Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We are excited to announce that we have found a new permanent home for our public art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”!

We are excited to announce that we have found a new permanent home for our public art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” which has been on display inside Seward Park in the Lower East Side since June 2018. We dismantled the entire structure with the help of @ericpreisendanz who is taking it to Philadelphia to be installed as the centerpiece of The Civic Art Collection in Philadelphia.

• The installation consisted of four of our near life-size photos of different “mom-and-pop” stores, printed on Dibond by @uniquevisualsny who did an absolutely amazing job. The panels were then attached to the wood-frame structure and even a green wavy roof (just like bodegas in NYC have) was installed by us to make it ever more realistic and to protect the installation from rain, snow ❄️ and whatever else the city wanted to hit it with!

• Although it was bittersweet to take down the installation from inside Seward Park, it will continue to raise awareness of the importance of small unique businesses to the fabric of the community.

• As soon as it is safely reinstalled, we will let everyone know so you can visit it at its new home!


In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza, we visit Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop!

In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza, we visit Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop @pauliegees_sliceshop which specializes in classic New York City-style Cheese slices, Pepperoni slices, Pepperoni slices with Mike’s Hot Honey aka “The Hellboy”, and some other specialty slices including vegan options as well as Sicilian pies made using four gas-fired ovens. The Slice Shop’s retro décor is inspired by the pizzerias Paulie Gee frequented in the 1960s and 70s in Brooklyn.

• To hear more and see more interior photos of this #Pizzeria please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we highlight small independently owned businesses in New York City https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Monday, June 24, 2019

In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza we go digging for vinyl at the thrift shop, The Thing.

This second-hand shop is known by #vinyl junkies for its extensive selection of used vinyl #records, tens of thousands of which can be found in the packed basement level of the shop.

• To hear more about this gem and see ALL of the interior including the back room with a listening station and the entire basement with its floor to ceiling full of records on shelves and in crates, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we will be posting new videos weekly highlighting unique small businesses like The Thing (direct link in bio) or visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant is located on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

This family-owned #diner has been in business since 1945. To hear more about why it was named Manhattan 3 Decker and see the interior of this affordable diner, please watch our latest episode , Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza and please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla to follow our weekly videos highlighting unique small businesses in the city. https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Saturday, June 22, 2019

We just posted on our YouTube channel our latest episode, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza.

Full episode: https://youtu.be/_USOiykA5hc

In this episode, we visit Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a 1950s-era donut shop known for its delicious donuts 🍩 and its original decor including a wrap-around S-shaped lunch counter.

To hear more and see the interior of this lovely #donut shop and to find out which two donuts we tried, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Photography from our visit to Elizabeth Collective, Elizabeth Taylor’s former Midtown mansion turned arts collective for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/inside-the-elizabeth-collective-elizabeth-taylors-former-midtown-mansion-turned-arts-collective/

"When you think of the heart of Midtown, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a turn-of-the-century mansion dripping with historic details. But nestled amongst the office buildings on West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is just that. Designed by architects Warren & Wetmore of Grand Central fame, 10 West 56th Street has gone through several incarnations over its lifetime, from private residence (including the one-time home of Elizabeth Taylor!) to high-end retail space."


Friday, June 21, 2019

Our latest video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza is now live on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla!

Full episode: https://youtu.be/_USOiykA5hc

In this episode, we travel to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the northernmost neighborhood in the borough adjacent to Williamsburg. We visit a family-owned diner, Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant and have an iced coffee and stop in at a 1950s-era donut shop, Peter Pan Pastry & Donut Shop, where we get two delicious donuts.

We also go crate digging at The Thing, a thrift shop known by NYC's vinyl junkies and DJs for its extensive selection of used vinyl records. We end the day at Paulie Gee's Slice Shop, where we get some slices of pizza and head to the waterfront area of Greenpoint, where we take in some stunning views of the New York City skyline.

We also stroll through McCarren Park, see graffiti and street-art lined streets and look at some local finds at sidewalk yard sales.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Chelsea Hotel, NYC

We were relieved to see that the iconic #neonsign for the Chelsea Hotel was lit again today despite being covered under scaffolding for the longest time as construction 🚧 has been underway inside the former hotel. The Chelsea Hotel was built in the 1880s and was sold to a developer in 2011 who closed the #ChelseaHotel for a major interior renovation project. The hotel’s exterior is landmarked and cannot be altered.  We have so many happy memories of staying at the hotel as well as having paella 🥘 at El Quijote! Let us know what are some of your favorite memories of this hotel.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We are excited to invite all of our friends and followers who grew up or currently live in NYC, to dig into their archives and join us in telling the story of our city!

