Monday, September 21, 2020

Thank you 6sqft!

"Palomba Academy of Music has been teaching music lessons from its storefront in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx for 64 years, but they’ve sadly had to close due to COVID-19. However, there’s a piece of this business that photographers James and Karla Murray hope to preserve. They are working with iconic NYC neon shop Let There Be Neon to remove Palomba’s historic, 25-foot neon sign and have it relocated to the American Sign Museum in Cincinatti, Ohio. But they need your help…"

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/help-save-the-historic-neon-sign-at-the-bronxs-64-year-old-palomba-academy-of-music/



Join us this SUNDAY, September 27, 2020 at the Virtual NEON SPEAKS 2020 Festival & Symposium as we talk about New York STOREFRONTS at 1:15 EST (10:15 am PDT).

Register for the FREE Zoom link via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-storefronts-with-james-and-karla-murray-registration-117934945597  

"James and Karla Murray know about disappearing store fronts only too well.  For decades, they have been photographing distinctive New York store fronts and have produced three books, including "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York", "NEW YORK NIGHTS", and "STRE FRONT II- A History Preserved" and a video series on their JamesandKarlaYouTube channel. 

James and Karla share their journey to document these storefronts and signs while forging personal connections with the people who own small legacy businesses in the rapidly changing landscape of New York City. 

Suggested donation of $10 | Free. 

Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to those who register. 

If you plan to attend more than one event in the Neon Speaks 2020 schedule, consider registering for the All-Event Virtual Passport(sliding scale $10-$50 suggested). 

You'll get a daily schedule for each day of events with a Zoom link to join. If you want to watch an event at a later date, passport holders get special access to all recorded events for 3 months.




Sunday, September 20, 2020

Our latest video is live! MTA NYC VINTAGE SUBWAY RIDE INTO MANHATTAN

In our MTA NYC VINTAGE SUBWAY RIDE INTO MANHATTAN, we take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train R32 subway car which is over 55 years old and film our entire subway ride from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Chambers Street in Manhattan from the front car of the subway next to the conductor's cab area. 

We see amazing views of the #NYC skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge on our vintage #subway ride.   The R32 was retired from service by the #MTA of New York City in early 2020 but recently brought back into service by the MTA.   

Filmed on Wednesday, August 19, 2020     

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us:  

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla     

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza  Special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough!  

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City.  

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Thank you to the always great Forgotten New York for promoting our Kickstarter to save Palomba's iconic neon sign!

Full article: https://forgotten-ny.com/2020/09/palomba-academy-of-music-bronxwood/?fbclid=IwAR125-KlHnWded-wLSMADYR4bNjrX0iWv4Pj8znne3tPGSKXwMV6WFesfJ0

"While the Academy is closing, there is hope that the sign can be preserved. NYC photographers and sign preservationists James and Karla Murray have arranged for the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH to display the sign provided that the costs of transportation and installation can be raised. A Kickstarter fund has been started to raise the $5,500 necessary. In addition, the Murrays will produce a short film chronicling the work. But they will need your monetary assistance to do it. See what you can contribute." 

Check out the Forgotten New York site for all things NYC. 

To hear more about our @kickstarter campaign and the rewards you can receive if you back our project, please visit our link: http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Louis Zuflacht, Lower East Side, NYC

Louis Zuflacht in the Lower East Side was a men’s haberdashery which was founded in 1942 and had a beautiful #neon sign. Luckily the skeleton of the sign still exists today on the #storefront of 154 Stanton Street even though the business closed long ago and the shop has changed tenants many, many times. But many historic neon signs which we have documented over the years have been literally thrown into the trash when the shop closes. 

That is why we launched a Kickstarter campaign to SAVE the historic NEON SIGN at the Palomba Academy of Music in the Bronx which has been forced to close after 64 years in business due to the Coronavirus shutdown. 

• • Our KICKSTARTER campaign “SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC” is to help fund our short film, which documents our journey to help save the historic neon signage at Palomba Academy of Music. In our short film, we will interview the 2nd-generation owner, Michael Palomba, about the joys and stuggles of operating a family-owned music shop and school and why he was forced to close his historic business due to the Coronavirus shutdown. 

