Patterson’s Night

Posted on: March 31st, 2009 at 7:35 am by

It was a happening. One well-deserved for such an iconic pillar in city history.

Last night at 169 Bowery, a cross-section of the new Lower East Side turned out for a screening of Clayton Patterson’s documentary, Captured. Everyone from skaters and punks, to old-timers, hipsters, and yuppies packed the basement showroom at the Collective Hardware artist enclave. It was wall-to-wall people. Literally. Those not fortunate enough to score a chair were forced to lean against the wall, sit in the aisles, or stand in the back. A true measure of success, indeed.

Patterson’s Lower East Side, and that of so many others, is perfectly chronicled in a short eighty-minute time frame. Through his well-preserved video footage and hundreds of pictures, we learn of the many folks who greatly influenced the neighborhood, be it artists, exhibitionists, musicians, the homeless, brutal police, Mayor Koch, whathaveyou. The story (nay, his story) is an invaluable historical resource during a time when the area in question is quickly disappearing.

So do yourself a favor and get a hold of this film. It’s worth every penny.

Related Reading:
Clayton Patterson Documentary Available at Amazon [Bowery Boogie]
Clayton Patterson [Official Website]

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