Monday, October 22, 2018

FURSI RAVIOLI in Ozone Park, Queens was founded by Carmine Furci over 45 years ago.

When we photographed the #storefront in 2012 for our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved” we interviewed the current owner, Abe. He told us, “I began working here for the second owner, over 20 years ago and learned all of the original recipes that were handed down from Mr. Furci. This used to be a very large 🇮🇹 Italian neighborhood but now the area has really changed and many other nationalities have moved in. We still have a lot of old Italian customers who have been shopping here for years and no longer live in the neighborhood but return here just to buy our homemade ravioli and fresh-baked prosciutto bread.” We not only lived its ravioli but also its vintage #signage.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

3 Star Coffee Shop on the Upper West Side closed in 2014 after 30 years in business.

We always loved its #signage especially since it listed many of our favorite foods: BURGERS 🍔, DONUTS 🍩 and SANDWICHES 🥪 as well as COFFEE ☕️! Sadly we passed by this #storefront today and it still remains empty but has been renovated with an all glass facade. We are not sure what is taking its place but we can be pretty certain that it won’t be a reasonably priced coffee shop.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge located on Flushing Avenue at Washington Avenue was in business from 1907 to 2010.

Steve Frankel, who owned it since 1999, lost his lease when the building was sold to a developer. The bar originally served the tens of thousands of Brooklyn Navy Yard personnel who worked in the shipbuilding industry, but in recent years catered to the workers in the many industrial businesses and film and television studios, which rented spaces at the revitalized Navy Yard industrial park. Photo from 2008 and full text appear on our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved”.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Photography from our visit to The Four Freedoms Park on the tip of Roosevelt Island for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-the-four-freedoms-park-team-talks-louis-kahn-fdr-and-preserving-a-legacy/

"In 2012, 40 years after it was conceived by late architect Louis Kahn, Four Freedoms Parkopened on four acres on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Part park, part memorial to FDR (the first dedicated to the former president in his home state), the site was designed to celebrate the Four Freedoms that Roosevelt outlined in his 1941 State of the Union address–Freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear. In addition to its unique social and cultural position, the Park is set apart architecturally–the memorial is constructed from 7,700 tons of raw granite, for example–and horticulturally–120 Little Leaf Linden trees are all perfectly aligned to form a unified sight line."


Over at Café Tomaselli, Salzburg, the oldest café in Austria, earlier...

The café was founded in 1700.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LENNY’S PIZZA 🍕was founded in 1953 and has been run by Frank Giordano and his family since 1983.

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 🍕🍕. We love their #vintage #neon sign and their pizza is great too! Photo and full interview with 2nd generation owner of @lennyspizza86 appear in our book "New York Nights".


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Photography from our visit to fashion designer, stylist, and model Stella Rose Saint Clair's apartment for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-730sqft-its-a-retro-pink-party-at-fashion-designer-stella-roses-bushwick-apartment/

"From the Rococo sofa she found on Craigslist and bought from an eccentric divorcée on Staten Island to the collection of vintage food packaging in the kitchen, everything in Stella’s apartment has a story, many of which will make you laugh. But behind the giggles and bubblegum walls, Stella is not afraid to get real–“I don’t have my shit together, and I’m okay with it.”–and take a serious look at how obstacles in her life, such as being bullied as a teen, have shaped her into the creative force she is today. Ahead, take a tour of Stella’s one-of-a-kind apartment and get to know her a bit better."



Clock Tower, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, NYC

19th-century clockworks that are in still use after 143 years.  #OHNYwknd #untappedcities



Stairs above the main sanctuary to the clock tower.
Clock's counterweights

SMITH UNION MARKET in Carroll Gardens was founded by Placido Scopelliti on February 22, 1945

His grandson, Vincent Taliercio has been managing the business since 1986.  We have interviewed Vincent SMITH UNION MARKET in Carroll Gardens was founded by Placido Scopelliti on February 22, 1945. His grandson, Vincent Taliercio has been managing the business since 1986.  We interviewed Vincent in 2009 when we took this photo and he told us, “This was originally a meat market opened by my grandfather after World War II ended. We had a large showcase for the meats and butcher blocks, where all the meat was cut by hand. We also had grinding machines and a large hand-crafted wooden walk-in-box, which I still use today to store beers. It works great and keeps everything super cold. After my brother the butcher retired, I told customers that I simply replaced the meats with many varieties of beer.”