The campaign will ALSO HELP PAY for the entire process of carefully removing the 25 foot neon sign with its porcelain enamel panels from the facade of the building and placing it on a trailer to transport it to its new permanent home at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States. The Palomba Academy of Music neon sign will be installed and on display, shining brightly again at the @americansignmuseum 

• To hear more about our @kickstarter campaign and the rewards you can receive if you back our project, please visit our link: http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Saturday, September 19, 2020

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to SAVE this historic NEON SIGN at the Palomba Academy of Music in the Bronx

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to SAVE this historic NEON SIGN at the Palomba Academy of Music in the Bronx which has been forced to close after 64 years in business due to the Coronavirus shutdown. • 

•To support on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/33J4CRY 

We have launched a KICKSTARTER campaign “SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC” to help fund our short film, which documents our journey to help save the historic neon signage at Palomba Academy of Music. In our short film, we will interview the 2nd-generation owner, Michael Palomba, about the joys and stuggles of operating a family-owned music shop and school and why he was forced to close his historic business due to the Coronavirus shutdown. 

The campaign will ALSO HELP PAY for the entire process of carefully removing the 25 foot neon sign with its porcelain enamel panels from the facade of the building and placing it on a trailer to transport it to its new permanent home at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States. The Palomba Academy of Music neon sign will be installed and on display, shining brightly again at the @americansignmuseum .

• To hear more about our @kickstarter campaign and the rewards you can receive if you back our project, please visit the link

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC NOT DEAD: LOWER EAST SIDE REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK

In our NYC NOT DEAD: LOWER EAST SIDE REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan to see how vibrant these areas looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including Arlene’s Grocery, Clinton Street Bakery, Parkside Grill, and El Castillo.  

Streets we walk along include Stanton, Orchard, Houston, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Attorney and Clinton Streets.  

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us:  

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray  

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla   

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special 

EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough!  

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City.  

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Rocco Restaurant was in business on Thompson Street in Greenwich Village from 1922-2012.

Full video: https://youtu.be/_-zOgwnSjjk 

Sadly, this Italian 🇮🇹 restaurant was forced to close after its landlord raised its rent from $8,000 a month to $18,000 a month. The #storefront was taken over by Carbone, an Italian-American restaurant in 2013 owned by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and partner Jeff Zalaznick. 

They remodeled the interior but left the remnants of original #neon signage from Rocco’s and added in neon the words “Carbone and “Wines Liquors” In our latest YouTube video NYC LIFE: GREENWICH VILLAGE & SOHO REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK we visit the former location of Rocco’s and see other restaurants and bars which are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 restrictions (which currently do not allow indoor dining). 

• Please support your local small restaurant and bar by dining outside and also support our efforts to help raise awareness of the importance of these small unique shops by watching our YouTube video (it’s free to watch and SUBSCRIBE to our channel and by doing so YouTube will recommend it to others via their algorithm).



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Mishka on Broome Street in SoHo

Mishka on Broome Street in SoHo, which specializes in authentic Russian cuisine, has been in business for over 20 years

• Full video: https://youtu.be/nt50yKZSEfM 

In our latest YouTube video NYC LIFE: GREENWICH VILLAGE & SOHO REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK we visit Mishka and see its lively outdoor dining area conveniently located in a parking lot around the corner from the restaurant, as well as many other restaurants and bars which are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 restrictions (which currently do not allow indoor dining).

 • Please support your local small restaurant and bar by dining outside and also support our efforts to help raise awareness of the importance of these small unique shops by watching our YouTube video (it’s free to watch and SUBSCRIBE to our channel and by doing so YouTube will recommend it to others via their algorithm).




Monday, September 14, 2020

We are excited to share a podcast by Alex Brook Lynn, the producer at FAQNYC who spoke with Karla about our work documenting Mom-and-Pop Storefronts in NYC and all the small businesses New York is losing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LISTEN TO THE FAQ NYC 100th EPISODE HERE: https://faq.nyc/2020/09/13/the-storefront-domino-effect/?fbclid=IwAR1RX0NKSsvoT4yEi8pxgn5TmZOPj1FW_d6AnrGgUr3SZ6pypflxBLehjvQ



Our latest YouTube is live! It only costs $2.75, the price of the #NYC subway fare, to see this wonderful art exhibit!

We visit the MTA NYC SUBWAY ART INSTALLATION "Life Underground" by American sculptor Tom Otterness for the New York City Subway 14th Street/ 8th Avenue station on the A,C,E, and L train lines. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/nt50yKZSEfM 

We see all of the whimsical miniature bronze sculptures depicting cartoon-like animals and people which are scattered throughout the #subway platforms and passageways. 

It only costs $2.75, the price of the #NYC subway fare, to see this wonderful art exhibit! 

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla 

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special 

EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. 

Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING! 

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. 

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla



Sunday, September 13, 2020

Our latest YouTube is live! MTA NYC SUBWAY ART INSTALLATION

We visit the MTA NYC SUBWAY ART INSTALLATION "Life Underground" by American sculptor Tom Otterness for the New York City Subway 14th Street/ 8th Avenue station on the A,C,E, and L train lines.  We see all of the whimsical miniature bronze sculptures depicting cartoon-like animals and people which are scattered throughout the #subway platforms and passageways.  

It only costs $2.75, the price of the #NYC subway fare, to see this wonderful art exhibit!  

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us:  

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray  

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla   

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough!  

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City.  

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

We will be premiering our video with a live chat this morning at 11AM. JOIN US!


Friday, September 11, 2020

9/11 ANNIVERSARY NYC: REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 19 Years Later...

Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day.  Remembering Manny DelValle Jr. from Engine 5 of the FDNY.  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Manny had just finished an overnight at Engine 5 (near our apartment in the East Village) when the call came in around 8:47 am that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Engine Company 5 was assigned to team up with another company to walk up 80 floors and stretch the hose line. Manny Delvalle Jr. was carrying the rollup lines of hose and an oxygen tank. The last time Manny was seen, he had stopped on the 10th floor to give a woman oxygen. His unit had made it to the 15th floor when they were called back when the building began to rumble. They looked for Manny but could not find him and after the North Tower fell at 10:28 am, he was reported missing. Manny was 32 years old and had joined the #FDNY in 1994. We remember Manny, who often stood outside the firehouse when the doors were open. The firemen always gave biscuits to our pit rescues Tabasco and Java. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.

#fdny #neverforgot #September11 #911Memorial


19 Years... 09.11.20. Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day. Remembering Manny DelValle Jr. from Engine 5.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 Manny had just finished an overnight at Engine 5 (near our apartment in the East Village) when the call came in around 8:47 am that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Engine Company 5 was assigned to team up with another company to walk up 80 floors and stretch the hose line. Manny Delvalle Jr. was carrying the rollup lines of hose and an oxygen tank. The last time Manny was seen, he had stopped on the 10th floor to give a woman oxygen. His unit had made it to the 15th floor when they were called back when the building began to rumble. 

They looked for Manny but could not find him and after the North Tower fell at 10:28 am, he was reported missing. 

Manny was 32 years old and had joined the #FDNY in 1994. 

We remember Manny, who often stood outside the firehouse when the doors were open. The firemen always gave biscuits to our pit rescues Tabasco and Java. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.





Thursday, September 10, 2020

Our newest YouTube video is live! NYC LIFE: GREENWICH VILLAGE & SOHO REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK

In our NYC LIFE: GREENWICH VILLAGE & SOHO REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in the Greenwich Village and SoHo neighborhoods of Manhattan to see how vibrant these areas looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including Carbone, Felix, Vesuvio Bakery, Il Corallo Trattoria, Dominique Ansel Bakery, Mishka, Broome Street Bar and Boqueria and Cipriani Downtown.  

Streets we walk along include the whole length of Thompson Street, West Broadway and LaGuardia Place and along Prince, Spring and Broome Streets.  

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray  

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla   

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough!  

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City.  

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Tony Garofalo, who first began working at his old-school Brooklyn barber shop in 1964, after arriving from Italy, has passed away this weekend.

It is with heavy hearts that we are sharing the news that Tony Garofalo who first began working at his old-school Brooklyn barber shop in 1964 after arriving from Italy 🇮🇹has passed away this weekend. We originally photographed this 💈gorgeous #storefront with its hand painted #signage in 2006 for our book, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” (swipe left for 2nd photo) and also had the chance to watch Tony at work ✂️doing what he loved best. We will miss Tony and our thoughts and prayers 🙏are with his family.




Monday, September 7, 2020

Thank you so much to NYU's "Consult Your Community" chapter who recommended our @jamesandkarla Instagram account!

Thank you so much to NYU's "Consult Your Community" chapter who recommended our @jamesandkarla Instagram account as a great resource for finding some of the amazing small businesses in NYC who need support now during COVID-19. 

Also to take part in our FREE virtual workshop: https://youtu.be/92mw14ULXqo 

CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS IN NEW YORK CITY is a photography, social media and oral history ONLINE workshop focuses on the cultural significance of neighborhood stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. The ONLINE workshop will culminate in both an online @momandpopstorefronts dedicated Instagram page and a public exhibition of participants' work. 

