Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sauce Pizzeria on East 12th Street in the East Village is owned and operated by Adam Elzer, who we we recently photographed his duplex apartment located right above the #pizzeria for @6sqft.

@saucepizzerianyc specializes in classic, thin crust style pies ๐Ÿ•with a side of Grandmother’s gravy for dipping crusts. They use homemade sourdough starter, organic malted flour, fresh sauces and a unique cheese ๐Ÿง€ blend to create their pizza’s signature flavor. To see the interior photos and read more about Adam’s duplex please visit:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trivia Tonight! MAS and Urban Archive will team up with photographers and authors, James and Karla Murray, for a night of trivia inspired by our great city.

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30—8:00 PM, at Center for Architecture, MAS and Urban Archive will team up with photographers and authors, James and Karla Murray, for a night of trivia inspired by our great city. Aligned with the MAS 125th anniversary exhibit, Toward a Livable City, we will put your knowledge to the test in three rounds covering the themes of New York then and now, MAS history (look for clues throughout the exhibit!), and iconic dining locations that help define the delicious reputation of the five boroughs.…/urbanist-exclusive-nyc-trivia-night/

"25-foot toy soldiers flanking a two-story Santa that speaks!" Photographs from our Christmas-y night out in Dyker Heights Brooklyn for 6sqft...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Photographs from our Christmas-y night out in Dyker Heights Brooklyn for 6sqft...

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"Where else can you see 25-foot toy soldiers, a two-story Santa, or a house decked out with 30,000 lights other than Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. The suburban neighborhood, historically a quiet, Italian-American enclave, has been putting on its legendary holiday spectacle since 1986, when Lucy Spata moved to the area. Her over-the-top Christmas displays started as a way to honor her mother’s memory (she also loved holiday decorations) and quickly her neighbors followed suit. Today, Lucy is known around town as “Mrs. Claus” and the Dyker Heights lights attract up to 150,000 visitors each season. 6sqft’s resident photographers, James and Karla Murray, recently visited Dyker Heights and captured the outrageous lights and decorations in all their glory. And they were even lucky enough to meet Lucy herself!"

Grotta Azzurra was founded in 1908 by the Davino family in Little Italy , NYC.

The restaurant was named for the Blue Grotto on the Isle of Capri and is one of the first place to serve “Lobster Fra Diavolo” (brother devil in Italian) a dish invented in America, not Italy. We love the restaurant’s overhanging #neonsign as well as the decorative lights strung across the width of the street.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hudson. Out and about fun over at Union Square Park Holiday Market, NYC, just now...

Puerto Plata Video Rental, Brooklyn, NY.

On this chilly day in NYC, we are thinking of staying inside and watching a movie ๐ŸŽฅ so our thoughts went to Puerto Plata Video Rental in Brooklyn. We love the #handpainted sign complete with a VCR tape on it. Can anyone guess what year we took this photo?

Saturday, December 8, 2018

As the holiday of #Hanukkah has only 1 more night, we are highlighting Murray’s Sturgeon Shop in the Upper West, which has been in business since 1946.

The present owner, Ira Goller was a commodities analyst but decided to leave Wall Street and buy the business in 1990 from restaurateur Artie Culter, the second owner. The founder, Murray Bernstein passed away in 2000.  We photographed this appetizing shop in 2010 for our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved” and interviewed the long-time manager who told us, “We have kept more or less the same sort of inventory over the years, selling the finest smoked fish, caviar, homemade salads and soups and our specialty kosher knishes. Many customers have been coming here for so long that they now are bringing their grandchildren in with them.” We have a special place in our heart for this shop because we are in awe of its #neon since our last name is “Murray”!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thank you 6sqft for including our STORE FRONT prints in their Holiday NYC-themed gift guide!

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"Whether you need just a few more items to check off your holiday shopping list or you haven’t even started thinking about it yet, follow our guide to make this year’s gift-giving totally stressfree. We’ve rounded up the 40 best presents that are uniquely New York for every type of Big Apple dweller, from the transit nerd and the foodie to the architecture buff and bookworm. Priced between $10 and $295, recommended gifts include everything from a cheese class with Murray’s Cheese to a walking tour of Flushing, Queens."

Joe John Pizza, founded 1968, Queens, NYC, earlier...

A daytime straight on version appears in our book STORE FRONT II: A History Preserved

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lioni Prime Meats, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Lioni Prime Meats in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn definitely caught our eye with its #signage overload including the gorgeous #neonsign complete with #script letterings and twinkling ✨ stars. Photo from 2012 appears in our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved”.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Photography from our visit to a 4,700 sqft family home in a historic Hamilton Heights brownstone for 6sqft​:

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"Built in 1890, the 21-foot-wide brownstone retains almost all of its original details, such as elaborately carved moldings and fireplaces (six, to be exact), cozy window seats, and jaw-dropping foliated screens in the master bedroom."

