Monday, April 23, 2018

Coastal Brooklyn was once full of industry...

Coastal Brooklyn was once full of industry but in 2006 there was a huge fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ that destroyed a large rope manufacturing complex. The silo in this photo is all that remains today as the area is slowly being redeveloped into residential buildings.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Delmonico’s, located in the Financial District, opened in 1837 and is considered the oldest fine dining restaurant in the United States

 During the 1800s women were not allowed to dine in restaurants without men present. On April 20, 1868 a group of women decided to protest this archaic law and held a luncheon at Delmonico’s. The restaurant not only did not turn the women away but gave them a private dining room and served a special prix-fixe menu of $1 per diner.  In honor of the 150th anniversary of that landmark meal, Delmonico’s is hosting a “Ladies’ Luncheon”, featuring a special menu created by James Beard-winning chef, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune.

Photo from 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights” along with more text about this historic restaurant @delmonicosnyc which also is known as the birthplace of Lobster Newburg, Eggs Benedict and the dessert Baked Alaska.

Monday, April 16, 2018

We are delighted to announce that C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is a generous supporter of our Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts, a photography and oral history workshop

We are delighted to announce that C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is a generous supporter of our Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts, a photography and oral history workshop we are leading in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center. The free workshops, which are fully booked, begin tonight, Monday April 16th.

C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries was established in 1838. It is the oldest apothecary in America and specializes in such extreme customer service that most of its medicines, whether over-the-counter or prescription, are behind the counter to retain the intimate connection with the customer. Since 1939, three generations of Ginsberg’s have owned and operated the shop, passing down from father to son to grandson, Ian Ginsberg.

Photo and interview with Ian Ginsberg from 2010 appears in our book "New York Nights".

In the Spring in NYC, we love sitting outside with our #rescuedog @hudsonpittienyc and watching people walk by on Bleecker Street.

Overthrow Boxing on Bleecker near the Bowery is a #boxing workout gym located in the space that was once home to the Yippies, a social activism organization that arose out of the anti-war movements of the 1960s. Joey Goodwin, the founder of @overthrownewyork kept the workout studio space real with duct-taped wrapped punching bags and metal lockers and even decorated an entire wall with copies of the revolutionary "Overthrow Magazine" which used to be printed there and where he got the name for the gym. We love its #neon #signage and all of the #streetart and #graffiti surrounding the #storefront in addition to the bench they have outside for people watching.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bamonte's Restaurant, Brooklyn, NYC

Bamonte’s is one of the first Italian restaurants in the United States and is also one of Brooklyn’s oldest restaurants. It was established in 1900 and is located on a side street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tonight, we dined there with our good friend @sign_of_the_time and met the fourth-generation owner, Nicole Bamonte. The Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น restaurant has changed little over the years, with an interior of dark wood paneling, brass chandeliers, white table-cloth covered tables and an open-windowed kitchen where you can see the chefs at work, that has existed before the idea became trendy. We absolutely loved our meal and had an assortment of classic red sauce favorites ๐Ÿspaghetti with marinara, eggplant ๐Ÿ† rollatini, and chicken parmigiana and also baked clams oregano as an appetizer. This photo was taken a few years ago but the exterior with its oversize #signage remains unchanged too.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Photos from our visit to architecture firm Woods Bagot​ for 6sqft​...


"Internationally acclaimed architecture firm Woods Bagot opened their first office in 1869 in Adelaide, Australia. 150 years, 15 offices, and 850 staff members later, they’ve designed projects from a master plan for Perth to a mixed-use tech center in Singapore to a rental tower right here in Brooklyn. After opening their first NYC office a decade ago in Midtown, the rapidly expanding firm decided it was time to design a work space for themselves. So last summer, they moved into a brand new 11,000-square-foot home in Lower Manhattan."

Monday, April 9, 2018

Storefronts of New York II Images and Anecdotes: Book Talk with James and Karla Murray

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm

Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St at 7th Ave South  

"Take a photographic journey exploring the Village, as we turn our sights to New York's iconic small businesses. The city's bars, restaurants, cafes, venues, and shops, and their stories behind them are historically and visually significant in their own right. The Murrays' vibrant photography and personal interviews in Store Front II deepens the work of their acclaimed books, Store Front and New York Nights."

"Karla and James Murray are photographers, artists, and authors whose books have earned accolades and awards. Their work has been exhibited around the world and in the New York Times, London Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Magazine and The New Yorker."

Free. Reservations Required. Register Online


Our book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York in the American Copper Buildings model apartment!

Thank you Untapped Cities Insiders! for an excellent tour... Lower photos from inside the skybridge.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hudson. Waiting on Spring, NYC, just now...

Polska - Masarnia Quality Meat Market

This Polish meat ๐Ÿ– market in Greenpoint, Brooklyn specialized in homemade kielbasa and always had smoked hams for Easter ๐Ÿฃ. #Analog photo from 2004 appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Photos from our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" are on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society's new exhibition "Made in Brooklyn".

The photos are on view in both the Giuseppe Fransioli Gallery on the first floor and the Gina Ingoglia Weiner Gallery on the third floor.

Of the 15 mom-and-pop storefronts on display nine of them have closed.

To see more photos of the entire exhibition visit:

Our look at 10 Brooklyn made products as well as our Mom & Pop STORE FRONT photography on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society "Made in Brooklyn" Exhibition via 6sqft...


"The new exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society, “The Business of Brooklyn,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and tells the fascinating story of the borough’s 100 years of business, detailing its industrial past, large companies, as well as its preponderance of mom-and-pop shops."

