Taylor Swift's Welcome to New York has been widely criticized in news articles as bullshit, the worst ode to NYC ever, and one of the worst catchy songs ever. Longtime Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson went a step further in a video response that intersperses bits of a bubbly Swift lauding the city, with clips from the 1980s and 1990s showing the Tompkins Square riots and a naked, poop-covered G.G. Allin. But Patterson's retort -- its scenes of chaos, police brutality, and grime -- has left New Yorkers wondering: Is this the comeback we wanted? Did Patterson's attempt at capturing a multi-layered and complex city miss the mark?
Taylor Swift and G.G. Allin: Their New Yorks are very different.