Monday, May 22, 2017

Good Food Grocery Store in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

There are so many things that we love about this #storefront including the missing letter "D" from the #signage, the #handpainted portion of the #sign, the bubble gum machines outside and even the pay phone. Analog photo from 2005 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

@vanleeuwenicecream was started in the Spring of 2008 out of an #icecream truck. They make all of their ice cream 🍦 from scratch in #Greenpoint out of fresh milk 🍼 and cream, cane sugar, pure cocoa butter and organic carob bean. They also make #vegan ice cream flavors. We not only love cooling off with their delicious ice cream but also are fans of their #neonsign!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We are happy to announce that we will be speaking at the Village Alliance 24th Annual Meeting

The Village Alliance 24th Annual Meeting

New York Studio School
8 West 8th Street
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:30pm to 6:30pm

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: James & Karla Murray are East Village based professional photographers and authors who are documenting the disappearing store fronts "mom & pop" businesses across New York City.  They have published several critically acclaimed books including Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.
In 2015 James and Karla were awarded the Regina Kellerman Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.

REGISTRATION: Event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP to Will Lewis at the Village Alliance by email or calling 212-777-2173, stating whether you are -  -A Business Owner -Commercial Property Owner -Resident Please note that in order to be eligible to vote you must be a member of the Village Alliance Business Improvement District AND confirm your attendance no later than 6pm on Monday June, 19.  Non members and the public are welcome to the meeting but will not have voting rights.

Emey's Bike Shop, Gramercy, NYC

Emey's Bike Shop in the Gramercy neighborhood has a facade made of zinc, which dates back to around 1900. The former owner of this #bicycle 🚴 shop told us that Time Magazine's initial headquarters were once located at this address. Photo from 2003 appears in our book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York". #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TONIGHT! Come join Hudson and us Over at Exit9 Gift Emporium

Talk about the history of Lower East Side storefronts and how to raise awareness through photography.

Exit 9 is on Ave A by 4th Street. Tuesday May 16th, 7-9pm

Hudson will be on hand to "pawsonalize" copies with his ink pad.

#storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork #LESHistorymonth #LES

Monday, May 15, 2017

The new Kosciuszko Bridge LED light show to celebrate Mother's Day, NYC, last night

The new Kosciuszko Bridge is the first major new bridge built in the city since 1964. The old bridge still sits in the foreground.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hudson. Over at Exit9 Gift Emporium. Come join Hudson and us and hear about the history of Lower Eastside storefronts and how we raise awareness through photography.

Exit 9 is on Ave A by 4th Street. Tuesday, May 16th, 7-9pm Hudson will be "pawsonalizing" copies of the book with our ink pad! #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork #LESmonth

CBGB opened in 1973 and closed in 2006 when it lost its lease.

CBGB became known as the birthplace of American punk rock, giving groups such as Television, The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie their start. 🎶

Photo from 2005 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Limited edition prints of CBGB now available through @lot180 Gallery.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Olden Camera, Midtown, NYC

Olden Camera in Midtown closed a number of years ago but we always wondered what happened to its beautiful #vintage #neonsign. As huge #analog camera fans as well as #typography lovers we would have loved to have saved it! Although realistically it would never have fit into our East Village studio. Photo from 2004 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York". #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Love Shine on 6th Street in the East Village, NYC

Love Shine on 6th Street in the East Village was recently forced to close after 20 years in business due to a rent increase. They were known for their special handmade bags, accessories and gifts. Luckily the owner, Mark Seamon, is keeping the business alive via their online shop and also hopes to maintain a presence at local craft fairs and markets. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie 🎥 "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta we are posting LENNY’S PIZZA 🍕.

Lenny's #Pizzeria was founded in 1953 and has been run by Frank Giordano and his family since 1983. Lenny’s Pizza became famous after it was used in a scene for the movie where the character played by John Travolta is seen ordering two slices of #pizza from Lenny’s, and eating them “double-decker” style, one piled on top of the other 🍕🍕. We love their #vintage #neon #sign and their pizza is great too! Photo and full interview with 2nd generation owner Josephine Giordano, appear in our book "New York Nights". #storefront #neonsign  #saturdaynightfever #johntravolta

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fifth Avenue Record Shop in Park Slope was founded by Anthony Mignonette and has been in business since 1968.

