Thursday, June 21, 2018

Morning over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S", Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC.

We are excited to share the news that we completely finished our art installation inside Seward Park today and it is on view for everyone to see. This would not have been possible without your support! 

We will be having an opening celebration 🎉 at Seward Park on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. We will be speaking to everyone about the installation and the inspiration behind it. 

Please let us know if you plan to attend and would like your rewards for your donation handed to you personally at the installation instead of us mailing them to you. We will also be sending a reward survey to everyone so we can obtain your email and mailing address if you need your rewards mailed to you. 

Thank you again for your generous support!




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mario of Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY in action at Seward Park, NYC, yesterday..

Thank you Fernando and the entire team at Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY for their expertise, professionalism and guidance throughtout the planning and installation. We couldn't have done it without them! Fernando gave us invaluable advice on how to print our near life-size #momandpopsles storefront photos but also fabricated and gorgeously printed them on aluminum dibond panels and coordinated their professional installation.

It is especially fitting that Unique Visuals NY did this work for us because they are a small independent business located in Greenwich Village and thereby not only are we helping raise awareness of mom-and-pop stores but also giving back by supporting a local small businesses.

Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY is at 252 Greene Street New York, NYhttp://www.uniquecopycenter.com/

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

K & Hudson over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S" in Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

Thank you UNIQLO USA​, Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY​, Michael V. Ursone​, Jen Parra​, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation​, Daredevil Tattoo​, Veniero's​, The Lo-Down NY​, Bedford + Bowery​, Bowery Boogie​, E.V. Grieve​, @schamespaints, @kyungmi, @john, Untapped Cities​, & 6sqft​



Thank you Bowery Boogie!

LINK: https://www.boweryboogie.com/2018/06/mom-pop-art-installation-underway-in-seward-park/

"Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops."




Hudson. Building fun over at the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, Seward park, Lower East Side, NYC

Despite the extreme heat (91 degrees) and high humidity today, along with 2 friends, John and Kyungmi, we managed to build our entire wood frame so we are all set for the dibond photo panels printed by Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY to be installed tomorrow.

We would love for you to help spread the word about supporting the Kickstarter campaign we created: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Our Kickstarter campaign has only 9 hours left and we hope to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Over at Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC working on “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”

If anyone wants to stop by and say hello, please find us in the southwest corner of the park near the children’s playground. Our rescue dog, Hudson will also be with us lending a paw so you can also say hi to him.

Thank you so much for helping us fund this colorful public art installation. We are so excited to finally see the project come to life and it would not be possible without your generosity!
Last days of Kickstarter: Help support the project:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you Schames Paint & Hardware Supply, Lower East Side, NYC!

M. Schames & Son Paints has been in the same family for four generations. It was founded by Mendel Schames, a Russian immigrant and is now run by father and son, Marshall and Brian Schames. This photo taken in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” is of their old Essex Street store located directly across the street from Seward Park. Sadly, the Schames family was forced to relocate their business to Delancey Street after the construction of a neighboring condo building destabilized their northern wall. We love their #vintage colorful PAINTS #signage and Brian told us that they wanted to take it with them but their new location is narrower and the sign won’t fit across the #storefront.

We are very happy that this #momandpop business survived despite the forced move and has generously supported our sculptural storefront installation “Mom-and-Pops” of the L.E.S.” by donating paint so we can weather-proof the frame trim and plywood panels that will be exposed to the elements for one year while the installation is on display at Seward Park. We can’t thank Brian and the family enough for their support.

• Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to help us raise funds for our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." sculptural installation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

•Our Kickstarter campaign has only 2 days left and we need your help to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Hudson. Installation fun over at Seward Park (Manhattan), Lower East Side, NYC

Sam Moskowitz of Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation and his daughter Tina stopped by, said hello and took this photo.

We are happy to announce that we have all of our paperwork signed and notarized including insurance documents allowing us to officially begin construction of our sculptural storefront installation inside Seward Park this Monday, June 18th. We got a head start yesterday by bringing all of the lumber materials and constructing the base in which the sculpture will lay on.

Despite the extremely hot weather forecast for Monday (92 degrees F) our plan is to build the entire 12 foot x 8 1/2 foot rectangular wood frame, cover it with plywood panels, paint it and if time allows attach our polycarbonate roofing material. We will keep everyone updated on our progress and also take photos to share with you.

If anyone wants to stop by and say hello and take photos of the process, please find us in the southwest corner of the park near the children’s playground. Our rescue dog, Hudson will also be with us lending a paw so you can also say hi to him.

