Saturday, September 29, 2018

Since it is officially the start of Fall, we are in the mood for freshly picked apples 🍎🍏and thought of this fruit & vegetable stand in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, John J. Lee Fruits & Vegetables.

We love the #handpainted sign with its cornucopia of various fruits 🍌 🍍🍇 even though the lower part of the #signage has seen better days. #Analog photo from 2001 appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

We hope you can join us tonight! Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6 p.m. PROGRAM LOCATIONS: Jefferson Market Library, First Floor

 Please join Karla & James Murray (, the acclaimed photographers and best-selling authors as they speak about the inspiration behind their public workshop and resultant exhibition: Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts. 

The photography and oral history workshop they led in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center taught participants about the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities and how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants learned 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.

The resulting exhibition at the Little Underground Library at the Jefferson Market Library is on display through October 1, 2018.  There will be an opportunity to view the results of their project in the gallery following the lecture.

Friday, September 21, 2018

"Store Front II - A History Preserved" (Mini edition) is a Rizzoli Bookstore staff pick!

Visit their gorgeous Flatiron store to pick up an autographed copy as well as a copy of our "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Julius’, Greenwich Village, NYC

Julius’ located on West 10th Street at Waverly Place is the oldest gay bar in NYC and also one of the city’s oldest continually operating bars. Photo 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights.”

Our friends at the Historic Districts Council @hdcnyc are hosting a symposium at Riverside Church on October 1st titled “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural History” and will be discussing how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks like Julius’ which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site connected to the LBGT community in NYC. •

The conference will be:
Monday, October 1, 2018 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Riverside Church 91 Claremont Avenue (between W. 120 and W. 121 Streets)
General Admission: $15 / Students/Seniors: FREE (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which are often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across the city are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Just this year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District, which the agency describes as “not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.” In recent years, Greenwich Village’s Caffé Cino and Julius’ Bar were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as significant and influential sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City; The New York Times profiled a historian giving tours of Muslim sites of significance in Harlem; and the City is commemorating some of our most storied and accomplished female citizens with the installation of statues in all five boroughs.

To register please visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photography from our visit to Vanleeuwen Ice Cream's new UWS shop for 6sqft...

LINK to full article and photos:

"Ten years ago, with $60,000 on hand and no factory, Laura O’Neill and Pete and Ben Van Leeuwen decided to operate an ice cream truck in New York City. Instead of using gum stabilizers and fillers, they wanted to make their ice cream with all-natural, pure ingredients. The trio, none of whom have a culinary background, started testing ice cream recipes in the kitchen of their shared Brooklyn apartment. Today, Van Leeuwen has grown into a multimillion-dollar, multi-city dessert empire with numerous trucks and brick-and-mortar stores throughout NYC and Los Angeles."

Subway Inn was founded in 1937 and was located near the Lexington Avenue subway 🚋 line entrance by the Bloomingdale's Department Store

After 77 years at its iconic location, it was forced to relocate when a new development was planned for its 1880s building. We just went by the original building and are sad to report that it has been torn down to make way for a new development.

The Salinas family, who owns the #divebar took the original "Subway Inn" #neon sign and re-installed it in 2015 in its new @subwayinn location on Second Avenue by the Roosevelt Island tram. We are happy that they saved this gorgeous #neonsign! Photo above is from 2011 and interview with longtime bartender, Rodney Williams, appears in our book "New York Nights".

Rooftopping, NYC, earlier...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sherman’s Bar-B-Q in Harlem, NYC

Last weekend’s Pig Island 🐖 Festival in Brooklyn had us thinking of all things pork 🐷and barbecue so we found our #analog photo from 2004 which appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. Sherman’s was strictly a take-out only spot but was extremely popular and delicious ( you can even see the flames 🔥through the window).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Photography from our visit to 102-year-old Orwasher’s Bakery for 6sqft...

Full article:

"There’s a good chance that if you’ve walked into one of Orwasher’s Bakery‘s Manhattan storefronts over the past decade you’ve assumed the 102-year-old business is still family owned. But the original Orwasher family sold it in 2007 to Keith Cohen. The likely confusion comes from Cohen’s dedication to maintaining the mom-and-pop feel of his Upper East and West Side locations, along with the vintage recipes for New York staples such as rye bread, challah, and sourdough."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tribute in Lights, from the East Village, NYC, just now...

The tribute in light installation consists of 88 searchlights creating two vertical columns of light to represent the fallen Twin Towers in remembrance of September 11, 2001. #tributeinlight #september11 #neverforget #tributeinlights #twintowers #worldtradecenter #911memorial

24 Years. Annual anniversary lunch down at @NomWah Tea Parlor, rainy Chinatown, NYC, a little earlier...

14th Street, just now... Moment of Silence for first plane hitting the North Tower.

17 Years... Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day.  Remembering Manny DelValle Jr. from Engine 5  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 Manny had just finished an overnight at Engine 5 in the East Village when the call came in around 8:47 am that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Engine Company 5 was assigned to team up with another company to walk up 80 floors and stretch the hose line. Manny Delvalle Jr. was carrying the rollup lines of hose and an oxygen tank. The last time Manny was seen, he had stopped on the 10th floor to give a woman oxygen. His unit had made it to the 15th floor when they were called back when the building began to rumble. They looked for Manny but could not find him and after the North Tower fell at 10:28 am, he was reported missing. Manny was 32 years old and had joined the #FDNY in 1994. We remember Manny, who often stood outside the firehouse when the doors were open. The firemen always gave biscuits to our pit rescues Tabasco and Java. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. 🙏#september11 #NeverForget #eastvillage #memorial #wtc #worldtradecenter

17 Years...

When we took these photos, we had no idea the significance it would have. Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day. We were married at City Hall 09.11.94.

