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Clayton: Comings, goings…and lots of graffiti

The Village Sun, New York on July 20, 2020

Jimmy Webb's boutique
Jimmy Webb's boutique I Need More couldn't survive both his death and coronavirus. A memorial was left outside the store. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

L.E.S. documentarian Clayton Patterson was out and about covering goings-on in the neighborhood.

The late Jimmy Webb’s boutique I Need More, at 75A Orchard St., between Broome and Orchard Sts., has closed up for good. Webb, who was formerly the longtime salesman, buyer and manager and Trash and Vaudeville, on St. Mark’s Place, died in April at age 62.

A memorial left outside
A memorial left outside the closed I Need More boutique. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

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A farewell note to Jimmy Webb, whose boutique has permanently closed. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

Meanwhile, sculptor Tom Otterness, who spent time outside the city during the pandemic, has returned to the Lower East Side. He’s know for his public artworks, including “Life Underground,” inside the subway station at 14th St. and Eighth Ave. Riffing on capitalism, the permanent installation features more than 100 whimsical cast-bronze figures.

Public-art sculptor Tom Otterness
Public-art sculptor Tom Otterness is back in the neighborhood.
(Photo by Clayton Patterson)

Inside Otterness’s place
Inside Otterness’s place. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

The artist back at work
The artist back at work. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

Patterson also snapped shots of plenty of new graffiti on buildings and storefront gates. As the pandemic continues amid the still-slowed-down economy, a lot more graffiti is popping up, and not just related to the protests.

A bank-turned-nightclub remains closed
A bank-turned-nightclub remains closed — and has become a canvas for giant graffiti bubble letters.
(Photo by Clayton Patterson)

graffiti is cropping up on roll-down gates
In shades of the 1970s and ’80s, more graffiti is cropping up on roll-down gates. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

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