Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Macy’s Flagship NYC Store on 34th Street and their amazing holiday windows are featured in our latest YouTube video: NYC BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS.

Full video: https://youtu.be/sIl4qh_fQLA

This year’s #holiday windows story at Macy’s follows its main character “Santa Girl” who watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade from her bedroom window. Her larger-than-life dog 🐢 Willow scratches its ear when visitors press her nose! Macy's

• To see to see Willow the dog in motion πŸ• scratch her ear when Hudson presses her black nose and also see ALL of the other spectacular #holiday windows at Macy’s, Bloomingdales Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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"2019 holiday gift guide: 20 gifts for the New Yorker who has it all"

2. Storefronts of New York photos - now you can have one of their well-known “storefront” photos in your own home. Pick your favorite mom-and-pop from past or present times and then order an 11 X 14, signed print for $99 with free shipping within the Continental U.S.A. 

Thank you 6sqft​!

Full list: https://www.6sqft.com/2019-holiday-gift-guide-20-gifts-for-the-new-yorker-who-has-it-all/


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

PRINT SALE! Pearl Paint 🎨 the legendary #artstore on Canal Street in Manhattan served artists for over 50 years before closing in 2014.

To continue our holiday print sale, we are offering 11x14 inch signed prints of many of our favorite storefronts including Pearl Paint for $99 including free shipping in the continental U.S.

Each individual #storefront is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us on the bottom right underneath the image.

Please DM or email us if you need more info at jandkphoto@att.net and/or send payment via PayPal or Venmo to @Karla-Murray.

Please place your order before this Friday to ensure delivery before Christmas!


Monday, December 9, 2019

Photography from our visit to NYC’s 2019 holiday windows (without facing the crowds) for 6sqft! Includes a link to our video tour too!

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/nyc-holiday-windows-2019/

"The city may have created additional pedestrian space around Rockefeller Center this year, but the throngs of tourists are still filling the streets around the Christmas tree and holiday windows. If you’d rather not deal with the crowds, photographers James and Karla Murray have captured the best of this year’s windows, from the magical “Frozen” themed light show at Saks Fifth Avenue to the artistic displays at Bergdorf Goodman. Ahead, see what’s on view this year and learn a bit more about what goes into creating these whimsical scenes."

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The 10-story tall theatrical light show at Saks Fifth Avenue opposite Rockefeller Center is featured in our latest YouTube video: NYC BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS!

The 10-story tall theatrical light show at Saks Fifth Avenue opposite Rockefeller Center is featured in our latest YouTube video: NYC BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS along with the six winter wonderland windows depicting characters from “Frozen 2” at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.

Full video: https://youtu.be/sIl4qh_fQLA

To see this amazing light show in action and to see ALL of the spectacular #holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

One of our favorite holiday windows this year is the neon-filled Bergdorf Goodman “Jackpot” window, featuring a #pinball game.

Full video: https://youtu.be/sIl4qh_fQLA 

We feature it in our latest YouTube video: NYC BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS along with the rest of the eight incredible #BergdorfGoodman windows centered around the theme of “Bergdorf Goodtimes.”

• To see this amazing window with its psychedelic #animation and flashing lights and to see more of the spectacular #holiday windows at Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

In this NYC BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS episode we visit the most stunning New York City department and #NYC luxury stores #holiday window displays in 2019.


We also visit the Rink at Rockefeller Center and see ice skating and the Christmas tree being decorated for the season. 

Places we visit include: 
1. Macy's 210 Broadway at 34th Street
2. Bloomingdale's Lexington Avenue between 59th & 60th Streets
3. Bergdorf Goodman Fifth Avenue between 57th & 58th Streets
4. Gucci Fifth Avenue at 56th Street
5. Cartier Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street
6. Saks Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue between 49th & 50th Streets
7. Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink & Tree Off Fifth Avenue between 49th & 50th Street
8. Radio City Music Hall Sixth Avenue at 50th Street 

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Karla over at Tompkins Square Library! Author TALK & SLIDESHOW this Friday 6:30-7:30pm!

