Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ludlow Coffee Supply with prints by James and Karla Murray

Ludlow Coffee Supply on Ludlow Street near E. Houston opened recently in the space that was the former Pink Pony cafe. The original wood bar from Pink Pony was repurposed as a coffee counter, with a grade-A La Marzocco espresso machine. Ludlow Coffee Supply offers drip coffee, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccionos, and Americanos using blends roasted locally in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In the back of the cafe through a passageway, patrons can also get a haircut or trim while drinking coffee via the in-house Ludlow Barber Supply, a three-chair barbershop complete with vintage-style barber chairs.

We were contacted by Evan, the general manager of Ludlow Coffee Supply, to provide the large-scale prints of Pink Pony Cafe and Max Fish presently hanging on the wall, showing homage to the history of the Ludlow Coffee Supply storefront and its former next-door neighbor Max Fish. The Pink Pony and the iconic Lower East Side bar, Max Fish both closed in 2013 after their rent was tripled and taxes increased. Our photographs of both Pink Pony and Max Fish were taken in 2001 with 35mm film and appear in our book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

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