Sunday, October 20, 2019

Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers is featured in our latest YouTube video highlighting independently owned shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

 Full video: https://youtu.be/PrgTcXH1T8g 

@spoonbillbooks was founded by Miles Bellamy and Jonas Kyles in 1999 and specializes in new, used, rare and out of print books. We go inside this lovely shop and see the co-owner and sign copies of Mini editions of both our “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” and “Store Front II-A History Preserved” books.

• To see the interior of this amazing #independentbookstore and their stock of books 📚 and magazines including our signed books, please watch and subscribe to our channel.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

When you run into one of your favorite NYC photographers David Godlis and he signs his Madonna at Gem Spa print for you!

Thank you!



Best Pizza Williamsburg on Havemeyer Street is featured in our latest YouTube video!

Full video: https://youtu.be/PrgTcXH1T8g

Best Pizza, which was founded by Frank Pinello, uses high quality ingredients including their own house-made mozzarella and a century-old brick wood-fired oven to create their delicious pizza 🍕

• • To see the interior of this pizzeria including their wood-fired oven 🔥 and watch as they make one of their white pies from start to finish (their white pie is $26 for a 20 inch pie) and also see in detail their vegetable pie and see us have their delicious classic cheese pie $23 for the 20 inch pie or $3.75 a slice🍕 please watch our video and subscribe to our our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Our latest YouTube video: Williamsburg Food Tour & Vinyl Records, Brooklyn NYC is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/OdElq5H4HXY 

In this Williamsburg Food Tour & Vinyl Records episode we visit two Brooklyn independently-owned food businesses and the largest vinyl record shop in New York City! We also check out a thrift and junk shop and a long-standing independent book store. 

We start the day with a visit to Northside Bakery on North 8th Street. This Polish family-owned bakery which was founded in 1992, sells artisan breads, rolls, pastries and an array of Polish food all at unbeatable low prices. They are known for their traditional Polish donuts, paczki, we which we purchase two of and also get a Rogal Piekarski, a large Polish baker’s crescent. 

We then walk a short distance to Rough Trade NYC on North 9th Street, the largest vinyl record shop in New York City! We go inside and look through the vast vinyl record collection in this large shipping container-filled warehouse space which not only functions as a vinyl music retailer but also has a full stage and concert venue, coffee shop, bookstore and exhibition space. 

After working up an appetite looking through all that vinyl, we walk to Best Pizza Williamsburg on Havemeyer Street. Best Pizza, which was founded by Frank Pinello, uses high quality ingredients including their own house-made mozzarella and a century-old brick wood-fired oven to create their delicious pizza. We watch as they make one of their white pies from start to finish. Their white pie is $26 for a 20 inch pie, We also see in detail their vegetable pie and have their delicious classic cheese pie $23 or $3.75 a slice. 

We then walk to Brooklyn Junk on Driggs Avenue. We go inside this large clutter-filled thrift store space selling everything from used vinyl records, furniture, vintage typewriters, telephones and porcelain.

After checking out the rows and rows of antiques and junk, we end the day with a visit to Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, on Bedford Avenue. This independently-owned bookstore, which was founded in 1999 specializes in new and used rare and out of print books. We sign copies of our Mini editions of both our “STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York” and “STORE FRONT II- A History Preserved” books.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING! 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Our photos of Let There Be Neon with owner Jeff Friedman are featured in "Almost Lost Arts" by Emily Freidenrich

We are excited to announce that our photos of the iconic New York City neon fabrication shop Let There Be Neon with owner Jeff Friedman are featured in the newly published book, "Almost Lost Arts" by Emily Freidenrich. They appear in "the Neon Sign Makers" chapter, pages 90-94.


This week is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and it got us thinking of Russ & Daughters Appetizers

This week is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which celebrates the gathering of the harvest and it got us thinking of Russ & Daughters Appetizers on Houston Street in the Lower East Side which has been in business since 1914.

Although Russ & Daughters is best known for their vast selection of smoked salmon, herring and #lox they also make their own bagels, challah and babka and sell dried fruits and nuts.