For the entire month of June, our friends at @urbanarchiveny are collecting personal histories and photographs of New Yorkers captured on city streets across the five boroughs. The above 12 photos are our #analog 35mm photos and taken between 2001-2004 and appear in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”.

• Submissions will be accepted between June 1 and June 28. All photographs that meet the selection criteria listed below will be added to their permanent, citywide archival collection. •

• We will be selecting the photos to highlight in Urban Archive along with the rest of the esteemed panel including @debimazar @jakedobkin Dave Ortiz and Michelle and James Nevius. We and the rest of the panel will also pick 25 stories from the submission pool to highlight in Urban Archive and feature on LinkNYC kiosks in proximity to where the photographs were originally taken. Selected submissions will be announced on July 12, 2019. 

SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS: The call is open to anyone with a story to share but @urbanarchiveny are most interested in photographs that were taken in NYC before the year 2005. All photographs submitted must have been taken on a city street and/or in front of a building that can potentially be identified within the five boroughs. Each photo must also include at least one human subject. You must retain all rights in any photograph you submit.

To read more about this project and to join in on their BYOP(hotos) scan night this Thursday June20th from 7pm at 155 Rivington Street please visit:  https://www.urbanarchive.nyc/myarchive/


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop🍦on Grove Street is featured in our latest YouTube video: Greenwich Village Pride Month - LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈, Ice Cream & Decoupage.

Full episode: https://youtu.be/hi8lV5eTQtI 

@biggayicecream is known for their soft serve 🍦 ice cream cones with a menu of unique and unusual flavors and toppings. Our #rescuedog @hudsonpittienyc is having his Birfdae Cek (yellow cake 🎂 batter soft serve) outside the shop. • 

To see the interior of the shop and watch our other cone being made (guess which flavor and topping we also had) and see other local businesses associated with the #Pride movement including the oldest gay bar in NYC, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) or visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Monday, June 17, 2019

Our latest video, Greenwich Village Pride Month - LGBTQ, Ice Cream & Decoupage is now live on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla!

Full episode: https://youtu.be/hi8lV5eTQtI 

In this special Pride Month 🌈 episode, we visit many locations associated with the #Pride 🏳️‍🌈movement and discuss the significance of Julius’, the oldest gay bar in New York City. 

To see the interior and hear more about this historic bar as well as many other places associated with the #lgbtq movement please subscribe to our YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Pride Month - LGBTQ, Ice Cream & Decoupage is now live on our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

Full video: https://youtu.be/hi8lV5eTQtI

In this episode, we visit the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan for Pride Month. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969 and are recognized as the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We visit many locations associated with the Pride movement and discuss the significance of Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park, and Julius', the oldest gay bar in New York City.

We visit Duplex, the legendary cabaret and piano bar and get soft serve ice cream cones from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop and browse John Derian West on Christoper Street, which is known for its assortment of decoupage, glass plates, trays, bowls, paper weights and other decorative items.

We also stroll down a few beautiful tree-lined streets with historic buildings and townhouses.

We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting new videos weekly!
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Our Seward Park installation "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S"

Full article: https://plastitec.mx/paneles-de-aluminio-y-su-uso-en-arte.html

"Los artistas y fotógrafos James y Karla Murray con sede en New York City, se dieron a la tarea de reproducir una tiendita clásica de los parques de Nueva York con el fin de concientizar a los habitantes y visitantes sobre la importancia que estos pequeños negocios, tanto para la fomentar la interacción en las calles y la vida pública como para los propietarios del negocio ya que familias enteras dependen de ellas."


Friday, June 14, 2019

DeROBERTIS PASTICCERIA on First Ave near 11th Street was established by Paolo DeRobertis in 1904.

Their #neon sign is from the mid 1940s. The Italian 🇮🇹 #bakery closed in 2014 when the family decided to sell the building due to a decline in health of the older fourth-generation members of the family coupled with a decline in business.

Black Seed Bagels which took over the #storefront kept much of the original interior, including its hand-laid decorative tiled floor, pressed tin ceiling and mirrored back wall and also kept DeRobertis large #neonsign along the facade’s upper floor. Since we live nearby and walk past this business every day we noticed last week that the neon was missing from its facade. The building has been undergoing renovation so we are not sure if it was damaged (the neon was not in working condition prior to the renovation) but we hope that it is just being restored. @blackseedbagels can you tell us what has happened to this gorgeous piece of history?

• Our photo of DeRobertis appears in our book “New York Nights” along with our interview with the 3rd-generation owner Annie DeRobertis.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fishs Eddy in the Flatiron District is known for its affordable and sometimes #vintage dishware with quirky designs.

The shop was founded in 1986 when the owners Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz stumbled upon a small hamlet in upstate NY, named Fish’s Eddy, and discovered an old barn that had stockpiled restaurant dishware that had survived a fire. They purchased and brought all the soot-covered plates, bowls, platters and cups back to NYC, cleaned them and sold them at their newly opened store.

• To see the interior and hear more about @fishseddynyc please view our new YouTube video: https://youtu.be/sTKtXRy9SF0

• If you have not already please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we are trying to raise awareness of the importance of small unique businesses like this one! (direct link in bio) or visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Our latest YouTube video Flatiron District- Egg Creams & Vintage Typewriters is now live on our JamesandKarla YouTube channel!

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop located on Fifth Avenue across the street from the Flatiron Building has been in business since 1929. It was founded by Carl Eisenberg and even though it has a newer owner, the #luncheonette has not changed its menu or its classic decor complete with a long lunch counter and stainless stools. To see and hear more about about this #vintage sandwich shop and to watch an egg cream 🥛being made @eisenbergsnyc please view our new YouTube video: Flatiron District- Egg Creams & Vintage Typewriters.

 • Full video: https://youtu.be/sTKtXRy9SF0 

If you have not already please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we are trying to raise awareness of the importance of small unique businesses like this onevisit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla !



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Our latest YouTube video Flatiron District- Egg Creams & Vintage Typewriters is now live on our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

Full video: https://youtu.be/sTKtXRy9SF0

• In this episode we visit Gramercy Typewriter Company, the oldest operating #typewriter business in New York City, which is currently being run by the 2nd and 3rd-generation owners Paul (pictured) and Jay Schweitzer. They not only sell fully reconditioned #typewriters but also provide cleanings, maintenance and have a vast supply of ribbons for all #vintage typewriters. Celebrity clients include Tom Hanks @tomhanks who eulogized typewriters in his documentary @californiatypewriter.

• To see and hear more about our visit to Gramercy Typewriter Co. (and to see some of our collection of typewriters) please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) or visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Monday, June 10, 2019

Our new video "Flatiron District- Egg Creams & Vintage Typewriters" is live!

In this vintage-inspired episode, we travel to the Flatiron District of Manhattan and check out vintage dishware with quirky designs at Fishs Eddy, get a classic vanilla egg cream at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop and look at a large selection of vintage reconditioned typewriters at Gramercy Typewriter Company. 

We also visit look at the Flatiron Building with its uniquely triangular narrow footprint that resembles the prow of a massive ship, which dominated the neighborhood back in the skyscraper era of the early 1900s. We take a stroll through Madison Square Park and see performance artists and musicians. We also point out other interesting and unique architecture along the way including the Gorham Apartment Building which houses Fishs Eddy, and in 1883 was one of the first apartment houses and mixed-use buildings ever constructed.

To see and hear more about our visit to Gramercy Typewriter Co. (and to see some of our collection of typewriters) please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) or visit:
https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Friday, June 7, 2019

Video: Bushwick - Punk Alley, Pizza & Cold Brew: We visit the the Lion’s Den 🦁

Video: Bushwick - Punk Alley, Pizza & Cold Brew (Video: https://youtu.be/C9KkQno1XUY)

We visit the the Lion’s Den 🦁as we spotted this #storefront with its fantastic #handpainted signage while walking along the J, Z, M line. This thrift shop which sells used and #vintage furniture and other random items is a true gem. You must really watch the video to get a true sense of its jam-packed interior. 

We would love for you to subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (if you haven’t already) and let us know what you think of this shop and the other unique small businesses we visit while in Bushwick.

Link to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Please vote for our near life-size storefront Public Art installation printed by Unique Visuals!

Please vote for our near life-size storefront Public Art installation printed by Unique Visuals, for the Application of the Year Awards from Digital Output Magazine, honoring some of the most innovative work being done in the graphic arts.

Voting LINK: http://www.digitaloutput.net/application-of-the-year-2019/?fbclid=IwAR36Qq45MR_ojpl5OcbKC75IG8-P6XdihY2vFrzPCnrb58mm8A7YF-n06bk#prettyPhoto

Our "Mom and Pops of the L.E.S." was created by us to help raise awareness of the importance of small unique shops to the fabric of the community. Our near life-size photos of mom-and-pop stores were printed on DIBOND aluminum composite material to approximate free-standing shops. VOTING closes on 6/14/2019 so be sure to vote soon. (to vote via mobile, be sure to swipe screen to the left to view our work in the right column)


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Our new YouTube video Episode 9: Bushwick - Punk Alley, Pizza & Cold Brew is live!

In this episode, we travel to Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood around the Myrtle Avenue/ Broadway stop on the J, M, and Z train.
We visit Punk Alley, the world-famous re-purposed shipping container-filled alley on Broadway which hosts a punk rock flea market with Rebel Rouser, a record shop, Book Row- Better Read Than Dead, Video Eye, a used VHS shop and Street Level, an antique shop/ tattoo parlor.
We also check out a few thrift shops along Broadway including OG Flea Market and Lion's Den and see lots of graffiti and street art along the way. We finish the tour with a cold brew from Jones Beach Bar & Cafe and stop in at Norbert's Pizza, a go-to spot for vegan pizza in Bushwick.
We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting more new videos to our channel soon.
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Photography from our visit to stamp artist and Rivington School rebel Ed Higgins' LES apartment of 40 years for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-450sqft-stamp-artist-and-rivington-school-rebel-ed-higgins-shows-us-his-les-apartment-of-40-years/

"Upon arriving in Manhattan, the Midwestern-born artist became part of an art scene that was antithetical to what was happening anywhere else. Ed was a founding member of the Rivington School, a group of anti-commercial artists who took the city’s open land as their own, creating make-shift gallery spaces and performance centers in basements and on vacant lots. A painter and printmaker by trade, Ed is a part of the mail art movement, which involves sending art through the mail via postcards, decorated objects, and original stamps."


In our Midtown West Episode 8 we visit shops and historic places along 57th Street near Seventh Avenue.

To see the interior and hear more about the Brooklyn Diner and its famous patrons, please visit: https://youtu.be/FW-aTXeat58 

Brooklyn Diner, despite its name is actually located on West 57th Street in Midtown West. This classic-styled upscale #diner was founded nearly 25 years ago by Shelly Fireman. 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Our Instagram and YouTube channel @JamesandKarla are featured in today's amNY cover story "LOVE FOR THE LITTLE GUYS- Couple Documents NYC Mom-and-Pop Shops- and You Can Help".

The article features our ongoing mission to document on film and in words the many small businesses in NYC that make each neighborhood unique. It also talks about our free public photography and oral history workshop, "Capturing The Faces & Voices of Mom-and-Pop Storefronts" and its mission to foster public awareness and advocacy and its dedicated Instagram feed @momandpopstorefronts

We are currently raising funds for the workshop and resultant exhibition to highlight the participants' work in September at the The Theater For The New City Gallery in the East Village. To learn more and contribute please visit:  http://spot.fund/JamesAndKarla

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Our new YouTube video Episode 8: Midtown West- Donuts & Coins is live!

Full episode: https://youtu.be/FW-aTXeat58

In this episode, we travel to the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan and visit shops and historic places along 57th Street near Seventh Avenue.  We stop in and have a artisanal donut from The Doughnut Project, look at some rare coins and bullion at Stack's Bowers Rare Coin Galleries, visit a free art gallery at the legendary Art Students League and have a bite to eat at the Brooklyn Diner, which despite its name is located on 57th Street.  We also see some wonderful architecture, including Carnegie Hall and the historic Alwyn Court building.

We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting more new videos to our channel soon.

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Gem Spa, located on Second Avenue at the corner of St. Mark's Place has sadly removed its iconic Zoltar fortune 🔮 teller booth.

They also removed their newspaper 📰 racks outside. We hope that Zoltar returns soon! • Gem Spa was founded in 1957 and is still famous for its egg creams 🥛a quintessential New York beverage originally served in candy stores throughout the Lower East Side beginning in the 1920s. The egg cream, is said to have been invented at this #candystore @besteggcream . Contrary to its name, the #eggcream does not contain eggs 🥚 or cream but is a mixture of very cold milk, seltzer, and flavored syrup. Gem Spa is where Jack Kerouac and other beat poets got their egg creams in the 1950s and it also became a hangout for many musicians in the 1960s and 1970s, who performed at the Fillmore East and the Electric Circus, which were located on either side of the store. @thisispattismith is also a long-time customer.

Pre-Zoltar:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cafe Belle, NoLita, NYC

Full episode: https://youtu.be/TiGlHY5tFRA 

Cafe Belle in NoLita. We just recently posted on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla our latest video Episode 7: NoLita - Italian Shops & Books in which we visit Cafe Belle on Mulberry Street and @moethebutcher on Elizabeth Street. @cafebellenyc was founded in 2017 by Noelle “Belle” Scala, whose family has owned and operated successful Italian 🇮🇹 bakeries for over 70 years. Everything the cafe serves is made in-house using her Grandpa’s original recipes!

To see and hear more about this modern cafe with a traditional coziness please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla  if you have not already as we are trying to raise awareness of the importance of small neighborhood businesses to the community.
https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 7: "NoLita - Italian Shops & Books" is live!

 In this episode, we visit the neighborhood of NoLita, a vibrant section of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We stop in and have some cappuccino from Cafe Belle, visit with the owners of the nearly century-old Italian butcher shop, Albanese Meats & Poultry, and browse inside McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers.

We also see some wonderful architecture, including St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, as we walk the tree-lined streets of this quaint neighborhood.

We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting more new videos to our channel soon.

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No Malice Palace or Bar N.M.P in the East Village opened in 1999.

This #divebar was known for its loud music 🎶 with live DJs blasting hip-hop and reggae.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Episode 6: Lower East Side - Pizza & Rock and Roll

Full episode: https://youtu.be/dSll81KfRKc 

We check in with multi-media artist and musician, Peter Missing, founder of Missing Foundation before finishing up watching The Undead perform at the WASTECREW Party in Tompkins Square Park. 

We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting more videos to our channel soon.


Lightning, rolling over the East Village, NYC, last night...


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Our visit to Scarr’s Pizza 🍕 on Orchard Street is highlighted in our latest YouTube Episode 6: Lower East Side-Pizza & Rock and Roll.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla to see the episode and other videos highlighting small independently owned businesses in the City.

@scarrspizza was founded in 2016 by Scarr Pimental, who was inspired to create a NY slice 🍕 shop using healthy high-quality ingredients including fresh milled organic flour that is mulled on site. We would love for you to subscribe to our YouTube channel: JamesandKarla

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Photography from our visit to finger painting pioneer Iris Scott's Bed-Stuy studio for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-1200sqft-finger-painting-pioneer-iris-scott-shows-off-her-bright-bed-stuy-studio/

"Nearly ten years ago, while living in Taiwan, artist Iris Scott didn’t feel like washing her blue-stained paint brushes. Instead, she used her finger to finish the piece and, to her surprise, discovered that this childhood arts and crafts project works really well on her own oil paintings. She searched online to see if any artists out there were already dedicated to finger painting and found no one. “I was like, it’s my purpose!” she told 6sqft during a recent tour of her Bed-Stuy studio."


Monday, May 27, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 6: "Lower East Side - Pizza & Rock and Roll" is live!

Our new YouTube Episode 6: "Lower East Side - Pizza & Rock and Roll" is live on our https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla channel!


In this episode we visit the Lower East Side of Manhattan, get some pizza from Scarr's Pizza on Orchard Street and see fashion icon Jimmy Webb's rock and roll clothing boutique, I Need More. While there, we ran into spikey hair model/actress Erin Micklow, https://www.erinmicklow.com/ We also see lots of graffiti and street art as we walk the streets of the Lower East Side and visit an independently-owned small record shop and community center on Forsyth Street, Commend. We also check in with multi-media artist and musician, Peter Missing, founder of Missing Foundation before finishing up watching The Undead perform at the WASTECREW Party in Tompkins Square Park. We would love for you to subscribe to our channel and hit the thumbs up if you enjoy the video. We will be posting more videos to our channel soon. SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 5: "Hell's Kitchen Historic Shops during Fleet Week" is live on our JamesandKarla channel!

