Thursday, April 9, 2020

Our walk with our dog during the Coronavirus Lockdown in New York.


We walk up empty 42nd Street towards a ghost town looking Times Square and Broadway in Midtown, Manhattan.

We pass by other empty landmarks including the Main Branch of the New York Public Library and Bryant Park and see the empty side streets surrounding the "Crossroads of the World" in Times Square.

Filmed on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7 PM.

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It is with heavy hearts ๐Ÿ’”that we are sharing the news of the passing of Moe Albanese, the owner of the beloved Moe the Butcher - Albanese Meats and Poultry in NoLita.

Moe Albanese passed away only days away from his 96th birthday due to complications from the Coronavirus. Last year, we visited with the second-generation owner Moe and his granddaughter Jen, who joined the nearly century-old family business as a butcher ๐Ÿฅฉcutting and trimming all the meat by hand the old-school way for a YouTube video highlighting their unique Italian butcher shop.

To see more of Moe @moethebutcher and Jen and even watch as they give our dog Hudson some trimmings, please watch our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/TiGlHY5tFRA


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In our latest YouTube video we walk with our dog during the Coronavirus Lockdown in New York to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, NYC.

Full video: https://youtu.be/pTQ7WyU_a0Y

We travel the empty streets surrounding Grand Central Terminal and go inside to see its Beaux-Arts interior and star-filled constellation ceiling. Trains are still running on a limited schedule but the station is largely empty of people.

Filmed on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM.


Monday, April 6, 2020

In our latest YouTube video we walk with our dog during the Coronavirus Lockdown in New York to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, NYC.

We travel the empty streets surrounding Grand Central Terminal and go inside to see its Beaux-Arts interior and star-filled constellation ceiling. Trains are still running on a limited schedule but the station is largely empty of people.

Filmed on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

Paul’s Da Burger Joint ๐Ÿ” in the East Village has been in business since 1989.

We walked over to Paul's Da Burger Joint with our rescue dog, Hudson on Saturday March 28, 2020 at around 10PM.

Full video: https://youtu.be/G6U9w6rA-Ls 

Paul’s is open for both delivery and take away during the NYC COVID-19 Pandemic and State of Emergency.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Paul’s Da Burger Joint ๐Ÿ” in the East Village has been in business since 1989.

We walked over to @paulsdaburgerjoint with our rescue dog, Hudson on Saturday March 28, 2020 at around 10PM.

Full video: https://youtu.be/G6U9w6rA-Ls

Paul’s is open for both delivery and take away during the NYC COVID-19 Pandemic and State of Emergency.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

We get the BEST NEW YORK FOOD for takeaway in Manhattan's East Village during the #NYC Pandemic State of Emergency with our rescue dog, Hudson.


Filmed on Saturday March 28, 2020 at around 10:00 PM while the streets of the City are largely empty.

We visit: Paul's Da Burger Joint : 131 2nd Ave near St Mark's Place in the East Village neighborhood of New York, NY

We have 2 orders of: Cheeseburger Deluxe served with French Fries and Lettuce and Tomato

Paul's also offers delivery options for New York residents.

#NewYork #pandemic #eastvillage

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Joe’s Pizza ๐Ÿ• in Greenwich Village has been in business since 1975.

We walked over to @joespizzanyc with our rescue dog, Hudson on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at around 1pm.

Full video: https://youtu.be/JQYHU0u5MEo


 Although we were really happy to see Joe’s Pizza open for delivery and take away, we could not believe that Carmine Street and all of the surrounding streets near the pizzeria were largely empty. Even the pizzeria had no line outside like usual and no customers ordering takeout inside. Certainly, the NYC COVID-19 Pandemic and State of Emergency has emptied the streets and also vastly affected small businesses including Joe’s.

The cheese pizza ๐Ÿ• we ordered for takeaway to help support this family-owned business was delicious!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We walk the empty streets of Manhattan's Union Square, Greenwich Village, as well as Washington Square Park during the #NYC Pandemic Quarantine State of Emergency with our rescue dog, Hudson.