• Photo and full interview with Vincent appear in our book, “Store Front II-A History Preserved”.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hudson. Out and about in Miami, FLA

#trackside #graffiti #streetart #miamigraffiti


El Barrio Bakery as photographed in 2001 for our book, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”.

We love when the name of a particular #storefront helps identify the neighborhood it is located within, and El Barrio Bakery on Third Avenue at East 110th Street is a perfect example. The word “barrio” means neighborhood in Spanish and this section of Harlem has a high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Avenue D Sunset, East Village, NYC, last night...


Thank you to The Council of the City of New York, Carolina Rivera & The East Village Community Coalition!

 Thank you to EVCC Director Laura Sewell for a fantastic evening!
Hudson. Checking out who's down there, Housing Works rooftop, East Village, NYC , last night... Thank you to @evccnyc & The Council of the City of New York for honoring us last night and for such a great event! East Village Community Coalition

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Photography and Interview from our visit to Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, Lower East Side, NYC for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-mendel-goldberg-fabrics-has-been-outfitting-the-lower-east-side-for-130-years/

"Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, a fourth-generation family-owned textile boutique, has been in business since 1890 and is located on a quiet side street on the Lower East Side. On a recent visit to the fabric store, we had a chance to speak with Alice Goldberg, the great-granddaughter of Mendel Goldberg, about how the business went from a pushcart to a unique destination, the joys of running one of the oldest surviving shops in the neighborhood, and the secrets of some of their most high-end fabrics."


100 Year Old Kino Lucerna, Prague

Kino Lucerna is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Europe and the site of the first showing of a sound movie in Prague.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Photography from our visit to Japan Society for 6sqft and Archtober...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-modernism-meets-tradition-inside-the-japan-societys-historic-headquarters/

"The headquarters of the Japan Society is located in Turtle Bay at 333 East 47th Street, purposely constructed just blocks from the United Nations. In addition to being known for its extensive curriculum, the architecture of the society’s building also stands out. Designed by architects Junzō Yoshimura and George G. Shimamoto, the building is the first designed by a Japanese citizen and the first of contemporary Japanese design in New York City. The structure, which first opened in 1971, combines a modern style with traditional materials of Japan. In 2011, the building was designated a city landmark, becoming one of the youngest buildings with this recognition."


Rain dog, about a four hours from Prague, CZ, very late...


Karla. Up ahead, somewhere under NY...


Monday, October 8, 2018

We hope you can join us this Wednesday at the East Village Community Coalition's Fundraiser Honoring James and Karla Murray

Join East Village Community Coalition as they celebrate their 14th year serving the community. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, music and sparkling skyline views from the beautiful Housing Works rooftop.

Please email info@evccnyc.org
Can't make it but still want to help?
Please visit evccnyc.org/

DATE AND TIME: Wed, October 10, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
LOCATION: Housing Works Cylar House Rooftop 743 East 9th Street New York, NY 10009

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-village-community-coalition-fundraiser-honoring-james-and-karla-murray-tickets-51050584673


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Our 30 x 30 inch photograph of the departed Live Bait printed on aluminum dibond, with a rail wall-mount in the back so that it is ready to hang!

This aluminum dibond print has a glossy finish, and is 100% water-resisitant and protected from sunlight as well as easy to clean with a glass cleaner. We photographed Live Bait in 2010 for out book "New York Nights" and interviewed the owner about the history of this iconic dive bar in the Flatiron district. We are happy that we can now not only offer unmounted limited edition prints of our storefront photography to our clients but also these visually stunning and durable metal prints. Contact us for pricing and size information at: jandk@jamesandkaralmurray.com


Saturday, October 6, 2018

14th St., East Village, NYC, not that long ago...

Meyer’s Discount Cosmetics in the East Village in 2004 as photographed for our book, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. This photo and 11 others from our “Store Front” books were chosen by Esquire España magazine October 2018 issue to highlight our documentation of many mom-and-pop businesses in New York City. We can’t thank Esquire Spain enough for the love and support! It is always wonderful to know that people in Europe appreciate our work here in NYC! To see Esquire Spain magazine’s 11-page spread of our work please watch the video below!