Thank you so much for helping us fund this colorful public art installation. We are so excited to finally see the project come to life and it would not be possible without your generosity!  Last days of Kickstarter: Help support the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation 


Hudson. World Cup Fever fun, East Village, NYC, just now.... #worldcup2018


Friday, June 15, 2018

The Disappearing Storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery

We are excited to announce that we will be having an exhibition of our photographs documenting the disappearing storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery located at 70 Orchard Street near Canal Street from July 25th - August 12, 2018. The opening celebration for "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York" will be on Wednesday, July 25th from 6-9 pm.   


The gallery is located around the corner from our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” at Seward Park which we begin constructing next week!  



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chinatown Lumber on Division Street in the Lower East Side is a family-owned business located around the corner from Seward Park.

We will be creating a sculptural art installation inside Seward Park  beginning on Monday, June 18th, Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.", in which we will be installing near life-size photos of four mom-and-pop businesses to help raise awareness of the importance of small businesses to the community.  We are constructing the wood frame for our sculpture using lumber and building materials purchased from Chinatown Lumber. This way, we are not only raising awareness of #momandpop stores, but also giving back by supporting a locally family-owned business in the process.  

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to help us raise funds for our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." sculptural installation:: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Our Kickstarter campaign has only 5 days left and we need  your help to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Photos and Interview with C.O. Bigelow's Ian Ginsberg for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-inside-c-o-bigelow-apothecaries-in-the-village-the-oldest-pharmacy-in-the-country/


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Photos and Interview with C.O. Bigelow's Ian Ginsberg for 6sqft...

Full article:  https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-inside-c-o-bigelow-apothecaries-in-the-village-the-oldest-pharmacy-in-the-country/

"C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries was established in 1838. It is the oldest apothecary in America.  The apothecary is in fact so old that it once sold leeches and opium as remedies. According to legend, the chemists at Bigelow even created a salve for Thomas Edison to treat his burned fingers when he was first developing the light bulb."

C.O. Bigelow is a generous sponsor of "Capturing Faces & Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts."

“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 in the borough of Manhattan and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.

The work-shop culminates in an exhibition of each participant’s work at Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village from August 1 – October 1, 2018

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net Done in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center.


The Disappearing Storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery

We are excited to announce that we will be having an exhibition of our photographs documenting the disappearing storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery located at 70 Orchard Street near Canal Street from July 25th - August 12, 2018. The opening celebration for "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York" will be on Wednesday, July 25th from 6-9 pm.

http://www.storefrontproject.com/upcoming  

The gallery is located around the corner from our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” at Seward Park which we begin constructing next week!

Help support the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


5 x 7 inch Storefront Postcards printed!

We just received the 5x7 inch postcards we designed and had printed to send our supporters for the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” Kickstarter campaign and are happy to share a photo we took of them. We will be personally writing a thank you message to everyone on the back side and since they are printed on very thick card stock, these 5x7 postcards can be framed and displayed.

Thank you so much to all of our backers for the tremendous support we have received and can’t wait to share more progress updates with you as we begin construction of our art installation on Monday, June 18th inside Seward Park on Essex Street at East Broadway.

Become part of the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation




Monday, June 11, 2018

Photography from our visit to Hell’s Kitchen’s 555Ten for 6sqft...

LINK: https://www.6sqft.com/my-500sqft-an-art-collector-from-philly-swaps-space-for-amenities-at-hells-kitchens-555ten/

"A year ago, retired lawyer Andrew Ackerman gave up his long-time home, a 1,300-square-foot duplex in a Philadelphia brownstone, to move to NYC. Wanting to be near his friends, the theater district and art museums, and transportation options, he settled on Hell’s Kitchen, and ultimately found the perfect high-rise apartment in Extell Development’s luxury rental building, 555TEN."


Cup & Saucer photo panels printed!

 We were able to see a preview of the 2 dibond panels (measuring 8 feet x 8 feet) printed with our photo of Cup & Saucer, a local Luncheonette/Coffee Shop which sadly was forced to close in 2017 after a huge rent increase. These panels were beautifully printed by the Greenwich Village #momandpop business Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY and will cover one of the four sides of the rectangular wood-frame sculpture we are installing inside Seward Park in the Lower East Side beginning next week. Please note that the panels are covered with a protective film that will be removed once the installation is complete.