Filmed on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at around 1:00 PM  #pandemic #quarantine

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Photography and video from our visit to Schmidt's Candy for @6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/behind-the-scenes-at-woodhaven-chocolate-maker-schmidts-candy/

Full video: https://youtu.be/2mTmP_00V9o

"We may not be able to gather together for Easter this year, but we can certainly still place a chocolate order to lift our spirits. And if the Easter Bunny is choosing where to get the best homemade chocolates and candies to fill his basket, Schmidt’s Candy in Woodhaven, Queens would certainly be a top choice. German immigrant Frank Schmidt founded this nearly-century old confectionery shop in 1925. We recently had a chance to tour this iconic shop with Margie Schmidt, Frank’s granddaughter and the third-generation owner. Margie continues to make specialty holiday chocolates and candies by hand using the same recipes that were handed down to her by her father. Ahead, go behind the scenes to see how all these tasty treats are made, tour the historic interior, and learn about the shop’s history from Margie."


We walk the empty ghost town like streets of Manhattan's East Village during the #NYC State of Emergency with our rescue dog, Hudson.



Full video: https://youtu.be/2mTmP_00V9o

Filmed on Saturday March 28, 2020 at around 11:00 PM

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

We walk the empty ghost town like streets of Manhattan's East Village during the #NYC State of Emergency with our rescue dog, Hudson.


Filmed on Saturday March 28, 2020 at around 11:00 PM #NewYork #eastvillage

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

In our BEST ITALIAN NEW YORK CAKE & COOKIES video we visit a 125 + year-old Italian cake & pastry shop in New York City during the STATE OF EMERGENCY.


We see how empty the #NYC streets are during the pandemic as we highlight the amazing homemade #Italian cheesecake, cookies, pastries this East Village family-owned small business sells and watch as the fourth-generation owner speaks with us about the difficult times his Pasticceria is facing despite having survived the Pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression and World Wars.

We also try the #best cannoli, fruit tarts, Italian cheesecake and pizza rustica this shop sells and speak about its vintage neon sign. 

Many small shops have recently shuttered in New York City, but the ones that are still open, need our help so we will keep championing them as long as it is responsible to do so.

We are taking precautions while going outside and trying to maintain social distancing. We want to remain positive and help our fellow New Yorkers in this time of need and keep celebrating the contribution small often family-owned businesses make to our community. 

WE VISIT: Veniero's Pasticcerria & Cafe: 342 East 11th Street East Village, New York   We try their delicious homemade Italian cheesecake, cannoli, fruit tarts, lobster tail pastry, pizza rustica and puff pastries. 

To order their homemade cheesecakes, cookies & pastries on line visit: https://venierospastry.com 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

'American dream' by artist @jofre.oliverasis painted on an abandoned building in Miami, Florida.

According to a statement from the artist, the subject of this mural was an actual homeless person from Miami. #miami #streetart #streetartist #homeless


Thursday, March 26, 2020

East Village Pizza ๐Ÿ•on First Avenue at East 9th Street is featured in our latest YouTube video: EAST VILLAGE PIZZA NEW YORK: During STATE OF EMERGENCY.

Full video: https://youtu.be/-xu8EQMb_BU

We visit @eastvillagepizza and speak with the owner Frank just as the health restrictions limiting restaurants to take away and delivery were being instituted.

• To hear Frank speak about how he got started in the pizza business and watch as their delicious pizza is being made and to see our rescue dog Hudson get some pepperoni ๐Ÿ•from the take away window please watch our latest YouTube video.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In our East Village Pizza NEW YORK: During STATE OF EMERGENCY video we visit an amazing pizzeria during the health crisis in #NYC to help support this unique family-owned shop.


We not only see how empty the streets are in this usually very busy neighborhood, but we speak with the owner, Frank about the inventive #pizza he has created. We have a slice of their delicious Margherita Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza and try some cheesy garlic knots before bringing the rest home with us to eat with our dog Hudson, as take away or ordering your delivery online is safer and faster.