• • To see the interior of this iconic #appetizers shop and to watch Herman Vargas, the long-time manager at the shop lovingly create the perfect bagel, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato and onion sandwich for us please watch our NYC Neon, Smoked Salmon & Vintage Guitars Video and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/Ie6mKoEAc2


Monday, October 14, 2019

Photography and YouTube video from our Autumn visit to the Union Square Greenmarket​ for 6sqft​...

Full article with link to our @jamesandkarla youtube channel: https://www.6sqft.com/photos-take-a-fall-foray-through-the-union-square-greenmarket/

"When the Union Square Greenmarket opened in 1976 as GrowNYC’s second-ever market, there were only seven farmers set up. At the time, the area was quite empty and crime-ridden, but the market, along with the opening of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe and a major renovation by the city in the ’80s, is credited with turning Union Square into the vibrant hub that we now know."


We visited Union Square Greenmarket in our latest YouTube video and we couldn't help but notice the shuttered iconic Coffee Shop on the west side of Union Square

We visited Union Square Greenmarket in our latest YouTube video (Full video: https://youtu.be/pvM0twjONfg) and we couldn't help but notice the shuttered iconic Coffee Shop on the west side of Union Square, which was sadly forced to close last year after nearly 30 years in business due to a high rent increase and rising expenses. It was just confirmed that a Chase Bank branch will be moving into the space along with another location of the fast-casual vegan spot by CHLOE.

The large overhanging #neonsign “COFFEE SHOP BAR” still remains and we hope that the new tenants preserve this #neon gem! 

#signage #shopsmall #typography #storefront #typevstime #fontastic #signcollective #everything_signage #type #jj_texttypographical #lettering #signgeeks #foodie #seeyourcity #Coffeeshop #diner




Sunday, October 13, 2019

The New Tweefontein Herb Farm is one of the local producers we visit at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC for our latest YouTube video.

The New Tweefontein Herb Farm in New Paltz specializes in detox brews that you can buy cups of at the Market or take home blends to brew yourself at $6.00 for a 1.5 oz jar. They also sell herbal tinctures, elixers, tonics, salves, balms and sachets.

Full video: https://youtu.be/pvM0twjONfg

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Andrew’s Local Honey 🍯 is one of the local producers we visit at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC for our latest YouTube video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/pvM0twjONfg

Andrew’s Honey has been keeping bees 🐝 since the 1800s. They maintain #beehives in four out of the five boroughs of NYC including atop landmark buildings in Manhattan! You can see some of their working #bees at their stand in Union Square where they sell their #honey and soaps.

• To see more of this amazing honey producer @andrewshoney including watching their #honeybees flying around some #beeswax and the delicious honey they sell, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

In our latest YouTube video, we visited the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC and got to know many of the farmers, bakers and fishers who grow the wide variety of food and plants that are sold at the #greenmarket .

Full video: https://youtu.be/pvM0twjONfg

• One of the wonderful farmers we visited and spoke with is David Graves of Berkshire Berries, who along with his wife and daughter make their own delicious jam, honey 🍯 and maple 🍁 syrup.Their farm is in Becket, Massachusetts and they are at the #unionsquaregreenmarket every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

• To hear about and see more about this true #momandpopshop of jams, honey, and syrups they sell and to see what we and our dog @hudsonpittienyc sampled and purchased, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio).

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Our 7 foot x 6 foot framed photo of Carmine's Original Pizzeria, which appears in our book, "Store Front II- A History Preserved" is now hanging at the newly opened Side Piece Pizza located in the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

This New York Style pizzeria features classic cheese pies with a variety of toppings as well as white pizzas from famed Chef Enzo Esposito of Naples, Italy. 

All of the photos of the pizzeria and our framed print were taken by our friend, Lawrence Weibman, the Senior Producer of @firstwefeast. You can find Lawrence on Instagram: @nycfoodguy




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Union Square Greenmarket, NYC Farmers Market Food Tour is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

In this outdoor Food Tour, we visit the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC and get to know many of the farmers, bakers and fishers who grow the wide variety of food and plants that are sold at the market.

