Friday, August 23, 2019

We are excited to announce the FREE opening reception for our CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS exhibition at the Theater For The New City Gallery on Monday, September 16th from 6-8:30 PM.

FREE BEER & WINE & LIGHT BITES will be provided! 

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2019 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the East Village Community Coalition, James & Karla taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and to connect with the proprietors through personal interviews. 

"CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS" is a photography and oral history exhibition at the Theater For The New City Gallery located at 155 First Avenue near 10th Street.

The exhibition is free to see (open every day from 10 am to 10pm) and is on display until October 27, 2019.


Hudson. Working a campaign for Safari Magazine (Japan).







Thursday, August 22, 2019

Swallow Cafรฉ on Bogart Street is highlighted in our latest YouTube video.

This cafรฉ which is decorated in antique furniture and #vintage iron lamps was founded by Mike Saleh. We love ๐Ÿ’™the facade painted with a swallow. Facade painted by http://noentrydesign.com/

Full episode: https://youtu.be/5cbKFflY1_I 

To see more of the interior of @swallowcafenyc Bushwick location and to see the espresso we ordered and had with our dog @hudsonpittienyc while we walked back home to the East Village, please watch our Bushwick: Polaroid, Vinyl & Pizza episode on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) and please subscribe as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Our latest YouTube video highlights Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which is known for their imaginative brick-oven pizzas.

Full video: https://youtu.be/5cbKFflY1_I

This sprawling restaurant housed in a former warehouse space not only has a take-away section where you can get many different pizzas but also salads ๐Ÿฅ— and cheese ๐Ÿง€ and meat plates and even brunch items ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ”that you can eat in their outside garden. Roberta’s also has a sit-down restaurant.

• To see more of the creative pies @robertaspizza being made in their wood-fired oven and the interior of their Bushwick location and to see the #pizza that we ordered and had in their garden area with our dog @hudsonpittienyc please watch our Bushwick: Polaroid, Vinyl & Pizza episode on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) and please subscribe as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Our latest YouTube video highlights Brooklyn Film Camera in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Full video: https://youtu.be/5cbKFflY1_I

The shop, which was founded by Kyle Depew, a Polaroid and film technician, specializes in selling #vintage Polaroid refurbished cameras including a vast selection of #SX70 models as well as other #analog cameras ๐Ÿ“ท. 

• To see more of the interior of @brooklynfilmcamera and to see the vast selection of #PolaroidCamera this shop has, please watch our Bushwick: Polaroid, Vinyl & Pizza episode on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla and please subscribe as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Our latest YouTube video highlights Superior Elevation Records on White Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Full Video: https://youtu.be/5cbKFflY1_I

This independently-owned vinyl shop, which was founded by Tom Noble and co-owner Ellen Kanamori specializes in disco, soul and house vinyl records but also carries funk LPs, jazz, reggae and international #vinyl. According to Tom "they carry pretty much every song (the legendary DJ) Larry Levan ever played. 

To go #cratedigging with us at @superiorelevation and to see the vast selection of #vinylrecords this shop has, please watch our Bushwick: Polaroid, Vinyl & Pizza episode on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla (direct link in bio) and please subscribe as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Bushwick: Polaroid, Vinyl & Pizza is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

In this video, we visit many independently-owned shops in Bushwick, Brooklyn including a polaroid and film camera studio, a vinyl record store, a popular pizzeria restaurant and a coffee shop.

We start the day with a visit to the Harrison Place artist loft of Brooklyn Film Camera, which specializes in selling refurbished vintage Polaroid and film cameras.

We then visit and go crate digging at Superior Elevation Records on White Street, which sells disco, soul, house, funk, jazz, reggae and international vinyl records in a cool basement space.

We then walk around some streets of Bushwick, looking at graffiti and street art before heading to Roberta's, a popular pizzeria, bakery and restaurant with an outdoor garden and tiki bar on Moore Street. Roberta's, which is housed in a sprawling former warehouse complex, is known for its imaginative pizzas that are made in wood-fired ovens. We get a delicious pizza from their take away and dine with our dog Hudson in their outdoor garden.