We are excited to announce our Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" Photographs by James and Karla Murray" as part of the Third Annual East Village Arts Festival at Tompkins Square Library.

Friday, December 6: Exhibition Opening: 5-6:30pm
Illustrated Author Talk: 6:30-7:30pm

The opening reception will include live music and refreshments.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Tompkins Square Library, Basement

As part of the third annual East Village Arts Festival, we will be showing an exhibit of our photographs at Tompkins Square Library, from December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020.  "At the talk, James and Karla will discuss their books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II - A History Preserved and New York Nights.

In this visual presentation, the Murrays take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York's independent shops, bodegas, bars and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners."

More info: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2019/11/06/third-east-village-arts-festival-tompkins-square-library


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Karla over at Tompkins Square Library! Author TALK & SLIDESHOW this Friday 6:30-7:30pm!

We are excited to announce our Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" Photographs by James and Karla Murray" as part of the Third Annual East Village Arts Festival at Tompkins Square Library. 

Friday, December 6: Exhibition Opening: 5-6:30pm 
Illustrated Author Talk: 6:30-7:30pm 

The opening reception will include live music and refreshments.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Tompkins Square Library, Basement 

As part of the third annual East Village Arts Festival, we will be showing an exhibit of our photographs at Tompkins Square Library, from December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020. 

"At the talk, James and Karla will discuss their books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II - A History Preserved and New York Nights. In this visual presentation, the Murrays take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York's independent shops, bodegas, bars and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners."


Author TALK & SLIDESHOW this Friday 6:30-7:30pm!

We are excited to announce our Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" Photographs by James and Karla Murray" as part of the Third Annual East Village Arts Festival at Tompkins Square Library. 

Friday, December 6: Exhibition Opening: 5-6:30pm 
Illustrated Author Talk: 6:30-7:30pm 

The opening reception will include live music and refreshments.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Tompkins Square Library, Basement  As part of the third annual East Village Arts Festival, we will be showing an exhibit of our photographs at Tompkins Square Library, from December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020. 

"At the talk, James and Karla will discuss their books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II - A History Preserved and New York Nights. In this visual presentation, the Murrays take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York's independent shops, bodegas, bars and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners."

More info: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2019/11/06/third-east-village-arts-festival-tompkins-square-library


Arturo’s on West Houston Street has been in business since 1957.

This historic restaurant , which is known for its coal-fired oven pies πŸ•is featured in our latest YouTube video. Not only do we go inside this #pizzeria restaurant but we get one of their delicious pizzas.

Full video: https://youtu.be/DUuxYKdGtdU
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Chess Forum ♟ on Thompson Street is featured in our latest YouTube video.

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

Not only do we go inside this unique #storefront but we show in detail many of the #chess sets and pieces including sets by theme like cats vs dogs and alien vs human. We also visit the back room where you can join a pick up chess game for $5 an hour (children always play free!).

@hudsonpittienyc is patiently waiting for someone to walk in the shop and play #backgammon with him! •

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Monday, December 2, 2019

We just uploaded our 2nd ITALIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS TOUR of GREENWICH VILLAGE!

We just uploaded our 2nd ITALIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS TOUR of GREENWICH VILLAGE where we visit historic family-owned #Italian food businesses including Raffetto’s on West Houston Street.

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

@raffettos_pasta has been in business since 1906 and sells a huge variety of their homemade fresh and dry #pasta in cuts including spaghetti 🍝 rigatoni, ziti, shells and wagon wheels! • • To see more of the interior of this lovely shop and to see Sara @pastaheiress cut the spinach & plain egg tagliatelle using their vintage 1916 guillotine machine, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Our latest video "ITALIAN FOOD TOUR & VINYL RECORDS: GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC" is live!


In our 2nd ITALIAN FOOD TOUR & VINYL RECORDS of GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC, we visit some historic family-owned #Italian food businesses including a homemade pasta shop and coal-fired pizza restaurant and also highlight a #vinyl record shop and #chess shop, all within walking distance of one another.

Places we visit include:
1. Generation Records 210 Thompson Street
2. Raffetto's 144 West Houston Street
3. Chess Forum 219 Thompson Street
4. Arturo's 106 West Houston Street

We also see some beautiful Greenwich Village buildings as we walk the picturesque streets.

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To celebrate the holidays, we are offering our limited edition 12 x 36 inch print of our Branded Chromatic 🌈Signage Collage for $250/ print including FREE shipping to anywhere in the U.S. ($20 value).

To celebrate the holidays, we are offering our limited edition 12 x 36 inch print of our Branded Chromatic 🌈Signage Collage for $250/ print including FREE shipping to anywhere in the U.S. ($20 value).

These #storefront collage prints were designed by us using our photos of various NYC #momandpopstorefronts with an image size of 8.5 x 32 inches printed on 12 x 36 inch Kodak Professional Endura Glossy Paper and are in a signed edition of 50. In first photo is our larger size 4 foot length print which is also available in a signed edition of 15.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

We are celebrating the upcoming holidays and #smallbusinesssaturday by offering mounted 11x14 inch signed prints of many of our favorite #momandpopstorefronts

We are celebrating the upcoming holidays and #smallbusinesssaturday by offering mounted 11x14 inch signed prints of many of our favorite #momandpopstorefronts including Ralph’s for $99 including FREE shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. Each individual #storefront is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us on the bottom right underneath the image. Prints can also be mounted and FRAMED for $150 including FREE shipping to anywhere in the U.S.!

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Hudson. Over at Gem Spa​, EAST VILLAGE getting his GEM SPA Scarf and taking advantage of their BIG BLACK FRIDAY GEM SPA Merchandise SALE that runs until 2AM tonight!


We are thankful for all the love and support our friends and followers have shown us this past year!

To begin the celebration of the upcoming holidays, we are offering mounted and FRAMED 11x14 inch signed prints of many of our favorite storefronts including Zig Zag Records and CBGB (shown framed) for $150 including FREE shipping in the continental U.S. Each individual #storefront is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us on the bottom right underneath the image and is mounted and framed in a white letterbox style frame with UV glass.

Prints are also available UNFRAMED for $99 including FREE shipping to anywhere in the U.S.A.

Please DM or email us at jandkphoto@att.net and payment is via PayPal or Venmo to @ Karla-Murray 😊


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Apollo Theater is recreated via #botanical architecture at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx as part of the annual Holiday Train Show.

Apollo Theater, the legendary African-American entertainment venue in Harlem is recreated via #botanical architecture at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx as part of the annual Holiday Train Show.

Full video: https://youtu.be/vXoUFNXuP2g 

•We visit the #holidaytrainshow with its model #trains zipping by miniature #NewYorkCity landmarks and buildings crafted from all natural materials including bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, pine cones, acorns and even cinnamon sticks in our latest YouTube video.

• To see more of our photos from the train show please visit @6sqft and to see the entire show in motion, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel. 

Photo of Apollo Theater appears in our book "New York Nights"

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Our latest video "NYC HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN" is live!

Full video: https://youtu.be/vXoUFNXuP2g 

To read more about what goes into the creation of the NYBG Train Show and a slideshow of our photography from the show visit: https://www.6sqft.com/take-a-tour-of-the-nybgs-holiday-train-show-now-with-a-new-central-park-section/


We visit the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and see model #trains zipping by miniature #NewYorkCity landmarks and buildings crafted from all natural materials including bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, pine cones, acorns and even cinnamon sticks!  We also take a walk around the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden and see some of their #botanical collections including the tropical rain forest and the desert room at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Photography from our visit to New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show for 6sqft! Includes a link to our video tour too!

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/take-a-tour-of-the-nybgs-holiday-train-show-now-with-a-new-central-park-section/

"The New York Botanical Garden’s 28th annual Holiday Train Show is back for the season, and this year it has an entirely new Central Park section, featuring iconic spots like Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Bow Bridge–all made entirely from natural materials including bark, seeds, berries acorns, and cinnamon sticks."



Our latest video "NYC HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN" is live!


We visit the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and see model #trains zipping by miniature #NewYorkCity landmarks and buildings crafted from all natural materials including bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, pine cones, acorns and even cinnamon sticks!

