Thursday, July 27, 2017

One last visit to Great Jones Cafe, East Village, NYC...


The Great Jones Cafe closed at the end of dinner service last night. This cafe, which opened in 1983, was known for its reasonably priced Cajun-style food and for its #vintage #jukebox which was curated by long-time general manager Bill Judkins. Bill, who parted ways with the restaurant in March, took his record collection from the jukebox with him. Let There Be Neon, the 40 year-old neon sign shop in Manhattan, created the EAT neon that hangs in their window. The news of its immediate closure hit us particularly hard because not only did we photograph it for our book Store Front II-A History Preserved" but we are currently curating an exhibition based on a series of photography and oral history workshops that we taught at the Neighborhood Preservation Center and this Cafe was photographed by 2 of the participants, including @americansquares. This month, we have now lost both Cup & Saucer and now the Great Jones Cafe. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gino's, Upper East Side NYC

The restaurant was opened in 1945 by Gino Circiello.  Gino's specialized in moderately priced #Italian 🇮🇹f ood 🍝 and was known for its tomato-red wallpaper printed with 314 leaping zebras. Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra often dined at Gino's aka Gino of Capri. Gino passed away in 2001 at age 89 and his long-time waiter, Salvatore Doria, took ownership of the restaurant along with the chef, Michele Miele. Sadly, they were forced to close the #restaurant in 2010 when their rent was increased by $8,000 a month to over $30,000 a month and health-care costs of their employees also increased. A cupcake cafe (Sprinkles Cupcakes) took its place. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork 



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn

We love the fact that you can hear live music 🎶 at this old #tavern. #storefront


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hudson over at Astor Place's Creativity Cubed presented by one of our sponsor's The Village Alliance, yesterday...

The Village Alliance is a generous sponsor of our upcoming exhibition "Capturing The Lower East Side's Storefronts Oral History & Photo Exhibition"! Please join us at the opening celebration on Monday, August 14th from 6-9 pm at the Theater for The New City Gallery. 155 First Avenue near 10th Street in the East Village. Free wine and light bites will be served!


Friday, July 21, 2017

We are happy to announce that the East Village restaurant Veselka :: Beceлкa is a generous sponsor of our upcoming exhibition "Capturing The Lower East Side's Storefronts Oral History & Photo Exhibition"

The show will be at The Theater For The New City Gallery located at 155 First Avenue near 10th Street. The opening reception will be on Monday, August 14th from 6-9 pm and is FREE and open to all. Wine and Light bites will be provided.

VESELKA located at 2nd Ave 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. The word Veselka means rainbow in Ukranian. The restaurant now specializes in homemade pierogies, borscht and potato pancakes, or what as second-generation owner Tom Birchard likes to refer to as Ukranian “Soul food”! Veselka now makes 3,000 pierogies every day, 2,500 potato pancakes every week and 5,000 gallons of borscht every year.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Skyview Delicatessen in the #Bronx

This Glatt Kosher #deli located in Riverdale has a great #neonsign with a sans serif #font. We especially love the large "D". Photo from 2011 appears in our book "Store Front II-A History Preserved". #neon #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork