Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Our exhibition at The Municipal Art Society of New York opens today!

Open for Business: The Art of the Storefront An Exhibition by James & Karla  

Full exhibition: https://www.mas.org/photo_exhibitions/open-for-business/ 

"The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is pleased to present the latest exhibition in the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery, a collection of photographs capturing some of New York’s most iconic mom & pop shop storefronts in the lead up to Small Business Saturday and the holiday season. From hosiery to work boots, wontons to knishes, small businesses across the five boroughs have continued to open their doors and serve their community throughout this difficult year."



McHale’s, NYC

The other day we walked around the Theater District and sadly saw just how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected not only Broadway theaters but also many small businesses which relied on foot traffic from theater-goers. Our thoughts also went to the long-departed McHale’s which was on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 46th Street for over 60 years. This bar which closed in 2006 to make way for a new condo tower was well known by locals for its affordable beer and great burgers 🍔. We are not sure how many restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, and bars will close in the Theater District 🎭neighborhood in the next year as Broadway will stay dark until at least next Spring but we are sure they will be remembered as is McHales’s.



Monday, November 23, 2020

Casey Rubber Stamps, East Village, NYC

Casey Rubber Stamps on East 11th Street in the East Village sells the most amazing rubber stamps!  

Full video: https://youtu.be/v2vovmtf428 

This small shop @caseysrubberstamps was founded in 1979 by Mr. John Casey and needs your help to survive the Coronavirus pandemic as business is down by 40% as tourist traffic accounted for a good portion of his business and there is basically no more tourists walking and shopping in the neighborhood! 

• In our latest YouTube Video NYC BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS, we visit this historic shop, which sells over 10,000 original stamp designs as well as custom made rubber stamps. We speak with the owner and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire old-school process of making stamps with a negative, plate and mold, sheets of rubber and custom-molded maple wood blocks. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS

In our NYC BEST RUBBER STAMP SHOP: CASEY RUBBER STAMPS, we visit a historic rubber stamp shop in the #EastVillage, which sells over 10,000 original stamp designs as well as custom made rubber stamps. We speak with the owner, John Casey, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire old-school process of making stamps with a negative, plate and mold, sheets of rubber and custom-molded maple wood blocks. Visit Casey Rubber Stamps: 322 East 11th Street New York, NY www.caseyrubberstamps.com

Lucky Strike, SoHo, NYC

Lucky Strike on Grand Street near West Broadway in SoHo sadly closed in April after 30 years in business “due to the impact of COVID-19.” This French-American bistro was opened by restauranteur Keith McNally in 1989 and soon became a popular SoHo hangout for artists and celebrities. We especially loved the buildings’ cast iron facade and rickety old fire escape.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thank you 6sqft for including out STORE FRONT prints in your gift guide!

Full list: https://www.6sqft.com/2020-black-friday-cyber-week-deals.../ 

"You’ve seen the work of photographers James and Karla Murray here on 6sqft, but now you can have one of their well-known “storefront” photos in your own home by picking your favorite mom-and-pop print from past or present times. For Black Friday, they’re offering free shipping to anywhere in the USA with an order of a signed 11″ x 14″ Store Front print for $99 or a signed 8″ x  10″ inch print for $75. Payment is via PayPal or Venmo to Karla-Murray. James and Karla ask, “When ordering, please indicate which storefront print you would like to receive. If you have a special request, please let us know as we have photographed thousands of NYC storefronts over the past 30 years!”



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Our latest video is live! NYC LIFE: WALKING UNION SQUARE TO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

In our NYC LIFE: WALKING UNION SQUARE TO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, we walk at night with our dog Hudson from Union Square in Manhattan along University Place to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how these neighborhoods look during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions.

Jules Bistro, East Village, NYC







Chilly weather in NYC has us reminiscing about warming up over some jazz music at Jules Bistro in the #EastVillage #NYC. Sadly, this French bistro, which was founded by Georges Forgeois in 1993 has closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are sad to see another gem close.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

We are sad to report that Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli on Avenue U in Brooklyn closed after 28 years in business.

This 3rd-generation family-owned delicatessen was known for its delicious kosher hot dogs 🌭 and pastrami sandwiches. We especially loved its top hat 🎩 and bow tie-wearing hot dog mascot! Please let us know if any favorite moms-and-pop storefronts in your neighborhood have closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic or are in danger of closing as we would love to help out by highlighting them on our feed.



Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dan’s Chelsea Guitars, Chelsea, NYC

Dan’s Chelsea Guitars 🎸on West 23rd Street was founded in 1989 but the location operated as a music store since the 1940s. 

We photographed this shop in 2004 and interviewed the owner Dan Courtenay for our book, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. 

We tried to visit its smaller #storefront which seems to be about 1/4 of the size of the original after visiting the Chelsea Flea Market last weekend, but the gates were down and it was locked up tight. We are not sure if it has reopened due to the Coronavirus pandemic so if anybody knows, please let us know!  

In our latest YouTube Video CHELSEA FLEA MARKET: BEST THRIFTING IN NYC, we walk around the Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th Street in with @hudsonpittienyc . 

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

We check out the high-quality antiques, unique vintage items including clothes, vinyl records and jewelry and architectural salvage and other collectibles. This flea market @chelseafleanyc once sprawled over 7 different parking lots in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and was frequented by artists including Andy Warhol, interior and fashion designers. We spotted the famous journalist, Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger, Vogue fashion editor shopping there on Sunday, November 8, 2020 when we filmed the video.



Monday, November 16, 2020

La Taza de Oro, Chelsea, NYC

La Taza de Oro, the amazing Puerto Rican restaurant in Chelsea, was in business from 1946-2015. We miss visiting this old-school gem after browsing through the Chelsea Flea Market. 

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

In our latest YouTube Video CHELSEA FLEA MARKET: BEST THRIFTING IN NYC, we walk around the Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th Street in with @hudsonpittienyc . We check out the high-quality antiques, unique vintage items including clothes, vinyl records and jewelry and architectural salvage and other collectibles. 

This flea market @chelseafleanyc once sprawled over 7 different parking lots in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and was frequented by artists including Andy Warhol, interior and fashion designers. 

We spotted the famous journalist, Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger, Vogue fashion editor shopping there on Sunday, November 8, 2020 when we filmed the video.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Hudson. Leaping fun over at #astorplace, East Village, #NYC, just now...

 


Our latest YouTube video is live! CHELSEA FLEA MARKET: BEST THRIFTING IN NYC

In our CHELSEA FLEA MARKET: BEST THRIFTING IN NYC video, we walk around the Chelsea Flea Market in New York City with our dog Hudson. We check out the high-quality antiques, unique vintage items including clothes, vinyl records and jewelry and architectural salvage and other collectibles. 

This flea market once sprawled over 7 different parking lots in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and was frequented by artists including Andy Warhol, interior and fashion designers. We spotted the famous journalist, Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger, Vogue fashion editor thrifting there on Sunday, November 8, 2020 when we filmed this video. 

Chelsea Flea Market: 29 West 25th Street New York, NY  

Open every Saturday & Sunday 8 AM - 4 PM


Join us for a live chat during our latest video's premiere at 11AM!

Friday, November 13, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a FREE virtual curator talk at the @tompkins_square_library as part of their 4th annual East Village at 6pm on Monday, December 7th

• In this online discussion, James and Karla will discuss and show the work created by the participants of their 2020 Mom and Pop Storefronts workshop. The particpants' artwork will also be displayed at the Tompkins Square Library from December 1-30th, 2020. 

Tompkins Square Library is located at 331 East 10th Street near Avenue B in the East Village and is open for Grab & Go Service Monday-Saturday. Call (212) 228-4747 for hours/details. 

• Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers/artists, as they display their work from a free virtual 2020 workshop with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In partnership with the East Village Community Coalition, James & Karla taught participants how to use photography/art and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs and artwork of neighborhood storefronts and to connect with the proprietors through personal interviews.   

To join this online event, please register using this link:  https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/12/07/online-curator-talk-karla-and-james-murray



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Our latest video is live! NYC LIFE: WALKING EAST VILLAGE ALPHABET CITY OUTDOOR DINING & VINTAGE

In our NYC LIFE: WALKING EAST VILLAGE ALPHABET CITY OUTDOOR DINING & VINTAGE, we walk along East 14th Street, Avenue B and Avenue A and some neighboring side streets with our dog Hudson during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out some flea markets & vintage shops.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Malko Karkanni Bros., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Malko Karkanni Bros. on Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn is a family-owned Middle Eastern food shop which sells nuts, candy, imported oils & syrups as well as many other unique goods. 

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

In our NYC LIFE: WALKING BROOKLYN HEIGHTS & COBBLE HILL ATLANTIC AVENUE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK OUTDOOR DINING, we walk with our dog Hudson along Atlantic Avenue in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill neighborhoods during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out Malko Karkanni Bros. and get some delicious roasted pistachios.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Montero’s Bar & Grill, Brooklyn

Montero’s Bar & Grill on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights was founded in Joseph & Pilar Montero as a seafarer’s bar in 1945. 
Full video: https://youtu.be/-TWyKqRICVk  
In our NYC LIFE: WALKING BROOKLYN HEIGHTS & COBBLE HILL ATLANTIC AVENUE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK OUTDOOR DINING, we walk with our dog Hudson along Atlantic Avenue in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill neighborhoods during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out the historic Montero’s and its incredible overhanging vintage #neon sign.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Our new video is live! NYC CELEBRATES IN WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK AFTER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

In our NYC CELEBRATES IN WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK AFTER 2020 ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED video, we walk with our dog Hudson to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to see the celebrations in New York City happening at this historic park after the 2020 Presidential Election results were announced with Joe Biden as the winner on November 7, 2020. 

Washington Square Park covers 9.75-acre (39,500 m2) in Manhattan and is one of the best known of New York City's public parks. Not only is an an icon of #NYC but it is also is a popular meeting place and center for cultural activity.The park's open space is dominated by the Washington Square Arch and the park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists.  #GreenwichVillage #Election2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC LIFE: WALKING BROOKLYN HEIGHTS & COBBLE HILL ATLANTIC AVENUE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK OUTDOOR DINING

In our NYC LIFE: WALKING BROOKLYN HEIGHTS & COBBLE HILL ATLANTIC AVENUE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK OUTDOOR DINING, we walk with our dog Hudson along Atlantic Avenue in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill neighborhoods during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out many Middle Eastern specialty stores.

Friday, November 6, 2020

58 Arrested.

Our latest YouTube video is live!  

Full video: https://youtu.be/cIEe0BhBbQQ

In our #NYCPROTESTS FOR CHANGE: PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION NEAR UNION SQUARE TURNED INTO CLASHES WITH POLICE we watch as the peaceful protest for change on East 14th Street near Union Square in New York City on November 4, 2020, turned into clashes between protesters and police, leading to 58 arrests. Police used the tactic known as kettling to contain the protesters and keep them on the sidewalks versus the streets. 

Filmed on November 4, 2020 in New York



Thursday, November 5, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC PROTEST FOR CHANGE: PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION NEAR UNION SQUARE TURNED INTO CLASHES WITH POLICE

In our NYC PROTEST FOR CHANGE: PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION NEAR UNION SQUARE TURNED INTO CLASHES WITH POLICE we watch as the peaceful protest for change on East 14th Street near Union Square in New York City on November 4, 2020, turned into clashes between protesters and police, leading to 58 arrests. Police used the tactic known as kettling to contain the protesters and keep them on the sidewalks versus the streets. Filmed on November 4, 2020 in New York


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live!NYC WALKING TO TIMES SQUARE NEW YORK

In our NYC WALKING TO TIMES SQUARE NEW YORK, we walk along 7th Avenue from 57th Street Street to Times Square and 42nd Street with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how Times Square, the Theater district and the Midtown West neighborhoods looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and people gathering around the Times Square area.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Did you know that New York City has its own “Milky Way” in Brooklyn!

While the City is not known as a great place for star ⭐️ gazing because of all the light pollution in the sky, you can glimpse The Milky Way right on Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn and even get a quart of milk 🥛 and some frozen food in the process.



Monday, November 2, 2020

We are excited to share that you we were guests on the Art Insiders New York Podcast hosted by Anders Holst.

You can listen to both James and Karla (and Hudson) on the hour-long podcast "The Disappearing Face of New York". 

Full interview: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-d6ekx-f0e2d5 

"THE DISAPPEARING FACE OF NEW YORK - Interview with James and Karla Murray October 30, 2020 James and Karla Murray are not only husband-and-wife but also prolific architectural and interior design photographers whose critically acclaimed books include Store Front: The Disappearing Face New York, New York Nights, Store Front II- A History Preserved and Broken Windows-Graffiti NYC.  

Their important mission is to document the disappearance of the Mom and Pop economy, often the backbone of the New York's cityscape standing in sharp contrast to the city's rapidly evolving corporate facade.  

Their photographs have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, London Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Daily News, New York Magazine and The New Yorker 

You can follow them on YouTube where they have published some 90 episodes of verité-style neighborhood exploration around New York City from their unique perspective."



Sunday, November 1, 2020

Our latest Youtube video is live! NOTE This video is NOT sideways! COVID-19 HALLOWEEN NYC: GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK

 In our COVID-19 HALLOWEEN NYC: GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK video, we walk with our dog Hudson, from the East Village to the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade route along 6th Avenue from Canal Street to 14th Street/ Union Square. The annual #Halloween Parade in #NYC was cancelled this year due to the #Coronavirus pandemic. 