We also take a walk around the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden and see some of their #botanical collections including the tropical rain forest and the desert room at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

We visit Moishe’s Kosher Bakery on Grand Street, a historic #Jewish bakery owned by the Perlmutter family in our latest YouTube video: JEWISH FOOD TOUR: LOWER EAST SIDE NYC.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xbnUWdl0lLA

Not only do we go inside and see the classic rye, challah and pumpernickel bread 🍞 they sell but also see in detail the freshly baked rugelach, danishes, Mandlebread, poppy cakes, and variety of cookies they sell. We also purchase bread and one of their delicious black & white #cookies and apricot-filled #hamentashen.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

We visit @michaelibakerynyc in our latest YouTube video: JEWISH FOOD TOUR: LOWER EAST SIDE NYC

Michaeli Bakery on Division Street was founded by Adir Michaeli of the famous Lehamim Bakery in Tel Aviv, Israel before he moved to NYC in 2013 to oversee the opening of Breads Bakery where his Chocolate Babka became known as the best in New York. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/xbnUWdl0lLA 

We visit @michaelibakerynyc in our latest YouTube video: JEWISH FOOD TOUR: LOWER EAST SIDE NYC. Not only do we go inside and see the classic #Jewish and Israeli items they sell including rugelach, babka, challah and kugelhopf but we also try a savory spinach bureka.

To see more of the interior and the delicious breads and pastries they sell, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sammy’s Roumanian Style Restaurant, Lower East Side, NYC featured on our new Youtube video!

Sammy’s Roumanian Style Restaurant has a history dating back over 80 years & has been operating as a #Jewish steakhouse since 1975.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xbnUWdl0lLA

We visit Sammy’s and crash a party in our latest YouTube video: JEWISH FOOD TOUR: LOWER EAST SIDE NYC. Not only do we go inside but we film in detail the Jewish #comfortfood they specialize in including Chopped Liver prepared table side with #schmaltz! Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse

To see more of the interior of this historic #jewishfood Restaurant where many famous people have dined at, including food critic Mimi Sheraton and Anthony Bourdain please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Our latest video "JEWISH FOOD TOUR: LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC" is live!


In this JEWISH FOOD TOUR of the LOWER EAST SIDE of #NYC, we visit some historic family-owned food businesses including a Kosher Jewish bakery and a classic Jewish steakhouse and also highlight a newly opened but highly acclaimed Israeli-owned bakery and try some #food from each spot. 

We also stop in and speak with the Jewish owner of a long-standing menswear business on Orchard Street, which was one of the major shopping streets for the large Jewish immigrant population in the early 1900s. 

Places we visit include: 
1. Moishe's Kosher Bakery 504 Grand Street
2. Global International 62 Orchard Street
3. Michaeli Bakery 115A Division Street
4. Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse 157 Chrystie Street 

We also see interesting city street life and historic buildings in the Lower East Side along the way. 

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Market Line - NYC at Essex Crossing commissioned us to provide large-scale photos of “Mom-and-Pop” storefronts.

The Market Line - NYC at Essex Crossing at 115 Delancey Street commissioned us to provide large-scale photos of “Mom-and-Pop” storefronts which tied into the diverse cultural and ethnic history of the Lower East Side.

Our 8 feet wide x 9.5 feet high life-size photo of a classic Newsstand has now been installed inside the main hall of the Market Line, which opens Friday, November 22nd.

Unique Visuals NY, a local independently-owned printer in Greenwich Village beautifully printed and installed our photo!



The Market Line - NYC at Essex Crossing commissioned us to provide large-scale photos of “Mom-and-Pop” storefronts.

The Market Line - NYC at Essex Crossing at 115 Delancey Street commissioned us to provide large-scale photos of “Mom-and-Pop” storefronts which tied into the diverse cultural and ethnic history of the Lower East Side.

Our 22 foot wide x 14 feet high life-size photo of a classic Jewish Appetizing Shop has now been installed inside the main hall of the Market Line, which opens Friday, November 22nd. Unique Visuals NY, a local independently-owned printer in Greenwich Village beautifully printed and installed our photo!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7 Bleecker Street, the home and studio of the iconic documentary photographer Robert Frank



7 Bleecker Street, the home and studio of the iconic documentary photographer Robert Frank (best known for his 1955 cross-country road trip documentary photography book “The Americans”). We highlighted the location of his and his wife, artist June Leaf’s studio in our latest YouTube video EAST VILLAGE FOOD & BOOKS TOUR, NYC.

Full video: https://youtu.be/88tpKcxi3oo

(You can even see June Leaf in the photo standing by the middle window). Sadly, Robert Frank just recently passed away in September 2019 at the age of 94. His #documentaryphotography work was a huge inspiration to us!

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Photography from our visit to designer Michele Varian's eponymous shop and Soho loft for 6sqft​...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-1600sqft-in-her-eponymous-shop-and-soho-loft-designer-michele-varian-celebrates-creativity/

"For the design-minded, Michele Varian’s Soho storefront is a must-visit destination, stocked to the brim with her own designs alongside a rotating cast of 100+ designers. Since opening her first store in 2001, Michele has sought to create an oasis for quality pieces that straddle the line between tradition and modernity. Like a cabinet of curiosities, the shop offers an antidote to the increasing homogeneity of the retail experience in Soho."


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Parisi Bakery on Elizabeth Street is a family-owned bread πŸ₯– bakery founded by Joe Parisi in 1903.

We visited this iconic #bakery which has had many famous customers including Frank Sinatra and Andy Rooney in our latest YouTube video EAST VILLAGE FOOD & BOOKS TOUR, NYC.

• Full video: https://youtu.be/88tpKcxi3oo

• To see and hear more about the bakery’s history and to see the third-generation owner Frank, give our dog Hudson some freshly baked treats, please watch and subscribe to our channel.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Schmackary's was founded by Zachary “the cookie monster” Schmahl out of his 400 square foot apartment before opening his #storefront in Hell’s Kitchen.

We visited this unique shop’s newer Cooper Square location which features many unique flavors of #homemade cookies πŸͺ using natural gourmet flavors in our latest YouTube video EAST VILLAGE FOOD & BOOKS TOUR, NYC.

Full video: https://youtu.be/88tpKcxi3oo

Not only do we go inside this delicious #cookie shop but we also try their Funfetti Cookie Cake which has 5 layers of their Funfetti cookie which features a sugar cookie base, rainbow 🌈 sprinkles and vanilla cream cheese frosting.

• To see more of @schmackarys interior & their variety of #cookies πŸͺ, brownies, and snack bars, and what else we tried, please watch and subscribe to our channel.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hudson and Karla over at Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, which has been in business since 1997.

Full video: https://youtu.be/88tpKcxi3oo

We visited this unique shop which specializes in #cookbooks and other used #books on ethnic cuisines and #foodie and chef publications in our latest YouTube video EAST VILLAGE FOOD & BOOKS TOUR, NYC.

Not only do we go inside this adorable East 2nd Street Shop (Swipe left for 2nd photo of interior with our dog @hudsonpittienyc) but we check out some #vintage cooking memorabilia and antiquarian #books that are for sale.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Jones on Great Jones Street is featured in our latest YouTube video FOOD & BOOKS: East Village, NYC.

Full video: https://youtu.be/88tpKcxi3oo

We visit this historic restaurant which operated from 1983-2018 as the Great Jones Cafe, serving Cajun/Creole food (swipe left for old photo showing the original interior and menu board). The #cafe interior has been completely redesigned and the menu now is seafood-focused. The exterior #storefront of @the_jonesnyc remains the same and there still is the #elvispresley bust in the window and the neon EAT sign!

• To see the newly remodeled interior and the delicious filet-o-fish sandwich served with American cheese and tartar sauce that we had, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio and Instagram story).

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Our latest video "Food & Books: East Village" is live!


In this Food & Books Tour of the East Village of #NYC, we visit a historic cafe, cookie shop, and iconic Italian bread #bakery and try some #food from each spot. We also visit two independently-owned used bookstores, one of which sells only cookbooks and books related to ethnic cuisines. 

