Friday, June 22, 2018

Late afternoon, over at our public art installation“Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” inside Seward Park located at Essex Street at East Broadway, Lower East Side, NYC.

We will be having an official opening celebration on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. We will be speaking about our #storefront sculptural art installation and the inspiration behind it. We hope all of our friends, followers, community neighbors and @kickstarter backers will be able to attend so we can celebrate together. We hope that our installation acts an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops to the fabric of the community.


Hudson. Our public art installation inside Seward Park at Essex Street at East Broadway, “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is now on view and open to the public.

We will be having an official opening celebration 🎉 on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. We will be speaking about our #storefront sculptural art installation and the inspiration behind it. We hope all of our friends, followers, community neighbors and @kickstarter backers will be able to attend so we can celebrate together. We hope that our installation acts an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops to the fabric of the community.


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