Many small shops have recently shuttered including in our own neighborhood of the East Village and since street food spots need our help, we will keep championing them as long as it is responsible to do so. We are taking precautions while going outside and trying to maintain social distancing.

We want to remain positive and help our fellow New Yorkers in this time of need and keep celebrating the contribution small often family-owned businesses make to our community.

WE VISIT: East Village Pizza: 145 First Avenue East Village, New York

We try their delicious Margherita Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza and Cheesy Garlic Knots  Follow East Village Pizza on Instagram East Village Pizza @eastvillagepizza

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Monday, March 23, 2020

In our latest YouTube video, BEST NYC CHOCOLATE & CANDY we visit Schmidt's Confectionery!



In our latest YouTube video, BEST NYC CHOCOLATE & CANDY we visit Schmidt's Confectionery and watch as the 3rd-generation owner makes Easter chocolates ๐Ÿ‡using cast iron molds from the 1920s and also makes #homemade chocolate candies. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/wYOHUQD2LPE 

Schmidt’s Candy is a family-owned shop which has been in busIness for almost a century!  To help support small businesses during this health emergency pandemic, we are highlighting one of the BEST NYC CHOCOLATE & CANDY shops in New York City! This #candy shop is struggling to stay afloat as Easter ๐Ÿฃ is usually one of their busiest times of year but very few people are now on the streets and this shop has always relied on foot traffic.

• Please help support your local small business and Schmidt’s Candy by ordering from their website!

• To see the original interior of this lovely shop and all of their delicious chocolates and candies made using NO preservatives, please watch our latest YouTube video.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

In our latest BEST NYC CHOCOLATE & CANDY video we visit a nearly century-old #vintage candy & chocolate shop in New York City during the STATE OF EMERGENCY.

Full video: https://youtu.be/wYOHUQD2LPE 

We see how empty the #NYC subway and streets are during the pandemic as we travel to Queens to showcase the amazing #homemade chocolate this family-owned small business sells and watch as the third-generation owner shows us #howto make an Easter chocolate bunny using a cast iron mold from the 1920s.

We also watch as the owner makes homemade chocolate candies including dark chocolate non-pareils and pecan delights. 

Many small shops have recently shuttered in New York City, but the ones that are still open including Schmidt's Candy, need our help so we will keep championing them as long as it is responsible to do so. We are taking precautions while going outside and trying to maintain social distancing. We want to remain positive and help our fellow New Yorkers in this time of need and keep celebrating the contribution small often family-owned businesses make to our community. 

WE VISIT: Schmidt's Candy: 9415 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens New York We try their delicious homemade dark chocolate non-pareils. 

To order their homemade chocolates and candies on line visit: https://schmidtscandy.com 

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In New York City as of tonight, Sunday March 22nd, all non-essential businesses will be closed until further notice to help stop the spread of the virus pandemic.

This does not include bicycle shops as this is a means of transportation that is an important alternative to those who absolutely need to get to work (such as health care workers) and can’t take public transportation or want to avoid unnecessary contact with others. We hope all of our friends and followers are staying safe in these difficult times.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sauce Pizzeria in the East Village, NYC

Not only does Sauce Pizzeria in the East Village make a great slice of pizza ๐Ÿ• including a side of dipping sauce (see sauce in photo) but during this pandemic health emergency, we thank them for donating free pizza to local hospital workers who are working overtime battling the #coronaviruspandemic and the public can also help by contacting Sauce Pizzeria and donating a pie in their name and Sauce will also match that donation with an additional pie!

• We visited this fantastic pizza shop last week before the restrictions limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery went into effect and had a classic cheese slice ๐Ÿ•with their Grandma’s Gravy as our dipping sauce. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/AuKL1H7Hk5g

• To see the interior of @saucepizzerianyc which was designed by the owner @adamelzer and watch as their amazing Grandma’s gravy is being made ๐Ÿฅซplease watch our latest YouTube video: BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Yesterday was the first day of Spring 2020!

Olympia Florist in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. We love its vintage neon sign and the beautiful plants ๐ŸŒฑ and flowers ๐ŸŒธ they sell.

Please try and support your local small business (florists deliver!) as they really need all the help they can get during this difficult time.

Happy Spring ๐ŸŒบeveryone and stay safe!



Thursday, March 19, 2020

To help support small food businesses during this health emergency pandemic, we are highlighting one of the BEST NEW NYC PIZZA places in New York City, Philomena’s Artisan Pizza ๐Ÿ•




To help support small food businesses during this health emergency pandemic, we are highlighting one of the BEST NEW NYC PIZZA places in New York City, which has remained largely undiscovered, Philomena’s Artisan Pizza ๐Ÿ•.

Full video: https://youtu.be/cE61TivnrqU

In our latest YouTube video, BEST NEW NYC PIZZA: UNDISCOVERED STREET FOOD TOUR QUEENS we visit @philomenasqueens and watch as two types of pizza are being made by the owner, Dave Acocella. We absolutely loved the square #pizza we had and Dave also makes an absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ round pie.

• Please note that we visited this #pizzeria while it was still fully open for sit-down dining last Friday, before the City-wide restrictions went into place and it is NOW only open for take-out and delivery.

• Please help support your local #nycpizza spot and order takeaway or have a slice or pie delivered!

• To see more of the BEST pizzas ๐Ÿ• Philomena’s specializes in and to watch them being made including a peak at Dave’s 72 hour natural starter #lievietomadre , please watch our latest YouTube video!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Our video BEST NEW NYC PIZZA: Undiscovered STREET FOOD Tour QUEENS is now live on our YouTube channel!

In our BEST NEW NYC PIZZA: UNDISCOVERED STREET FOOD TOUR QUEENS we visit a new best undiscovered #pizza spot and watch as two types of pizza are being made by the owner in this #streetfood pizza tour. We visit this undiscovered pizzeria during the #NYC (and worldwide) health emergency pandemic to help support small businesses which are now only open for take-out and delivery. NOTE that we visited before these restrictions were put in place.

We visit and try pizza at: Philomena's Artisan Pizza: 41-16 Queens Blvd Sunnyside, Queens New York -Classic Square
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Luzzo’s in the East Village specializes in coal-oven pizza ๐Ÿ• and is located in the former home of an Italian bread bakery

Full video: https://youtu.be/AuKL1H7Hk5g 

We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village.

One place we visit in our latest YouTube BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR is Luzzo's Pizzeria’s Ristorante Italiano on First Avenue. We visit the must hit #pizza spots in this vibrant #NYC neighborhood and watch as pizza is being made with our insider #food access tour.

• To see the interior of @pizzabyluzzos (their 120 year-old coal-fired oven and the 12 inch Margherita pizza we had) and watch as their amazing Margherita pizza is being made ๐Ÿ• please watch our latest YouTube video: BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE (direct link in bio & Instagram story).

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Mohammed, over at Lions & Tigers & Squares Detroit Pizza in the East Village...

Our video BEST PIZZA #NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE is now live on our YouTube channel!

We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AuKL1H7Hk5g 

In our BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE we visit the must hit #pizza spots in this vibrant #NYC neighborhood and watch as pizza is being made with our insider #food access tour. We visit the best pizzerias during the City (and worldwide) health emergency to help support small businesses in our own neighborhood. 

We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village. We visit these pizzerias during the City (and worldwide) health emergency to help support small businesses in our own neighborhood. 

We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Our video BEST PIZZA #NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE is now live on our YouTube channel!

We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village.

Full video: https://youtu.be/AuKL1H7Hk5g 

In our BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE we visit the must hit #pizza spots in this vibrant #NYC neighborhood and watch as pizza is being made with our insider #food access tour. We visit the best pizzerias during the City (and worldwide) health emergency to help support small businesses in our own neighborhood.  We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village. We visit these pizzerias during the City (and worldwide) health emergency to help support small businesses in our own neighborhood. 

We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Our video BEST PIZZA #NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE is now live on our YouTube channel!


In our BEST PIZZA NYC: STREET FOOD TOUR EAST VILLAGE we visit the must hit #pizza spots in this vibrant #NYC neighborhood and watch as pizza is being made with our insider #food access tour.