Places we visit include: 
1. Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks at 28 East 2nd Street
2. Schmackary's's at 35 Cooper Square
3. Codex Books at 1 Bleecker Street
4. Parisi Bakery at 290 Elizabeth Street
5. The Jones at 54 Great Jones Street 

We also see the home of two famous artists who resided in the East Village, plenty of street art and graffiti on the streets of the East Village as well as a beautiful community garden. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

We are excited to announce our Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" Photographs by James and Karla Murray"

We are excited to announce our Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" Photographs by James and Karla Murray"

Friday, December 6: Exhibition Opening: 5-6:30pm
Illustrated Author Talk: 6:30-7:30pm

The opening reception will include live music and refreshments.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Tompkins Square Library, Basement

As part of the third annual East Village Arts Festival, we will be showing an exhibit of our photographs at Tompkins Square Library, from December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020.

"At the talk, James and Karla will discuss their books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II - A History Preserved and New York Nights. In this visual presentation, the Murrays take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York's independent shops, bodegas, bars and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners."


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Our latest video "Dramatic NYC Sunset" is live!



This dramatic 1 hour sunset of the New York City skyline features cotton candy #clouds, open window soundscape, and stunning #sunset views of Downtown Manhattan including many notable buildings and water towers taken from our 10th floor studio in the East Village on November 12, 2019 from 4:48 - 5:48 pm EST.

This video and audio is NOT LOOPED, has NO FILTER, and is RECORDED ON LOCATION.  The recording features calming sounds from the City including traffic sounds, sirens, people, construction noise, sirens, subway noise and plenty of white noise of the city to help you relax and can be used for a deep restful sleep, study or entertainment.

Notable buildings seen in our NYC #skyline view include City Hall, One World Trade Center, Woolworth Building, 40 Wall Street. 8 Spruce Street aka Gehry Building, One Wall Street, Manhattan Municipal Building, 23 Park Row, Beekman Residences and One Manhattan Square.

One of the reasons we chose this apartment in the East Village over 20 years ago, was for its amazing south facing views of the Downtown Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn including the Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. We also loved the preponderance of water towers in our view, something that is uniquely New York City.

We hope you enjoyed our sunset view just as much as we do!

Equipment we used includes:

Canon 5D Mark IV Body
Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod
DeityV-Mic D3Pro Microphone

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dual Specialty Store, East Village, NYC

Dual Specialty Store (located right next door to the Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurants we highlighted yesterday on our feed) on First Ave by 6th Street, sells more than 400 herbs 🌿 and spices from around the world 🌎.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AjsYc6eOn-4 

We feature this shop in our latest Vinyl Records & Food Tour of the East Village. We absolutely love that the shop’s mission is to make people more aware of Indian culture and #indianfood and cooking. To see more of the interior of this amazing shop and the wide variety of spices, rices, beans, legumes, flours and oils they sell, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Milon Bangladesh on First Avenue is one of the few Indian restaurants that remain today from this area of the East Village, which was once known as Little India.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AjsYc6eOn-4

In our latest YouTube video, we go inside this family-owned restaurant specializing in Bangladeshi cuisine. We not only see the colorful and brightly decorated interior, but also go back in the evening to enjoy some delicious #Indianfood.

• To see more of this festive interior and to hear about the history of the restaurant and why it has so many colorful lights and decorations, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Physical GraffiTea on St. Mark's Place is featured on our latest YouTube video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AjsYc6eOn-4 

This lovely shop is located on the ground floor of the tenement building featured on the #vinyl album cover for the famous Led Zeppelin album "Physical Graffiti”! We go inside and enjoy one of their Fall specialty blends from their selection of over 200 kinds of carefully sourced #tea 🍡 including black, white, oolong, herbal, #matcha and medicinal blends and also take some loose tea home with us to enjoy later.

•To see more of the interior of this tea shop and their amazing selection of teas and herbal 🌿 blends please watch and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

A-1 Records, NYC is featured in our latest YouTube video VINYL RECORDS & Food Tour of the East Village

A-1 Records, NYC is featured in our latest YouTube video VINYL RECORDS & Food Tour of the East Village where we go crate digging at this well-known vinyl record shop with our rescue dog Hudson.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AjsYc6eOn-4 

@a1recordshop on East 6th Street stocks a very well curated selection of used #vinyl from a wide variety of genres including dance music, jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, disco, house and techno.

