Thursday, May 28, 2015

Under the 6 line in the ‪#‎Bronx‬ selling shaved ice. ‬

This nice man from Ecuador told us that when he arrived in the United States, one of the first things he did was arrange to have his family ship this ‪#‎vintage‬ shaved ice machine. It is over 100-years old and is made of cast iron and decorated with hand-painted angel fish and geese. He stores the blocks of ‪#‎ice‬ in a sealed compartment under the cart. ‪#‎shavedice‬ #ice ‪#‎Ecuador

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

El Barrio Bakery in #Harlem

El Barrio Bakery in #Harlem is no longer in business. This #bakery specialized in traditional Spanish cakes and pastries and also served #coffee and sandwiches. We loved their #handpainted #sign in both #Spanish and English and the amazingly decorated varieties of party #cake in the window.
East Harlem where this bakery was located had a huge Jewish and Italian population in the early 1900s. Puerto Ricans began moving to the area beginning in the 1920s and by the 1950s due to severe overcrowding in the neighborhood, Italians moved out and Puerto Ricans became the dominant group. The #neighborhood soon became known as Spanish Harlem or "El Barrio". Photo is from 2001 and appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York". #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork #food #script #typography #type #bread #cookies

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

M. Futterman Corp. in #Harlem has been in business for 110 years. I

M. Futterman Corp. in #Harlem has been in business for 110 years. It is a wholesale #candy, #tobacco, and paper goods family business, now being run by the third-generation owner, Bruce Futtterman. Bruce told us that the #handpainted #sign is from 1950 and that, "Most of our clients are bodega owners and movie theaters who buy in bulk."
We of course loved their signage with its "Optimo" #cigars signature #font. Photo is from 2007 and appears in our book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" along with a full interview with Mr. Futterman. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork #typography #gum #chocolate #food #cigarette #cigar #typevstime

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Eyasses aka #baby Red-tailed #Hawks at around 3 weeks of age in their #nest on the Ageloff Towers building on Avenue A in the #Eastvillage.

Although a departure from our usual #storefront related posts, we couldn't resist sharing this photo of the nestlings with their huge legs and talons and puff-ball like bodies. They are still way too young to fly as the legs and talons grow first. #redtailedhawks are #raptors and one of the largest #birds in North America with females having a wingspan of 44.9-52.4 inches (114-133cm). They have a raspy scream and even these babies were making little noises as they pecked at the newly dropped off "meal" which in #nyc generally consists of rats, pigeons or squirrels.
Red-tailed Hawks typically put their nests in the crowns of tall trees where they have a commanding view of their surroundings but in this case a rather narrow air conditioner perched on the ledge of a 12-story building was used. This pair of adults had a nest constructed of dry sticks and filled with bark strips and vegetation on a much larger air conditioner on Avenue B adjacent to Tompkins Square Park last year. We are a little concerned that there is not much room in the nest once the hawks get larger but we have to trust that the parents knew what they were doing when choosing this spot. #birdsofprey #birdlovers #trb_creature_feature #trailblazers_urbex #trb_perspective #instagramNYC #birdsofinstagram #insta_america my.3rd.eye, folllo0werrrs, rosiedreadful and 65 others like this.

AND... Hudson with Gem Spa's kitty Candy. East Village, NYC. ‪#‎savenyc‬‪#‎magazines‬ ‪#‎eggcream‬ ‪#‎gemspa‬ ‪#‎eastvillage‬

Friday, May 22, 2015

Physical Graffitea, and Store Front Walking Tour Info:

 Physical Graffitea, a cafe in the East Village specializing in organic and fair-trade teas, is located on St. Mark's Place on the ground floor of the historic "Physical Graffiti" buildings that were featured on the iconic cover of the Led Zeppelin album of the same name. "Physical Graffiti" was released on February 24, 1975 and was the sixth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin and went platinum sixteen times. To celebrate the album's 40th anniversary this year, the album was reissued and newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. The award-winning ‪#‎album‬ cover design featured two tenement buildings which were constructed in 1890. The fourth-floors were removed on the cover art to make them fit the square shape of the album, and the windows of the buildings were cut out to reveal the letters of the album title printed on the inner sleeve.

We will be leading  a special 2-hour Store Front walking tour of the East Village and Lower East Side on Sunday, June 7th at 12pm sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society of New York. @mas_nyc The cost is $20/$15 Members We will visit some of the remarkable ‪#‎momandpop‬ ‪#‎storefronts‬ documented in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" and "New York Nights" and remember those that have disappeared. We will stop in many culinary specialty stores and sample ‪#‎food‬. Tickets can be purchased online at or call (212) 935-2075 Monday-Friday 9-5. