Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Miracles Take Out, Liberty City, Miami.

A $1.75 "flop" drink & $1.50 conch fritters fried to order over at the almost 50 year old walk up.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Photography from our visit to Author William Middleton's High Line views in Related’s Abington House for @6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-500sqft-author-william-middleton-trades-texas-life-for-high-line-views-in-relateds-abington-house/

"...take a tour of William’s home and hear about his urban experiences, why he chose this building and neighborhood, and what it’s like to have one of the best people-watching perches in all of NYC."

 

Hinsch’s Confectionery on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn was founded by Herman Hinsch in 1948.

The Logue family operated Hinsch’s from 1962 to 2011, serving homemade ice cream 🍨 and chocolates and sandwiches. Sadly the Logue family closed the business after the landlord raised the rent to $10,000 a month from $7,500. Within a few months of closing, the space was taken over and rebranded into Mike Hinsch’s and in 2015 turned into a Stewarts’s franchise. The gorgeous #neonsign and a vertical blade sign (not seen in this photo) were removed.

Photo from 2009 and interview with 2nd-generation owner John Logue appears in our book “New York Nights.”


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vacant Delicatessen, Brooklyn

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced this past Wednesday his support for a tax on vacant storefronts. He called the vacant #storefront “a blight on neighborhoods.” We couldn’t agree more as many landlords choose to let their storefronts sit empty for months and sometimes years rather than rent them at a lower rate. We are not sure if this legislation will pass but we believe it is definitely a good start in helping preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods. Let us know what you think!


Friday, January 11, 2019

Pete’s Shoe Repair 👞 in Queens.

In the past decade, we have noticed quite a number of shoe repair shops in New York City have closed. We wondered if it was mostly due to high rent increases, but a few shoemakers have told us “that business has declined because many people now purchase cheap “throw away” shoes made of plastic and don’t need or want to spend money on repairing them as they can just buy a new pair.”


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Photography from our visit to writer, artist, and event producer Emma Orlow’s Bed-Stuy apartment for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/my-500sqft-writer-and-food-artist-emma-orlow-fills-her-bushwick-pad-with-jell-o-prints-and-70s-kitsch/

"For most of us, our homes represent our personality generally, but for NYC native Emma Orlow, her Bed-Stuy apartment is a decorative translation of everything she loves and does. Part events producer, Emma has curated her space with yellow, bright orange, and lime green furniture and accessories, along with a mix of vintage mementos (her mom’s old NYC matchbook collection adorns one wall), stylish accessories (she counts among her favorite things a set of rainbow Massimo Vignelli mugs), and kitschy ’70s-era objects (see her retro Candy Land game). Emma also works as a food writer and artist working with food, another passion that can be seen throughout her home, from the JELL-O risographs to her beloved Japanese miniature food erasers."

Empty playground. Winter 2019 over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”, our Public Art Installation inside Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC.

We installed an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame sculpture consisting of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, most of which are no longer in business and have sadly disappeared from the streetscape.  Each of these four shops; a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a delicatessen, and a newsstand represent small businesses that were common in the Lower East Side and helped bring the community together through people’s daily interactions. When viewing the near life-size photographs one can get a visceral sense of the impact of these losses on the community and on those who once depended on the shops that are now gone. The installation is an artistic intervention and a plea for recognition of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses. These neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.

We constructed our wood-frame sculpture inside Seward Park, with lumber and plywood and covered it with our near life-size storefront photographs printed on dibond by Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY, an aluminum composite material that is weather, UV, freeze and heat-resistant and will also have a graffiti-resistant laminate applied, as the installation is up for an entire year from July 2018 through July 2019. We are very grateful that we received a public art grant from New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and UNIQLO USA for this project. #uniqloparkexpressions #artintheparks #momandpopsles


Monday, January 7, 2019

Photography from our visit to Brooklyn's Dime Savings Bank for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/from-brooklyns-biggest-bank-to-its-tallest-building-behind-the-scenes-at-the-dime-savings-bank/

"After the bank closed in 2002, the landmark still stood in all its former glory, operating as a special event space. Three years ago, JDS Development filed plans to build Brooklyn’s tallest tower adjacent to Dime, incorporating its Beaux-Arts interior as retail space for the project. And with work now underway, 6sqft recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of Dime Savings Bank with Open House New York."

Lunch. Over at Chez Line, Little Haiti, Miami, just now...



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Photography from our visit to architecture and design firm CRÈME for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-jun-aizakis-architecture-and-design-firm-creme-gets-creative-in-williamsburg/

"Japan native Jun Aizaki started Brooklyn-based CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design 14 years ago when both the design and architecture firm’s Williamsburg location and their portfolio were much different. Today, with more than 15 employees, CRÈME has become a leader in hip restaurant design (think Redfarm, L’Amico, and Mr. Purple), along with more innovative product design such as gourd cups and indigo-dyed furniture."

Thursday, January 3, 2019

We are sad to report that Hank’s Saloon In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn closed

We are sad to report that Hank’s Saloon In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn closed just a few days ago at the end of December as the building they were located is being torn down to make way for new condos which are being built on the site.

The GOOD news is that they will be reopening upstairs from Hill Country Barbecue @hillcountrybbq at 345 Adams Street near Borough Hall. They will have their own entrance, and a great new stage and sound🎵 system! We are so happy that despite the bad news that there is a silver lining to this story.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winter 2019 over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”, our Public Art Installation inside Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC.

 We installed an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame sculpture consisting of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, most of which are no longer in business and have sadly disappeared from the streetscape.  Each of these four shops; a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a delicatessen, and a newsstand represent small businesses that were common in the Lower East Side and helped bring the community together through people’s daily interactions. When viewing the near life-size photographs one can get a visceral sense of the impact of these losses on the community and on those who once depended on the shops that are now gone. The installation is an artistic intervention and a plea for recognition of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses. These neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.

We constructed our wood-frame sculpture inside Seward Park, with lumber and plywood and covered it with our near life-size storefront photographs printed on dibond by Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY, an aluminum composite material that is weather, UV, freeze and heat-resistant and will also have a graffiti-resistant laminate applied, as the installation is up for an entire year from July 2018 through July 2019. We are very grateful that we received a public art grant from New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and UNIQLO USA for this project.

#uniqloparkexpressions #artintheparks #momandpopsles


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

This is our top nine most popular photos we posted over on our instagram @jamesandkarla in 2018

This is our top nine most popular photos we posted over on our instagram @jamesandkarla in 2018 with over 499.1 K likes on 365 posts and includes many of our favorite storefronts from NYC and a lighting ⚡️storm we captured from our apartment in the East Village. We can’t thank all of our friends and followers enough for the love 💕 and support and really appreciate all of the wonderful comments we have received. We wish everyone a very happy New Year 🎆 and look forward to continue connecting with everyone in 2019!