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 šŸ¦ƒbecause “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! 

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