We visit the best pizzerias during the City (and worldwide) health emergency to help support small businesses in our own neighborhood.  We are trying to do our part during this health crisis by supporting local small businesses in our own neighborhood of the East Village.

We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.

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We were thinking about things that people (and kids) can do who are stuck at home and working on a scale model is definitely a fun activity.

When we took this HOBBY SHOP photo in 2010 for our book, “Store Front II- A History Preserved” we interviewed the manager who told us that the owner built model planes ✈️ and cars ๐Ÿš— as a hobby before opening the store but that they “now specialize in radio control cars and sell parts and do repairs but we have a full line of other hobby items too. Many of our customers have been coming here for years and often now even bring their grandchildren in with them.” We not only loved hearing about the history of the shop but also fell in love with this #hobbyshop original #signage with its model train ๐Ÿš‚ and plane.



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Russ & Daughters Cafe was opened in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the original appetizing shop.

This lovely cafรฉ is featured in our BEST JEWISH FOOD NYC YouTube video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/-nrlfxlQbAg

The 4th-generation owners of Russ & Daughters, Niki Russ Federman and Joshua Russ Tupper, opened the cafรฉ as a way to give customers who had patiently waited in line at the store a place to sit down and enjoy all of their specialties including smoked salmon and bagel ๐Ÿฅฏ boards, and herring, caviar and egg dishes. •

To see the interior of the cafรฉ
@russanddaughters and some of the delicious dishes they serve including their Eggs Benny, Borscht, and Classic Bagel Board with Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon ๐ŸŸ, Cream Cheese, Tomato, Onion and Capers, and to see the delicious babka ice cream sandwich we had, please subscribe to our channel . We will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Our video BEST JEWISH FOOD TOUR #NYC is now live on our YouTube channel!

In this BEST JEWISH FOOD TOUR #NYC, we visit two family-owned #Jewish food businesses which are co-owned by women on International Women's Day and try some amazingly delicious #food from each Lower East Side, NYC spot.
br /> We also watch again (as we visited this spot in 2019) the step-by-step process of the perfect bagel, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato and onion sandwich being lovingly created by Herman Vargas, the long-time manager at Russ & Daughters Appetizers (who recently retired).

Places we visit include:
1. Russ & Daughters Appetizers 179 East Houston Street Lower East Side, NYC
2. Russ & Daughters Cafe 127 Orchard Street Lower East Side, NYC

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Louie’s Pizza ๐Ÿ•in the Bronx

We always stop by local neighborhood pizzerias and try a slice when exploring different neighborhoods. This Schuylerville family-owned pizza shop was founded in 1979 and not only served pizza but also specialized in calzones.

Let us know what your favorite neighborhood #pizza spot is!


From our YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video!

From our YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video, where we see hundreds of graffiti and street art murals in this Miami neighborhood which has more graffiti and street art than anywhere else in the U.S.

•Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A

#graffiti #miamigraffiti


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

From our YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video!

From our YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video, where we see hundreds of graffiti and street art murals in this Miami neighborhood which has more graffiti and street art than anywhere else in the U.S.

•Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A

#graffiti #miamigraffiti


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

We visit and get some bites with Renda Writer a local handwritten artist as he spray paints a "LOVE" mural in Wynwood.

Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A 

In this WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI tour we visit the vibrant neighborhood of #Wynwood, which has more graffiti and street #art than anywhere else in the United States. We check out many of its amazing Miami graffiti and street art murals, eat at a world-renowned kosher bakery and a Mediterranean cafe and also visit a long-standing mom-and-pop clothing business that has withstood the pressures of gentrification in this #Miami neighborhood.

#miami #graffiti #miamigraffiti #food #foodtour


One of the walls we feature in our latest YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video

We see hundreds of graffiti and street art murals in this Miami neighborhood which has more graffiti and street art than anywhere else in the U.S.

•Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A #graffiti #miamigraffiti


Monday, March 2, 2020

The Unicorn ๐Ÿฆ„ Factory in Wynwood, Miami.