Monday, September 10, 2018

In honor of the two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which began tonight we are highlighting KATZ'S DELICATESSEN, Katz’s was established in 1888

It's famous for its Jewish deli foods including hot pastrami, corned beef sandwiches, as well as hot dogs 🌭, matzoh ball soup and knishes. A ticket is given upon entering the #Delicatessen which serves as a bill that must be handed in when leaving. Every week, Katz’s @katzsdeli serves on average 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs. Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Coney Island Bialys and Bagels in Brooklyn

This bialy shop was founded by Morris Rosenzweig in 1920 after Morris immigrated from Bialystock, Poland...the city that gave the #bialy its name. The business was strictly wholesale at first, delivering their freshly baked bialys by horse 🐎 and buggy. The shop added #bagels to its name and menu in the 1970s. When we photographed the shop in 2009 for our book “Store Front II- A History Preserved” we spoke with the 3rd-generation owner, Steve who told us that in their heyday that they were baking a thousand dozen bialys each day but that business had dwindled in recent years to the point where they only sold a few hundred bialys each day.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Barney Greengrass - The Sturgeon King

Barney Greengrass - The Sturgeon King is a third generation family-owned business, which specializes in smoked fish such as sturgeon, 🐟salmon, and lox as well as caviar. They also have a restaurant serving all of their smoked fish, pickled items, salads, and fresh bagels and breads. Barney Greengrass founded the store in 1908. If you would like to visit this shop in the next few days, be prepared for a long wait as their busiest time of year is around the holiday of Yom Kippur (which is on September 19th this year). When we spoke with the third-generation owner, Gary for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” he told us that right before Yom Kippur “it’s like a war room in here”.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Coming soon! Photos and interview with our friend Pizza King Paulie Gee over at his new Paulie Gee's Slice Shop, Greenpoint, Brooklyn for 6sqft...

It is delicious!

"This Instagram of Vintage New York Storefronts Is a Nostalgic Fever Dream" SEPT 6, 2018 by ELISE TAYLOR for Vogue

Full article:

 "It’s true that most of their photos could be lumped into the category of “Old New York”—a designation dwellers use to describe previous iterations of this ever-changing city—but the whole point, James and Karla say, is to remind people that these stores are very much here in the present. “We just try to raise awareness of the joys of these little shops,” James says. “We want people to be aware of how important they are to the fabric of the community. And if they shop there—because that’s the key to the stores success, they need customers—you can actively do something to keep them in business.”

Article includes: @Ray'sCandyStore, @scarrspizza, @Regina'sGrocery and more!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we are posting our photo of Shopsin’s inside the Essex Street Market in the Lower East Side as we learned that the founder, Kenny Shopsin passed away

Shopsin’s was founded as a general store in 1973 but morphed into a diner as was known for its huge menu including many strange pancake flavors🥞 options including Mac & Cheese pancakes and its infamous customer rules including no tables with more than 4 people dining together and no two people at the same table ordering the same menu item. R.I.P. Kenny Shopsin.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It’s another sweltering evening in NYC with both high heat and humidity so we thought what better way to cool off than have a homemade Italian ice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona

This #Corona, Queens institution was opened by Peter Benfaremo in 1944. When the shop first opened the ice was hand-cranked in tubs and sold only during the summer. Times have changed and now their Italian 🇮🇹ice is made electronically year-round but the same 3 basic ingredients remain constant: sugar, water, and all natural flavoring (including real lemons 🍋 for the most popular flavor, as well as real oranges 🍊 for the orange flavor and real peanuts 🥜 for the second-most flavor, peanut butter). If you find yourself traveling to the #USOpen to see some tennis 🎾 this week, stop by this old-school gem as it is located nearby and cool off but remember that they “Do NOT Mix flavors”. Photo from 2004 and interview with Peter appear in our book “New York Nights.”

Open Hydrant start of September, over in Brooklyn, NYC, just now...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Photography from our visit to a 1100sqft apartment in Bay Ridge Brooklyn for 6sqft...

Full article:

"Bay Ridge may not be on your list of top Brooklyn ‘nabes, and that’s exactly why it’s such a peaceful enclave for those in the know. After living in a cramped West Village apartment, Daniel Saponaro and Kyle Hutchison set four must-haves in a new place to live–a bright and spacious home, green streets, proximity to transit, and great nearby restaurants. They found all of this and more in a beautiful pre-war apartment building on Bay Ridge’s waterfront Shore Road."

Under City Hall, NYC, earlier...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Joel, Blaze and Eric over at Fort Grace Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NYC.

There is a heat advisory in effect through Tuesday, so we are highlighting this little #icecream shop. Fort Grace Local sells homemade ice cream and sorbets for only $3 for 2 scoops. We hope everyone stays cool this holiday weekend!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hudson. Cooling off over at C.O. Bigelow's Dog Fountain, Greenwich Village, earlier...

C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries in Greenwich Village is a lead supporter of our workshop/exhibition "Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan's Neighborhood Storefronts" currently on display through October 1st at the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library. They also are a dog-friendly pharmacy and formulate and flavor custom prescriptions for dogs!

Up above Greenwich Village, NYC, just now...