Jewels memorial in Tompkins Square Park

Amy Sanchez read poetry at Friday night's memorial for L.E.S. Jewels.  Photo by John Penley
Amy Sanchez read poetry at Friday night’s memorial for L.E.S. Jewels. Photos by John Penley


Friends of Joel Pakela gathered for a HOWL at Tompkins Square Park / Memorial for L.E.S. Jewels in his honor on Friday evening. Pakela, a well-kn0wn East Village crusty punk who went by L.E.S. Jewels, died a week earlier after being found on the sidewalk on Avenue A across from the park, smelling of alcohol, and later died at Beth Israel Medical Center. He was 43. Amy Sanchez, who married Jewels when she was an 18-year-old School of Visual Art student, though later separated from him, read some of his poetry at the memorial.


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