Monday, April 12, 2021

The Coney Island Cyclone opened on Friday for the 2021 season after being closed since October 2019 due to the pandemic.

The Cyclone 🎢 is a world-famous twisting wooden roller coaster, which was built in 1927 for brothers Jack and Irving Rosenthal at a cost of nearly $175,000. The Cyclone has 2 trains that hold 24 passengers each and reaches a speed of 60 miles per hour. 

• To watch our visit to Coney Island on opening day and see exactly how long the #cyclone ride takes check out our full video:

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Pete’s Clam Stop on Surf Avenue next to @williamscandy1, Coney Island, Brooklyn

• To watch our visit to Coney Island on opening day:

Pete’s Clam Stop on Surf Avenue next to @williamscandy1 has some of the best #handpainted signage in Coney Island and we always look forward to when this #momandpopshop opens for the season. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Lung Moon Bakery on Mulberry Street sadly closed in October 2020 after 53 years in business.

This family-owned bakery was best known for its #homemade mooncakes, egg custard tarts and sesame balls with sweet bean filling. 

We will miss this lovely #chinese bakery especially their egg tarts which we often were able to eat while still warm out of the oven!

We visit the best Budget Art Hotel Under $100 Night in Manhattan the Carlton Arms Hotel on E 25th St

Full video: 

Bansky, who stayed at the hotel in 1999 and painted a room and also painted some of the hallways during his stay before he became famous.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In honor of #nationalcaramelpopcornday yesterday, we are highlighting Williams Candy on Surf Avenue in Coney Island.

We absolutely love this family-owned candy shop, which not only sells caramel corn but also specializes in #homemade #candyapples. In a typical summer day, @williamscandy1 sells up to 4,000 candy apples 🍎. 

We took this #film photo in 2001 and it appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. Although the #storefront has since been “modernized” with new #signage, it is still in business and we hope that this summer it will again flourish as starting April 9th, the Coney Island amusement parks will reopen for the first time since October 19, 2019

Monday, April 5, 2021

Sweet Life Café, West Village, NYC

Sweet Life Café on Christopher Street in the West Village was in business for over 25 years and served an amazing and reasonably priced breakfast & lunch menu. 

Sadly on our livestream walk today along Christopher Street to the Hudson River Park with our dog, we discovered that the cafe has sadly permanently closed. We loved this family-owned cafe and remember speaking with the owners John and Dolly when we dined there almost 2 years ago right before Easter . 

• To watch our livestream walk to check in on the state of small businesses in the West Village & subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel, see direct link below & in bio and IG story. •