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Death of the Lower East Side, Pt. 2,346

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Clayton Patterson, the burly and bearded longtime LES documentarian, on the neighborhood's gentrificaton: "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." Check out his new exhibit at a Rivington St. boutique selling $200 sneakers. [NYT]