• The workshops teach how photography, social media, and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Participants will also gain valuable knowledge in creating and maintaining their own social media account. Small local mom-and-pop shops including restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of our communities and now more than ever need all of our support. Many have been struggling to survive during the COVID shutdown, and highlighting their business is a great free way to help promote them.



Hudson. Labor Day weekend chill-life over at The Beauty Bar with Karla, owner Michael Stewart & long-time bartender Brock Michael Napoli

Please help support Beauty Bar by visiting its outdoor patio and you can also purchase a straight razor Beauty Bar t-shirt in their online shop:  https://beautybarnyc.bigcartel.com/ 

Please also support our efforts to help raise awareness of the importance of these small unique shops by watching our YouTube video (it’s free to watch and SUBSCRIBE to our channel and by doing so YouTube will recommend it to others via their algorithm). 

Direct link: https://youtu.be/Oph0kS_I3nU



Sunday, September 6, 2020

Our latest video is live! NYC LIFE: UNION SQUARE & GRAMERCY REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK

In our NYC LIFE: UNION SQUARE & GRAMERCY REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in the Union Square and Gramercy neighborhoods of Manhattan to see how vibrant these areas looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including Beauty Bar, which is struggling to survive during COVID-19.  We also get a tour of the repurposed 1940s interior of Beauty Bar from the owner, Mike and the long-time bartender, Brock. 

Please help support Beauty Bar by visiting it during its outdoor dining hours at: Beauty Bar 231 East 14th Street New York, NY 

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla  

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. 

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Saturday, September 5, 2020

John’s of 12th Street has been in business since 1908 and is the oldest Italian restaurant in the East Village

John’s of 12th Street has been in business since 1908 and is the oldest Italian restaurant in the East Village and it now needs your help more than ever as they are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 restrictions. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/Xz7ppYLGnm8 

They were closed for a few months and although they recently reopened with a few tables on the sidewalk for outdoor dining, business is severely reduced as there are so few tables. We recently visited John’s of 12th Street and spoke with the owner and posted our YouTube video NEW YORK CITY SURVIVORS: STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE COVID-19. 

Not only do we visit this historic Italian 🇮🇹 restaurant which serves both a classic Italian menu 🍝and a vegan menu (@anthonybourdain visited and highlighted this restaurant in his last episode) and take a look at its historic interior, we also speak about its interesting history as a speakeasy and check out its back room known for its tradition of burning candles as a celebration of the end of Prohibition.



Friday, September 4, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! HISTORIC NEW YORK CITY SURVIVORS: STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE COVID-19

In our HISTORIC NEW YORK CITY SURVIVORS: STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE COVID-19 we visit four historic small businesses in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, which were all open as speakeasies during Prohibition serving alcohol and have now survived the Coronavirus pandemic in New York City. Prohibition in New York lasted from 1920 through 1933, when Congress repealed the 18th Amendment. 

Although all of these historic #NYC restaurants, bars and theaters are currently closed for indoor seating & dining due to #COVID-19 restrictions, but many have outdoor dining areas that you can enjoy.  

We encourage everyone to visit and help support the historic spots we visit on this tour and help them survive through COVID-19! I

f you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla  

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, Dennis Heaton, David Monderer, Dennis Heaton, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, Jasmin Woolley-Butler, and Lais deSouza and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. 

We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. 

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Veniero’s Pasticceria on East 11th Street in the East Village

Veniero’s Pasticceria on East 11th Street in the East Village needs your help to survive even though it has survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression, two World Wars, the September 11th tragedy, and Superstorm Sandy when the shop lost power for 5 days (we live only a few blocks away so we were right there with them with no power in our building either). 

This 126 year old family business needs your support as customers to help them survive the Coronavirus shutdown as their large indoor dining and café is closed and with less foot traffic on the street for takeaway, business is suffering. They closed their doors between the end of March and beginning of May but have now re-opened for takeaway, serving their full menu of hundreds of types of cakes🍰, cookies and pastries and also have an outdoor patio area for dining. 

@venierospastry also ships their cakes and cookies nationwide and has gift certificates available but it is still difficult for them. 

•Full video: https://youtu.be/eT34S_VSHSM 

We recently visited Veniero’s and posted our video HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE NYC FOOD SPOTS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE COVID-19 on our YouTube channel. Not only do we eat some of their best-selling items outside on their patio but we also go inside the café to show you its gorgeous interior and even go upstairs to the bakery’s kitchen to see some of their delicious cakes and pastries being prepared. 