We recently shot a campaign for @uppercutdeluxe at the iconic LENNY’S PIZZA in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

@lennyspizza86 ๐Ÿ•was founded in 1953 and has been run by the Giordano family since 1983. (2nd-generation Josephine Giordano is at the take-out window in the 1st photo). Lenny’s Pizza became famous after it was used in a scene for the movie Saturday Night Fever where the character played by John Travolta is seen ordering two slices of #pizza from Lenny’s, and eating them “double-decker” style, one piled on top of the other ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

MINETTA TAVERN was established in 1937.

The Tavernwas named after the Minetta Brook, a small stream that ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. Minetta Tavern became a famous dining spot for beatniks, celebrities and literary luminaries including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’ Neill, E.E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas and Joe Gould. Keith McNally, Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr who have worked together on various restaurants since 1997, took over Minetta Tavern in March 2008. They kept the restaurant’s name and historic neon sign and during renovation tried to preserve much of its distinctive interior including the original wood paneling and wooden bar with its stained-glass shelving, murals of Greenwich Village sights and scenes along the walls, as well as pictures of faded celebrities. The menu however was changed to a largely French menu.

Photo from 2009 appears in our book, “New York Nights”.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

We just heard the sad news that Bob Plotnick, of Bleecker Bob’s Records passed away.

Bleecker Bob’s Records was founded by Bob Plotnick in 1967 and was was one of the first places in the late 1970s to sell albums by #punk bands. Bleecker Bob’s Records was forced to close in 2013 after their rent was raised from $10,000 a month to $20,000 a month. Full interview and photo from 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights” Prints are available of Bleecker Bob’s Records starting at $99 for 11x14 inch signed open edition. Larger sizes in limited editions also available upon request. DM or email us at for more info.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Pop-Up coming! Carnegie Delicatessen, which became famous for its enormous pastrami sandwiches, opened in 1937 but sadly closed on New Year’s Eve in 2016 after 79 years in business.

But for those who have been missing this Midtown Jewish #delicatessen it just recently was announced that there will be a pop-up location on Lafayette Street from December 1-8th to promote season 2 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Everything on their limited menu will be 99 cents or less and all proceeds benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club @girlsclubny, a wonderful organization which we have supported and done photo talks for. Our night photo of Carnegie Delicatessen from 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights”.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

To celebrate the upcoming holidays and cyber-week we are offering mounted and framed 11x14 inch signed prints of many of our favorite storefronts for $125 (regularly $150) including free shipping in the continental U.S.

Each individual #storefront is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us on the bottom right underneath the image and is mounted and framed in a white letterbox style frame with UV glass. Prints are also available unframed for $99 including shipping. Please DM or email us at and payment is via PayPal or Venmo to @Karla-Murray.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Sam’s Restaurant & Pizzeria in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn was founded in 1930 by the Migliaccio family

Their specialty is their pizza ๐Ÿ• and sausage and meatball heroes cooked in the same brick oven as the pizza. We absolutely love this old #storefront with its #handpainted “STEAKS and CHOPS” #signage.

#Analog photo from 2004 appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Today is “Small Business Saturday” and we hope that everyone helps promote the independent retailers and other small businesses that make each neighborhood in New York City unique by shopping ๐Ÿ›’ in them today.

In honor of #shopsmall and #loveyourlocal we are offering TODAY this 16 x 20 inch signed poster printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper for $30 including shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. We are also offering signed 11 x 14 inch "Store Front" prints for the holidays. All of the Kodak Professional Endura Luster prints shown are $99 with free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. Please DM or email us at to order with Paypal or Venmo to @Karla-Murray.

Monday, November 19, 2018

FAO Schwarz, the iconic toy store’s flagship Fifth Avenue location

FAO Schwarz is the oldest toy store in the United States and was founded by German immigrant, Frederick Otto Schwarz and his two older brothers in 1894. The shop’s Fifth Avenue flagship store opened in 1986 and its famous grand piano ๐ŸŽน was featured in the 1988 movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. This location closed in 2015 due to rising rents but FAO Schwarz has just now reopened (with the grand piano) in Rockefeller Center, just a few short blocks away. We love that you can see the reflection of the Plaza Hotel located across the street, in the massive windows.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Two Boots, Greenwich Village, NYC

Two Boots, which is named for the geographical shapes of Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น and Louisiana, was founded by two partners (Doris Kornish & Phil Hartman) and specialized in Cajun-Italian cooking.  The original location in the East Village opened in 1987 and became popular for its cornmeal crust pizza ๐Ÿ•. The @twobootspizza location on 7th Avenue at West 11th Street (seen in our photo) opened in 1995 but since the beginning of November has sadly been closed for non-payment of taxes. We are not sure ๐Ÿค”if it will reopen but have always loved the restaurant’s colorful #signage and the fact that each location uniquely features the work of local artists.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Franklin Deli Market on Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

This #bodega sadly closed its doors after over 20 years in business after fighting a vacate notice and trying to renegotiate their lease since 2016. The owners, Dennis and Yvette Camacho are trying to find a new home for their #deli but the rent prices in Greenpoint are prohibitively high.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Rush Hour, Columbus Circle, NYC, just now...