Although this facade with its colorful painted unicorns & other whimsical characters ๐ŸŒป caught our eye, we couldn’t bear to pay $38 per person to take selfies inside this unicorn-filled pop-up. We pass by this shop in our latest YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video, and see hundreds of graffiti and street art murals in this Miami neighborhood which has more graffiti and street art than anywhere else in the U.S. 

•Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A 


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Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Boombox (version 6) in Wynwood was painted by local Miami graffiti artist Trek 6 in collaboration with Ishmael.

We visited this huge boombox mural in our YouTube WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/_bSDgnbEE7A 

Not only do we check out this iconic large-scale mural, which can be seen from Interstate 95, but also see hundreds of other #graffitiart and #streetartists work in this neighborhood which has more graffiti and street art than anywhere else in the U.S.

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Friday, February 28, 2020


In this WYNWOOD MIAMI STREET ART, FOOD & GRAFFITI tour we visit the vibrant neighborhood of #Wynwood, which has more graffiti and street #art than anywhere else in the United States.

We check out many of its amazing graffiti and street art murals, eat at a world-renowned kosher bakery and a Mediterranean cafe and also visit a long-standing mom-and-pop clothing business that has withstood the pressures of gentrification in this #Miami neighborhood.

We also spend time with Renda Writer a local handwritten artist as he paints a "LOVE" mural in Wynwood. 

Graffiti and street art murals in Wynwood cover a vast area from NW 6 Ave to NE 2nd Ave between NW 36th Street to NW 20th Street. 

Food, shops and places we visit in WYNWOOD include:

1. Zak the Baker: 295 NW 26th Street, Miami Florida
2. Renda Writer live painting at LOVE mural wall at 65 NE 27th Street Miami
3. Wynwood Walls: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida
4. Noa Cafe: 2711 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida
5. 004 CONNEC / DADEWEAR: 594 NW 26th Street Miami, Florida
6. Austin Burke: 2601 NW 6th Avenue Miami, Florida with Alec Monopoly

Our rescue dog, Hudson comes along with us as we travel around Miami sampling street food and looking at graffiti and street art!

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Fries on top of your burger!

Our latest video "STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE" is live on our Youtube channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/uCrA6TR513I




Monday, February 24, 2020

A few days ago, an appeals court upheld a $6.75 million judgement against real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff, who whitewashed 5Pointz

A few days ago, an appeals court upheld a $6.75 million judgement against real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff, who whitewashed 5Pointz, the former graffiti-covered industrial buildings and illegally destroyed the building’s colorful murals.

The graffiti artists who had painted colorful work on the building’s exterior facade and rooftop filed a lawsuit in 2015 against Wolkoff, claiming their artwork was of “recognized stature” and protected by the Visual Rights Act.

We knew many of the graffiti artists who painted at 5Pointz and documented their artwork for our “Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC” book and “Burning New York” book including 5Pointz founder, Meres One @meresone and the legendary graffiti artists Lady Pink and her husband Smith.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

We had never heard of or tasted a Frita, a Cuban-style burger๐Ÿ”until we visited El Mago de la Frita in our YouTube STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI STYLE video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/uCrA6TR513I

Not only do we eat a delicious Frita from @elmagodelasfritas in our video but we meet and speak with the owners, Ortelio “El Mago” Cardenas, the founder, & Martha, the 2nd-generation owner, of this family-owned restaurant about their “secret recipe”. El Mago is Spanish for Magician ๐ŸŽฉ and Ortelio became known as El Mago ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ because of the magical special sauce and spices he blended for his Fritas.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

El Rey de las Fritas not only has an amazing interior but also makes one of the best Cuban-style burgers ๐Ÿ”in Miami!

Full video: https://youtu.be/uCrA6TR513I

We visit @reydelasfritas in our YouTube STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI STYLE video and taste and clinically compare different fritas, a popular #streetfood from Cuba ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ , sold from little #food carts known as Puesto de Fritas.