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

El Quijote, an 88 year-old Spanish restaurant located in the Chelsea Hotel closed on Friday March 30th.

When we took this photo in 2010 for our book “New York Nights” and interviewed the 2nd-generation owner Joseph Ramirez, he told us that they had a 30-year lease with the #ChelseaHotel and was not worried about its future. Sadly though, the hotel was sold to a developer soon after we interviewed Joseph and the new owner closed the hotel for a major renovation but the restaurant known for its delicious paella ๐Ÿฅ˜ and seafood ๐Ÿฆremained open (although under new ownership since 2014). The new owner finally decided to close the Spanish restaurant although he has told various Press that he will reopen it after renovation is complete. Somehow, we don’t think it will ever be the same...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Colorful Easter ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฐcelebration today with friends and business partners, Meagan and Amanda and her cute pup Beverly at @sparkpretty in the East Village

Spark Pretty #vintage shop specializes in 1990s-themed clothing, toys and accessories and also sells one-of-a-kind custom pieces by their in-house designer Tom Knight. We love the unique clothing they sell and also ๐Ÿ’— that they put lots of time and effort into their shop’s window display!

Wishing everyone who celebrates a very happy Easter ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฐ!

To celebrate this holiday we are posting a photo of our visit to Bonbons, a Viennese sweets business, which was founded in 1936 by Rosa Breithuber. In 2002, it was taken over by the Durnberger family, who kept the original charm of the candy shop, selling the same delicacies but also expanding its range with Its own chocolate creations and new confectionery.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Pickle Guys, Lower East Side, NYC

The Pickle Guys on Grand Street in the Lower East Side has specialized in a wide variety of traditionally cured, kosher pickles for over 15 years. Leading up to Passover for 2 weeks every year they also bring their operation outside and grind horseradish from freshly peeled roots. Seen in this photo is owner Alan Kaufman grinding the horseradish in a brave fashion with no protective gas mask ๐Ÿ˜ท on. Wishing everyone who celebrates #Passover a happy holiday! Also wanted to shout out to @noblesigns for the beautiful #signage you created for the Pickle Guys!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Helping out with Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Blue Swinging Car #8's pre-season installation, out on Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC, last week...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

World Wide Foto, Miami, FL.

Not only do we love ❤️ camera ๐Ÿ“ท stores that carry #vintage cameras as well as film, chemicals and other supplies but we also are a sucker for a #storefront with a great sign like this one with its #script #lettering (it used to contain #neon) and big green camera.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lee’s Art Shop on West 57th Street was in business for more than six decades before it closed in 2016

The entire building, which the founders of Lee’s, Gilbert and Ruth Steinberg, purchased in the 1990s was sold by their two children after the couple passed away. Most of the decades-old #momandpop stores we have documented have closed due to high rent increases but in this case, that was not the reason. The two Steinberg children who ran the popular art supply store ๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽจ reported that one of the reasons they decided to close the business is that online business sites undercut their market and they weren’t able to match (Amazon’s) their prices. We were so sad to see this shop as well as our local Lower East Side Shop, Pearl Paint close.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hudson. Over with "The Last Three," Astor Place, NYC, just now...

The Last Three is the world's tallest rhino sculpture which was created by @gillieandmarcart. It depicts the world's last three remaining Northern Rhino's but less than one week (on March 20, 2018) after the sculpture's unveiling, the world lost Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino. He leaves behind his daughter, Najin and his granddaughter, Fatu. #astorplace #EastVillage #northernwhiterhino #goodbyerhinos #gillieandmarc #goodbyeSudan

Friday, March 16, 2018

‘Store Front’ artists to host free photography and oral history workshops about mom-and-pops via @6sqft

Full article LINK:

"Since publishing “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” a photo documentation of iconic mom-and-pops, 10 years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray have become household names around NYC. And they now are letting New Yorkers in on their tricks of the trade in an upcoming two-part workshop in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center. “Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts” is a “photography and oral history workshop of the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.” Participants will not only learn photography skills but how to record oral histories and use these tools for “public awareness and advocacy.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Joe Junior Restaurant, Gramercy Park, NYC

Joe Junior Restaurant in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan is not really a restaurant as it #signage proclaims but a bona fide greasy spoon ๐Ÿฅ„ #diner. We have been getting their amazing hamburger deluxe ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ for years and that is why we are highlighting this spot for our diner week with @daspots! According to our counterman, Lucas they make them using fresh beef chuck which is delivered daily and sell over 100 hamburgers a day! We also love ❤️ this diner’s classic #sign (notice that steak & chops are advertised) and its 70s Formica counter with stool seating and its wood paneling.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Karla & Hudson. WNET Channel 13's Naeem Douglas in the house, just now...

Naeem Douglas for  Thirteen WNET's New York MetroFocus with Karla & Hudson...

This week we are celebrating the diverse diners that exist in NYC with @daspots on our instagram @jamesandkarla!

To kick things off, we are posting 3 Star Diner in the Upper East Side ⭐️⭐️⭐️! This #diner is very reasonably priced for the neighborhood (1462 First Ave at 76th Street) and is also open 24 hours. We are particularly fond of having breakfast ๐Ÿณ at night, especially when shooting long exposures in the evening, like this photo taken after the sun went down ๐ŸŒ†.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Raul Candy Store ๐Ÿญin the East Village has been in business since 1979.

We love its #handpainted #signage and also appreciate that the owner really cares about the children in the neighborhood and has always tried to keep his prices low. When we interviewed him in 2003 he told us that “I’ve always tried to keep the neighborhood kids away from drugs.” Full interview with Raul appear in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.”