#snow #firstsnow #snowvember #snowday #snowinnyc #noreaster #snownyc

As soon as we heard that Amazon @amazon is building one of its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens our thoughts immediately went to the Court Square Diner.

Court Square Diner, which is open 24 hours a day, was founded in 1946 and has only had 3 owners. We love its chrome and red exterior, which went beautifully with the red #vintage Karmann Ghia parked outside. We hope the influx of new people working at Amazon will help increase business at the #diner but we are not sure how many will actually dine there.

Hospital, NYC, earlier...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hudson. Tennis ball dispenser fun, over at Wild One, SoHo, NYC, just now...

To see more photos of the historic pastry shop Veniero's including lots of in progress baking shots and delicious finished pastries, cookies ๐Ÿช cheesecakes ๐Ÿฐand other specialties please visit: 

An East Village institution, Veniero’s Pasticceria is a family-owned and operated Italian pastry shop that was established by Italian immigrant Antonio Veniero in 1894. Veniero, who lived with his family next door, started the business as a candy shop. He then started serving Italian espresso and biscotti and by the 1920s, he had brought in master bakers from Sicily to run the kitchen.  A century later, Veniero’s @venierospastry is still family-owned and is celebrating its 125th anniversary next year. We had the chance to tour the caffรฉ and bakery for @6sqft with Robert Zerilli, the fourth-generation current owner and great-nephew of founder Antonio Veniero. Today, Veniero’s serves more than 150 desserts, from traditional Italian butter cookies and cannolis (swipe left for photos) to some more modern offerings such as red velvet cake and oreo cheesecake.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Photography from our visit to East Village Icon Veniero's & interview with owner Robert Zerilli for 6sqft...

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"We had the chance to tour the caffรฉ and bakery with Robert Zerilli, the fourth-generation current owner and great-nephew of founder Antonio Veniero. Today, Veniero’s serves more than 150 desserts, from traditional Italian butter cookies and cannolis to some more modern offerings such as red velvet cake and oreo cheesecake. Ahead, go behind the scenes to see how all these tasty treats are made, tour the historic interiors, and learn all about Veniero’s history from Robert."

In the series finale of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, the CNN show focused on places in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Fab 5 Freddy spoke to Anthony @anthonybourdain about one of his favorite restaurants, El Castillod e Jagua. The restaurant which has been in business for over 40 years is named after the Jagua Fortress on the south side of Cienfuegos in in Cuba ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ and specializes in authentic Cuban cuisine with many seafood ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŸ, beef ๐Ÿฅฉ, chicken ๐Ÿ“ rice and soup ๐Ÿฒ dishes. @fab5freddy told Anthony that “This is one of the places, like Keith Haring and I would love to come here, Jean-Michel Basquiat would join us, and we would have good meals here on the regular and it was consistently good.”

We agree that the food is consistently good and we also always love ๐Ÿ’— a restaurant that has “CHOPS” listed on its #signage!

Monday, November 12, 2018

In honor of Veteran's Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I which killed 10 million men in fighting that involved 32 countries around the globe ๐ŸŒŽ, we are posting Kaufman's Army & Navy in Hell's Kitchen. Kaufman's was founded in 1938 and is one of the oldest military supply stores in the U.S. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and the oldest in NYC.

We love their #handpainted #signage which the owner told us was commissioned by his mother during the height of the Vietnam War. Photo and full interview with 3rd generation owner appear in book "Store Front II-A History Preserved". Thank you all who have served and to those on active duty! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Photography from our visit to Queens' Loew's Valencia with Untapped Cities Insiders! for 6sqft:

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"The majestic Loew’s Valencia Theatre opened on Saturday, January 12, 1929, as the first, largest, and most famous of the five flagship Loew’s “Wonder” Theatres established in the New York City area from 1929-30. All of the grand movie palaces were built by Marcus Loew of the Loew’s Theatres chain to establish the firm as a leader in film exhibition and to simultaneously serve as a fantastical yet affordable escape for people of all classes from the tedium and anxieties of their daily lives. The Valencia most definitely did not show away from this fantastical approach, with its Spanish/Mexican Baroque architecture, gilded ornamentation, rich jewel-tone colors, and elaborate carvings."

Rainy Autumn Night, Union Square, NYC, last night...