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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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A tale of two Manhattan Islands

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  A footnote in James Fenimore Cooper’s 1821 Revolutionary War-inspired novel “The Spy” declares, “Every Manhattanese knows the difference between ‘Manhattan Island’ and ‘the Island of Manhattan.’” If you visited the city two centuries ago, you had better have known the difference as well, lest you arouse the suspicious ire of a read more here »

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Nothing but Blue skies…
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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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Romney’s religion

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Ira Trumps NYU

[media-credit id=1 align="aligncenter" width="600"] Well, at least developer Trump likes N.Y.U.’s mega-plan.

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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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Evan Forsch
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2 things

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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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