 Full episode: https://youtu.be/NaudUugV2mU 

In this episode we visit some historic independently-owned businesses in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, including Kaufman's Army & Navy, Poseidon Greek Bakery, and Rudy's Bar & Grill.

We celebrate Fleet Week 2019 by purchasing some military surplus equipment and even get custom-stamped dog tags for our rescue dog, Hudson. 

We also sample some delicious Greek cookies and baklava, see and listen to the busy streets surrounding the Port Authority Bus Terminal and 42nd Street and even some some street art by Faile.


Thank you Viewing NYC for sharing our YouTube video "The Lower East Side - Then and Now"!

Full article: https://viewing.nyc/james-and-karla-murray-explore-new-york-city-the-lower-east-side-then-and-now/


Thank you Curbed NY for putting our Mom-and-Pops of The L.E.S. installation in Seward Park # 1 on the list of New York’s best public art installations this season!

Full article: https://ny.curbed.com/maps/best-public-art-installations-new-york-city


Friday, May 24, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 5: "Hell's Kitchen Historic Shops during Fleet Week" is live on our https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla channel!

Full episode: https://youtu.be/NaudUugV2mU

In this episode we visit some historic independently-owned businesses in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, including Kaufman's Army & Navy, Poseidon Greek Bakery, and Rudy's Bar & Grill.  We celebrate Fleet Week 2019 by purchasing some military surplus equipment and even get custom-stamped dog tags for our rescue dog, Hudson.

We also sample some delicious Greek cookies and baklava, see and listen to the busy streets surrounding the Port Authority Bus Terminal and 42nd Street and even some some street art by Faile.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 4: Greenwich Village- A Taste of England and Beyond is live!

Our new YouTube Episode 4: Greenwich Village- A Taste of England and Beyond is live on our https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla   channel.


In our latest episode, we visit three British-owned 🇬🇧shops including A Salt & Battery, a fish & chip shop co-owned by Nicky Perry. @asaltandbatterynyc sells only the freshest and finest quality fish 🐟 and ingredients fried in the best vegetable oil. Fish options include cod, haddock, sole and whiting and deep-fried scallops and shrimp 🍤 are also available.  Nicky also co-owns Tea & Sympathy @teaandsympathynyc and its take-away grocery store, Carry on Tea & Sympathy.

In our video, we speak with Nicky Perry about the history of the shop and its struggle to survive in the face of rent increases and other operating costs. We also stroll down many #GreenwichVillage tree-lined streets and visit an independent bookstore and popular bakery.


 Please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we are trying to build support of our mission to document the many small businesses that make every neighborhood of the city unique!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Our new YouTube Episode 4: Greenwich Village- A Taste of England and Beyond is live on our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla 

In our latest episode, we visit three British-owned 🇬🇧shops including Tea & Sympathy @teaandsympathynyc. We also visit its take-away grocery store, Carry on Tea & Sympathy Tea ☕️ and A Salt & Battery, a Fish & Chip Shop 🐟.  We speak with the owner, Nicky Perry about the history of the shop and its struggle to survive in the face of rent increases and other operating costs. We also stroll down many #GreenwichVillage tree-lined streets and visit an independent bookstore and popular bakery.

Tea & Sympathy is being awarded a Village Award to honor its outstanding service to the neighborhood by Village Preservation - Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation on June 12th at 6:30 pm at the Auditorium at The New School 66 West 12th Street. It is free to attend and a reception will follow the award ceremony.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) as we are trying to build support of our mission to document the many small businesses that make every neighborhood of the city unique!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Our new video on Greenwich Village "Episode 4" is UP!

In this episode we visit the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City and visit a few British owned shops, an independent small bookstore and a popular bakery. We also stroll down a number of beautiful tree-lined streets with historic brownstones and townhouses, which make this neighborhood of New York so unique and charming.

