Clowns can be creepy as hell. For reference, watch the crappy visual adaptations of It and Spawn. But the myth of the Staten Island clown can be laid to rest now that it's officially been unmasked.
It was the work of Fuzz On The Lens, a production company that likes to fuck with people. Earlier this morning, Michael Leavy and Steve Della Salla explained the stunt to Z100 this morning:
We treated this as a film within itself... we treated him as a character and the world was our production.
They ended up "putting the clown to rest" at a cemetery so the joke has officially been retired. Childhood nightmares should follow suit.