After having our Margherita pie, we check in with graffiti artist friends, Spot KMS and Binho, and watch them as they paint a wall on the street. We also visit with another NYC graffiti artist, Yes1, who speaks with us and shows us another great warehouse spot with lots of graffiti art.

We end the day with a visit to Swallow Cafe on Bogart Street, where we get a coffee and espresso to invigorate ourselves before heading back home to the East Village of Manhattan with our dog Hudson, who makes a new friend along the way.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

E. Rossi & Co. On Grand Street in Little Italy was founded by Ernesto Rossi in 1910.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

It originally only sold magazines and books but began publishing music ๐ŸŽถ from Naples, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น. The #storefront which is being run by the 3rd-generation owner Ernest Rossi now sells Italian coffee pots ☕️, houseware and gift items.

To see Ernest and the interior of E. Rossi @erossiconyc and the unique items they sell please watch our latest YouTube video: Little Italy Food Tour and subscribe to our channel (link in bio) as we will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Piemonte Ravioli on Grand St. in Little Italy was founded in 1920 by the Piemonte family from Genoa, Italy.

The recipes they still use today to make all of their fresh #pasta are original.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

• To see the interior of this #ravioli and pasta ๐Ÿ shop and to see what we purchased please  watch our latest YouTube video Little Italy Food Tour ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นand subscribe to our channel. We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Di Palo’s Fine Foods in the Little Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น neighborhood of Manhattan started as a small latteria (Italian dairy store) selling #homemade mozzarella and ricotta.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

Di Palo's was founded by Concetta Di Palo in 1925 but over the years has expanded and now sells Italian cheeses ๐Ÿง€ , cured meats, Italian groceries and also has an annex wine business and osteria. •

To see the interior of the amazing shop @dipalofinefoods and to see their vast selection of Italian cheese & the third-generation owners Sal, Marie and Lou give personalized service to customers, please watch our latest YouTube Video: Little Italy Food Tour and subscribe to our channel as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Caffe Roma in the Little Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น neighborhood of Manhattan has been operating as an Italian pastry shop and cafe since 1891.

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

It has been in the same family since 1952 and that is when its #vintage #neonsign was installed.

•  To see the original interior of this historic bakery and cafe @cafferoma.nyc and to see the delicious cookies, cakes and Italian pastries they serve and to see what we ordered, please watch our latest YouTube Video: Little Italy Food Tour and subscribe to our channel as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.

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Thank you Viewing NYC!

Full article: https://viewing.nyc/watch-james-and-karla-murray-explore-new-york-city-little-italy-food-tour/

"Local pro photographers James and Karla Murray (previously) have a relatively new YouTube series in which they explore neighborhoods around New York City from their unique perspective. In this recent episode, watch as they give you a tour of Little Italy and some of the great food you can find there."


Photography from our visit to Shelly Fireman’s Redeye GrillGrill for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-shelly-firemans-redeye-grill-has-been-serving-the-carnegie-hall-crowd-for-25-years/

"When Sheldon “Shelly” Fireman opened Redeye Grill across from Carnegie Hall 25 years ago, the term “restauranteur” didn’t exist. But by that point, he’d already gained local celebrity status for Greenwich Village’s all-night Hip Bagel and had the foresight to open Cafe Fiorello near recently completed Lincoln Center. Today, Shelly is the CEO of Fireman Hospitality Group, which operates six restaurants in NYC as well as two on the Potomac River in Maryland. And though he can most definitely be called a restauranteur now, Shelly stands out amongst the myriad food influencers in the city. Though his establishments exude an old-school New York charm and certain nostalgia, he has found the formula to withstand the test of time."


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Little Italy Food Tour ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

In this latest #travelvlog we visit many generational independently-owned food businesses in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 

We start the day with a visit to Alleva Dairy, the oldest Italian cheese shop in America, founded in 1892. We go inside this iconic Grand Street shop and check out their selection of Italian cheeses ๐Ÿง€ and their homemade mozzarella and watch one of their signature heroes ๐Ÿฅ–being made. 