We hope our art installation will bring awareness to the importance of local #momandpoples stores are to the community. Please follow us on Instagram @jamesandkarla and on the dedicated page we created for our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” @momandpopsles for more updates and previews.

Become a part of the project by donating to our Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation 


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hudson. Sunday morning fun over at Seward Park (Manhattan), NYC, just now.

"NYU Langone Health's "Spot" ain't got nothing on me!" Hudson's taxi cab from Greenwich Village's "mom-and-pop" V Gift Shop.

Stop by Seward Park starting June 18th and say "Hi" to Hudson as we will begin installing our near life-size "Mom & Pops of The L.E.S." storefront sculptural installation.

To see more & support: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation



Balance, not bite!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Les Halles, a French Brasserie on Park Avenue South was in business for over 25 years before it closed in March 2016.

We are posting our photo of this restaurant in memory of Anthony Bourdain, as this is the restaurant where he got his start in the industry and worked as an executive chef. We always loved the historic building from 1930 that Les Halles was located in which still had the name Foltis-Fischer (a former restaurant chain). Les Halles became the fodder for Anthony’s breakout hit memoir “Kitchen Confidential”. R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain.

#leshalles #anthonybourdain #storefront #signcollective #kitchenconfidential #type #disappearingfaceofnewyork #typography #seeyourcity #dailytype #handpainted #partsunknown


Friday, June 8, 2018

Thank you Culture Trip!

"Mom-and-Pops of the LES will feature four nostalgic storefronts: Cup & Saucer, a coffee shop and luncheonette that closed after nearly 70 years of business in 2017; a bodega, whose facade has been inspired by multiple storefronts that closed across the East Village and Lower East Side; a shuttered newsstand that was once off the Bowery in Chinatown; and an “unbranded version” of Katz’s Delicatessen. “There used to be 50 or 60 delicatessens at the turn of the century,” Karla explains, “and Katz’s is the only one left. So it’s a homage to the delicatessens that have closed since the early 1900s.”"

Link for full story: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/articles/nyc-photographers-commemorate-the-citys-disappearing-mom-and-pop-shops/


Souvlaki House in Downtown Brooklyn has been in business since 1971

The owner, Peter told us,”My gyros are made fresh daily and are the best in Brooklyn!”


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Show World Center,Times Square area, NYC

Show World Center was one of the last adult entertainment facilities in the Times Square area. The owner, Richard Basciano died in 2017 and now his #peepshow booth/sex toy/dvd headquarters has also shuttered. When we took this photo in 2010 for our book “New York Nights”.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem was founded by chef Marcus Samuelsson four years ago but sadly just shuttered

We not only loved this restaurant’s amazing chicken 🐔 🍗 but also the #vintage #neonsign that @marcuscooks saved from the departed M&G Soul Food Diner that was open on 125th Street for decades. We hope that Marcus brings that fabulous “Old Fashion’ but Good” #signage along to his next restaurant as he announced that there are plans in the works!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Karla, with Jen Parra & Michael V. Ursone taking measurements for our upcoming workshop exhibition at Jefferson Market Library's Underground Gallery, Greenwich Village, NYC.

Thanks for the help Jen & Mike! More soon...

“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 in the borough of Manhattan and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. There will be two separate 2-session workshops held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in the East Village culminating in an exhibition of each participant’s work at The Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village from August 1 – October 1, 2018. 

The workshops teach how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Taught by acclaimed photographers and best-selling authors Karla Murray and James Murray. 

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net Done in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center.



Lismore Hosiery Co. on Grand Street in the Lower East Side, NYC

Lismore Hosiery Co. On Grand Street in the Lower East Side was in business for over 68 years before it closed in 2005. The owners lost their lease when the building the shop was located in was sold to a condo developer. When we took this #analog photo in 2004 we always admired the #storefront outdated window displays and its #handpainted #signage. The saddest part about the story is that after the new condo building opened a Subway sandwich 🥪 franchise occupied the ground floor where Lismore once stood (swipe left for “after” photo. When wonderful #momandpop businesses such as Lismore close, the character and uniqueness of the neighborhood suffer. That is one of the reasons why we are creating a public art installation inside Seward Park in a few weeks,”Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” The purpose of our sculptural storefront installation will be to raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops.

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to help us raise funds for our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S” sculptural installation. See link in bio to donate or visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


Friday, June 1, 2018

CHROMATIC SIGNAGE COLLAGE PRINTS Available as a Kickstarter Reward!

We designed this colorful collage using actual signage taken from our collection of New York City #storefront photos.