STORE FRONT - Esquire España (print) Oct. 2018 No.123 "OTOÑO en Nueva York"


Friday, October 5, 2018

Photography from our visit to the Historic Synagogue at the Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/ten-secrets-of-the-eldridge-street-synagogue/ 

"With stunning stained glass windows and a striking mix of Moorish, Gothic, and Romanesque features, the Eldridge Street Synagogue cuts an imposing figure on the Lower East Side. The Synagogue opened in 1887 as the first and finest Orthodox house of worship built by Eastern European Jews in America and served as a spiritual headquarters for millions of immigrants as they made new homes in New York. By the turn of the 20th century, over 4,000 congregants supported three daily services, and holiday crowds overwhelmed the building."


Thursday, October 4, 2018

BOND 45 was originally housed in the former 6,000-seat Hammerstein Theater building, a theater district landmark.

The theater was known for its vaudeville Zeigfeld Follies show, which was presented throughout the summer on the roof garden because air conditioning had not yet been invented. In 1940, the theater became the location of the Bond clothing store, which became famous for its gigantic neon sign and its offer advertising two pairs of pants with every suit purchased. The Bond clothing store closed in 1977 and in 2005, Shelly Fireman opened a classic Italian steak and seafood restaurant in the space and named it after the former Bond clothing store. We spoke with owner, Shelly Fireman for our book, “New York Nights”, who told us, "I was inspired to open Bond 45 because I thought it was a great location for a restaurant. I took the easy way out and gave it a name that everybody could pronounce and remember. At the same time, I respected the history of the building because the Bond clothing store was once housed in there so I installed neon signage reminiscent of the huge neon sign that once graced the store. I luckily found a guy who had worked on all these Woody Allen movies of old New York and he helped create the signage, drawing it all by hand not a computer.”

Bond 45 @bond45nyc recently moved to a new location at the former location of Sofia's, the restaurant of the Edison Hotel on 46th Street, where the Corleone family's chief enforcer met his end in the movie "The Godfather". Paying homage to its past location, Bond 45 again has gorgeous oversize #neon signage and is best known for its vegetable antipasto bar which offers a rotating selection of market vegetables and features an expansive menu that includes veal chops 🍖, seafood 🦐, house made pasta 🍝, thin crust pizza 🍕 and breakfast 🍳 all day.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Photography from our visit to Instagram’s ‘Apartment Botanist’ for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-750sqft-instgrams-apartment-botanist-grows-nearly-200-plants-on-the-upper-west-side/

"Amassing 24,000 Instagram followers in just over a year is nothing to sneeze at, but when you have a collection of nearly 200 plants in a 750-square-foot Manhattan apartment, you’re going to attract some attention. Artist Alessia Resta moved into her Upper West Side home seven years ago, and when she saw how much light came in through the west-facing, 16th-floor windows, she decided to finally start assembling the plant collection she always wanted, and there was born the Apartment Botanist."


Hudson. Out & About, Northern New England, last weekend....


Fire. 188 1st Ave, Multiple Dwelling Fire, East Village, NYC, just now...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Miss Wakefield Diner in Sabornville, NH.

This #vintage diner was built by the O’ Mahoney Diner Company in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1949. The company whose motto was “we lead the world” made around 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952. They were prefabricated in the factory and then trucked to their destination. This #diner car started its life in Albany, NY and was originally called Pat & Bob’s Diner. It was rescued from a junkyard and trucked to New Hampshire in 1991. We are glad to have discovered it since only 20 of these O’ Mahoney Diner cars are in existence today. If you plan to visit, please note that Miss Wakefield is only open for breakfast 🥞 🍳and lunch 🍔🍟🥪as it closes at 3pm daily.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Photography from our visit to the Historic Synagogue at the Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/ten-secrets-of-the-eldridge-street-synagogue/

"With stunning stained glass windows and a striking mix of Moorish, Gothic, and Romanesque features, the Eldridge Street Synagogue cuts an imposing figure on the Lower East Side. The Synagogue opened in 1887 as the first and finest Orthodox house of worship built by Eastern European Jews in America and served as a spiritual headquarters for millions of immigrants as they made new homes in New York. By the turn of the 20th century, over 4,000 congregants supported three daily services, and holiday crowds overwhelmed the building."