Tomorrow night, there will be a screening of Clayton Patterson’s 1988 “Tompkins Square Police Riot” video at the Anthology Film Archives. The complete three hour version has rarely been shown in public.
Tonight’s the night Soho House presents its plan for expansion on the Lower east Side before Community Board 3′s SLA Committee. The proposal was first floated in February. The private members’ club postponed the application for a full liquor permit at 139 Ludlow Street twice in recent months. There were numerous open houses inside the former funeral home and an offer to create a community space in the basement.
In the past several days, a high profile Soho House supporter, LES documentarian Clayton Patterson, softened his endorsement of the club somewhat. In his column in the Villager, Patterson wrote that Soho House is the “lesser of what could be so much worse.” By this, he means that the building could become a boisterous night club or restaurant masquerading as night club, like so many other Lower East Side nightlife venues.
A few photos from the neighborhood by Clayton Patterson. First, Corinne Erni standing beside the Little Free Library at University Settlement. Erni is co-director of Artport, a group that initiates “public discourse and exploring opportunities for positive change in regards to environmental issues.” She also manages the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival.
As we have reported, Soho House planned to go before Community Board 3 next month, seeking support for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow Street. But the operators of the members’ club have decided to take some more time for community outreach before moving forward with their Lower East Side expansion plan, so the liquor application has been withdrawn, for now.
Soho House staff held several open houses the past two weekends inside the former funeral home on Ludlow Street. Letters were sent to around 1800 residents in the immediate area, explaining the project and inviting people to stop by to check out the plans. Yesterday afternoon, the community board was notified of the withdrawal.
LES Dwellers, a neighborhood group, is stepping up its campaign against Soho House, which has been angling for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow St., the former Nieberg Funeral Home. You can see their latest missive here (it touches on similar themes covered in an op/ed The Lo-Down published last week). In a previous article, we mentioned that Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson had decided to support Soho House in its quest to open in this neighborhood. Last night he sent us a more detailed explanation. You can read it after the jump.
Last week, a group of people with a passion for the Lower East Side came to one of the neighborhood’s most magnificent spaces, the Angel Orensanz Center, for a celebration. The occasion was the official unveiling of Clayton Patterson’s sweeping three-volume project chronicling Jewish life on the LES.
“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side,” was edited by Patterson, the neighborhood documentarian, and sociologist Mareleyn Schneider. It consists of more than 1500 pages and 150 chapters, covering such varied topics as Jewish boxing, Allen Ginsberg, the destruction of LES synagogues and the 2nd Avenue deli. The books were published with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.
Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson has been getting the word out for an interesting show taking place tonight in his Essex Street gallery space. On display will be 17 drawings, photos and a painting made by Candy Darling, the transgender artist best known for her films with Andy Warhol.
Most of Darling’s work was donated to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, but close friend Jeremiah Newton discovered there were a few items still in his possession. They’ll be on sale at Patterson’s Outlaw Art Gallery for $700-$1000. Over the years, she was photographed by Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, among others. Darling died in 1974. Newton spoke briefly with the Observer about the collection yesterday.
Clayton’s gallery is located at 161 Essex Street; the show will be open tonight from 7-10.
Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson sent along some photos from a visit with author Alan Kaufman this week. Kaufman , the author of “The Outlaw Bible of American Literature,” read from his new book, Drunken Angel, on Tuesday night at St. Mark’s Bookshop. Clayton sent along some shots of a group of friends who gathered at the home of Grove Press publisher and founder Barney Rosset, and also of a reunion of the “Unbearables,” a group of downtown New York authors who have collaborated on numerous literary projects.
Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the publication of his three volume anthology, “Jews, A People’s History of the Lower East Side.” There’s more information in the video posted here and in the description after the jump.
Pretty much no one escapes Clayton Patterson’s gallery/studio on Essex Street without having their photo taken. Troy and Kevin Harris were no exception. But they probably did not mind. Patterson, the ever-present Lower East Side documentarian, is an inspiration to these two filmmakers. Troy and Kevin, brothers who grew up in the Baruch Houses, have been working on a documentary project of their own — a history of hip hop on the LES. Some of the footage was shot in the 70′s and 80′s. Other interviews were recorded more recently.
On Sunday, they’ll screen a 30 minute preview of the film, “No Place Like Home: The History of Hip Hop in the Lower East Side,” at the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, 161 Essex Street at 2 p.m. It’s free, but you’ve got to go by the BMW Guggenhein Lab (East Houston & 2nd Street) to pick up tickets. If you’d like to read more about the doc, there’s a lengthy profile in this week’s edition of the Villager.
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There will be a closing party this Saturday at Chuchifritos, the art gallery/project space located in the Essex Street Market. The show has been a brief exhibition of the latest "Kangarok" The Shining Mantis,