Not only do we eat a Cuban style #burger (“Frita Original”) from every stop, but we rate each one in a head-to-head burger battle.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Our latest video "STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE" is live on our Youtube channel!

Our latest video "STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE" is live on our Youtube channel! 


In this STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE we taste and clinically compare different fritas, a popular #streetfood from Cuba, sold from little #food carts. Not only do we eat a Cuban style #burger on this tour from every stop, but we rate each one in a head-to-head burger battle. 

Places we visit and have fritas at include: 

1. El Mago de las Fritas: 5828 SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl
2. El Rey de las Fritas 1821 SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl
3. Frita Domino La Original: 936 SW 67th Avenue Miami, FL
4. Luis Galindo's Latin America Cafeteria: 898 Red Road (SW 57th Ave near Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl 

Be sure to watch to the end for the final score of this epic burger battle! 

Our rescue dog, Hudson @hudsonpittienyc comes along with us as we travel around Miami and even shares some fritas with us! 

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chef Henderson "Junior" Biggers has been working at Stephen's Deli since 1957

Chef Henderson "Junior" Biggers has been working at Stephens since 1957 when he was only 20 years old and now sits at the front of the house slicing pastrami and corned beef to order at "Junior's station"!
Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954 and specializes in homemade pastrami which is boiled for 3 1/2 hours and also sells corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup.  It is the oldest operating #Jewishdeli in Miami.

We visit @stephensdeli1954 in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also its exterior and even get a classic NY egg cream!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Churchill’s Pub is often referred to as the CBGB of the south and has been home to more live shows than almost any other venue in the Miami area.

We visited and featured this iconic #divebar on our HAITIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS of MIAMI YouTube video. We go inside and check out its #graffitiart covered walls . 

Full video: https://youtu.be/H47wpw3smgU 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jose Pena and his fruit ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‰ ๐Ÿฅฅ๐Ÿand vegetable ๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒฝ truck which also sells homemade Cuban tamales!

We visited Jose in our MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR YouTube video and not only purchased a bag of 8 limes for only $2 but also learned about a type of tropical winter squash called calabaza (look on bottom left of the truck for it!)

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ 

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954 and specializes in homemade pastrami which is boiled for 3 1/2 hours and also sells corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup.

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

It is the oldest operating #Jewishdeli in Miami. We visit @stephensdeli1954 in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also its exterior and even get a classic NY egg cream! Stephen's Deli • To see more of the interior of this #delicatessen and the special “Junior’s station” where chef Henderson “Junior” Biggers hand slices ๐Ÿ”ช the pastrami, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio and Instagram story).

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Royal Castle was established in 1938 by a William Singer.

This location opened in 1958 when it was one of more than 150 Royal Castles in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana and is now the very last one remaining!

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

We visit this @royalcastlemiami in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also have their classic combo of a burger ๐Ÿ” and fries ๐ŸŸ.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Our latest video "MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCAL'S GUIDE" is live on our Youtube channel!

In our MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE we visit many great neighborhood #food spots which are well known by locals and not overrun with tourists and discover the best pastrami, corned beef, hamburgers, french fries and Cuban #pizza along the way.

We even visit two historic food businesses (not on Miami Beach) which have been operating for over 60 years!

Our rescue dog, Hudson @hudsonpittienyc comes along with us as we travel around #Miami sampling amazing food as only a food insider would.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Photography and video from our visit to Veselka :: Beceะปะบa for 6sqft, including the process of making pierogi from start to finish!

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/pierogis-borscht-and-ukrainian-history-behind-the-scenes-at-east-village-restaurant-veselka/

"21,000 pierogis, 2,500 latkes, and 110 gallons of borscht–that’s how much Veselka is serving up each week. But it’s impossible to quantify how many memories have been made at the famous East Village Ukrainian restaurant, which has been in operation since 1954. Whether it’s grandparents who remember going to what was then a small candy shop and newspaper stand at a time when the East Village was a thriving Eastern European community, or counter-culture icons of the 1970s, or club kids of the ’90s, or the NYU students of today, you can bet that nearly every New Yorker has some story of enjoying a meal at Veselka."