Clayton Patterson

Since moving to New York City in 1979, Clayton's work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life, and times of the Lower East Side in Manhattan. He fights against the injustice of state-authorities. Owns and runs the Outlaw Art Museum on the Lower East Side, which contains the most voluminous and important NO!art video-archive.

Website:

http://patterson.no-art.info/

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Black History Bowl

Posted March 9, 2022 at 5:13 am

In this return to Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian visited the second annual Black History Bowl on the Lower East Side last week. Conceived in 2021 as a celebration both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the event is a day of football and outdoor activity at the Baruch Playground. Newly elected Councilmember Chris […]

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Clayton’s Corner: A Crisis of Crime on the LES

Posted November 9, 2021 at 5:01 am

A crisis is happening in our community. I am sure most of you are aware of how dangerous our neighborhood has become. Little news. Not sure what we can do except tell each other to be careful. At night, I tend not to wander the streets as much anymore, but sometimes head to crime scenes. […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Fences, Falls, and Flips [PHOTOS]

Posted March 12, 2021 at 5:12 am

It was a week of action on the streets of the Lower East Side. Here is a visual taste through the lens of Clayton Patterson for this installment of Clayton’s Corner. A man reportedly fell from a window of 81 Ludlow Street at around 8:30pm Tuesday night. More than a dozen emergency personnel responded to […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Martha Cooper to Middle Collegiate

Posted March 5, 2021 at 5:02 am

Clayton Patterson sent his latest dispatch of imagery from his recent neighborhood walkabouts. The latest Clayton’s Corner is here. Legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, standing beside a payphone in Astor Place that features one of her iconic images. NY PopsUp spent last weekend at the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. It drew crowds […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Mickey the Pope and Drugs on the Lower East Side

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

For this Clayton’s Corner, documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumed more 1980s drug-related photos from his archives on the Lower East Side. Overdosing Man passed out in the doorway of 159 Essex Street. It was an all-too common occurrence to see an addict overdosed in the doorway. Mickey “The Pope” Cesar Mickey was an eccentric character. In […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Drugs and Anti-Police Protests

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

In the 1980s, abandoned buildings dotted Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington, on the east side. Often these spaces became a drop-off for garbage and home base for drug dealers selling product. The spray-painted message warned sellers would be photographed. Due to the number of locations that sold illegal drugs, as well as the volume […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Essex Street Crack Busts in the 1990s [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

In this next installment of Clayton’s Corner, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumes the drug-heavy history of Essex Street in the 1990s. The bodega at the end of my block (179 Essex Street) was a cocaine store. One of the owners was murdered in Washington Heights. As locals, we were regular customers. Never bought […]

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Clayton’s Corner: One More for the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson returns with his eponymous photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last three decades. This unassuming neighborhood portal is legendary amongst locals, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Hakki Akdeniz. Known professionally as Famous […]

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Clayton’s Corner: A Few More at the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:04 am

After the better part of a year, local documentarian Clayton Patterson is back with his photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last several decades. This neighborhood portal is legendary, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Trigger Smith is a […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Bravest of the Brave [PHOTOS]

Posted April 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

Last weekend, there was a kitchen fire at the Ludlow House on the Lower East Side. It was reportedly the second fire on-premise in as many weeks… …Funeral procession on East Second Street for fire marshal and U.S Air Force Major Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis, who died in Iraq earlier this month with five other servicemen when their […]

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