To see the interior of @alleva_dairy and to watch our dog ๐Ÿถ Hudson @hudsonpittienyc getting a sample of their delicious gelato ๐Ÿง please subscribe to our channel as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Little Italy Food Tour is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/xlcxF3FHb1Q 

In this Little Italy food tour, we visit many generational independently-owned food businesses in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Little Italy is considered by many as a tourist destination but we visit shops which are close to or well over one hundred years old and definitely worth a visit even for a native New Yorker. 

We start the day with a visit to Alleva Dairy, the oldest Italian cheese shop in America. We go inside this iconic Grand Street shop and check out their homemade mozzarella and watch one of their signature heroes being made.

We then visit Piemonte Ravioli right next door to Alleva Dairy and look at their vast selection of homemade pastas made fresh daily and purchase some fresh tomato basil and black pepper fettuccine. 

We then walk down Grand Street to the corner of Mott where we visit Di Palo's Fine Foods. Inside Di Palo's we speak with the third-generation co-owner Sal Di Palo and purchase some of their delicious Italian cheeses.

We also visit E. Rossi & Company, an Italian gift shop located across the street from Piemonte Ravioli, and speak with the third-generation owner Ernest Rossi. 

We end the day with a visit to Caffe Reggio on Broome Street at the corner of Mulberry where we not only go inside and see their original interior and extensive selection of homemade Italian pastries, cakes and cookies but sit down with our dog Hudson at their outdoor patio area and enjoy cappuccino, cannolis and their refreshing homemade Italian lemon ice. 

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Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books On Carmine Street

Full episode: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books On Carmine Street near Bleecker was founded by Jim Drougas in 1992. This independently-owned #bookstore is stocked floor to ceilingwith books ๐Ÿ“š personally selected by Jim and are all priced below retail price. The shop is divided into 2 narrow aisles with one devoted to books and the other to #comics from Carmine Stret Comics @carminestcomics 

• In our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Food Tour & Vinyl Records, we also stop by @unoppressive bookstore and see what Jim currently has in stock. 

• To hear more about @houseofoldiesand to also see the unique food spots we visit nearby, please subscribe to our channel (direct link in bio). We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.  

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

House of Oldies on Carmine Street near Bleecker was founded in 1969 by Bob Abramson.

Full episode: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk 

Since it opened it has sold only records, no CDs and no Tapes. Bob even had to put a sign in the window after people constantly came into the shop asking for things other than #vinylrecords. In our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Food Tour & Vinyl Records, we stop by House of Oldies and look through some of Bob’s huge inventory of #album and 7 inch #records (45s) and also find out from Bob what the most expensive #vinyl he currently has in stock.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Cafรฉ Wha at the corner of MacDougal St. & Minetta Lane was founded in 1959 by Manny Roth.

This basement-level performance space is where young performers including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and even Woody Allen honed their talents early in their career. In our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Food Tour & Vinyl Records, we stop by Cafรฉ Wha.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Pommes Frites on MacDougal St, Greenwich Village, NYC is featured in our latest YouTube video!

Full video: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk


Pommes Frites on MacDougal St. is famous for its authentic Belgian Fries, which are double-fried and served in paper cones with a variety of sauces. In our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Food Tour, we visit @pommesfritesnyc and talk about its history (it originally opened in the East Village but was forced to relocate in 2015 after the tragic gas explosion and fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ which sadly killed 2 people and totaled the building Pommes Frites was located in).

• To see the interior of Pommes Frites and the order of delicious Belgian fries ๐ŸŸ we had as well as some other great food spots in the Village, please subscribe to our channel.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mamoun’s Falafel on MacDougal St.has been in business since 1971.

In our latest YouTube video Greenwich Village Food Tour, we visit @mamounsfalafel and talk about its history (it is the oldest #falafel restaurant in NYC). 

