Thursday, November 16, 2017

Zig Zag Records, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

To celebrate early #shopsmall for Black Friday we are releasing 11x 14 inch signed prints of this photo for $99 with free standard shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S.

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This #vinylrecord shop specialized in classic rock but also was popular in the 1980s for its heavy metal #vinyl selection. Sadly this #momandpop store closed in late 2010 after 35 years in business. We photographed it in 2005 for our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" and spoke with the owner, Stan, who told us that the window had looked the same for years because the record companies no longer gave him posters for free as they had done in the 1980s and 1990s. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sunshine Cinema, Lower East Side, NYC

Sadly, the new owners of this building have just filed for demolition of this 3-story theater in order to make way for a new mixed use retail and office project. Unfortunately the building is not landmarked as it has had many uses over the years and has changed significantly in appearance. It was initially built as a church in 1844 and later converted into a nickelodeon called the "Houston Hippodrome", where Yiddish three-act plays where shown. The Sunshine Theater 🎭 was established by Charlie Steiner in 1917. We will definitely miss this beautiful #theater which was renovated in 2001 with stadium seating. Photo and full text about the history of the theater appears in our book "New York Nights". #neon #type #cinematreasures #neonsign #lodownny #lowereastnyc

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Star Shoe Shop, Greenwich Village, NYC.

Film. We love the simple #stenciled lettering this shoe 👞repair shop has as well as the glow the #neonsign is giving to the products displayed on the window. #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Friday, November 10, 2017

Community Conversations: Village Round Table We are looking forward to speaking at this free event!

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Free and Open to the Public
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Schedule of Events: "1:30pm - James and Karla Murray are husband-and-wife professional photographers, and the authors of Store Front and other critically acclaimed books. James and Karla will discuss their work documenting streetscapes and stories through photographing mom and pop shops and their owners, with a particular focus on the importance of small businesses to the culture, texture, and spirit of individual neighborhoods."

Hudson. Out and about on the Lower East Side, NYC...

Noodle Bar in the West Village.

#signage that emulates the style of an old #privilegesign. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hudson. With K checking out over at I NEED MORE, Lower East Side, NYC, earlier...

Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn is celebrated its 67th anniversary yesterday!

Not only do we absolutely love ❤️ @juniorscheesecake #vintage #storefront but also think that this #momandpop restaurant's cheesecake is absolutely amazing! Photo and interview with long/time manager at Junior's appears in our book "New York Nights". #juniors #juniorscheesecake

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kingston Lounge, Brooklyn, NYC

This small jazz club 🎶opened in 1944 and became a very popular spot attracting not only locals from #BedStuy but also from Harlem. We absolutely love its #neon signage with its stainless and #vitrolite base. Sadly this club's popularity declined in the 1980s and by 2001 it was abandoned.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Photography from visit to Extell’s Vice President of Architecture Brooks McDaniel's apartment for 6sqft...


FryGuys, East Village, NYC

FryGuys in the East Village recently opened and we absolutely love ❤️ their #handpainted 🌈 rainbow-colorful #storefront as well as their #signage including that amazing #neonsign with its awesome #font and French fries 🍟. All of their fries are hand cut and freshly made using Idaho Russett potatoes. The decor inside is really #retro cool too (notice the flooring constructed of old #vinyl). We are really happy to see a new independently-owned business open in our neighborhood and wish it much success! #eastvillage #lodownny

Sunday, November 5, 2017

For the upcoming holidays, we are releasing 11 x 14 inch prints of Katy's Candy Store

@$99/print   Contact us through DM or email at for more details. #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Katy's Candy Store in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Katy's was founded in 1969 by Katy Keyzer. When we photographed this candy 🍭 shop in 2004 for our book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" we interviewed Katy and she told us that she, "has been through the dope, crack, and everything else this neighborhood has thrown at me. I speak three languages, English, Spanish and Motherfucker. You've got to be tough to survive around here." Sadly Katy was forced to close her business in 2007 when the landlord raised her rent very high in order to ged rid of her and convert the building into a luxury condo. To this day, the #storefront remains empty, which saddens us deeply.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

#nationalsandwichday, yesterday - Xe May Sandwich Shop.

We love their banh mi sandwiches and simple yet direct #handpainted #signage and also love the architectural detail of the gargoyle at the end of the staircase to the right of the shop's entrance.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

B&B Meat Products, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC.

This Polish butcher specialized in #homemade kielbasy, which was nicely displayed using meat hooks running across the interior window. We not only loved the colorful #signage this #storefront had with an incredible variety of #fonts but also the aroma of the smoked kielbasa that you encountered as soon as you walked by.

#Analog Photo from 2004 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".  #disappearingfaceofnewyork