butcher of Tompkins Square Park’

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  By the end of the 1980s the Lower East Side felt like it had suffered more than its fair share of failed government politics. The homeless crisis was reaching a critical mass. In 1990 there were 70,000 to 80,000 homeless in New York, and 250,000 people were at risk of losing read more here »

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Finding Ira Cohen: On the trail of a mystic art icon

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In the mid-1980s I discovered a very active and vital Lower East Side independent underground film scene. In 1985, Leslie Lowe and Jack Waters, both filmmakers, produced a screening series called “Naked Eye Cinema” that concentrated on showing these far-out filmmakers. “Naked Eye Cinema”’s home base was ABC No Rio. I read more here »

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Videotaping ’88 park riot turned me into an activist

By CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Up until Aug. 6 to 7, 1988, my main focus was making art, Clayton Caps and documenting different Lower East Side cultural scenes and people who interested me. The night of Aug 6. into the morning of Aug. 7 dramatically shifted the direction of my concentration and my life. The 3-hour-33-minute read more here »

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Clayton: Hole lot of Love at Lola Schnabel show on Bowery

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]“Love Before Intimacy,” Lola Montes Schnabel’s art show, had its opening at the Hole Gallery, at 312 Bowery, on Fri., Dec. 16. Her figurative paintings are expressionistic and romantic. It’s no secret where the 30-year-old Cooper Union graduate gets her artistic talent. Her father is Julian Schnabel, the painter read more here »

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Metal masters give Wildstyle a thorough thrashing

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Megadeath, top, and Slayer, bottom, blew away the tattoo heads at the Wildstyle show in Vienna, Austria, last month. Thrash-metal veterans, these rockers have honed their blistering guitar riffs — as well as their menacing stage stances.

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Bring production back home

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  | John Ottaviano, I appreciate your taking the time to respond to my column (“Going overseas was the only option for our company,” talking point, by John Ottaviano, Dec. 8). First, I want to state that I have a great respect for Milton Somberg, who founded and built Rothco company. I strongly read more here »

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CLAYTON: Bonfires to band shell: Occupying East Village style

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]The idea of “occupy,” as in Occupy Wall Street, might seem like a new one. But in the 1990s, the East Village and Lower East Side saw the continuation of an ongoing fight over who would “occupy” the neighborhood — radicals and squatters or housing development groups and read more here »

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