We love its #handpainted #signage and its vast selection of #vinyl. Sadly the #sign, which Anthony told us was installed in 1972 was recently damaged by a windstorm. Many thanks to our friend @foldedsunset who told us that the signage has now been removed. Photo from 2009 and full interview with Anthony appear in our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved". #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Over on St Marks Place, East Village, NYC... Van Halen Ticket Stub = Free Taco!  #cincodemayo2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Through Their Lens - James & Karla Murray: HOKK FABRICA Magazine 05.02.17 (China)

"如果眼前有兩張明天出發的紐約機票,你最想和誰立馬出走?想去的地方又是哪裡?也許有人會回答著名的中央公園,或是五光十色的時代廣場,或者是9/11的紀念館。這次「Through Their Lens」專訪的這對紐約攝影夫妻,卻花了近二十年時間,遊走那些快將遺失的特色小店,更攝下它們垂死前的掙扎痕跡"
("If there are two tickets starting tomorrow in New York, you most want and who flew away? Where is the place to go? Maybe someone will answer the famous Central Park, or the colorful Times Square, or the 9/11 memorial. Interview with the "Through Their Lens" interview on the New York photographer, but spent nearly twenty years, walk those who will soon be missing specialty stores, more photographed their traces of dying before dying.")

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thank you Neighborhood Preservation Center for the generous Support in hosting our workshops "Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts," and featuring us in their Spring 2107 Newsletter.

Thanks to Leanna Valente for the great photo of us as well. We would also like to thank Veselka :: Beceлкa, Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY, the The Village Alliance, Townsquared, and Gingko Press for their generous contributions to the program and the resulting exhibition of all 70 participants, which will be held at the Theater for the New City Gallery from August 14-September 18, 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trowel & Square Ballroom and the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Harlem.

We absolutely love these two #signs, the #handpainted Thrift Store and the amazing #script lettering of Trowel & Square. This ballroom was once called the Tusken Ballroom and was once used as a meeting place by Malcolm X. Sadly both businesses and #signage are gone as the building was sold in 2014 and the #lettering removed. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Saturday, April 29, 2017

To celebrate #IndependentBookstoreDay today, April 29th, we are highlighting East Village Books on St. Mark's Place

This small used bookstore opened in 1994 and not only sells a huge variety of art and photography books, textbooks, and paperbacks, but also sells CDs and DVDS. They also buy used books and takes in close to 500 used books a week. #storefront

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Empire Diner is located inside a 1946 Fodero Dining Car on Tenth Avenue at w22nd Street in #Chelsea.

After surviving a few different ownerships in the past 40 years and being closed completely for the past 16 months, it has finally reopened under new ownership. It has a revamped menu under Chef John Delucie and an updated decor. We haven't visited it yet but will always love it when it had the miniature stainless steel Empire State Building replica on its roof as seen in this photo from 2009 which appears in our book "New York Nights". Prints available if interested please contact us at : #storefront

Monday, April 24, 2017

TONIGHT! "Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts," at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Although we have reached full capacity of 70 participants, we are accepting people for the second session via wait-list.  Thanks to our sponsors and all the websites for showing their support!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not only is Veselka an amazing restaurant but has also generously provided support of our workshops, "Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts,"

"Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts," will be held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center starting this Monday, April 24th. Registration is through and although we have reached full capacity of 70 participants, we are accepting people via waitlist.

Veselka, located on 2nd Avenue at 9th Street, was established in 1954 by Ukranian immigrant Wlodymar Darmochal. It was originally established as a newsstand/candy store that also sold soup and sandwiches. Since the 1970s it has specialized in homemade pierogies, borscht and potato pancakes, which 2nd-generation owner Tom Birchard refers to as Ukranian SOUL FOOD! Veselka makes 3,000 pierogies every day, 2,500 potato pancakes every week and 5,000 gallons of borscht every year. There are 4 full-time women who make pierogis every day.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Abandoned barber shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is definitely a favorite #storefront of ours even though it hasn't seen a customer in years. Not only do we love the #architecture of the wood and brick facade but also the #vintage broken #barber pole💈 outside and the disheveled blinds in the windows and the American flag 🇺🇸 covering the door. We wish would could have visited it while it was open but still admire its understated beauty. #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Society of Mutual Assistance Maria S.S. Di Casaluce in Brooklyn founded in 1905.

Benefit societies are often formed to provide mutual aid to members and are organized around a shared ethnic background, religion or geographical region. 🇮🇹  We love this #handpainted #sign and the symmetry in the windows and vents in the #storefront.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We photograph Suzy Chase Osborne's West Village apartment for 6sqft...


"Ahead, have a look inside Suzy’s home, a modestly sized two-bedroom filled with relics from the Revolutionary and Civil wars, centuries-old paintings, rare books and photographs, and countless other objects that were on American soil well before the Mayflower even touched Plymouth Rock."