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 πŸ•with a side of Grandmother’s gravy for dipping crusts. They use homemade sourdough starter, organic malted flour, fresh sauces and a unique cheese πŸ§€ 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 πŸŽ₯ 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 πŸ•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 πŸ•πŸ•.

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.