Union Square Greenmarket was founded in 1976 and is located on the north, west, and east sides of Union Square Park in New York City and is open year-round Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. It is estimated that 60,000 shoppers come by the farmers market on any given day.

We visit many vegetable, plants, fruit, meat and grain farmers including James Durr Flowers, Stokes Farm, Van Houten Farms, Caradonna Farm, Fantastic Gardens, Gorzynski Ornery Farms, Keith's Farm, Grazin' Angus Acres, Migliorelli Farm, Oak Grove Plantation, Tweefontein Herb Farm, Union Square Grassman, Stokes Farm, Sycamore Farms and S & SO Produce and get some of their freshly harvested crops and meats.

We also visit a few jam, honey, syrup farmers including Berkshire Berries, Andrew's Local Honey, Tremblay Apiaries, and Phillips Farms and purchase some delicious jam and honey.

Our rescue dog Hudson also comes along with us as dogs on leashes are welcome at the Farmers Market. Hudson not only samples many of the goods but also gets lots of attention from the farmers including a local farmer from the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm who produces superfine merino wool. We even purchase a dog treat for Hudson from Roaming Acres, which not only sells bison, ostrich, pork and pastured chicken but also sells pet products including ostrich and bison bones.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wo Hop Restaurant on Mott Street which has been in business since 1938 is featured in our latest YouTube video Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour.

Wo Hop Restaurant on Mott Street which has been in business since 1938 is featured in our latest YouTube video Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour. 

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

We go inside this cramped but always busy Cantonese-style restaurant and look around at their dollar-bill 💴 and photo lined walls and see some of the popular dishes they serve including egg foo young, lo mein, egg rolls, and sweet and pungent chicken.

We get an order to go 🥡🥢 of egg rolls for only $5 as we have our rescue dog Hudson with us and eat outside on the street.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Golden Fung Wong Bakery on tiny Mott Street is featured in our latest YouTube video Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour NYC.

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

We go inside this wonderful #Chinatown bakery and have some of their famous coconut custard tarts which are made fresh on the premises and only cost $1.50 each! They also sell many other traditional Chinese pastries and moon cakes year round.

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our FREE curator talk about our exhibition "Capturing The Faces & Voices of Mom-and-Pop Storefronts"!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our FREE curator talk about our exhibition "Capturing The Faces & Voices of Mom-and-Pop Storefronts" last night at the Theater for the New City Gallery in the East Village. The event was organized by our partner organization, the East Village Community Coalition as part of the Open Arts LES neighborhood-wide open hose events coordinated by FABnyc.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Fried Dumpling on tiny Mosco Street is featured in our latest YouTube video Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour NYC.

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

We go inside this no-frills spot and have some of their famous fried dumplings which are made fresh on the premises and prepared in front of your eyes. Five fried 🥟 #dumplings are only $1.50! • To see the interior of this #cheapeats spot and close-ups of their fried dumplings please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is featured in our latest YouTube video.

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

This historic #icecream shop is known for their unique flavors of #homemade ice cream, including lychee, #durian , black sesame and red bean. This is the ONLY place we visit in our Chinatown #cheapeats video where we break our $5.00 and under rule, as 1 scoop of ice cream is $5.75. Their ice cream is really delicious but we mange to save part of our Pandan flavor ice cream cone for our dog Hudson!

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

One of the places we visit on our YouTube Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour is Mei Lai Wah on Bayard Street, which has been in business for over 40 years.

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

This Chinese #coffeeshop is known for their delicious and very cheap roast pork buns. We look around at this busy shop and watch as fresh pork buns are being snapped up by the box! We get both a delicious baked and steamed roast pork bun which are only $1.35 each!.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Our latest YouTube video: Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour is now live on our JamesandKarla channel!

In this Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour, we take another visit to the anything-but-quiet Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, which has one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. We visit many Chinese specialty food shops and everything we purchase and eat in the video is $5.00 or UNDER!