We have 3 limited edition sizes available and the 12 x 36 inch size is available either unframed or printed directly on metal with a high gloss finish giving the collage brightly saturated colors & brilliant whites. These metal prints have outstanding durability as the photo is infused directly into the metal so that they are fade and stain and water-resistant. The back has a floating mount so it is ready to hang on your wall.

Both the unframed and metal print are available as rewards on our Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for our free public art installation "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." We will be installing four near life-size photographs of mom-and-pop shops that were common in the Lower East Side and brought the community together through daily interactions.

Please visit to see more info and donate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation



We chose Cup & Saucer to be immortalized in our #storefront sculptural installation (seen here on our 1/10th scale model)...

We chose Cup & Saucer to be immortalized in our #storefront sculptural installation (seen here on our 1/10th scale model) because it not only was a fantastic #Luncheonette, which was in business since the 1940s but because this family-owned business really helped bring the Lower East Side community together. Co-owners John and Nick knew their customers by name and told us that they often would begin preparing their “regulars” favorite meals 🍔🍳 as soon as they saw them crossing the street. Sadly this coffee shop☕️ was forced to close in 2017 after a steep rent increase from $8,200 a month to $15,800. We hope our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” Installation inside Seward Park will help raise awareness of the importance of these small businesses to the community.

To help us in our efforts to raise funds for the fabrication, lumber materials,installation and de-installation costs, please visit our Kickstarter page, where this #miniature scale model is offered as one of the rewards in a very limited edition of 2. Please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

From our Behind the scenes at the United Palace, Washington Heights’ opulent ‘Wonder Theatre’ photo essay for 6sqft

‘Wonder Theatre’ photo essay for 6sqft:  https://www.6sqft.com/behind-the-scenes-at-the-united-palace-theatre-washington-heights-opulent-wonder-theatre/  

"The “men’s smoking lounge.” Since women weren’t supposed to be smoking, their smoking lounge, referred to as a “retiring lounge” was a much smaller, discrete space. Fitelson says the best secret of the theater is that the Reverend turned the men’s smoking lounge into his library, adding floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. When he passed away in 2009 and all his books were put in storage, they painted the walls the current red. Since the photos from the ’30s are all black-and-white, there’s no way of telling if it was the original color. They also painted the fireplace stark white. When Woody Allen came in in 2015 to shoot “Cafe Society,” his team wanted to use the room as a 1920s jazz lounge and said they’d like to paint the fireplace but would restore it after filming. But Palace leadership thought the new paint job was so spectacular, they decided to keep it!"

Romana of Raffetto's Pasta has passed away at 85 years of age

Three generations of the Raffetto family, Sarah, Romana and Andrew, at their amazing Greenwich Village homemade pasta 🍝 shop, Raffetto’s. Marcello Raffetto founded M.Raffetto &Bros. in 1906. They @raffettos_pasta originally only made 3 products; egg noodles, meat ravioli and spinach ravioli and later added cheese 🧀 ravioli. They now make around 50 different kinds of pasta, using the same roller machine grandfather bought in 1916. Sadly, we just heard that Romana passed away at 85 years of age. Our heart ❤️ goes out to her family and friends. She will be missed by many. 🙏


Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

 Fleet Forces Brass Band perform in Times Square during Fleet Week New York.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Thank you The Art Newspaper!

"This July, the beloved New York greasy spoon Cup & Saucer, which closed last summer after nearly 30 years in business, will be resurrected in Seward Park in a public installation work, Mom-and-Pops of the LES, by the local artist couple James and Karla Murray." https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/new-york-artists-spotlight-mom-and-pop-shops 

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


Hudson. Over at Boris and Horton with K and photographer Alexander Steffan getting our copy of Alexander's Vanishing Berlin signed, earlier...


We are excited to announce that Daredevil Tattoo has generously donated to our Kickstarter campaign “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”

We are excited to announce that Daredevil Tattoo (http://www.daredeviltattoo.com/) has generously donated to our Kickstarter campaign “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” and that our initial funding goal has been reached in just 2 1/2 days!

The upcoming sculptural art installation inside Seward Park will help raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops to the community. We can’t thank Michelle of Daredevil Tattoo and all of our supporters enough and look forward to seeing everyone at our installation this July.

Dare Devil Tattoo in the Lower East Side was founded by Michelle Myles and Brad Fink in 1997, which is the very same year, the art form of #tatooing was legalized in New York City. @daredeviltattoo was forced after a 50% rent increase to leave their original location on Ludlow Street, (which we photographed in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”). Their new #tattoo shop location on Division Street as seen in this photo, is steps away from Seward Park and also functions as a museum of Tattooing and Tattoo culture.

