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   Guests For TUESDAY JANUARY 12, 2009

 

   

                     MICHAEL ROSEN Ph.D

     

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            Real Estate Developer / Investor,

C.E.O. on Wall Street / Community Organizer

                                  Writer

                                 Author:

                 

"What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse"

                           www.MichaelRosenWords.com.

                           rosen@michaelrosenwords.com

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccHkCBKM7Uo

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                            CLAYTON  PATERSON

   

               

   

                           Artist / Documentarian

 

       Subject of the Major Documentary Film

                    DAN LEVIN & JENNER FURST  

                            "CAPTURED"

                        WWW.CAPTUREDMOVIE.COM  

            

 
 

              Co-Producers of the film: "CAPTURED"

                       http://www.capturedmovie.com

                              clayton161@earthlink.net

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More about: MICHAEL ROSEN & CLAYTON PATTERSON

CHANGING THE WORLD, SEVEN BOYS AT A TIME with Michael Rosen, Ph.D

 

Following the lead of his racially color-blind son, Michael Rosen and his wife found themselves adopting a group of underprivileged African American boys within the context of their very privileged Caucasian world. What began as a kids' baseball game in the park, became a commitment that would bridge the racial and cultural divide, introducing the youngsters to Nintendo, their first dinner at a nice restaurant, a book store, and ultimately providing the guidance and support to get them into college. Not surprising, the Rosens gained as much as they gave, including an education in the real impact of racial and socioeconomic discrimination. Dr. Rosen explains, "I don't understand what needs to be done to change this massive level of oppression. But I do know that unless there are types of mentoring where people reach across those divides, then that very tragic aspect of our society is never going to change." This tender story of how one family grew to hold the dreams of young men, who might never have escaped that oppression, will bring you a new perspective on what's possible, when we live as though everyone really does deserve an equal chance to succeed.

Michael Rosen holds an M.S. in social anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from its Wharton School. He has been a real estate developer and investor, a C.E.O. on Wall Street, an assistant professor at New York University, and is now a community organizer. He is the author of Turning Words, Spinning Worlds (Routledge 2000) and What Else but Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse (Public Affairs 2009). To learn more about the work of Michael Rosen go to www.MichaelRosenWords.com.

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
  • What holds underprivileged young people back even more than racism and poverty
  • How our society ignores the issue of class
  • How love, trust, and commitment can change the course of a life
  • Why baseball depicts both compassion and rankism
  • How south Florida became a dream journey

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Michael Rosen

BOOKS //

 

The years after my business was destroyed have become "What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse." Before that, I wrote pretty okay academics (I'm proud of "Turning Words, Spinning Worlds"), a hard novel and poetry...

What Else But Home

I began What Else But Home without knowing. September 11, 2001 destroyed my business; we were safe, physically, but our office was a block and a half south of the Towers, facing Rector Street and the path of the second plane; perfect views of the tragedy and destruction. Our elected officials visited "Ground Zero," made daily pronouncements, certainly helped families of those who perished and promised aid to those of us whose businesses and livelihoods had vanished. But if you worked in or had a small business there--a shoe store, small restaurant, magazine shop, a small design or law firm, you received absolutely nothing. And your business was gone.

Except I received a lesson... in love & responsibility: after the TV news is finished, the video of some government person saying "We're here to help" is over, it's our responsibility to take care of each other. Our families, our friends, our communities. Whether it's September 11 or Hurricane Katrina, we put each other back together.

I started writing a book then, about the front room of a restaurant down the block. Neighbors came there to be with each other. Ripton, Morgan, Kindu, Carlos, William, Juan, Philippe, Leslie and Mr. Jenkins used to stop by--it is a French bistro, the owers didn't think puppies were dirtier than us--to play cards and spend time also with my friends; John Howard, Butch Morris, Blue, Dimitri, Daniel Bell. My friends brought friends.

I started including my sons and the bigger boys (who were also becoming "sons") in that book, and suddenly they seemed the most important part of it.

Which I still couldn't see till Gidon Kunda and Ileene Smith said so.

The most important things are often here already--maybe we're already touching them--the things we love and are responsible for. That was my lesson, in what I've come to understand as compassion, judgment and spirituality.
 


 
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Turning Words, Spinning Worlds

This book came as a surprise. I'd left academics to become a real estate developer; our office was in an old factory in Soho before that neighborhood became fashionable. It had rough wooden floors, brick walls, arched windows and tall ceilings to fit the looms. We'd find sewing needles between floorboards, the ones industrial machines used. A fire emergency sign was still nailed up in the stairwell, baked enamel on steel, in Yiddish. My great grandfather, his brothers and sisters could have worked there.

We'd plugged our computers into dialup modems, state of the art then, and started using email. I wrote with some of my old professor friends, people in California, Israel, England, and got nearly instantaneous emails back. It's hard now to imagine how extraordinary that was. It's like our younger son Morgan, some years ago, asking me, "Dad, when you were young, was the Internet in color?"

I received an email from a professor in Sweden, asking if she and her colleagues could publish a collection of my academic writings--pieces that had come out in journals and edited books. I was overjoyed; in my academic career, I'd pursued publication of each piece like pushing a rock up hill--no one ever came asking. Oh my, my work was good, I was smart... then, oh no, I'm academically dead. Because a collection of an academic's work is published once he's passed on.

That's okay. I'm happy at what academics allowed me to learn; for the teachers, colleagues and students I had.

One of the prefaces to the book says: "This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center'-the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. Considers occupational worlds from finance and advertising to the subworld of drug dealing."

That seems fair.

The book is in print, and you can find it used.


 

 

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Michael Rosen

Events //

Michael Rosen

Events

 

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Brooklyn Friends School - Brooklyn, NY

Quaker Meerting - Upper School
January 4, Monday - 11:45 AM
Brooklyn Friends School...

 

EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN...

Community Synagogue - Manhattan, NY

Shavuot Conversation
May 28, Thursday
325 East 6th Street
Tel: 212.473-3665
The Sixth Street Community Synagogue...
 

 

Tenement Museum - Manhattan, NY

COSPONSORED by New York City Housing Authority & Lower East Side People's Mutual Housing Association - my Hometown Book Launch: Reading, Discussion & Reception
August 13, Thursday - 6:30PM
108 Orchard Street
Tel: 212.982.8420
Tenement Museum...
 

Politics & Prose - Washington, D.C.

Reading, Signing & Discussion
August 17, Monday - 7:00 PM
5015 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Tel: 202.364.1919
Politics & Prose...
 

White Birch Books - North Conway, NH

Reading, Signing & Discussion
August 20, Thursday - 7:00 PM
2568 Main Street
Tel: 603.356.8851
White Birch Books...
 

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Jewish Week "Literary Summer" Event -
New York, NY

a conversation between me & Matthew Aaron Goodman, author of Hold Love Strong
August 25, Tuesday - 7:00 PM
7 West 83rd Street.
RSVP information available in early August -- please check back
Jewish Week Literary Summer...
 

Literary Book Post - Salisbury, NC

Reading, Signing & Reception
August 28, Thursday - 5:30-7:30 PM
119 S. Main St.
Tel: 704.630.9788
Literary Book Post...
 

Home of Hon. Andrea Masley - New York, NY
& Karen Vinacour

House Party, Reading, Discussion & Signing
September 8, Tuesday - 6:30 PM
near Gramercy Park
email me @ rosen@michaelrosenwords.com for details
 

Brown University Bookstore - Providence, RI

Reading & Signing
September 9, Wednesday - 7 PM
244 Thayer Street
Tel: 401.863.3168
Brown University Bookstore...
 

A Better Chance - "ABC" - New Canaan, CT

dinner with the students
September 15, Tuesday - 6:00 PM
 

Elm Street Books at the New Caanan Public Library - New Canaan, CT

Reading, Discussion & Signing
September 15, Tuesday - 7:30 PM
New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street
Tel: 203 966 4545
Elm Street Books at the New Caanan Public Library...
 

University of Pennsylvania Bookstore - Philadelphia, PA

returning to Penn after, ummm... LOTS of years
Reading, Signing & I sure hope someone asks me something !
September 16, Wednesday - 6 PM
3601 Walnut Street, University Square (there was no "University Square" in my day)
Tel: 215.898.7595
University of Pennsylvania Bookstore...
 

The National Arts Club - Manhattan, NY

Reading, Signing & Reception
September 17, Thursday - 8 PM
15 Gramercy Park South
Tel: 212.475.3424
The National Arts Club...
 

The Amyotte Home - Darien, CT

Reading, Discussion & Signing
September 20, Sunday - 4:00 PM
Thank you Kathryn and Harry
 

The Rotary Club of New York - New York, NY

Reading, Discussion & Signing
September 21, Monday - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Harvard Club - 35 West 44th Street
The Rotary Club of New York...
 

New Dominion Bookshop - Charlottesville, VA

Reading, Signing & Reception
September 23, Wednesday - Noon
404 East Main St - on the Historic Downtown Mall
Tel: 434.295.2552
New Dominion Bookshop...
 

The Regulator Bookshop - Durham, NC

Reading, Discussion & Signing
September 24, Thursday - 7 PM
720 Ninth Street
Tel: 919.286.2700
The Regulator Bookshop...
 

Books Inc, in Opera Plaza - San Francisco, CA

Reading & Signing
September 30, Wednesday - 7 PM
601 Van Ness
Tel: 415.776.1111
Books Inc, in Opera Plaza...
 

Book Soup - W. Hollywood, CA

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 1, Thursday - 7 PM
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Tel: 310. 659.3110
Book Soup...
 

Vroman's Bookstore - Pasadena, CA

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 2, Friday - 7 PM
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Tel: 626.449.5320
Vroman's Bookstore...
 

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association - Baltimore, MD

mid-Atlantic region luncheon
October 4, Sunday - 11:30 AM
location tbd
Tel: 516.333.0681
NAIBA...
 

Village Books in Historic Fairhaven - Bellingham, WA

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 7, Wednesday - 7 PM - I missed this event, a bad mistake of travel.
1200 Eleventh Street
Tel: 360.671.2626
Village Books in Historic Fairhaven...
 

Third Place Books - Lake Forest Park, WA

Reading & Signing
October 8, Thursday - 7 PM
17171 Bothell Way NE
Tel: 206.366.3333
Third Place Books...
 

Wordstock 2009 ! - Portland, OR

Book Festival & Fun
October 10, Saturday
please check back later for specific date, time, and location
Oregon Convention Center
Tel: I don't know the phone number !
Wordstock 2009 !...
 

2009 Wisconsin Book Festival - Madison, WI

October 11, Sunday - 12:00 - 1:30 PM
at A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore
307 W. Johnson St.
Tel: 608.265.5595
2009 Wisconsin Book Festival...
 

Boswell Book Company - Milwaukee, WI

Reading & Signing
October 12, Monday - 7 PM
12559 N. Downer Ave.
Tel: 414.332.1181
Boswell Book Company...
 

Nicola's Books - Ann Arbor, MI

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 14, Wednesday - 7 PM
Westgate Shopping Center, Jackson Av. & Stadium Blvd., 2513 Jackson Av..
Tel: 734.662.0600
Nicola's Books...
 

Watchung Booksellers - Montclair, NJ

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 15, Thursday 7 PM
Watchung Plaza - 54 Fairfield St.
Tel: 973.744.7177
Watchung Booksellers...
 

The Book Cove - Pawling, NY
an event at Trinity-Pawling School

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 16, Friday - 7 PM
in the Trinity-Pauling School auditorium
700 Route 22, Pawling, NY
Tel: 845.855.9590
The Book Cove...
 

My Mom's Reading Group - actually "ORT"- Sarasota, FL

October 20, Tuesday
Shirley Rosen
 

Inkwood Books - Tampa, FL

Reading, Discussion & Signing
October 22, Thursday - 7 PM
216 South Armenia Avenue
Tel: 813.253.2638
Inkwood Books...
 

UrbanThink! Bookstore - Orlando, FL

Reading & Signing
October 23, Friday - 6:30-8:30 PM
625 East Central Boulevard.
Tel: 407.650.8004
UrbanThink! Bookstore...
 

Tattered Cover Book Store - Denver, CO

Reading & Signing
November 4, Wednesday - 6:30-8:30 PM
2526 E Colfax Ave
Tel: 303.322.7727
Tattered Cover Book Store...
 

Detroit Jewish Book Network event - Detroit, MI

Reading & Signing
November 5, Thursday - 1:00 PM
address: TBD
Tel: TBD
Detroit Jewish Book Network...
 

