Wednesday, February 10, 2016

We pick some of our old school favorites for Gothamist: The Best Old School NYC Places To Take Your Valentine

Choosing an old-school restaurant, cafĂ©, or bar that's steeped in history is an easy way to make your Valentine's Day date special. All of the mom-and-pop businesses we will be highlighting have stood the test of time in a city known for its rapid pace of change. We have included pairings for dinner and drinks/dessert in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Whether it be a romantic ambiance, delicious specialities, the glow of neon that washes over their facade, hand-painted murals along their interior walls, or a pleasant mix of all of these things, these choices will help make the night a success. — James and Karla Murray

Eduardo Kobra uses Michael Halsband image of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol as inspiration.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CARNEGIE DELI reopened today after being closed for 10 months

CARNEGIE DELI reopened today after being closed for 10 months following a gas shut off in the building when Con Ed discovered that gas had been diverted inside the building before reaching the meter. Carnegie was established in 1937 and has a vintage neon sign that we admire. We interviewed Chuck Smith, the manager, for our book "New York Nights" who told us that "The neon sign outside is 65 years old. We are constantly fixing it because it’s very temperamental but we always want to keep it lit because it is iconic. We are best known for our pastrami, corned beef and brisket sandwiches, which are overstuffed with at least one pound of meat. We pickle and smoke all of our own meat that we serve." Photo and full interview appear in "New York Nights" (Gingko Press 2012)

The Hotel Evernia was built in 1925.

 Originally called the Hotel Enoree, it is three stories hign and has forty rooms. In 1979, Gene Sheppard restored the building, and renamed it the Hotel Evernia. To this day it remains a family-run ‪#‎hotel‬.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!

Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street is the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. It was founded in 1920 and us now being run by 2nd generation owner Wilson Tang. It's gorgeous ‪#‎vintage‬ ‪#‎sign‬ was installed around 1968. Most of the interior is original including the lunch counter and stools. We love everything they serve but are especially fond of their steamed dumplings and Shrimp Sui Mai. Photo and full interview appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."

1949 Chrysler Windsor Coupe

In 1949, for Chrysler's 25th anniversary, Chrysler Windsors were redesigned. The style was boxier than the competition with a padded dashboard with sponge rubber for safety. Chrysler replaced the Windsor name in 1962 with the introduction of the non-lettered series Chrysler 300.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Nick's Luncheonette, Williamsburg, ‪Brooklyn‬

Nick's Luncheonette located at 196 Broadway in Williamsburg, ‪#‎Brooklyn‬ has been closed for as long as we can remember. This photo was taken in the mid 1990s using 35mm film. We looked up the address in the ‪#‎NYC‬ tax photos which are digitally archived and available free of charge and found that the business was closed in 1983 when the tax photo was taken. The building itself was built in 1910 and was owned by I. Bernbluth. Interestingly the tax photo revealed that the ‪#‎signage‬ once had a Coca-Cola logo on it to the right of the ‪#‎luncheonette‬ ‪#‎letters‬ and was a good example of a classic Privilege ‪#‎Sign‬ that was given free of charge to ‪#‎store‬ owners as a promotional marketing campaign. We love how the ‪#‎storefront‬ is covered with rust and ‪#‎graffiti‬.