Friday, October 30, 2020

Our new video is live! Walk with Hudson up on the Manhattan Bridge.

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

In our BEST FREE NYC VIEWS: WALKING MANHATTAN BRIDGE FROM BROOKLYN TO MANHATTAN we walk with our dog Hudson, the entire length of the beautiful Manhattan Bridge over the East River of Manhattan in New York. We stop along the way to see architectural details of the suspension bridge itself and to take in the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn skyline. It is totally FREE to cross the Manhattan Bridge on foot, bicycle or by car!



Thursday, October 29, 2020

Our new video is live! BEST FREE NYC VIEWS: WALKING MANHATTAN BRIDGE FROM BROOKLYN TO MANHATTAN

In our BEST FREE NYC VIEWS: WALKING MANHATTAN BRIDGE FROM BROOKLYN TO MANHATTAN we walk with our dog Hudson, the entire length of the beautiful Manhattan Bridge over the East River of Manhattan in New York. We stop along the way to see architectural details of the suspension bridge itself and to take in the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn skyline. It is totally FREE to cross the Manhattan Bridge on foot, bicycle or by car!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Astor Place Hairstylists, Greenwich Village, NYC

It is with heavy hearts that we are sharing the news that Astor Place Hairstylists 💈✂️has announced that they will be forced to close at the end of November due to a huge (90%) drop in business since they reopened after the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown of all hair salons. Our friend @newyorknico shared that “barring a miracle, this basement level hair salon for both men and women will end its 73-year run of Astor Place by Broadway. Both James and I have gotten hair cuts 💇💇‍♀️ multiple times at @astorplacehairstylists over the 30+ years we have lived in the neighborhood and hope this small business can be saved!





Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mooncake Foods, SoHo, NYC

We are sad to announce that Mooncake Foods on Sixth Avenue at Watts Street in SoHo has appeared to have permanently closed with a for rent sign now hanging in its window. This colorful diner was known for its dumplings 🥟and spicy noodles and other Asian fusion food.




Kiki's, Lower East Side, NYC

Kiki’s on the corner of Division and Orchard Streets in the Lower East Side has been serving affordable but delicious Greek food since 2015. We love that it kept the original #signage from when the #storefront was a printing business. 

•Full video: https://youtu.be/tjA8JItUxc0 

In our NYC NOT DEAD: LOWER EAST SIDE WALK OF OUTDOOR DINING & SHOPS, YouTube video, we walk along Ludlow and Orchard Streets and some neighboring side streets including Division, Stanton, Clinton, and Rivington Streets with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including @kikis_nyc and check out some boutiques and small galleries. 

• Please watch our JamesandKarla YouTube video and HELP SUPPORT our channel by SUBSCRIBING so we can continue highlighting small unique shops & interesting places in NYC.



Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hudson. Box of 45s. Our new YouTube video is live!


In our NYC NOT DEAD : LOWER EAST SIDE WALK OF OUTDOOR DINING & SHOPS, we walk along Ludlow and Orchard Streets and some neighboring side streets including Division and Rivington Streets with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out some boutiques and small galleries.



Saturday, October 24, 2020

White Horse Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village has been in business since 1880 and operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition. It is located in one of the few wood frame structures remaining in New York City and has much of its original interior. 

• Full video: https://youtu.be/5V-Al6QraI4 

In our GREENWICH VILLAGE SURVIVORS: NYC SPEAKEASY WALKING TOUR we walk the quaint streets of Greenwich Village to check in on five former speakeasy locations which are struggling to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown and talk about the history of each one including @whitehorsetavern1880 . 




Thursday, October 22, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! GREENWICH VILLAGE HISTORIC SURVIVORS: NYC SPEAKEASY WALKING TOUR DURING COVID-19

 In our GREENWICH VILLAGE SURVIVORS: NYC SPEAKEASY WALKING TOUR we walk the quaint streets of Greenwich Village to check in on five former speakeasy locations which are struggling to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown and talk about the history of each one.

Turkey’s Nest Tavern, Brooklyn

Turkey’s Nest Tavern on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn is one of the oldest #divebars in Brooklyn. In our latest YouTube video we walk around both Bedford Avenue and Berry Street and some surrounding side streets with our dog Hudson and check out all the outdoor dining spots and vintage shops & street vendors. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/-4wn8wv64Gw 

When we spoke with the 2nd-generation owner Steve he told us that his father named the bar Turkey’s Nest 🦃because “Turkey” was a word that he always used when introducing someone and it just stuck. Photo from 2009 and full interview with Steve appear in our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved”.



