Friday, June 30, 2017

Economy Candy 🍭 in the Lower East Side is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.

Economy Candy specializes in old-fashioned chocolates 🍫, candies 🍬, nuts, and dried fruits 🍌 🍏. We love their amazing selection of hard-to-find #vintage candies. To celebrate their birthday 🎉 they just recently changed their #signage but we still love the sign seen in this photo taken in 2010 for our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved". When we interviewed the 2nd-generation owner he told us that their "inventory is basically everything I like to eat." #storefront

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Playland Arcade in Coney Island.

An arcade operated in this building from the 1930s until 1981. It was demolished in late 2012- early 2013. Several of the letters on the facade..the L, N and D were saved by Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster 🎢 celebrated its 90th birthday yesterday, June 26th.

 When the Cyclone first opened in 1927 it cost only 25 cents a ride and now it costs $10.00 The Cyclone has 12 drops with its highest reaching 85 feet. The whole ride takes just under 2 minutes and reaches speeds of over 60mph! Happy birthday 🎉 Cyclone! #coneyisland #cyclone #signage #rollercoaster  #mighty90 #LunaParknyc

Monday, June 26, 2017

R.L. Arnold Pen Company #neonsign.

Arnold pens were produced for many years in Petersburg, Virginia. Remmie Arnold founded the business in 1935 and it became one of the largest producers of fountain pens in the world. The company concentrated in producing very inexpensive #pens that were sold for less than $1.00 primarily in low end stores.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Photos from our visit to a Tudor City Micro-Studio for 6SqFt...

TOMORROW NIGHT! We will be speaking at the Village Alliance 24th Annual Meeting

Village Alliance 24th Annual Meeting, New York  Studio School
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm
The New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER  James & Karla Murray are East Village based professional photographers and authors who are documenting the disappearing store fronts "mom & pop" businesses across New York City.  They have published several critcally acclaimed books including Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

In 2015 James and Karla were awarded the Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

REGISTRATION  Event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP to Will Lewis at the Village Alliance by email or calling 212-777-2173, stating whether you are -  A Businness Owner, Commerical Property, or Owner Resident


Museum at Eldridge Street #eggrollsandeggcreams

Foggy East Village, NYC, late...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

To celebrate #FlagDay yesterday we are highlighting Ridge Hardware in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

This old-school #hardware store has been in business since 1939. Seymour Shepetin's brothers, who were all electricians, ran the shop until they all passed away while serving in World War II, leaving Seymour the business. We couldn't think of a more patriotic store 🇺🇸 than this.

Photo from 2013 appears in our book, "Store Front II-A History Preserved." #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Lower East Side is alive today with the hot summery weather.

Andre's doing a brisk business in Loisaida on this 90 + degree day selling flavored shaved ice. #lowereastside #loisaida #shavedice #myfeatureshoot #streetvendor #life_is_street

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Today from 12-7 pm is the annual Pet Day at Deno's Wonder Wheel in Coney Island.

Pets ride free when accompanied by a pet parent! The Wonder Wheel 🎡 at @denoswonderwheelpark was erected in 1920 and is 150 feet high, has a diameter of 140 feet and holds 144 people at once. There are 16 swinging cars which roll back and forth between the outer and inner wheel of its unusual design and 8 stationary cars.

Photo from 2010 appears in our book, "New York Nights" along with an interview with 2nd-generation owner Dennis Vourderis.

Limited edition signed 24 inch prints of Wonder Wheel available through @lot180. Please contact @lot180 for more details.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Centrál Café Budapest celebrates its 130th anniversary!

We photographed, visited and fell in love with the coffeehouse on our trip to Hungary. It opened in 1887 and was revered among the famous writers of Hungary’s belle époque. The grand café is located at a busy intersection of District V’s side streets, wedged between Károlyi Mihály Street, Irányi Street, and Cukor Street.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hudson. Over at Yonah Schimmel Knishery, Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

We are pleased to announce the opening reception for the photography and oral history group exhibition "CAPTURING the FACES & VOICES of the LES DISAPPEARING MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS"

"CAPTURING the FACES & VOICES of the LES DISAPPEARING MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS" is on Monday, August 14, 2017 6-9 pm at the Theater for the New City Gallery located at 155 First Ave (between East 9 & 10th Sts). The group exhibition which we are curating illustrates the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. Based on the workshops taught by Award-winning photographers and authors, James and Karla Murray, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

It is FREE and open to all!
Free wine 🍷 courtesy of Jimmy's 43 @jimmysno43 and cheese and crackers and snacks courtesy of Westside Market and free Italian pastries and cookies 🍪 courtesy of Veniero's Pasticceria @venierospastry!

This exhibition is done in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center and is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement and additional support by Veselka @veselkanyc, Unique Visuals @uniquevisualsny, the Village Alliance, Amalgamated Bank @amalgamated_bank and Townsquared @townsquared.

We hope to see everyone at the opening reception on Monday August 14th!

Praha hlavní nádraží, CZ, late...


Monday, June 5, 2017

Our hearts 💕 go out to the people of London.

Thinking of London we are highlighting Neal's Yard Dairy in Covent Garden which we are always sure to visit when traveling through the city. Neal's Yard Dairy was founded in 1979 as an #artisanal cheese store and #cheese maker. It specializes in mostly British and Irish cheeses. #storefront

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Because it is #prom2017 and wedding 🎩 season we are highlighting Allerton Formals in the Williamsbridge neighborhood of the #Bronx NYC

We love its white #signage with the interesting #font and the window displays of tuxedos. Photo from 2009 appears in our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved".

Friday, June 2, 2017

In celebration of #NationalDonutDay today we are posting The Donut Pub on a West 14th Street in Chelsea.

The Donut Pub 🍩  has been in business since 1964 and makes all of their #donuts and muffins fresh daily. Photo from 2009 and interview with the long-time manager appears in our book "New York Nights". #storefront