• To see us #cratedigging and listening to some tracks recommended to us by long-time employee Chef, please watch and subscribe to our channel (direct link in bio & IG story).

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Vinyl Records & Food Tour: East Village NYC is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!



In this Vinyl Records & Food Tour of the East Village in New York City, we go crate digging at a well-known vinyl record shop with our rescue dog Hudson, visit a historic block featured on a record album cover and visit food businesses nearby including a spice shop, a popular Indian restaurant and a beautifully curated tea shop.

We start our tour by visiting the block where the tenement buildings are located featured on the album cover for the famous Led Zeppelin album "Physical Graffiti".

We then take a short walk to A-1 Records, NYC on East 6th Street which stocks a very well curated selection of used #vinyl from a wide variety of genres including dance music, jazz, funk, soul , hip-hop, disco, house and techno.

After #cratedigging and listening to some tracks recommended to us by long-time employee Chef, we walk down 6th Street to First Avenue to visit Dual Specialty Store, which sells over 400 herbs and spices from around the world.

We then visit Milon Bangladesh on First Avenue, one of the few Indian restaurants that remain today from this area of the East Village, which was once known as Little India. We go inside this family-owned restaurant specializing in Bangladeshi cuisine. We not only see the colorful and brightly decorated interior, but go back in the evening to enjoy some delicious Indian #food.

To end the day, we visit Physical GraffiTea on St. Mark's Place and enjoy one of their Fall specialty blends from their selection of over 200 kinds of carefully sourced tea and also take some loose tea home with us to enjoy later.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flashing back to Stanley’s Discount Variety Center in Queens.

We loved the vintage #signage this #storefront has and its wide assortment of hardware, houseware and other items it sold. We remember thinking back in the early 2000s that the shop was located directly underneath the elevated tracks and filth would drip down onto its sign.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Junior’s Restaurant on Flatbush Ave was founded in 1950 and is featured in our latest YouTube video: Downtown Brooklyn Food Tour!

Junior’s is celebrating their 69th Anniversary!

•Full video: https://youtu.be/8rli83OlVYk 

To see more of the interior of this world-famous #cheesecake restaurant and bakery @juniorscheesecake and to see in detail all of the 12 flavors of cheesecake they specialize in please watch and Subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thank you to all our subscribers who helped us reach 1K followers so quickly!

It has been so much fun leading our tours of New York City highlighting small independently-owned shops & unique places along with 1000 friends! Thank you all for the continued love & support!

#1kcreator

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We hope everyone in NYC and on EST remembered to turn their clocks ⏰ back on Sunday morning as Daylight Savings Tine ended on Sunday, November 3rd!

One of the reasons why we love this #film photo of Claremont Liquors in the Bronx is that it highlighted the neon #signage complete with a #clock with no hands so no matter where you are, you will be on time! πŸ˜†


Monday, November 4, 2019

Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake on Flatbush Ave. which was founded in 1950 is featured in our latest YouTube video!

Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake on Flatbush Ave. which was founded in 1950 is featured in our latest YouTube video: Downtown Brooklyn Food Tour, where we highlight popular #streetfood options and American favorites including hotdogs 🌭 , pizza πŸ• and New York cheesecake.

• Full video: https://youtu.be/8rli83OlVYk

• To see the interior of this world-famous #cheesecake restaurant and bakery @juniorscheesecake and to see in detail all of the 12 varieties of cheesecake they specialize in please watch and Subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fulton Hot Dog King is featured in our latest YouTube video: Downtown Brooklyn Food Tour

Fulton Hot Dog King is featured in our latest YouTube video: Downtown Brooklyn Food Tour, where we highlight popular #streetfood options and American favorites including #hotdogs 🌭 , pizza πŸ• and New York cheesecake.

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

To see the interior of this historic #hotdog 🌭shop which has been in business since 1918, please watch and Subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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