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Milly’s Mini Market, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC

Milly’s Mini Market in South Williamsburg has a vintage Coca-Cola privilege sign bearing the name of the owner’s, Paula Lopez’s daughter, Milly. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/-4wn8wv64Gw 

This business is a true immigrant success story as Paula came to Brooklyn from Peru and although she had to leave her daughter behind, she eventually through the success of her small bodega saved enough money to reunite her family. 

• In our latest YouTube video we walk around both Bedford Avenue and Berry Street and some surrounding side streets with our dog Hudson and check out all the outdoor dining spots and vintage shops & street vendors.



Sunday, October 18, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC LIFE: WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN - VINTAGE & OUTDOOR DINING

In our NYC LIFE: WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN - VINTAGE & OUTDOOR DINING we walk along Bedford Avenue & Berry Streets with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near the Williamsburg Bridge looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and check out many vintage shops and flea markets set up along the street.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED our "SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC" A documentary about Palomba Academy of Music

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED our "SAVING A HISTORIC NEON SIGN IN NYC" A documentary about Palomba Academy of Music and our efforts to save its historic neon sign after COVID forced the family shop to close!!! 

We can’t thank all of our generous supporters enough for helping successfully fund our Kickstarter documentary project. 

We will be sharing stills from our film and give you updates on our progress in the coming weeks. 

We will also be sending everyone surveys asking them details about the rewards including if you pledged for a storefront print which print you would like to receive and if you ordered a copy of our Store Front Mini edition book, whether you would like to receive our first “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” Mini edition hardcover book or our “Store Front II- A History Preserved” book.

Again, we can’t thank you enough for your love and support and hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Sending our love from a rainy NYC, Karla and James and Hudson 

(Photo thanks to NEWYORKNICO)



Queens Comfort, Queens, NY

We were saddened to hear the news on @queenscomfort IG feed that this amazing brunch spot on 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens just permanently closed after over 9 years in business due to “the financial strain of operating with limited outdoor dining” due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Owner, Donald D’Alessio is looking for a new space to reopen in the future but in the meantime you can still support by donating to their GoFundMe page which can be easily found as a direct link in their bio. We will miss his chick n’ waffles and definitely hope that he brings the “Home Sweet Home” neon with him when he reopens! 

#homesweethome #astoria #shopsmall #astoriaqueens #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #storefront #supportsmall #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocal #supportlocalbusiness #brunch #brunchtime #waffles #pancakes



Friday, October 16, 2020

The Famous Cozy Soup ‘N’ Burger, Greenwich Village, NYC

The Famous Cozy Soup ‘N’ Burger 🍔 on Broadway near 8th Street in Greenwich Village has been in business since 1972 and the menu has stayed pretty much the same except for the addition of some health-conscious items. Sadly our friend @newyorknico told us that this family-owned diner is struggling to survive the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown despite having a dedicated outdoor dining area. Our night photo of @thefamouscozysoupnburger with its neon sign aglow is from 2009 & appears in our book “New York Nights” along with a preface written by @newyorknico ‘s father @thedailyheller

• WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to help save another historic neon sign at the family-owned NYC music school/shop, Palomba Academy of Music, which was forced to close after 64 years in business due to the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown. We are currently filming a documentary about Palomba Academy of Music and our efforts to save its historic neon sign. 

• To find out more about our Kickstarter campaign (which ends in less than 23 hours) to help save the iconic neon sign and the great rewards you can receive for backing our project including signed copies of our NEW YORK NIGHTS & STORE FRONT Mini books  & prints, please visit the link below or direct link in story & our bio. Every $1 helps!: http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! WILD THUNDERSTORM & LIGHTNING OVER NYC

In our WILD THUNDERSTORM & LIGHTNING OVER NYC, we film from our studio in the East Village the incredible evening #thunderstorm with heavy #rain and multiple lightning strikes over downtown Manhattan, New York. 

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

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Thank you to our friend Wally Koval of the wildly popular Accidently Wes Anderson Instagram account for including our Kickstarter campaign about our efforts to save the historic neon sign at Palomba Academy of Music in NYC forced to close after 64 years

We can’t thank our friend, Wally Koval of the wildly popular AWA Instagram account  Accidentally Wes Anderson, enough for including our Kickstarter campaign about our efforts to save the historic neon sign at Palomba Academy of Music in NYC , which was forced to close after 64 years in business due to the Coronavirus lockdown, in their latest AWA newsletter. 