• Please help support Veniero’s and our efforts to help raise awareness of the importance of these small unique shops by watching our YouTube video (it’s free to watch and SUBSCRIBE to our channel and by doing so YouTube will recommend it to others via their algorithm).

SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla



Sunday, August 30, 2020

Our new YouTube video is live! We visit three of our favorite HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE NYC FOOD SPOTS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE COVID-19 and eat some of their best-selling items.

On our food tour, we bring with us a fellow YouTuber, @Here Be Barr and introduce him to these iconic family-owned small food businesses and also have a chance to speak with some of the owners about their struggle to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown in #NYC. 

We encourage everyone to visit and help support the historic spots we visit on this #foodie tour: 0:00 Historic Food Tour during COVID-19 

If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: 

ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray 

Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla  

Subscribe to Here Be Barr: https:www.youtube.com/herebebarr 

Special Thanks to our CHANNEL SUPPORTERS for your generous one-time donation via PayPal: Pizza Rules, Dennis Heaton, David Monderer, Barbara Barchat, Bronte Christian, and Jasmin Woolley-Butler and a special EXTRA GOOD THANKS to our PATREON SUPPORTERS: Grace Arjona-Ramirez and Hannah Rose. Your donation to help support our channel means so much to us and we can’t thank you enough! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING!  

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Jack’s Wife Freda on Lafayette Street in SoHo had tables outdoors in the past but now has a larger curbside outdoor dining area as part of the NYC open streets program.

Full video: https://youtu.be/SY1YDD3dYUI 

In our latest YouTube video SOHO & LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC REOPENING DURING COVID-19 PHASE 4, we walk with our dog along many streets in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the Phase 4 of Reopening New York City from COVID-19. We are happy to see many restaurants open with outdoor seating including @jackswifefreda . 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

We teamed up with fellow YouTuber @Here Be Barr and showed him three of our favorite East Village historic eateries, which are struggling to survive during COVID-19!

Check out his fantastic video highlighting our visit and stay tuned for our video which we will be posting this Sunday!
Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMAjTP1zDKo


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! SOHO & LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK

In our SOHO & LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in SoHo and the Lower East Side to see how vibrant these neighborhoods looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating. 

Filmed on Saturday August 15, 2020 in the SoHo and Lower East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.  

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To find out why the Chambers Street station was voted by the public as the ugliest subway station, please watch our video BEST and WORST NYC #SUBWAY #NYC STATIONS

The Chambers Street subway station for the J and Z lines has been voted the ugliest station in the entire New York City MTA system. In our latest YouTube video, we explore the BEST and WORST NYC SUBWAY STATIONS including the massive but filthy Chambers Street station in lower Manhattan (swipe left for 2nd photo highlighting more filth) and the abandoned architectural gem, the old City Hall station.

Full video:: https://youtu.be/DthlTzQdie8



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Photography from our YouTube video "MTA NYC SUBWAY: BEST & WORST SUBWAY STATIONS :CHAMBERS STREET (J)(Z) & ABANDONED CITY HALL STATION" via 6sqft...

 Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/nyc-city-hall-subway-station-tour-history/

"When the New York City subway opened on October 27th, 1904, it was the magnificent City Hall station that served as the backdrop for the festivities, with its arched Guastavino-tiled ceiling and skylights. But by 1945, the newer, longer subway cars could no longer fit on the station’s curved tracks, so it was closed. Today, the New York City Transit Museum occasionally offers tours of the abandoned station, which is how photographers James and Karla Murray were able to capture these beautiful photos. Ahead, see more of the station and learn all about its history."


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Our latest video is live!

In our MTA NYC SUBWAY: BEST & WORST SUBWAY STATIONS, we visit both the Chambers Street Station serving the J and Z train lines, which was voted the UGLIEST subway station in New York City and the ABANDONED CITY HALL STATION, the prettiest station in #NYC and the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) which first opened in 1904. 

The abandoned City Hall station also known as the City Hall Loop has not had passenger service since December 31, 1945 although the station is still used as a turning loop for the 6 train on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. #mta, #subway 

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Café Mogador on St Mark’s Place, East Village NYC

In our latest YouTube video EAST VILLAGE NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK we walk with our dog along many streets in the East Village during the Phase 4 of Reopening New York City from COVID-19. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/UIySw9AqwQE

We are happy to see many restaurants open with outdoor seating including @cafemogadornyc which has was founded in 1983 and is known for their Moroccan/Isreali food 🥘 as well as its classic breakfast 🥞 🍳and brunch options. Cafe Mogador 

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Our gorgeous Russ & Daughters Appetizers at night 24 x 24 inch limited edition print on Kodak Professional Endura Luster archival paper is now available for $350.

Payment via Venmo: Karla-Murray or PayPal.me/KarlaMurray 

To see more of our storefront prints available, visit our website: http://www.jamesandkarlamurray.com/JamesandKarlaMurrayPortfolioStorefronts0715.html


Friday, August 21, 2020

We are excited to share the news with everyone that we are working with the Cuttita family to help save their Clover Delicatessen neon signage and possibly the architectural details of the entire storefront.

The Cuttita family, who owns @CloverDelicatessen and recently were forced to close their 72-year-old family business due to many factors including the Coronavirus pandemic, deeply care about their iconic store @cloverdelinyc and its historic neon sign on green porcelain enamel tiles, which is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 34th Street. 

We will reveal more details as we continue to work on this complicated preservation process. 

We just wanted everyone to know that the sign will NOT be scrapped or sold for profit as so many people left comments on our posts and have DM’d and emailed us. It is certainly wonderful to share good news as we realize these past few months have been difficult for so many people.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Our new video is live! EAST VILLAGE NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK

In our EAST VILLAGE NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in the East Village to see how vibrant this neighborhood of the Lower East Side looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating, including the oldest falafel restaurant in New York, Mamoun's Falafel as well as Cafe Mogador, Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, and many vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants including Ladybird and Superiority Burger.  

Filmed on Saturday August 8, 2020 in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.  

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Old Town Bar on East 18th Street has been in business since 1892 and has been in the same family since the early 1980s.

Full video: https://youtu.be/QubDeeM4vzI 

In our latest YouTube video, NEW YORK SPEAKEASY TOUR of the GRAMERCY neighborhood of MANHATTAN we walk with our dog and visit historic restaurants and bars which were all open during Prohibition serving alcohol. Prohibition in New York lasted from 1920 through 1933, when Congress repealed the 18th Amendment. 

Old Town Bar has retained much of its original interior including a large mahogany bar and giant shoulder-height porcelain Hinsdale urinals in the mens room. It also has an amazing neon sign which was lovingly restored by @lettherebeneon 

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Thank you @6sqft! Our photos and video on NYC's only underground street...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/inside-the-graffiti-covered-191st-street-tunnel-nycs-deepest-subway-and-only-underground-street/

"The deepest subway station in New York City lies 173 feet below ground (18 stories!) at the 191st Street stop of the 1 train. This stop is also known for the 1,000-foot-long tunnel that connects its station at St. Nicholas Avenue to an entrance on Broadway. Called “Tunnel Street,” this is technically the only underground street in the city."


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Our latest video is live! NEW YORK CITY SPEAKEASY WALKING TOUR of the GRAMERCY

In our NEW YORK CITY SPEAKEASY WALKING TOUR of the GRAMERCY neighborhood in MANHATTAN we walk with our dog and visit historic restaurants and bars which were all open during Prohibition serving alcohol. Prohibition in New York lasted from1920 through 1933, when Congress repealed the 18th Amendment. 

Although all of these historic restaurants and bars are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown in New York City, they all plan on reopening once it is safe to do so.  

Historic restaurants and bars we visit include: 

- Rolf's German Restaurant 281 Third Avenue at E 22nd Street New York, NY 

- Pete's Tavern 129 East 18th Street at Irving Place New York, NY 

- Old Town Bar & Restaurant 45 East 18th Street New York, NY  

Filmed on Thursday, August 6, 2020 in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan  

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

It is with heavy, heavy hearts that we are sharing the news that Clover Delicatessen ☘️on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan has permanently closed.

This family-owned @cloverdelinyc has been in the same location since 1957 after being forced to move from its original location from 1948 after Kips Bay Plaza was built. 

We always loved its neon signage which wrapped around the corner. 

We thought for sure that they would be able to remain open since they are located in a fairly busy neighborhood (pre-Coronavirus) with many residential buildings nearby as well as NYU Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. 

We are sure this deli will be missed by many as it was such a gem. 

We will truly miss the 3rd generation owner, Frank Cuttita who shared with us why his grandfather named the deli Clover, even though he was Italian! 

To find out the reason why, please support our work documenting small independently owned businesses on our Patreon page. 