We are now setting a stretch goal doubling the amount, as our initial goal represented only the minimum amount we needed to successfully cover the costs of the materials, fabrication and general liability insurance for the installation. With additional funds, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention.

For more details on our Kickstarter campaign and to donate please visit:   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation 

Thank you so much for your support!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Thank you Bedford + Bowery!

Help Bring Cup & Saucer’s Storefront Back to Life in a LES Park, a tribute that will live in Seward Park for a year.

http://bedfordandbowery.com/2018/05/help-bring-cup-and-saucers-storefront-back-to-life-in-a-les-park/ 

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


Thank you Veniero's!

Veniero's Pasticceria has always been a huge supporter of our work documenting #momandpop stores and when we asked for his help in storing some of our lumber supplies for our upcoming sculptural art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” Robert graciously gave us room in his building. (We live in a small studio and 12 foot lumber won’t even fit in our stairwell!) We can’t thank Robert and @venierospastry enough for their support. •

To help support our upcoming #momandpopsles installation please go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation  

We really appreciate every donation! Veniero Pasticceria and Caffe was established in 1894 by Antonio Veniero and is the only family-run Italian 🇮🇹 #bakery left in the East Village. It retains much of its original interior including the hand-stamped metal ceiling, #vintage terrazzo floors and wood display cases and mirrors. Gracing the facade is a huge overhanging #neonsign from the 1940s. Robert Zerilli, the fourth-generation owner is so passionate about maintaining his family’s #neon sign that he spends thousands of dollars every year maintaining it. He told us “the guy who works on it told me that he can make a plastic facsimile for around $12,000 that looks just like it and is weatherproof and in the long run will save me 💰 money. But I told him that’s not cool. I want the old dirty broken-down looking sign. That’s what people love and I as long as I’m alive, I won’t put up a new sign.” Photo and full interview appear in our book “New York Nights”.



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thank you Bowery Boogie! James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

https://www.boweryboogie.com/2018/05/james-karla-murray-fundraising-for-mom-pop-installation-in-seward-park/  

“Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale public art installation to be housed inside Seward Park. Consisting of an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame, the sculpture will include a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette (i.e. Cup & Saucer), a delicatessen, and a local newsstand. The installation will remain on display for an entire year – from July 2018 through July 2019."

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation



Chromatic Storefront Signage Collage is one of the pledge rewards from our Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. - Public Art Installation Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

  Info: -12 x 36 inch Chromatic Signage Collage created by James & Karla Murray and printed directly on metal with high gloss finish giving the collage brightly saturated colors and brilliant whites. These metal prints have outstanding durability as the photo is infused directly into the metal so that they are fade and stain and water-resistant. They are even dry-erasable and easy to clean with your favorite glass cleaner.  Donation includes U.S. shipping and a certificate of authenticity signed by James & Karla Murray will also be mailed to donor.

International shipping to Canada is available for an additional $20.00  ESTIMATED DELIVERY Aug 2018 SHIPS TO Only certain countries


Thank you The Lo-Down NY! James & Karla Murray Launch Kickstarter For “Mom & Pops” Seward Park Installation

LINK: http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2018/05/james-karla-murray-launch-kickstarter-for-mom-pops-seward-park-installation.html

"James & Karla will begin installing the sculpture next month on a parcel in the southwest corner of the park. It will be up for a full year.  Because the project, including fabrication of prints that will hold up during the harsh winter months, is so expensive, the Murrays have launched a Kickstarter. "

KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


We officially launched our first Kickstarter campaign “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” for our Free Public Art Installation inside Seward Park and we need your support!

LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation


Help bring this sculpture of lost Lower East Side mom-and-pops to Seward Park via Untapped Cities

LINK: https://untappedcities.com/2018/05/23/life-size-bodega-installation-to-honor-lower-east-side-storefronts-kickstarter-campaign-launches/
"In February, we reported that photographers and Untapped Cities contributors, James and Karla Murray, known for their gorgeous, meticulous documentation of New York City’s disappearing storefronts, were bringing a life-size installation to Seward Park on the Lower East Side in July. Last night, they launched aKickstarter campaign to make this sculptural installation a reality, to fund the additional cost of the sculpture that won’t be covered through a public art grand and Uniqlo’s corporate support."