Saturday, December 3, 2016

Chris, Christmas tree πŸŽ„ vendor on Third Avenue at East 18th Street, Gramercy, NYC

Chris comes to NYC to set up his Christmas tree stand thanks to an obscure 1938 "Coniferous Tree Exception" law that was passed that allows the sale of Christmas trees on the streets of the city during the month of December without any license as long as they have permission from the store owners in which they set up shop in front of. Chris, who sells only Fraser Firs from North Carolina told us that, "We are here in an attempt to help celebrate and elevate the atmosphere in an otherwise dreary season. And that's the reason for the city's unique culture surrounding Christmas tree sales. I have looked into working elsewhere more conveniently, but there is nothing like the experience of it on the streets of NY. We carry decorative wreaths starting at $15 and cute small trees ready to go for $25. We can get a nice, full-bodied stand up tree in your living room for $50".

Friday, December 2, 2016

Our annual holiday stop at Rolf's German Restaurant for 6sqft!

"Beginning the last week of September, a six-man team starts the process of adorning Rolf’s German Restaurant with 15,000 Christmas ornaments, 10,000 lights, and thousands of icicles."

Search & Destroy on St. Mark's Place in the East Village, NYC.

Search & Destroy is the only authentic #vintage #punkrock shop left on St. Mark's Place in the East Village. It has been in business for over 20 years and is named after the Stooges song. It's packed full of #secondhand clothing from #punk rock band t-shirts to expensive Vivienne Westwood pieces and leather jackets. Please join us this Sunday, December 4th at 12pm as we lead a Storefront: A Historic East Village Food Tour for Untapped Cities. @untappedcities On this walking and tasting tour of some of our favorite East Village food establishments, you can discover the food, history, and diverse culture of our neighborhood while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops. We will also be highlighting the neighborhood's evolving demographics and pointing out favorite stores like Search & Destroy on #stmarks place. On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and #Ukrainian history of the East Village and also try some fresh homemade mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream, have a potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink 🍹 and taste a freshly baked cannoli. Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed. Tickets for this tour are $40 (food included) and can be purchased at:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Brooklyn Historical Society's Photo of the Week 12.01.16: Katy's Candy Store from our book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York.

"The photo of the week depicts the exterior of Katy’s Candy Store, a specialty candy shop located at 125 Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The family-owned shop opened in 1969 and closed permanently in 2007. This photograph is part of an ongoing project by photographers James and Karla Murray to document storefronts in Brooklyn and New York City. A limited set of images from this project is part of the James and Karla Murray Counter Culture exhibition photographs collection at BHS, and was recently catalogued and published on our online image gallery."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The 2016 Untapped Cities Holiday Gift Guide for Curated NYC Gifts: STORE FRONT II, NEW YORK NIGHTS & BROKEN WINDOWS

Thank you Untapped Cities!

"This year, we’re very excited to announce the relaunch of the Untapped Cities Shop, a curated gift shop of New York products by artists, food purveyors, photographers, and writers we have featured on Untapped Cities like the photography books by James and Karla Murray (who also give our Food Tour of the Disappearing Storefronts of the East Village), Boundless Brooklyn’s DIY water towers, Bronx Hot Sauce, and more. We’re also very pleased to be able to offer gift cards for our Untapped Cities tours, a popular request from our readers.
Here are thirteen products that we think your friends, family and loved ones will love for the holidays. As a special for the season, we’re also offering a 15% discount on Untapped Cities tours with purchase from the gift shopand free shipping for orders $50 and up (and $5 flat shipping for anything below).

Toast of the Town Bar Grill Pizzeria and Clam Bar in New Jersey

When you can't decide what to have we can't think of a better place to eat and drink πŸΈπŸΊπŸ”πŸ•πŸ€. We absolutely love this huge overhanging #neonsign with the 🍸and curvy arrow ⤵️.