Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Live video: Mom & pop shops reappear in Seward Park thanks to @jamesandkarla, #uniqloartexpressions, #artintheparks!

Watch the video: https://www.pscp.tv/NYCParks/1vOxwVBlVngJB

Photography from our visit to a beautiful Prospect Park South co-op for 6sqft...

LINK: https://www.6sqft.com/my-1500sqft-creative-couple-amy-and-brian-show-off-their-newly-renovated-prospect-park-south-co-op/

"...this creative couple was able to mix their styles to create a comfortable home that uses clean lines and crisp architectural elements as a backdrop for their more eclectic finds and textures. Amy and Brian recently gave 6sqft a tour of their recently completed two-bedroom apartment and shared how the reno process went, how they mixed their aesthetics, and what it’s like living with two 80+ pound pups."

STORE FRONT I & II Minis spotted from the window over on Broadway in the Flatiron District at Rizzoli New York, just now...

We are excited to announce that we will be having an exhibition of our #storefront photography at The Storefront Project @thestorefrontproject located at 70 Orchard Street NYC from July 25-August 12, 2018.

The opening reception for our “STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York” exhibition will be Wednesday, July 25th 6-9pm.

One of our photos that we will be exhibiting is Mars Bar. This #analog photo was taken in 2005 and appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York". Roy, who passed away in 2010, was a fixture outside of this iconic #divebar and could also be found inside in the morning prepping it for the day. In 2011, this neighborhood bar closed after being in business since 1984 and the whole building was demolished to make way for a luxury apartment building. Today, a shiny glass TD Bank branch stands in its place.

We hope you can join us for our opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ Wednesday, July 25th from 6-9pm @thestorefrontproject 70 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side (located directly across the street from one of our favorite clothing shops @ixneedxmore)!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Coffee Shop, Union Square,NYC

Coffee Shop in Union Square was founded in 1990. It became known not for its #diner food with a Brazilian twist but for its atmosphere and clientele. Sadly due to rising rents and costs associated with having a very large staff, it will be closing in October. We love ❤️its #vintage #neonsign which was installed circa 1960 when the space operated as a Greek Diner. We are not sure what will become of the #neon but hope that it is saved!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. opening celebration at Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC

Karla with Jean-Emmanuel Shein, Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at UNIQLO USA and Jake Dell, third-generation owner of Katz's Delicatessen at "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." official opening celebration inside Seward Park. We can’t thank @uniqlousa enough for partnering with @nycparks to offer the grant making program #UNIQLOParkExpression, which made our public art installation possible. Also huge thanks to @jakedell and @katzsdeli for the inspiration and support as we envisioned and realized this project!

"Looks what's in store" NY Post (print) 07.14.18 by Suzy Weiss

Online link: https://nypost.com/2018/07/13/theres-more-to-this-bodega-than-meets-the-eye/

We hope you can stop by Seward Park today for our official opening party from 1- 3 pm with free pickles from Pickle Guys, free candy from Economy Candy and Hudson. Thank you Veniero's for all your help.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hudson. Over at B&H Dairy Kosher Restaurant, East Village, NYC, just now...

Challah bread (buttered) treat fun over at B&H Dairy Kosher Restaurant from owner "Ola" Aleksandra Abdelwahed, photographer hero David Godlis and K, on 2nd Ave near St Marks, East Village, NYC, just now... (Delicious pancakes eaten over at Abe Lebewohl Park)

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Please join us for our opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ for our art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” on Saturday, July 14th from 1-3 pm inside Seward Park (Essex Street at East Broadway).

We will be talking with everyone about our installation and the inspiration behind it and there will be free pickles at the opening courtesy of @pickleguys and free candy ๐Ÿญ ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿซ courtesy of @economycandy.

• Economy Candy has been in business since 1937 and specializes in hard-to-find chocolates ๐Ÿซ, candies, nuts and dried fruits. When we interviewed the 2nd-generation owner, Jerry Cohen, for our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved" he told us that "we sell mostly old nostalgia-type candy....the inventory is basically everything that I like to eat." This #candyshop is now being run by the third-generation owner Mitch Cohen who has generously donated an assortment of candy for our opening.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Photos from our visit to social media expert and doodle mom Paige Chernick’s studio on the Upper East Side for 6sqft...

LINK: https://www.6sqft.com/my-600sqft-inside-the-upper-east-side-studio-of-two-doodles-and-their-social-media-savvy-momager/

"Paige Chernick’s Upper East Side apartment is immaculate, with everything in its place, no clutter in sight and not even one strand of dog hair. Besides the poufy poodles greeting you at the door, there are no immediate signs that dogs really live here. And then, upon closer examination, you’ll see the basket of plush dog toys in the corner, the framed photos of sister doodles Charlie and Sawyer wearing bathrobes in a tub and the spacious closet reserved just for their stuff.
While you may not be familiar with Paige, who is a Long Island native and social media manager, you probably know her dogs."

Monday, July 9, 2018

Hudson. New "Mom-and-Pops of the LES" signage fun over at Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

Please join us for our opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ for our art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” on Saturday, July 14th from 1-3 pm inside Seward Park (Essex Street at East Broadway). We will be talking with everyone about our installation and the inspiration behind it and there will be free pickles at the opening courtesy of Pickle Guys.

Hudson. Sunday fun over on The Lower East Side, NYC

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Thank you to all who joined us yesterday for our "Mom-and-Pops of the LES" walking tour for Untapped Cities!

We were lucky to be joined by Michelle Miles, owner of Daredevil Tattoo, one of the shops we visited! We can’t thank Michelle and all of our supporters enough.

Dare Devil Tattoo in the Lower East Side was founded by Michelle Myles and Brad Fink in 1997, which is the very same year, the art form of #tatooing was legalized in New York City. @daredeviltattoo was forced after a 50% rent increase to leave their original location on Ludlow Street, (which we photographed in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”). Their new #tattoo shop location on Division Street as seen in this photo, is steps away from Seward Park and also functions as a museum of Tattooing and Tattoo culture.

Sunset over the East Village, NYC, last night...

Friday, July 6, 2018

TODAY we are leading a special guided walkthrough of our art installation "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." for Untapped Cities Insiders @untappedcities.

Guests will get an insider’s peek into the installation process, learn about the inspiration behind creating it, and visit some wonderful local mom-and-pop businesses surrounding the Seward Park. The “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation features near life-sized photographs of neighborhood stores, some that no longer exist, and was created to raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops to the fabric of the community.

One of the places we will be visiting on the walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding Seward Park is REGINA’S, an Italian deli which opened in 2017 that is named for the owner’, Roman Grandinetti’s mother. Roman told us that he wanted everyone to feel like they were in Regina’s kitchen when you enter the store and that you feel like your home. He modeled the interior after the pork shops he went to as a kid growing up in Bensonhurst. The Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นsandwiches they sell are inspired by family members, including Uncle Jimmy, Grandma Lucy, Big Anthony, and Cousin Vinny. Regina’s incorporated the ghost lettering from the previous tenant changing the “SHIRTS” to “REGINA’S”. We absolutely love this #momandpopsles shop and look forward to visiting it tomorrow with our guests.

Please follow our dedicated art installation page @momandpopsles to learn more about our public art installation and its purpose.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

As July 4th ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ is approaching, we wanted to highlight Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters in Greenwich Village.

This store specializes in new and used military surplus, but sadly is closing its West 8th Street location due (according to the manager) to a high rent increase and the fact that foot traffic has declined along the street, which is littered with many empty storefronts. They are currently selling off their inventory for up to 90% off.

Karla & Fernando of Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY over at "Mom-and-Pops of the LES", Seward Park, NYC.

We want to especially thank Fernando Luciano and the entire team at Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY for not only giving us invaluable advice on how to print our near life-size #momandpopsles storefront photos but Unique also fabricated and gorgeously printed them on dibond panels and professionally installed them.

It is especially fitting that Unique Visuals NY did this work for us because they are a small independent business located in Greenwich Village and thereby not only are we helping raise awareness of mom-and-pop stores but also giving back by supporting a local small businesses.

Monday, July 2, 2018

"Mom-and-Pops of the LES" Tour with Untapped Cities Insiders!

We are so excited about our NEW walking tour for Untapped Cities Insiders. We are looking forward to touring one of our favorite neighborhoods and visiting stores new & old and remembering those that are gone. Lots of foodie shops and pretty much everything else. Untapped Cities Insiders is well worth joining! We have had some of our most fascinating tours/explorations of usually off limits sites with them. We hope to see you this Friday deep in the Lower East Side! We will also be visiting our installation in Seward Park of course and will be discussing the process and motives behind the 12 foot x 8 foot x 8 foot structure.

Untapped Cites Insiders link with all the info: https://untappedcities.com/insiders/celebrating-nycs-storefronts-a-discussion-with-james-karla-murray-tom-rinaldi-and-john-donahue/

sleepless heat deep under NYC

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts Curated by James T. & Karla L. Murray

August 1 - October 1, 2018

Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY 10011
Call (212) 243-4334

Opening reception Friday, August 3rd 5-7 pm
Wine & Light Bites Provided

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2018 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the famed duo taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and connected with proprietors through interviews.

Participating Photographers: Rachel Alban, Carol Anastasio, Ianna Angelo, Steve Baird,  Lauren Barack, Sean Basinski, Daniel Berman, Yanis Carreto, Jane Cytryn, Tobi Elkin, Dee Guerreros, Jessica Hibbard, Sujan Hong, David Horowitz, Yin Kong, Karissa Krenz, Sheng Lin, Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen, Jennifer Parra, Charlie Perez-Tlatenchichi, Elise Reid, Fiona Steele, Maria Budtz Sorensen, Francisca Tayag, Bonnie Tse, Jonathan Turner, Mike Ursone, Francisco Vasquez, & Diana Zuluaga

Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan’s Neighborhood Storefronts is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo  and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net Done in partnership with the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, Kaufman’s Army & Navy, East Village Community Coalition, The Village Alliance, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Landmark West!& Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Refreshments provided by Veniero’s & Murray’s Cheese NYC
Exhibition Photographs Generously Printed by Unique Visuals

Over at "Mom-and-Pops of the LES" in Seward Park (Manhattan), NYC with the The Lower East Side Girls Club and PIX11 News.

Hudson lurking...

Hot Sunday, NYC

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Our interview on last night's PIX 11 10 O'Clock news with Greg Mocker!

Thank you @GregMocker for the excellent piece!
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/MockerTV/videos/1991868444170140/?hc_ref=ART5nP9UkGqNi4uIhFSRVIXna_D5aMJ6L9gd2iOaP_3yk8ZlFelQB9VTZpHebOkxqaY

We are very sad ๐Ÿ˜ข to report that this weekend is the last time you can get black & white cookies or any other delicious item from Glaser's Bake Shop​.

Herb Glaser, the 3rd-generation owner is retiring and will close his family’s Upper East Side #bakery on July 1, 2018. Glaser's Bake Shop @glasersbakeshop in Yorkville has been in business since 1902. It was founded by John Glaser, a German immigrant, who originally specialized in baking breads but later on added cookies ๐Ÿช cakes ๐Ÿฐ pies and other sweets. They are known for their delicious black-and-white cookies and their Bavarian pastries and brownies.

• To read more about this bakery’s history and see more photos from our visit with 6sqft​ please go to: https://www.6sqft.com/where-i-work-glasers-german-bakery-has-been-satisfying-yorkvilles-sweet-tooth-for-115-years/

In case you missed our interview on last night's PIX 11 10 O'Clock news with Greg Mocker here is @summerdelaney for PIX11 News' web broadcast:


Photo for us by Destiny Mata

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hudson. Fun with PIX 11's Greg Mocker & Karla over at Seward Park (Manhattan), Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

Tonight on PIX11 News (at around 10:15 pm EST) we will be talking about our new art installation "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." with reporter, Greg Mocker. Greg and his camera man interviewed us inside Seward Park with our rescue dog Hudson.

CAFFE VIVALDI in the West Village was named after the Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Although it opened in 1983, for the past decade it featured live nightly music including jazz and classical or folk. In the mid 1980s it had a significant role along with the radio stations WQXR and WNYC and WNCN in the resurgence of New Yorkers interest in classical music because the owner, Ishrat Ansari, played selections from his vast private collections of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart etc.

Sadly, Caffe Vivaldi @caffevivaldi just recently closed after 35 years in business after a prolonged dispute with their landlord who had tripled their rent. This breaks our heart, because the closure of this space is truly a great loss to the community. That is one of the reasons why we created our new public art installation inside Seward Park, to help raise awareness of the importance of unique small businesses like this one.

vanishing 'mom & pops' stores reappear like ghosts in the middle of a NY park - designboom 06.28.08

LINK: https://www.designboom.com/art/karla-james-murray-mom-pops-storefronts-les-new-york-06-28-2018/

"history never ceases to repeat itself. things that are taken for granted eventually vanish, only to become revered with nostalgia. this public installation entitled ‘mom & pops of the L.E.S.’ exemplifies this cycle. it was the vision of karla and james murray, who have worked as photographers documenting the changing streetscape of new york. over the years, they have created many beautiful books which illustrate iconic city stores sadly going extinct."


Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Lower East Side art exhibit honors beloved mom-and-pop shops" video and interview by @summerdelaney for PIX11 News

LINK for video: https://pix11.com/2018/06/28/lower-east-side-art-exhibit-honors-beloved-mom-and-pop-shops/

"LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — An art installation in a Manhattan park called “Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is raising awareness of the struggles small businesses face as gentrification comes to New York City.
Photographers James and Karla Murray have been documenting New York City storefronts for years. They say local stores are an endangered species in the neighborhood."

Last night we were live on Fox5 News @fox5ny at 6pm with Alison Morris talking about our new “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” #storefront sculptural installation inside Seward Park.

The camera ๐ŸŽฅ team captured B-roll at our installation the previous day and we spoke with Alison @alisonmfox5 inside the Newsroom with our 1/10th scale model in view.

We hope everyone enjoyed the segment and can join us for our opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ for our art installation on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. We will be talking with everyone about our installation and the inspiration behind it and there will be free pickles at the opening courtesy of @pickleguys.

Thank you Madeleine Crenshaw for Gothamist!

LINK: http://gothamist.com/2018/06/27/storefronts_les_photos_installation.php#photo-6

"For over 20 years, the couple has photographed storefronts throughout the five boroughs. Their latest project, however, has brought some of these off the page — "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." is a public art piece now on view at Seward Park..."

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tonight! FOX 5 / Fox5NY.com live studio interview on the 6pm News with Ernie Anastos Wednesday June 27 talking about our installation "Mom-and-Pops of the LES".

The crew was out getting B-Roll in Seward Park, LES on Monday. Channel 5 in NYC...

K & Hudson over at Seward Park being interviewed by 6SqFt, earlier...

6sqft visits our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation at Seward Park and exclusively premiers Michael V. Ursone Films awesome time lapse video of the installation/build!

LINK to watch video and see full article: https://www.6sqft.com/video-see-mom-and-pops-of-the-lower-east-side-sculpture-being-installed-in-seward-park/

6sqft visits our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation at Seward Park and exclusively premiers Michael V. Ursone Films awesome time lapse video of the installation/build!

LINK to watch video and see full article: https://www.6sqft.com/video-see-mom-and-pops-of-the-lower-east-side-sculpture-being-installed-in-seward-park/

"This time-lapse video shows iconic "Storefronts of New York" photographers James and Karla Murray installing their art piece "Mom-and-Pops of the LES" in Seward Park. The installation depicts four nearly life-size photos of Lower East Side business that have mostly disappeared--a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette (the recently lost Cup & Saucer), a deli (Katz’s), and a newsstand (Chung’s Candy & Soda Stand)."

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New York's vanishing mom and pop stores: Gritty photographs show the family-owned neighborhood stalwarts as they battle - and some succumb to - rising rents - DAILY MAIL UK 06.26.18

"*Photographers Karla and James Murray have been documenting New York City's evolution over the years
*The couple have been photographing New York mom and pop storefronts for more than two decades
*They've titled the project Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York City and have published a few books about it
*Now, they have built a wood-frame sculptural installation 'Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.' inside Seward Park
*It shows four near life-size photos of businesses to help raise awareness of their importance in the community"

LINK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5887513/New-Yorks-vanishing-mom-pop-stores-family-owned-neighborhood-stalwarts-battle-rising-rents.html

The Sweet Life on Hester Street just a few steps away from Seward Park (where our #storefront art installation is located) is sadly closing after after 36 years in business.

On a sandwich-board sign outside the candy ๐Ÿญ store we saw “last day 6/25/18 Monday.” There are a few reasons why owner, Gloria Farewell is closing the shop, including a hefty water ๐Ÿ’ฆ bill for $4,000 presented to her by her landlord (although they don’t make any of their candy on premises) and the fact that she herself doesn’t work in the store and that much of her old customer base consisting of Jewish Lower East Side residents have now moved away from the area as it has become increasingly gentrified. The news of Sweet Life’s closure hit us especially hard because the very reason why we just installed our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” sculpture is to help raise awareness of the importance of mom-and-pop shops to the fabric of the community.

Please join us on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm for the opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ for our art installation inside Seward Park. We will be discussing the purpose of our project and the inspiration behind it.

Even though our Kickstarter campaign has ended, if you would like to make a fully tax-deductible contribution to our art installation, please visit our Fractured Atlas project page as “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” Is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501-c-3 public charity. Please see link in bio or visit: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=17417

Monday, June 25, 2018

Photography from our visit to Toby's Estate Brooklyn Coffee Shop for 6sqft...

LINK: https://www.6sqft.com/roast-record-repeat-how-tobys-estate-brews-the-perfect-cup-of-coffee-at-its-brooklyn-cafe-and-roastery/

"When you walk into Toby’s Estate Coffee, the smell of freshly brewed coffee hits you immediately. And thanks to the towering roasting machine in the back of the Williamsburgcoffee shop (which roasts about 50 lbs of coffee at a time), the sweet-bitter aroma really lingers."

Hudson. Jumping and climbing fun over in Greenwich Village, NYC, earlier...

Hudson. Two of our @kickstarter campaign supporters @sissymuffin and her husband Steve visited our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation and received their pledge reward of a signed 11x14 inch #storefront print.

We were not only thrilled to meet them in person but honored that they would make the trip from Saskatoon, Canada. We can’t thank them enough for the love ❤️ and support.

We will be mailing everyone’s Kickstarter rewards out as soon as possible so please respond to the survey we sent so that we have your proper mailing address and also kindly let us know if you are located in NYC and/or will be visiting for our opening celebration as we would be happy to arrange to give them to you in person (like we did for @sissymuffin).

Also, we hope everyone can join us for our official opening celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ at Seward Park on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. Our art installation is located in the southwest corner of the park at the intersection of Essex Street and East Broadway.