We will be revealing the answer on Patreon. Direct link in bio and IG story. • https://www.Patreon.com/JamesandKarla


Friday, August 14, 2020

Bonus video! We show you the powerful Tropical Storm Isaias hitting the East Village of Manhattan with strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

The wind gusts that Isaias produced, knocked down many trees and large branches and some hit parked cars and businesses, so that is why you hear so many sirens in the background.  

Filmed August 4, 2020 from the East Village of Manhattan, New York City.  

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Our latest video is live! We walk through the 191st Street Subway Station in Washington Heights, Manhattan to explore New York City's deepest subway station in the MTA system.

Not only is the station the deepest in New York at 180 feet (55 meters) below street level, but it also has as its entrance point a very long "Tunnel Street" pedestrian passageway (1,000 feet long or 300 meters).  

After walking the entire length of the graffiti lined tunnel passageway and on the dirty platforms of the 191st Street station, we get on the 1 train and head downtown one stop to visit the 181st Street Subway Station, which also is located deep underground and can only be accessed by four elevators, which notoriously have been labeled as dangerous by residents of New York City.  

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Nom Wah Tea Parlor on tiny crooked Doyers Street is the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown.

It has been in business since 1920 and retains much of its original historic interior. For the first time in its history, it has its own dedicated outdoor dining area and is also offering frozen dumplings 🥟 and meal kits to go or for delivery! 

In our latest YouTube video CHINATOWN NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK, we walk with our dog along the many streets in Chinatown during the Phase 4 of Reopening New York City from COVID-19 and are happy to see many restaurants open with outdoor seating including Nom Wah 

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Direct link for full video: https://youtu.be/673YBZBxdSc


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Our latest video is live! CHINATOWN NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK

In our CHINATOWN NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 4 OUTDOOR DINING OPEN STREETS NEW YORK , we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along many streets in Chinatown to see how the vibrant Lower East Side neighborhood looks during the Phase 4 of reopening with outdoor dining during Open Streets New York City during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating, including the oldest dim sum restaurant , Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street, the famous Wo Hop Restaurant on Mott Street and Great N.Y. Noodletown on Bowery, which both serve Cantonese classics, and dessert spots including the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street and Taiyaki NYC, a Japanese ice cream shop on Baxter Street.  

Filmed on Saturday August 1, 2020 in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan.  

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Village Vanguard on 7th Avenue South was founded by Max Gordon in 1935 and is regarded as one of the most famous jazz spots in the world.

The triangular-shaped room is located in the basement level and is known for its pristine acoustics for both listening to live performances and for live recordings. It is now temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus shutdown. 

• To see and hear more about the many historic music 🎶 venues in the Village please watch our latest YouTube video GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC HISTORIC MUSIC WALKING TOUR : 10 MUST VISIT PLACES. Direct link: https://youtu.be/ktf5uvLd7dk


Friday, August 7, 2020

Arthur’s Tavern on Grove Street is a live jazz and blues nightclub which has been in business since 1937.

It is called the “Home of the Bird” because it is the last continuously operating New York jazz 🎶club to act as a regular host to the legendary Charlie Parker and the great Roy Hargrove. It is now temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus shutdown. (And always no cover charge)! • To see and hear more about the many historic music 🎶 venues in the Village please watch our latest YouTube video GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC HISTORIC MUSIC WALKING TOUR : 10 MUST VISIT PLACES. Direct link below: https://youtu.be/ktf5uvLd7dk


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Our latest YouTube video GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC HISTORIC MUSIC WALKING TOUR is live!



In our GREENWICH VILLAGE NYC HISTORIC MUSIC WALKING TOUR we walk with our dog and show 10 MUST VISIT HISTORIC
#MUSIC VENUES including world famous jazz music clubs, cafes, piano bars and even a recording studio where many famous musicians have recorded over the years. Although most of the places are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown in New York City, they all plan on reopening once it is safe to do so. Must visit historic music destinations in Greenwich Village, #NYC include: - The Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Avenue South New York, NY - Marie's Crisis Cafe 59 Grove Street New York, NY - Arthur's Tavern 57 Grove Street New York, NY - Small's Jazz Club 183 West 10th Street New York, NY - Blue Note Jazz Club 131 West 3rd Street New York, NY - Cafe Wha? 115 MacDougal Street New York, NY Filmed on Friday, July 31, 2020 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan If you want to HELP SUPPORT this channel so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC, please send us: ONE-TIME DONATION via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/KarlaMurray Support OUR CHANNEL on PATREON and GET BONUS PERKS: https://www.patreon.com/JamesandKarla THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING! We would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and hit the thumbs up and notification bell and please SHARE if you enjoy our video. We will be posting new videos EVERY WEEK highlighting unique small businesses and places in New York City. SUBSCRIBE TO NEVER MISS AN EPISODE: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla

La Caridad 78, the Cuban-Chinese restaurant on Broadway in the Upper West Side of Manhattan has sadly closed after more than 50 years in business.