Full Video: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk 

To see Mamoun’s and some other great food spots in the Village, please subscribe to our channel. We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. Mamoun's Falafel 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Joe’s Pizza ๐Ÿ• in Greenwich Village was established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli.

This is the way the original storefront appeared in 2001 when we took this #film photo for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” 

Full Video: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk 

We recently visited the @joespizzanyc Carmine Street location #pizzeria for our latest YouTube video: Greenwich Village Food Tour & Vinyl Records and had a delicious large cheese pie (swipe left for 2nd photo).

To see how this iconic #pizza shop looks now (it was forced to move around the corner to Carmine Street in 2005 after the rent was increased) and to see the pizzas ๐Ÿ• being made and taken fresh out of the oven, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. @joespizzanyc

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

Full video: https://youtu.be/f6CdERtyphk

In this food tour, we visit many old-school independently-owned food businesses which are located on MacDougal Street and also walk to nearby Carmine Street, where we have more food and visit a vinyl record shop and bookstore. • We start the day with a visit to Caffe Reggio, where we sit down and have a classic cappuccino and a Granita di Cafe (espresso slush with whipped cream). This iconic caffe, was founded in 1927 by Domenico Parisi, who is credited as the first person to introduce cappuccino, the Italian coffee ☕️ drink, to the United States.

• To see the delicious cappuccino we had at @caffe_reggio and the interior of this historic business along with the original 1902 chrome and bronze espresso machine, which Mr. Parisi imported from Italy, please subscribe to our channel and share our video if you enjoy it. We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Our latest YouTube video "Greenwich Village Food Tour & Vinyl" is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

In this Greenwich Village food tour, we visit many old-school independently-owned food businesses which are located on MacDougal Street and also walk to nearby Carmine Street, where we have more food and visit other Mom-and-Pop businesses.

We start the day with a visit to Caffe Reggio, where we sit down and have a classic cappuccino and a Granita di Cafe (espresso slush with whipped cream). We then visit Mamoun's Falafel right next door to Caffe Reggio and also talk about Cafe Wha, an iconic basement level performance space which has been showcasing new talent and performers wince 1959. Before leaving MacDougal Street, we also visit Pommes Frites, where we get an order of their famous Belgian Fries served with a variety of sauces.

We then visit the infamous West 4th Street Courts aka the "Cage" to watch a streetball amateur basketball tournament before heading to Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street near 6th Avenue, where we get their delicious large cheese pie.

We end the day with a visit to House of Oldies on Carmine Street where we look through their extensive vinyl record selection and walk across the street to the Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books and see their curated collection of books and comics.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Pickle Guys on Grand Street is featured in our latest YouTube video Lower East Side Food Tour.

Full video: https://youtu.be/FvSbGMJ6ju4 

The Pickle Guys @pickleguys specializes in a wide variety of traditionally cured kosher pickles ๐Ÿฅ’ and pickled vegetables ๐Ÿฅ•and fruits ๐Ÿ‰. In this photo which we took a few days before the holiday of Passover last year, the shop grinds horseradish from freshly peeled root. (Note the owner, Alan Kaufman grinding horseradish).

• To see the interior of the Pickle Guys  and the wide variety of pickled products they sell ,please subscribe to our channel as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Doughnut Plant on Grand Street which was founded by Mark Israel is celebrating 25 years in business this year and we visited the original #storefront in our latest YouTube episode: Lower East Side Food Tour.

Full episode: https://youtu.be/FvSbGMJ6ju4 

Mark developed his own technique of using fresh seasonal fruit and fresh roasted nuts ๐Ÿฅœ in glazes and also in 2004 invented the jelly-filled Square Doughnut so that everyone could enjoy jelly filling in every bite of the donut. •

• To see @doughnutplant interior and all of the delicious #doughnuts they were offering that day and to see how the Coconut Cream Square Doughnut filled with fresh coconut milk cream and a fresh coconut glaze looked before it melted in the near 90 degree heat, please subscribe to our channel as we will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.).

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