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James and Karla Murray  Photographers/authors of: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II, New York Nights •E:jandkphoto@att.net

Subway Inn was founded in 1937 and was located near the Lexington Avenue subway 🚋 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".

#signgeeks #typography #typevstime #signcollective #ig_signage #signsunited #everything_signage #popyacolour #dailytype #type #signage #neonsign #fontastic

Since the annual Feast of San Gennarro has begun in Little Italy 🇮🇹 we are highlighting one of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood, Caffe Roma. It was originally called Caffe Ronca when it was opened by the Italian immigrant, Pasquale T. Ronca, in 1891. The Ronca family ran their popular pastry shop until 1952, when it was sold to a fellow Italian immigrant, Vincento Zeccardi, who changed the name slightly to Caffe Roma. •When we took this photo in 2009 for our book, “Store Front II-A History Preserved” we interviewed the 3rd-generation owner Denise Zeccardi who told us, “Everything we sell is baked on premises using old family recipes dating back over 75 years. We specialize in Italian pastries including cannolis, pignoli cookies, biscotti, and specialty cakes during the holidays and even offer blood pudding during Easter.”

#storefront #typevstime #dailytype #handpainted #signcollective #signsunited #type #littleitaly

The Wrong Number Cocktail 🍸Lounge in Brooklyn. We couldn’t help but notice the wonderfully jaunty #fontastic signage this bar had. We wish we could have gone inside and seen whether it had an equally compelling interior but sadly it was closed. 📞❌📞❌

#storefront #typography #type #dailytype #signgeeks #ig_signage #typevstime #disappearingfaceofnewyork#everything_signage #signage #signcollective #signsunited

Shoe Repair 👞 in Brooklyn. We always love finding old-school #shoemakers as so many of the places that once repaired shoes 👠 and other leather goods including pocket books and luggage have slowly been disappearing from the streetscape. Many owners have told us that their business has declined with the popularity of cheap, plastic shoes which people often throw away after wearing a few times rather than investing in expensive well-made leather shoes, which require maintenance and repair.

#storefront #signcollective #handpaintedsigns #type #typevstime #dailytype #signgeeks #fontastic #seeyourcity #everything_signage #ig_signage #typography #lettering #shoerepair

Sherman’s Bar-B-Q in Harlem. This past weekend’s Pig Island 🐖 Festival in Brooklyn had us thinking of all things pork 🐷and 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 🔥 through the window).

#storefront #harlem #type #disappearingfaceofnewyork #typevstime #dailytype #typography

Orwasher’s Bakery on the Upper West Side. This 102-year old bakery was founded in 1916 by the Hungarian immigrant, Abraham Orwasher on the Upper East Side. We recently visited its newer (2-year old) location on Amsterdam Ave at 81st Street for @6sqft and photographed not only its #vintage -inspired exterior but also its interior including its huge variety of delicious freshly baked breads, 🥖cookies, bagels and specialty items. To see more photos (swipe left) and please visit @6sqft “Where I Work” feature on Orwasher’s Bakery and it’s owner Keith Cohen.

The #tributeinlight as seen from our studio in the East Village this evening on September 11th. 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 #seeyourcity #worldtradecenter#911memorial #ig_nycity #igs_nyc #myfeatureshoot #seeyourcity

Engine 5 in the East Village, Moment of Silence for first plane hitting the North Tower.
17 Years... Remembering those lives lost or destroyed on 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 2 pit rescues Tabasco and Java. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. 🙏.

Swipe left for the #analog photos of the World Trade Center we took on September 11, 1994 on our wedding day. We got married at City Hall and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and looked back at the skyline on that joyous day. We never imagined what would happen 17 years later.

#september11 #NeverForget #eastvillage #memorial #wtc #worldtradecenter #seeyourcity #igs_nyc #myfeatureshoot #instagram_nyc #ig_nyc #remembering911 #ig_nycity

The Original Ray’s Pizza 🍕 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There are many pizzerias in New York City that call themselves Ray’s Pizza but the original location is credited to have been opened by Ralph Cuomo on Prince Street In NoLita in 1959. We love this location’s original #signage especially the #script “Ray’s”.

#signcollective #lettering #type #typevstime #fontastic #dailytype #signsunited #ig_signage #everything_signage #signgeeks #pizzeria

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 🌭, 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.

#storefront #neonsign #typevstime #typography #signgeeks #neon #type #everything_signage #fontastic #ig_signage #signcollective
#dailytype #deli #seeyourcity #letttering #lowereastside #signsunited

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 🐎 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.

#storefront #typevstime #signgeeks #typography #type #signcollective #signsunited #fontastic #everything_signage #ig_signage #lettering #disappearingfaceofnewyork

Barney Greengrass- The Sturgeon King is a third generation family-owned business, which specializes in smoked fish such as sturgeon, 🐟salmon, 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”.

#storefront #typevstime #fontastic #signgeeks #dailytype #ig_signage #signsunited #lettering #type #signcollective #typography #everything_signage #script

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