Raphael Lee, a Chinese man who had grown up in Cuba 🇨🇺opened this fusion restaurant in 1968. Much of the food was a mix of Chinese and Cuban cooking 🥘 including dishes of fried rice with plantains, Cuban-style roast pork with rice and yucca and pepper steak with black beans and rice. The restaurant was even referenced in an episode of Seinfeld.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Our new YouTube is live! VINTAGE NYC SUBWAY RIDE & MTA TUNNEL EXPLORATION

Full video: https://youtu.be/y0_73ldRpSw 

In our VINTAGE NYC SUBWAY RIDE & MTA TUNNEL EXPLORATION, we take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train, R32 subway car during a huge thunderstorm with lightning strikes. The R32 subway car, at over 55 years old, was retired from service by New York City in early 2020 but recently brought back into service by the MTA. 

In addition to riding from Bushwick, Brooklyn and over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, we take a side journey showing you our past explorations of the vast underground MTA subway tunnel system in the Lower East Side. We see graffiti art along the active tracks and unused spurs including pieces by the notorious REVS, ESPO, GHOST and REAS.  

Filmed on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM  

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Our new YouTube is live! We take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train!

Full video: https://youtu.be/y0_73ldRpSw 

In our VINTAGE NYC SUBWAY RIDE & MTA TUNNEL EXPLORATION, we take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train, R32 subway car during a huge thunderstorm with lightning strikes. 

The R32 subway car, at over 55 years old, was retired from service by New York City in early 2020 but recently brought back into service by the MTA. In addition to riding from Bushwick, Brooklyn and over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, we take a side journey showing you our past explorations of the vast underground MTA subway tunnel system in the Lower East Side. 

We see graffiti art along the active tracks and unused spurs including pieces by the notorious REVS, ESPO, GHOST and REAS.  

Filmed on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM  

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Our new YouTube is live!

 

In our VINTAGE NYC SUBWAY RIDE & MTA TUNNEL EXPLORATION, we take a ride on a vintage New York City "J" Train, R32 subway car during a huge thunderstorm with lightning strikes. 

The R32 subway car, at over 55 years old, was retired from service by New York City in early 2020 but recently brought back into service by the MTA. 

In addition to riding from Bushwick, Brooklyn and over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, we take a side journey showing you our past explorations of the vast underground MTA subway tunnel system in the Lower East Side. We see graffiti art along the active tracks and unused spurs including pieces by the notorious REVS, ESPO, GHOST and REAS.  

Filmed on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM  

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hudson. Ted’s Formal Wear on Orchard Street sold formal 🎩 clothing for men at a time when the Lower East Side was lined with discount clothing shops.

When Ted’s son, Charles Buchholz took over the shop in 2003, he changed the focus of the store and concentrated the inventory on rock T-shirts and other memorabilia from the Lower East Side’s historic connection with punk and rock and roll. 

• In our latest YouTube video LOWER EAST SIDE NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 3 OPEN STREETS NEW YORK, we walk with our dog Hudson @hudsonpittienyc along the entire length of Orchard and Ludlow Streets in the Lower East Side during the Phase 3 of Reopening New York City from COVID-19. We are happy to see many restaurants open with outdoor seating and shops open for business. Filmed on Saturday, July 18, 2020. 

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Direct link below: https://youtu.be/m5cFi1CSHQE



Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Vietnamese restaurant, An Choi sadly closed due to the Coronavirus shutdown on July 26, 2020 after over 11 years in business on Orchard Street.

An Choi was opened by brothers Tuan and Huy Bui and specializes in modern versions of classic Vietnamese dishes including Banh Mi and Bone Marrow Pho.  


In our latest YouTube video LOWER EAST SIDE NYC REOPENING DURING PHASE 3 OPEN STREETS NEW YORK, we walk with our dog along the entire length of Orchard and Ludlow Streets in the Lower East Side during the Phase 3 of Reopening New York City from COVID-19. We are happy to see many restaurants open with outdoor seating and shops open for business. Filmed on Saturday, July 18, 2020. 

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