We start the day by visiting Wo Hop Restaurant on Mott Street. which has been in business since 1938 We go inside this cramped but always busy Cantonese-style restaurant and look around and see some of the popular dishes they serve including egg foo young, lo mein, egg rolls, and sweet and pungent chicken. We get an order to go (2 egg rolls for only $5.00) as we have our rescue dog Hudson with us and eat outside on the street.

We then walk around the corner to Fried Dumpling on tiny Mosco Street, where we have some of their famous fried dumplings which are made fresh on the premises and prepared in front of your eyes. This cheap street food is a steal as Five fried dumplings are only $1.50!

We then take a short walk to the Golden Fung Wong Bakery on Mott Street which has been in business for 65 years and is one of the few places in Chinatown that still sells traditional Chinese bakery items. We look at many of their items including moon cakes, egg tarts and almond cookies. We purchase two coconut custard tarts which are $1.50 each and eat them outside the shop.

After having some dessert, we walk to Mei Lai Wah on Bayard Street which has been in business for over 40 years. This coffee shop is known for their delicious and very cheap roast pork buns. We look around at this busy shop and watch as fresh pork buns are being snapped up by the box! We get both a delicious baked and steamed roast pork bun which are only $1.35 each!.

We end the day with a visit to the historic Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street (diagonally across the street from Mei Lai Wah. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is known for their unique flavors of homemade ice cream, including lychee, durian, black sesame and red bean. This is the ONLY place where we break our $5.00 and under rule, as 1 scoop of ice cream is $5.75. Their ice cream is delicious but we mange to save part of our Pandan flavor ice cream cone for our dog Hudson!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dairy Crest Frozen Custard🍦 & Ice Cream Cakes vintage neon sign

Dairy Crest Frozen Custard🍦 & Ice Cream Cakes vintage neon sign made a brief appearance on 14th Street in the East Village after being uncovered when the #storefront which occupied the space vacated recently but sadly this #neonsign is now gone.

We are not sure who removed it but we definitely admired looking at it although it was only on display for less than a week. New York City definitely needs a dedicated #neon sign museum where the public could enjoy viewing #signage like this one! Let us know what you think.




We will be holding a FREE curators talk discussing our CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS exhibition!

We will be holding a FREE curators talk discussing our CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS exhibition on Monday, October 7th at 6pm at the Theater For The New City Gallery Theater for the New City.

This free curator talk is part of the Open Arts LES Festival organized by FABnyc with East Village Community Coalition.




Wednesday, October 2, 2019

John Pita's Record Runner on Jones Street in Greenwich Village is one of the unique places we visit in our YouTube video: Italian Food Tour & Vinyl Records.

Full video: https://youtu.be/mEAo899JsYY 

This #vinylrecords shop was founded in 1979 and has an extensive selection of vinyl in many genres.  To see the interior and the vast #recordcollection for sale and to hear owner, John Pita speak to us about the history of his shop, please watch our video and subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla.

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#vinyljunkie #vinylfinds #vinyl #vinylcommunity #recordstore #vinylcollection #cratedigging #cratediggers #recordstore #vinylcollection #storefront #seeyourcity #neon #neonlife #vinylrecordday #vinylrecordshop #vinylrecordday #vinylrecord


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tiny Doll House is New York City's only dedicated #dollhouse and #miniature shop.

In our latest YouTube video we go inside @tinydollhousenewyorkcity and look at all of their custom dollhouses as well as their manufactured and handmade artisan #miniatures, some of which cost thousands of dollars.

• Full video: https://youtu.be/mEAo899JsYY

To see the interior of this adorable shop and some of the custom dollhouses and #dollhouseminiatures they sell including miniature #Victorian and contemporary furniture (we saw a miniature Eames chair) and miniature #foodie items, please watch our Upper East Side Food Tour Video and subscribe to our channel.

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 #artisan #seeyourcity #storefront #dollhouses #dollhouseminiature #dollhousedesign #interiordesigner #dollhousefurniture #setdesigner #minihomes #miniatureinteriors #miniatureart #dollhouseminiature