We really appreciate the love and support! To find out more about our Kickstarter which ends in less than 31 hours and to see the rewards you can get for supporting our documentary: http://kck.st/33J4CRY

From AWA: "Founded by the Palomba family in the 1950s, the Palomba Academy of Music has been serving and enriching the Williamsbridge community in the Bronx borough of New York City for more than 64 years.  In addition to being an instrumental influence in their community, the Academy is also known for their historic 25 foot two-color neon signage designed in 1956 by Milton Grauer of the famous Grauer Sign Co. Unfortunately, like many other small businesses, this family run beacon of musical creativity was forced to shut their doors this year. 

But as a small glimmer of a silver lining, the ever amazing New York photographers & budding preservationists, James & Karla Murray have taken it upon themselves to save a piece of this historic neon symbol.  A Bronx Native herself, Karla had many fond memories of Palomba Academy of Music - even getting her first keyboard from the neighborhood institution. 

In 2010, she and James interviewed the second-generation owner, Michael Palomba and photographed the music school & store for their book "Store Front II - A History Preserved" (Disclaimer: We bought their book...and it's super good) Michael let them in on how he inherited the store from his father when he was only 19 years old. He enjoyed being able to teach students not just about music, but about how important the art was to his life. Throughout his time at the shop, Michael truly embedded himself and the shop into the community by providing free lessons to neighborhood kids who were not able to afford them, and holding regular free concerts & recitals.  

Karla & James, in tandem with the iconic NYC neon shop 'Let There Be Neon', are planning to gently remove the porcelain enameled panels from the facade of the building and carefully transport the sign to its new home at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio - the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States.  As they move through the process and the 675 mile journey from the Bronx to Cincinnati they will be filming & compiling what is sure to be a compelling documentary. To make this all a reality, they started a Kickstarter campaign which they have already exceeded their goal. If you would like to be a part of neon history, you can take a peek here! And either way, make sure to take a peek at the other amazing places that they document on their IG every day!"




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NEW LIMITED EDITION STRETCH GOAL ADDED

 First pressing Clear 12 inch Vinyl of J DILLA “Give Them What They Want” sealed in original plastic with bar code on back and J Dilla sticker on front plastic. 

Album cover photo by James and Karla Murray from “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. 

LIMITED TO 2 COPIES and includes an  8 x 10 inch Jay Dee Bakery print. Printed on Kodak Professional Endura Luster paper and signed by us. 

• We 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.  

• To hear more about our Kickstarter campaign (which ends in less than 2 days) and the rewards you can receive if you back our project including copies of our STORE FRONT books and signed prints, please visit our link below or in bio and IG story: http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Frank’s Sport Shop in the Bronx has been in business since 1922

Frank’s Sport Shop in the Bronx has been in business since 1922 & has an amazing #neon sign which was installed in 1949. 

Frank’s Sport Shop, a family-owned small business, has recently been in the news because Nike corporation sent an email to the 2nd-generation owner, Moe Stein of its decision to exit a partnership dating back 5 decades as it “no longer aligns with our distribution policy”. 

Although @frankssports is NOT in danger of closing despite the slap in the face by Nike, there is a petition you can sign at Change.org to tell Nike that if they abandon small local businesses, we will abandon them.

• WE ALSO NEED YOUR SUPPORT to SAVE another 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. (Swipe left for 2nd photo of Palomba’s #storefront and neon sign). 

• We 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. 

• To hear more about our Kickstarter campaign (which ends in less than 3 days) and the rewards you can receive if you back our project including copies of our STORE FRONT books and signed prints, please visit our link below or in bio and IG story: http://kck.st/33J4CRY




Saturday, October 10, 2020

Russ & Daughters Appetizers on East Houston Street in the Lower East Side, NYC

Russ & Daughters Appetizers on East Houston Street in the Lower East Side has one of our favorite #neon signs in all of NYC as it not only has gorgeous channel letters in two different colors but the store’s name is also flanked by two neon whitefish in a downward dog pose. 

Although the shop itself dates back to 1914, the #neonsign was installed in 1951 and was refurbished by @lettherebeneon in 2008. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/8SfiCEoyeBA

• In our latest YouTube video, NYC BEST HISTORIC NEON SIGNS & STOREFRONTS OF NEW YORK we walk along the streets of New York to show you four of our favorite historic neon signs and storefronts including @russanddaughters We speak about the interesting history of each shop and its neon sign and the "story" behind the storefront. 

• To hear more about our favorite neon signs in NYC, please watch and SUBSCRIBE to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel. Direct link in our IG story.



Friday, October 9, 2020

NEW KICKSTARTER STRETCH GOAL Reward of our OVERSIZE HARDCOVER edition with dust jacket of our “STORE FRONT II- A HISTORY PRESERVED“ First Edition book signed by us (James & Karla Murray).

PLEASE NOTE that this oversize hardcover edition which weighs 7 lbs and measures 11.8 x 13.1 inches is currently out of print and no longer available in the USA. 

Only 2 copies are available and 1 has already been pledged so only 1 more available!  

We do have signed copies of both our “Store Front II” Mini edition available as well as signed copies of “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” available as rewards. If you want an oversize hardcover we also have first edition signed copies  of our “New York Nights” book as a reward tier.  

For more info about our documentary about the Palomba Academy of Music and our efforts to save its historic neon signs and to help support:  http://kck.st/33J4CRY   

Any additional funds raised in the campaign will help pay for the costs of filming, editing and producing our documentary so that future generations can appreciate the historical significance of the neon signage, the family-owned music store, and its contribution to the community.  We will also use funds to purchase a wireless mic system to further improve the audio quality of our documentary as we are currently interviewing acclaimed musicians who have bought instruments and taken lessons at the Palomba Academy of Music.



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Our new YouTube video is live! In our NYC BEST HISTORIC NEON SIGNS & STOREFRONTS OF NEW YORK we walk along the streets of New York to show you four of our favorite historic neon signs and storefronts.

We speak about the interesting history of each shop and its neon sign and the "story" behind the storefront. We also speak about our efforts to save the historic neon sign at the Palomba Academy of Music, which was forced to close after 64 years in business due to the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown. 

To find out more about our Kickstarter campaign to help save the iconic neon sign and the rewards you can receive for backing our project, please visit the link: http://kck.st/33J4CRY 

Please note that we originally recorded this conversation as presenters for the Neon Speaks Festival 2020 on September 27, 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 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

Monday, October 5, 2020

Peter McManus Cafe in Chelsea needs your help

Peter McManus Cafe in Chelsea needs your help as it is struggling to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic as this historic family-owned Irish ☘️ bar DOES NOT own the building they are located in! 

Full video: https://youtu.be/DVJsifgL-1U 

• In our NYC SURVIVORS: CHELSEA'S McMANUS CAFE REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK YouTube video, we go inside @mcmanusnyc to see its historic 1936 interior including its custom-made wooden bar, wood phone booths, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. • 

Please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel if you are new to it, so we can continue highlighting unique small businesses in NYC as they need your support more than ever. 

ALSO Please help support Peter McManus Cafe by visiting it during its limited indoor seating and outdoor dining hours at 152 7th Avenue at corner of 19th Street or if you are not in NYC, you can support them by purchasing merchandise/gift certificates.



Sunday, October 4, 2020

Our new YouTube video is live! NYC SURVIVORS: CHELSEA'S McMANUS CAFE REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK

In our NYC SURVIVORS: CHELSEA'S McMANUS CAFE REOPENING DURING COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING NEW YORK, we walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC along 7th & 8th Avenues and West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to see how vibrant this area looks during the reopening of New York City with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including the family-owned Irish bar, Peter McManus Cafe, which is struggling to survive during COVID-19.  We go inside Peter McManus to see its historic 1936 interior including its custom-made wooden bar, wood phone booths, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. 

Please help support Peter McManus Cafe by visiting it during its limited indoor seating and outdoor dining hours at: Peter McManus Cafe: 152 7th Avenue at corner of 19th Street New York, NY  or if you are not in NYC, you can support them by purchasing merchandise and or a gift certificate at: https://www.mcmanus.nyc/ 

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, October 3, 2020

MINETTA TAVERN on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village was established in 1937 and was named after the Minetta Brook, a small stream that ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. 

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

The original owner, Eddie Sieveri became known as Eddie Minetta because he owned the restaurant for so many years. @minettatavernny became a famous dining spot for beatniks, celebrities and literary luminaries including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’ Neill, E.E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas and Joe Gould. 

• In our NYC NOT DEAD: GREENWICH VILLAGE REOPENS DURING COVID-19 NEW YORK we walk along MacDougal Street and Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near New York University (NYU) looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and although the tavern was not open when we filmed our video, they are reopening with both indoor and outdoor dining on October 5th! • 

Please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel if you are new to it, so we can continue highlighting unique small businesses in NYC as they need your support more than ever.