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Full video: https://youtu.be/vL9PrOy39nE


Monday, May 20, 2019

New Hi-Tech Corp Electronic Service Center on Canal Street is one of the small businesses we feature in our new YouTube Episode 3: Lower East Side: Then and Now.

This shop which was founded in 1983 repairs all brands of electronics including video cameras 📹 TVs, turntables and computers 💻 🖥 . The owner, Alex is also a professional technician. The shop is full of cool #analog equipment including #vintage radios 📻, reel to reel tape decks, boom boxes, and 35mm and medium format cameras 📷 🎥.

To see and hear more about this shop as well as others in the neighborhood please subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Thank you so much to all of our followers who have already subscribed to our channel. We really appreciate the love and support as we try to bring awareness to the importance of these small shops to the community!


Sunday, May 19, 2019

YouTube video Episode 3: Lower East Side - Then and Now

For everyone who has not yet watched our latest YouTube video Episode 3: Lower East Side - Then and Now, please check it out as we visit independently-owned shops in the neighborhood and also remember ones that have sadly disappeared including Cup & Saucer. •

This 1940s era #Luncheonette complete with its original lunch counter and stainless stools was forced to close in 2017 after their rent was greatly increased from $8,200 a month to $15,800. We were so saddened by the loss of Cup & Saucer ☕️that we decided to raise awareness of its importance to the community by installing our near life-size photo of the Luncheonette in our @momandpopsles art installation inside Seward Park, which you can see until the end of June 2019. •
There are four different neighborhood stores represented in the rectangular wood-frame installation and we are currently trying to find a new home for all of them. We are willing for each business represented to go to a separate home...Cup & Saucer is printed on two 4 ft x 8 ft Dibond aluminum composite panels (total dimension of 8 ft x 8 ft) so if you are interested in obtaining the panels and installing them in your business/home or exterior location as they are weather-proof please DM or email us for specifics. •

To watch our Lower East Side: Then & Now video please subscribe to our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Please watch our new YouTube video and subscribe (link to subscribe is in our bio) to our James and Karla channel to be alerted to every new video we upload

Episode 3: https://youtu.be/7bmhZtFnOME 

Our new YouTube Episode 3: Lower East Side - Then and Now is live on our James and Karla YouTube channel. In our latest episode, we visit independently-owned shops including the newly opened Two Bridge’s Diner on Canal Street by Eldridge. Two Bridge’s Diner was founded by the former co-owner of the beloved Cup & Saucer Diner, John Vasilopoulos and his brother Teddy. Cup & Saucer was forced to close in 2017 after their rent was greatly increased from $8,200 a month to $15,800 a month and their real estate taxes were also increased. We were so saddened by the news, that we decided to include our near life-size photo of the Cup & Saucer Luncheonette in our @momandpopsles art installation inside Seward Park, which you can see until the end of June 2019. • We were so happy to see that John and Teddy were able to reopen their new diner right next door to where Cup & Saucer used to be. •

We had a cheeseburger 🍔 deluxe with fries 🍟 and a grilled cheese sandwich 🥪 to celebrate the opening and our rescue dog 🐕 @hudsonpittienyc had his own hamburger 🍔 thanks to Teddy!


Friday, May 17, 2019

Our new video on the Lower East Side "Episode 3" is UP!

In this episode we travel to the Lower East Side of Manhattan and visit independently-owned shops including Little Canal, Hi-Tech Electronic Service Center and Two Bridge's Diner on Canal Street. We also view our public art installation inside Seward Park, "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." and talk about its mission to help raise awareness of the importance of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York City by small, often family-owned businesses.

In addition, we take a look back at some of the small 'mom-and-pop' stores which have sadly disappeared from the Lower East Side. Our rescue dog, Hudson comes along with us and even gets his own hamburger from Two Bridge's Cafe thanks to Teddy.

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Full video: https://youtu.be/7bmhZtFnOME


Diner in Williamsburg located right underneath the Williamsburg Bridge was founded by Andrew Tarlow in 1999.

@dinernyc is a tiny spot inside a converted classic Pullman #diningcar and is best known for its signature burgers 🍔. In warmer weather, there is also outdoor seating but we always love sitting on one of the stainless stools lining the counter.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thank you Untapped Cities for sharing our latest youtube video!

