Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Upper West Side Newstand.

We love the curves this #vintage #newstand has and we're happy to see it still in operation as so many have been replaced by the city with glass and steel boxes operated by Cemusa. #NYC mandates that newsstands can only sell items with a maximum value of $10 and prior to 2013, the maximum value of items was capped at $5. Cigarettes, prepaid phone cards, transit passes and magazines are exceptions to the $10 cap rule!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Store Front II — A History Preserved at MOSCOT on The Lower East Side, with Authors James and Karla Murray

Join authors, photographers and East Village locals, James and Karla Murray to celebrate the release of their newest book, Store Front II, at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space.

The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space
108 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm
For more information, call (212) 477-3796

The evening will feature Store Front II photography, with a focus on the Lower East Side, and a Q&A session, followed by a book signing and reception.

Light bites and dim sum generously provided by Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

About Store Front II:
The Murrays have been capturing impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s. Store Front II chronicles their continued efforts to document a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York's "Mom and Pop" economy. From MOSCOT to Sammy's Roumanian Steak House, and Economy Candy to Parisi Bakery, the Murrays reveal how New York's long-standing mom and pop businesses stand in sharp contrast to the city's rapidly evolving corporate facade.

About James & Karla Murray:
The professional team of James and Karla Murray have seen their work exhibited in galleries and housed in permanent collections worldwide, but New York City remains their passion and their home. Their landmark 2008 book, Store Front, was lauded by critics, and their last book New York Nights, was the winner of the prestigious New York Society Library's New York City Book Award (2012). Store Front II was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the 35 "Big Indie Books of Fall" and was the winner of the winner of the Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. The Guardian praised, “James and Karla Murray’s Store Front photography books capture a disappearing world — New York’s small stores and their unique and precious aesthetics.”

E. Kurowycky & Sons Meat Market in the East Village, NYC

E. Kurowycky & Sons Meat Market in the East Village specialized in #Ukranian sausages and hams, that were prepared and smoked on the premises. It was in business from 1958-2007 and was sadly forced to close after the city's agricultural inspectors ordered the store to remove all of their smoked ham, bacon, salami and pork 🐷 kielbasa, which hung from sharp hooks lining the windows and interior of the store. The inspectors ordered their removal because of potential hazards resulting in E. Coli and salmonella infections. This resulted in a sharp decline in business and the third-generation owner closed the store despite never having any of his customers either get sick or complain about the quality of their meat. Photo from 2001 and full interview with Jerry Kurowycky appear in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York." #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pinter's Hebrew Book Store in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

We love how the weight of all of the ‪#‎books‬ piled high on the folding tables outside this ‪#‎bookstore‬ have caused them to sag. We also love the ‪#‎handpainted‬ ‪#‎signage‬ the store has and the scholarly way the three Hasidic men are looking at the books πŸ“š. Photo appears in our book STORE FRONT II: A History Preserved.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

In honor of the #olympics2016 we are posting the Olympic Diner in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

This #Greek #diner has an amazing array of #neon #signage. We love how it glows at night. Photo from 2010 appears in our book "New York Nights".