Ann Arbor Jewish Book Network event - Ann Arbor, MI

Reading & Signing
November 6, Friday - 7:00 PM
address: TBD
Tel: TBD
Ann Arbor Jewish Book Network...
 

The Lyons Community School - Brooklyn, NY

New York City Adopt-a-School Authors' Program
November 9, Monday - 1:00 PM
223 Graham Avenue
Tel: 718.782.0918
The Lyons School...
 

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA

Community Service Learning Program
November 10, Tuesday - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1039 W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Tel: 413.577.2959
Community Learning Service...
 

Boys & Girls Club - Holyoke, MA

November 10, Tuesday - 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
70 Nick Cosmos Way
Tel: 413.534.7366
Boys & Girls Club...
 

The Odyssey Bookshop - South Hadley, MA

Reading & Signing
November 10, Tuesday - 7:00 PM
9 College Street
Tel: 413.534.7307
The Odyssey Bookshop...
 

Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, MA

Community-Based Learning Program
November 11, Wednesday - 8:35 AM - 10:50 AM
50 College Street
Tel: 413.538.3072
Community-Based Learning Program...
 

University of District of Columbia - Washington, DC

Distinguished Lecture Series - with William, Philippe & Juan
November 12, Thursday - 2:30 - 4:00 PM
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Building 38 Suite A-03
Tel: 202.274.6098
University of District of Columbia...
 

Miami Book Fair - Miami, FL

Panel and Discussion
November 14, Saturday or Nov 15, Sunday ~ we're not yet sure which
Miami Book Fair...
 

Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Cleveland, OH

Reading, Discussion & Signing
November 17, Tuesday - 7:00 PM
Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
Tel: 216.691.7000
Joseph-Beth Booksellers...
 

Herrick, Feinstein LLP - Manhattan, NY

Conversation & Signing
November 19, Thursday - 12:30 - 2:00 PM
2 Park Avenue
Tel: 212.498.5240
Herrick, Feinstein LLP...
 

Bank Square Books at The Williams School - New London, CT

Reading, Discussion & Signing
November 19, Thursday - 7:00 PM
182 Mohegan Avenue
Tel: 860.439.5474
Bank Square Books at The Williams School...
 

The Joey Reynolds Show - Manhattan, NY

WOR NewsTalk Radio 710
live radio with Philippe, William & Juan
November 20, Friday - 10:00 PM
The Joey Reynolds Show...
 

The Paideia School - Race, Class & Gender class- Atlanta, GA

November 23, Monday - 1:00 PM
1509 Ponce de Leon Ave
Tel: 404.377.3491
The Paideia School...
 

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
with A Cappella Books - Atlanta, GA

Reading, Discussion & Signing
November 23, Monday - 7:00 PM
441 Freedom Parkway
Tel: 404.865.7100
Jimmy Carter Library & Museum...
 

Bob Salter - WFAN 660 AM - Manhattan, NY

Public Affairs Show
www.wfan.com
November 29, Sunday - 7:05 - 8:00 AM
WFAN 660 AM...
 

Prairie Lights Bookstore - Iowa City, IA

Reading, Discussion & Signing
December 1, Tuesday - 7:00 PM
15 South Dubuque Street
Tel: 319.337.2681
Prairie Lights Bookstore...
 

Stand Up for Kids - Louisville, KY

December 2, Wednesday - 6:00 PM
Stand Up for Kids...
 

Carmichael's Bookstore, in partnership with West End Boys School - Louisville, KY

Reading, Discussion & Signing
December 2, Wednesday - 7:00 PM
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Tel: 502.896.6950
Carmichael's Bookstore...
West End Boys School...
 

Davis Kidd - Memphis, TN

Reading, Discussion & Signing
December 3, Thursday - 6:00 PM
387 Perkins Extended
Tel: 901.683.9801
Davis Kidd...
 

Urban Youth Initiative,
Rising Sun Outreach Ministries - Memphis, TN

Discussion & Reading
December 4, Friday - 10:00 AM
5255 Tulane Road
Tel: 901.230.5568
Urban Youth Initiative...
 

