Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Julius’, Greenwich Village, NYC

Julius’ located on West 10th Street at Waverly Place is the oldest gay bar in NYC and also one of the city’s oldest continually operating bars. Photo 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights.”

Our friends at the Historic Districts Council @hdcnyc are hosting a symposium at Riverside Church on October 1st titled “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural History” and will be discussing how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks like Julius’ which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site connected to the LBGT community in NYC. •

The conference will be:
Monday, October 1, 2018 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Riverside Church 91 Claremont Avenue (between W. 120 and W. 121 Streets)
General Admission: $15 / Students/Seniors: FREE (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which are often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across the city are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Just this year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District, which the agency describes as “not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.” In recent years, Greenwich Village’s Caffรฉ Cino and Julius’ Bar were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as significant and influential sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City; The New York Times profiled a historian giving tours of Muslim sites of significance in Harlem; and the City is commemorating some of our most storied and accomplished female citizens with the installation of statues in all five boroughs.

To register please visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photography from our visit to Vanleeuwen Ice Cream's new UWS shop for 6sqft...

LINK to full article and photos:

"Ten years ago, with $60,000 on hand and no factory, Laura O’Neill and Pete and Ben Van Leeuwen decided to operate an ice cream truck in New York City. Instead of using gum stabilizers and fillers, they wanted to make their ice cream with all-natural, pure ingredients. The trio, none of whom have a culinary background, started testing ice cream recipes in the kitchen of their shared Brooklyn apartment. Today, Van Leeuwen has grown into a multimillion-dollar, multi-city dessert empire with numerous trucks and brick-and-mortar stores throughout NYC and Los Angeles."

Subway Inn was founded in 1937 and was located near the Lexington Avenue subway ๐Ÿš‹ line entrance by the Bloomingdale's Department Store

After 77 years at its iconic location, it was forced to relocate when a new development was planned for its 1880s building. We just went by the original building and are sad to report that it has been torn down to make way for a new development.

The Salinas family, who owns the #divebar took the original "Subway Inn" #neon sign and re-installed it in 2015 in its new @subwayinn location on Second Avenue by the Roosevelt Island tram. We are happy that they saved this gorgeous #neonsign! Photo above is from 2011 and interview with longtime bartender, Rodney Williams, appears in our book "New York Nights".

Rooftopping, NYC, earlier...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sherman’s Bar-B-Q in Harlem, NYC

Last weekend’s Pig Island ๐Ÿ– Festival in Brooklyn had us thinking of all things pork ๐Ÿทand barbecue so we found our #analog photo from 2004 which appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”. Sherman’s was strictly a take-out only spot but was extremely popular and delicious ( you can even see the flames ๐Ÿ”ฅthrough the window).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Photography from our visit to 102-year-old Orwasher’s Bakery for 6sqft...

Full article:

"There’s a good chance that if you’ve walked into one of Orwasher’s Bakery‘s Manhattan storefronts over the past decade you’ve assumed the 102-year-old business is still family owned. But the original Orwasher family sold it in 2007 to Keith Cohen. The likely confusion comes from Cohen’s dedication to maintaining the mom-and-pop feel of his Upper East and West Side locations, along with the vintage recipes for New York staples such as rye bread, challah, and sourdough."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tribute in Lights, from the East Village, NYC, just now...

The tribute in light installation consists of 88 searchlights creating two vertical columns of light to represent the fallen Twin Towers in remembrance of September 11, 2001. #tributeinlight #september11 #neverforget #tributeinlights #twintowers #worldtradecenter #911memorial

24 Years. Annual anniversary lunch down at @NomWah Tea Parlor, rainy Chinatown, NYC, a little earlier...

14th Street, just now... Moment of Silence for first plane hitting the North Tower.

17 Years... Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day.  Remembering Manny DelValle Jr. from Engine 5  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 Manny had just finished an overnight at Engine 5 in the East Village when the call came in around 8:47 am that a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Engine Company 5 was assigned to team up with another company to walk up 80 floors and stretch the hose line. Manny Delvalle Jr. was carrying the rollup lines of hose and an oxygen tank. The last time Manny was seen, he had stopped on the 10th floor to give a woman oxygen. His unit had made it to the 15th floor when they were called back when the building began to rumble. They looked for Manny but could not find him and after the North Tower fell at 10:28 am, he was reported missing. Manny was 32 years old and had joined the #FDNY in 1994. We remember Manny, who often stood outside the firehouse when the doors were open. The firemen always gave biscuits to our pit rescues Tabasco and Java. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. ๐Ÿ™#september11 #NeverForget #eastvillage #memorial #wtc #worldtradecenter

17 Years...

When we took these photos, we had no idea the significance it would have. Remembering those lives lost or destroyed that awful day. We were married at City Hall 09.11.94.

Monday, September 10, 2018

In honor of the two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which began tonight we are highlighting KATZ'S DELICATESSEN, Katz’s was established in 1888

It's famous for its Jewish deli foods including hot pastrami, corned beef sandwiches, as well as hot dogs ๐ŸŒญ, matzoh ball soup and knishes. A ticket is given upon entering the #Delicatessen which serves as a bill that must be handed in when leaving. Every week, Katz’s @katzsdeli serves on average 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs. Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Coney Island Bialys and Bagels in Brooklyn

This bialy shop was founded by Morris Rosenzweig in 1920 after Morris immigrated from Bialystock, Poland...the city that gave the #bialy its name. The business was strictly wholesale at first, delivering their freshly baked bialys by horse ๐ŸŽ and buggy. The shop added #bagels to its name and menu in the 1970s. When we photographed the shop in 2009 for our book “Store Front II- A History Preserved” we spoke with the 3rd-generation owner, Steve who told us that in their heyday that they were baking a thousand dozen bialys each day but that business had dwindled in recent years to the point where they only sold a few hundred bialys each day.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Barney Greengrass - The Sturgeon King

Barney Greengrass - The Sturgeon King is a third generation family-owned business, which specializes in smoked fish such as sturgeon, ๐ŸŸsalmon, and lox as well as caviar. They also have a restaurant serving all of their smoked fish, pickled items, salads, and fresh bagels and breads. Barney Greengrass founded the store in 1908. If you would like to visit this shop in the next few days, be prepared for a long wait as their busiest time of year is around the holiday of Yom Kippur (which is on September 19th this year). When we spoke with the third-generation owner, Gary for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” he told us that right before Yom Kippur “it’s like a war room in here”.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Coming soon! Photos and interview with our friend Pizza King Paulie Gee over at his new Paulie Gee's Slice Shop, Greenpoint, Brooklyn for 6sqft...

It is delicious!

"This Instagram of Vintage New York Storefronts Is a Nostalgic Fever Dream" SEPT 6, 2018 by ELISE TAYLOR for Vogue

Full article:

 "It’s true that most of their photos could be lumped into the category of “Old New York”—a designation dwellers use to describe previous iterations of this ever-changing city—but the whole point, James and Karla say, is to remind people that these stores are very much here in the present. “We just try to raise awareness of the joys of these little shops,” James says. “We want people to be aware of how important they are to the fabric of the community. And if they shop there—because that’s the key to the stores success, they need customers—you can actively do something to keep them in business.”

Article includes: @Ray'sCandyStore, @scarrspizza, @Regina'sGrocery and more!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we are posting our photo of Shopsin’s inside the Essex Street Market in the Lower East Side as we learned that the founder, Kenny Shopsin passed away

Shopsin’s was founded as a general store in 1973 but morphed into a diner as was known for its huge menu including many strange pancake flavors๐Ÿฅž options including Mac & Cheese pancakes and its infamous customer rules including no tables with more than 4 people dining together and no two people at the same table ordering the same menu item. R.I.P. Kenny Shopsin.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It’s another sweltering evening in NYC with both high heat and humidity so we thought what better way to cool off than have a homemade Italian ice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona

This #Corona, Queens institution was opened by Peter Benfaremo in 1944. When the shop first opened the ice was hand-cranked in tubs and sold only during the summer. Times have changed and now their Italian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นice is made electronically year-round but the same 3 basic ingredients remain constant: sugar, water, and all natural flavoring (including real lemons ๐Ÿ‹ for the most popular flavor, as well as real oranges ๐ŸŠ for the orange flavor and real peanuts ๐Ÿฅœ for the second-most flavor, peanut butter). If you find yourself traveling to the #USOpen to see some tennis ๐ŸŽพ this week, stop by this old-school gem as it is located nearby and cool off but remember that they “Do NOT Mix flavors”. Photo from 2004 and interview with Peter appear in our book “New York Nights.”

Open Hydrant start of September, over in Brooklyn, NYC, just now...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Photography from our visit to a 1100sqft apartment in Bay Ridge Brooklyn for 6sqft...

Full article:

"Bay Ridge may not be on your list of top Brooklyn ‘nabes, and that’s exactly why it’s such a peaceful enclave for those in the know. After living in a cramped West Village apartment, Daniel Saponaro and Kyle Hutchison set four must-haves in a new place to live–a bright and spacious home, green streets, proximity to transit, and great nearby restaurants. They found all of this and more in a beautiful pre-war apartment building on Bay Ridge’s waterfront Shore Road."

Under City Hall, NYC, earlier...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Joel, Blaze and Eric over at Fort Grace Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NYC.

There is a heat advisory in effect through Tuesday, so we are highlighting this little #icecream shop. Fort Grace Local sells homemade ice cream and sorbets for only $3 for 2 scoops. We hope everyone stays cool this holiday weekend!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hudson. Cooling off over at C.O. Bigelow's Dog Fountain, Greenwich Village, earlier...

C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries in Greenwich Village is a lead supporter of our workshop/exhibition "Capturing the Faces & Voices of Manhattan's Neighborhood Storefronts" currently on display through October 1st at the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library. They also are a dog-friendly pharmacy and formulate and flavor custom prescriptions for dogs!

Up above Greenwich Village, NYC, just now...

Friday, August 31, 2018

We hope you can join us for An evening with Karla and James Murray: “Capturing the Faces and Voices of Manhattan Neighborhood Storefronts”

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Date: Thursday, September 27  Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place: Jefferson Market Library (at 6th Avenue and W. 10th Street), first floor Program Room (next to the main reading room – up the stairs to your left as you enter the building).
Accessible entry is on the W. 10th Street side of the library.
Please RSVP as seating will be limited:

Analog photo we took in 2004 of Vasquez Grocery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

These neighborhood guys were relaxing and reading the paper outside the #bodega when we asked if we could take their photo. To us, they totally personified the friendly atmosphere we encountered inside the corner store too. Photo appears in our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York”.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

It is sweltering in NYC so we thought what better way to cool off than have some #pizza ๐Ÿ• for lunch followed by an Italian ice.

Rizzo’s Fine Pizza in Astoria has been in business since 1959 and are known for their “squares” thin and crispy square pizza aka Sicilian style. This #Pizzeria is still owned and operated by the Rizzo family today and even opened a 2nd location in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Sadly they don’t serve homemade Italian ices anymore (this is an #analog photo from 2009)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Dead Horse Bay is a small body of water in Brooklyn...

Dead Horse Bay is a small body of water in Brooklyn that got its name from the horse rendering plants that were on the former Barren Island in Jamaica Bay near the shoreline of Flatlands. In the late 1850s, Barren Island was the site of the largest dump in New York City, fed by barges carrying garbage and animal remains. Factories on Barren Island used the carcasses of dead horses, which were put in large vats and boiled until the fat could be removed, for use in fertilizer, glue, and oils. The bones of the horses were then chopped up and dumped into the water. The last horse ๐ŸŽ rendering factory on the island closed in 1935 and in 1936, the island’s final 400 residents were evicted to make way for the creation of the Belt Parkway. The City continued using the area as a garbage dump until 1953, when the landfill was capped.

To see more of our photos of Dead Horse Bay and read the article “Trash or Treasure” we wrote for @6sqft please visit:

The Tanks at Bushwick Inlet Park for 6sqft.

To see more of our photos from our trip to @thetanksbk please check out the full article: and learn more about the team’s plans to adaptively reuse the decommissioned fuel containers and transform them into performance spaces and greenhouses.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Photography and article from our trip out to Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn, NYC with the The City Reliquary​ for 6sqft​...

Full article:

"There are stories of people who knew the geography of Barren Island really well and then a fog came up in a storm and they got lost and weren’t found for two days because of how the land itself was fragile and volatile to the forces of nature. So when you anchor all of that with a landfill and when you build that landfill badly you pretty much guarantee that everything that was buried there is reasserting itself into the world and has been for decades."

Deep under the Lower East Side, NYC, earlier...

Monday, August 27, 2018

Photography from our visit to THE TANKS at Bushwick Inlet Park for 6sqft...

Full article:

"...the plan is unique in that it plans to adaptively reuse the 10, 50-foot decommissioned fuel containers, transforming them into everything from performance spaces to greenhouses."

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Monk Vintage Store in Greenwich Village

Being fans and collectors of #vintage items including typewriters, cameras ๐Ÿ“ท and assorted clothing, we always love browsing the many shops located in the city. Sadly, this shop on MacDougal Street recently closed but we are happy to report that there are other locations in the East Village and Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Since it is back-to-school time for many students, we are posting Hornstein’s Toys & Cards, which was located on Broadway by 156th Street.

When we took this #analog photo in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” the owner told us that he sold lots of back-to-school supplies including notebooks ๐Ÿ““, pens, and backpacks ๐ŸŽ’ along with toys and gifts. Sadly, stores like this have disappeared from the city as people’s shopping habits have changed, with on line retailers taking much of their business.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Carlos Shoe Repair in East Flatbush, Brooklyn was founded in 1973 by Carlos Benoverebes

The #handpainted #signage and #storefront are original as well as much of the machinery used in this shoe ๐Ÿ‘ž repair business.

When we interviewed Carlos in 2009 for our book “Store Front II-A History Preserved” he told us, “This neighborhood has really changed a lot over the years. It was predominantly Italian and Jewish and was a very nice quiet area. I didn’t even have a gate over my storefront when it was closed. Now it is definitely a rougher neighborhood but I plan to stay here as long as I can.” Sadly when we passed by recently the shop was gone and the building it was located in is undergoing a gut renovation.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hudson. Ball choosing fun, over in Brooklyn, NYC, earlier...


Benash Delicatessen, the last of the three big Theater District Jewish #delicatessens recently closed its doors after 28 years in business

The iconic Carnegie Delicatessen closed after 79 years in business in 2016 and Stage Deli closed after 75 years in business in 2012. Benash closed its doors after failing to pay rent (they owed $850,000 in back rent and real estate taxes). When they initially signed their lease, rent was set at $50,000 a month plus real estate taxes and water bills. In our 20+ years of documenting mom-and-pop stores and restaurants, the most common reason why places close, is due to a high rent increase.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Photography from our visit to SHOP Architects for 6sqft:

Full article:

"The largest collection of WWII-era spotter planes in the world, a massive copper section of the Barclays Center facade, a materials library with hundreds of samples of everything from fabric to flooring–these are just some of the surprises you’ll come across in SHoP Architects‘ offices in the iconic Woolworth Building. The firm’s projects include buildings at mega-developments like the Domino Sugar Factory and Essex Crossing, the twisting American Copper Buildings, and the world’s future tallest residential skyscraper 111 West 57th Street, and their office certainly embodies this creativity and range of work."

In honor of Aretha Franklin’s passing we are highlighting the Apollo Theater in Harlem

When 19-year-old Aretha Franklin first played at the Apollo Theater in 1962, she had yet to become the Queen ๐Ÿ‘‘of Soul but her many later concerts at this venue definitely helped establish her as a musical icon. Photo of the Apollo Theater and text on its history appear in our book “New York Nights”. R.I.P. Aretha Franklin.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hudson. Over at The Storefront Project Gallery, Orchard St. Lower East Side, NYC. FINAL 4 DAYS!

We created these chromatic branded signage collages using over 90 different #storefront signs that we have documented over a twenty year period in New York City.  A signed limited edition 12 x 36 inch print of our chromatic branded signage collage is currently available through @thestorefrontproject Gallery as part of our solo “Store Front” exhibition which is on display through August 19th.

The Storefront Project Gallery is located at 70 Orchard Street (near Grand St) and is open Tuesday-Sunday 1-6 pm. Our Store Front prints and collage are also available through @thestorefrontproject online shop. Larger sizes of the collage are also available upon request.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rainy day over at "Mom-and-Pops of The L.E.S" in Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

You can take home a print of our LES Bodega Superette from The Storefront Project Gallery on 70 Orchard Street near Grand St. Our solo exhibition with over 40 of our "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" photographs are on display through August 19th. The Storefront Project Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-6pm.

#uniqloparkexpressions #artintheparks #momandpopsles

Friday, August 10, 2018

On "The Rundown" with Nadia Neophytou!

Thank you Nadia for such a fun time and the great video running to some of our favorite store fronts in our neighborhood!

Watch the full episode:


"James and Karla Murray have been photographing shopfronts and store signs for over 20 years. I met them at an exhibition of their latest work, "Storefront: The Disappearing Face of New York," which chronicles some of the long-gone shops of New York City. 

I've been following their Instagram for a while now, and so it was great to be able to meet James and Karla -- and their dog, Hudson -- in person. Like James and Karla, I'm saddened by the numerous stores that close down in New York. With each one the city seems to lose more of its character. 

So I went for a run with Karla and Hudson (with camera-shy James not too far behind) as she showed me a few of the mom 'n pops stores still standing in the East Village and the Lower East Side. 

You can find the route here:

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The photos used in this video come from their books "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York", "New York Nights", and "Store Front II - A History Preserved." 

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