Friday, October 2, 2020

Our Kickstarter campaign to help save the historic neon sign at Palomba Academy of Music in the Bronx was featured as the cover article in the Bronx Times & Bronx Times Reporter

We are excited that our Kickstarter campaign to help save the historic neon sign at Palomba Academy of Music in the Bronx was featured as the cover article in the Bronx Times & Bronx Times Reporter this week. We can't thank the Bronx Times enough for helping us raise awareness of the importance of saving this 64 year-old sign from the family-owned music school and shop on Gun Hill Road. 

To learn more and help support:  http://kck.st/33J4CRY



Thursday, October 1, 2020

Our new YouTube video is live! NYC NOT DEAD: WALKING GREENWICH VILLAGE DURING COVID-19 REOPENING IN NEW YORK

In our NYC NOT DEAD: WALKING GREENWICH VILLAGE DURING COVID-19 REOPENING IN NEW YORK we walk along MacDougal Street and Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near New York University (NYU) looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. 

We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating including the Monte's Trattoria, Denino's, Caffe Reggio, Pommes Frites, Berlin Doner, Caffe Dante, Abigail's Kitchen, Lola Taverna,The Dutch, Junzi Kitchen and Senza Gluten. 

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 30, 2020

Hudson. Out and about with Karla and PIX 11's Greg Mocker, East Village, NYC...

Thank you Greg! 

Full video that aired on 10 PM news: https://www.pix11.com/news/local-news/neighbors-rally-around-neon-signs-in-nyc

Watch for us tonight on Pix11 News at around 10:15PM talking about our Kickstarter campaign to save the historic NYC Palomba Academy of Music's gorgeous 25 foot neon sign. 

To help support our efforts to save the neon sign: http://kck.st/33J4CRY





Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fedora, West Village, NYC

Sadly, the decades-old restaurant Fedora in the West Village has permanently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Fedora was originally founded as an Italian restaurant by Fedora Dorato and was in business from 1952 to 2010. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/-_Vl8bgD_9w 

We originally photographed Fedora in 2009 for our book "New York Nights" and also spoke with Fedora Dorato’s son, Charles about the history of the space. He told us that “Fedora’s became well known in the neighborhood because my parents were willing to serve same sex couples whereas many restaurants in the city did not serve gay men.” Fedora did all the cooking as well as ran the day-to-day operations of the restaurant until July 2010 when she retired at 90 years old.” 

• In recent years, the restaurant had been renovated and under the ownership of restauranteur Gabriel Stulman, but we loved its neon sign which was recreated to match the older original sign. 

• To see and hear more about @fedoranyc, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel so that YouTube can recommend our channel to others so we can continue highlighting unique small businesses which are struggling to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic!



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Our latest YouTube video is live! NYC NOT DEAD: NY DOSA MAN REOPENS DURING COVID-19 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK

In our NYC NOT DEAD: NY DOSA MAN REOPENS DURING COVID-19 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK we visit Thiru Kumar aka the NYC Dosa Man who owns the oldest #vegan food cart in New York City. 

We watch Kumar, the street food legend, prepare his dosas made of rice and lentils and stuffed with potatoes, vegetables, and spicy sauces in Washington Square Park. 

We also walk along West 4th Street in Greenwich Village   with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in #NYC to see how vibrant this neighborhood near NYU looks during the reopening of New York with outdoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions. We see many restaurants, cafes and bars open with outdoor seating and also stop inside Hamlet’s Vintage on West 4th Street to check out their amazing selection of hand-selected vintage pieces.  

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 PSUPPORTERS: 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 Society for Commercial Archeology!


 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Benito One on Mulberry Street in Little Italy 🇮🇹 has been in business since 1968.

It is owned by brothers Nick and James Bari (photo of James) and they have had the same chef for close to 30 years, serving classic Italian dishes 🍝in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. 

To see more of the stark comparison between The Feast 2020 and 2019, please watch: https://youtu.be/mG4bla6w_W0 

In our NYC FEAST of SAN GENNARO FOOD TOUR 2020 During COVID-19 vs 2019, we take a walk and food tour comparison along Mulberry Street in mid-September during the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy of Manhattan, directly comparing what it looked like in 2019 vs what it looked like in 2020 when most of the festivities including street food vendors, rides and games were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The restaurants lining Mulberry Streets are still open with outdoor dining until 11PM during the #Coronavirus lockdown in NYC, including @benito1nyc but the streets are largely empty. • The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest and most popular street food fair in New York City and this annual event which runs for 11 days in September along Mulberry Street Between Canal and Houston Streets usually brings in one million tourists and New Yorkers to Little Italy. 

The #Feast dates back to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19th Feast observed back home in Italy.