The Door
with University Settlement - Manhattan, NY

Reading & Discussion
December 9, Wednesday - 12:00 PM
121 Avenue of the Americas
Tel: 212.941.9090
The Door...
 

Bard College at Simon's Rock - Great Barrington, MA

Reading & Discussion
December 10, Thursday - 12:30 PM
Clark Auditorium, 84 Alford Road
Tel: 413.644.4400
Bard College at Simon's Rock...
 

BIRTHRIGHT dinner - Lower Manhattan, NY

Reading, Discussion & Signing
December 11, Friday - 6:00 PM
tbd
Tel: tbd
Birthright...
 

Burgundy Books & Annex - East Haddam, CT

Reading, Discussion & Signing
December 12, Saturday - 3:00 PM
4 Norwich Road
Tel: 860.873.9312
Burgundy Books & Annex...
 

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CLAYTON PATTERSON

Clayton Patterson: Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side

08_25_pattersonarts.jpgWith all of the hype and drama that goes into the New York art world, it's easy to forget that much of the creative energy in the city actually comes from lessor or unknown artists making art on the community level. This is why we loved seeing this article on Clayton Patterson.

Patterson, a photographer and filmmaker, has spent much of the past 25 years obsessively documenting the artists, drag queens, heroin addicts, rabbis, dealers, and new immigrants of the Lower East Side.

Originally from Canada, Patterson and his wife came to the Lower East Side in 1978, after fleeing the "too suburban" Brooklyn (one can only imagine what he thinks of it now). Once there, Patterson opened the Clayton Gallery in 1986, where he has shown everything from work by a Hasidic Jew to work by the leader of the Satan Sinners Nomad gang. He even started a "Wall of Fame," where he would take pictures of local kids from the tenements or the nearby projects who came by the gallery, and then display them in the gallery's front window.

During this same time, Patterson was also busy documenting the rest of the motley community around him, as well as participating in the activist politics around him by filming police interventions in the area. This political documentation eventually led to 13 arrests, he claims, "just for taking pictures."

There is a ton of other interesting stuff in the article, but we have to say the ending hit home in a particularly depressing way:

"History" is the key word, he said. "For over a hundred years, the Lower East Side was a magic crucible where people were inspired to great art and ideas. The Lower East Side probably changed the history of America five hundred times."

In just the last decade, he believes, he has seen the end of that era, as soaring real estate prices have largely emptied the area of its artists, bohemians, radicals and immigrants. The third annual Howl! Festival of East Village Arts, now through Sunday, seems to him as much a nostalgia trip as a celebration of current artistic and intellectual life.

"What we have here now is bars and college students vomiting on the streets," Mr. Patterson sighs. "Nothing will rise out of it. It's all vacuous and lacking substance. When I go out my door now, I don't see anyone I know. I see the loss of a community."

Some of Patterson's photographs can be seen in "Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side," a collection of interviews and essays documenting the neighborhood's role in the history of film and video. He is also working on a book about the political history of the area.

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The Lower East Side, Before It Boomed

Philip Greenberg for The New York Times

Clayton Patterson at his graffiti-covered front door on Essex Street.

Published: September 24, 2009

IN the window of a small storefront art gallery on Rivington Street called Alife Presents, a plasma screen scrolls through a portrait gallery of the Lower East Side of Manhattan as it used to be. More photos hang on the walls inside. Black and Hispanic schoolchildren smile. Crips and Bloods flash gang signs. Dope crews and drag queens posture. Homeless men, hookers, bikers, punks, eccentrics, artists and the postman grin and pose.

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An image taken in front of Clayton Patterson’s graffiti-covered door, now on view in “Clayton Patterson: L.E.S. Captured.”

The photos are part of a crowded exhibition (through Nov. 8) called “Clayton Patterson: L.E.S. Captured.” Although none of the photos are more than 25 years old, Mr. Patterson says he considers them historical documents. The Lower East Side has changed a lot since he took most of them. A real estate boom pushed out many of Mr. Patterson’s subjects and brought in a new, affluent population.

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was capturing the last of the wild, free, outlaw, utopian, visionary spirit of the Lower East Side,” he said recently.

With his companion, Elsa Rensaa, Mr. Patterson came to New York from Calgary, Alberta, in 1979. In 1983 they moved into 161 Essex Street, over a Hispanic dressmaker’s shop, and Mr. Patterson began obsessively documenting his adopted neighborhood.