Full Untapped Cities article: 

https://untappedcities.com/2019/05/15/video-go-inside-new-statue-of-liberty-museum-and-abandoned-ellis-island-hospitals/

We are excited to share our photos and our new video on YouTube of our visit to the new Statue of Liberty Museum🗽 : and both sides of Ellis Island, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the off-limits Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Complex with @untappedcities.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the thumbs up 👍 button if you enjoy our video:

Latest Episode: https://youtu.be/RNLCTSTW5Cw






Photography from our visit to an East Village neighbor's pinup-glam and retro-kitsch apartment for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-600sqft-pinup-glam-and-retro-kitsch-collide-in-this-east-village-apartment/

"One might assume that a professional organizer’s home would be streamlined and sparse, but before our current obsession with ridding our homes of everything that doesn’t “spark joy,” home organization had many different forms. Case in point–Jeanie Engelbach’s East Village apartment. Jeanie started her career creating professional scrapbooks and soon landed a role as design manager at ABC Carpet & Home. Her knack for mixing styles, integrating color and pattern, and not taking design too seriously started attracting the attention of clients, and before long she was helping them not only organize their homes but create spaces representative of their personalities as ApartmentJeanie. And this is on display nowhere more than her one-bedroom rental at the new 14th Street development EVGB."


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We are excited to share our photos and our new video on YouTube of our visit to the new Statue of Liberty Museum🗽 : and both sides of Ellis Island, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the off-limits Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Complex with @untappedcities.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the thumbs up 👍 button if you enjoy our video:

https://youtu.be/RNLCTSTW5Cw

The Statue of Liberty Museum officially opens to the public on Thursday, May 16th but we were able to attend a press preview with @6sqft

For full article and more photos visit: https://www.6sqft.com/see-inside-the-statue-of-libertys-new-museum-ahead-of-this-weeks-opening/

"Opening this Thursday, the new Statue of Liberty Museum aims to educate visitors about the history and legacy of the statue through immersive gallery spaces and artifacts. During a press preview last week, 6sqft toured the 26,000-square-foot museum and its landscaped roof, located on Liberty Island across from Lady Liberty herself."




Monday, May 13, 2019

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our own YouTube Channel: James and Karla Murray.

On our first episode, we experience a taste of Italy in New York City's East Village as we visit local independently-owned shops including Veniero's Pasticerria @venierospastry , Russo's Mozzarella & Pasta and Motorino Pizzeria @motorinopizza We also highlight local architecture, street art and vendors.  RUSSO’s MOZZARELLA & PASTA has been in business since 1908. They specialize in homemade mozzarella, which is made by hand all day long on the premises and they also make their own pasta. Please watch our new episode: East Village taste of Italy to see inside this third-generation owned shop as well many other gems.
See direct link to our YouTube video and please give us a thumbs up 👍 if you enjoy the video and hit the subscribe button as we will be posting more new videos this week.

https://youtu.be/EEye-5Zhekl


Friday, May 10, 2019

Mulberry Street Bar in Little Italy 🇮🇹, Manhattan.

This bar opened in 1908 and still retains much of its original interior including pressed-tin ceilings, tiled floor, and long wooden bar. Many movies 🎥 and Tv 📺 shows have been filmed at the historic bar including Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos, and Law & Order.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nom Wah Tea Parlor which was founded in 1920 is the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown.

To hear more about its history please join us this Saturday, May 11th at 11am as we discuss the past and present of legacy small businesses in New York City at “The Shop Around the Corner: Celebrating New York’s Immigrant Businesses” at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. This symposium is sponsored by the Historic Districts Council @hdcnyc and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts @friendsoftheues.

Please Register to attend here:  https://hdc.org/events/the-shop-around-the-corner-celebrating-new-yorks-immigrant-businesses/


Photography from our visit to the world’s largest pizza box collection apartment for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-1100sqft-pizza-pundit-scott-wieners-midwood-home-holds-the-worlds-largest-pizza-box-collection/

"How does one person amass 1,471 pizza boxes you may ask? After spending a few minutes with Scott Wiener, this will seem like a silly question. Scott founded Scott’s Pizza Tours 11 years ago, and since his first tour, he has become NYC’s resident pizza expert. In addition to his company’s signature bus tours, it now hosts daily walking tours, and Scott is often cited in both gastronomy and historical publications. But the real reason people from all over the world are keen to send Scott one of their pizza boxes is his genuine personality."