Clayton's been documenting the lower east side since like forever. Because when you can prove it happened, nobody can erase you.
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Angel Orensanz Foundation on Norfolk Street
There's no one Jewish story from below 14th Street. There are hundreds and thousands.
I am not, as someone once suggested, just like the people on Seinfeld or from that movie about my neighborhood. Nor were any of the people I grew up with. My mother, my friends' mothers, were complex people, striving beyond the bad jokes about us.
And now, because of Clayton, there's not just one book proving it. There are three.
JEWS: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Volume 1
JEWS: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Volume 2
JEWS: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Volume 3