With his long goatee, biker-black outfits and camera bags, he became a fixture of the neighborhood himself. He shot on its streets and in its nightclubs and rock clubs, now vanished.

He recorded police battles with squatters and anarchists, most notably the clashes around Tompkins Square Park in 1988. He was arrested more than a dozen times by camera-shy police officers, one of whom knocked out a couple of Mr. Patterson’s teeth with his baton.

Over the years he has amassed a huge archive that he estimates comprises hundreds of thousands of photographs, some 2,500 hours of video and 300 audiotaped interviews, plus a large collection of heroin bags he picked up off the streets, graffiti stickers he peeled off walls, books, articles, posters, postcards, tattoo art and other Lower East Side ephemera, “much of it rare because it was underground or illegal.”

“It’s empirical history, immediate history,” he explained. “I go where my nose leads me. It’s a wealth of material, but it’s one guy’s view of it. The history of the Lower East Side is dense, multicultural and diverse. There are multiple layers within the community. You had Jews, Asians, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, avant-garde filmmakers, tattoo parlors, the gay clubs, the art scene. It takes having documented all these different circles to get how they connected.”

In recent years Mr. Patterson, 61, has begun to edit books about some of those circles. “Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side,” edited with Paul Bartlett and Urania Mylonas, was published in 2005, and “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side,” edited with Mareleyn Schneider, will be published next year. (Both are from Seven Stories Press.)

Mr. Patterson waxes elegiac when speaking of how his neighborhood has changed:

“The Lower East Side was a crucible for creativity. Artists and intellectuals were drawn here because they could afford to live and create here. When Lou Reed moved here from Brooklyn in the ’60s, he rented an apartment on Ludlow Street for something like $38 a month. Now it’d be $3,000. I don’t think there’ll be any more Lou Reeds on Ludlow Street. All of the geniuses who were here because of the cheap rents are gone.”

He doesn’t disapprove of all his new neighbors however. In 1999 he came upon a group of young people hanging the walls of their new Orchard Street shoe store with more than 300 small-scale graffiti panels, called tags, by artists from all over the city. The store was called Alife. A shared interest in the art forged an intergenerational bond between them.

“I wrote graffiti coming up,” Rob Cristofaro, one of Alife’s founders, said recently. Growing up in Yonkers and White Plains, he had known little of Mr. Patterson’s Lower East Side. “I came to eat and hang out once in a blue.”

Pushed off Orchard Street to make way for a new hotel, Alife relocated, and its owners opened the Rivington Club, selling high-end sneakers, and the A.R.C. Sports Store. Alife Presents is a new addition to the block. Mr. Patterson’s is the second exhibition in the space.

Mr. Patterson rejected the idea that a boutique offering Commes des Garçons T-shirts and $200 sneakers might be an example of the hipster upscaling he says killed the old neighborhood. He said he respects Alife as a small, independent business that has hired staff members from the neighborhood. It’s not so different, he said, from his own Clayton Caps, a line of ball caps hand-embroidered by him and Ms. Rensaa, worn by art and film celebrities like David Hockney, Matt Dillon and Gus Van Sant.

Along with Mr. Patterson’s photographs the show includes “Clayton Patterson’s Front Door Book,” recently published by O.H.W.O.W., with more than 100 pages of portraits Mr. Patterson snapped of neighborhood residents and visitors posing in front of his graffiti-covered front door. (In another indication of how things have changed, Mr. Patterson recently received a notice from the Sanitation Department ordering him to clean the graffiti off his door. It’s the first such notice ever, he said.) Also, an excerpt from the film “Captured,” a 2008 documentary about Mr. Patterson, will be screened.

Alife produced the show with Kinz & Tillou Fine Art, a Chelsea gallery that exhibited some of Mr. Patterson’s photographs in 2007. As he helped to hang the Alife show, Lance Kinz said that in his opinion Mr. Patterson’s work sits comfortably in a tradition of “other New York street photographers and artists-slash-journalists” like Weegee, Jacob Riis, Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank.

“Clayton calls it documentation, not fine art, but it’s done with an artist’s eye and mind,” he said. “And to me his archive is a fascinating conceptual art project, one he’s dedicated his life to.”

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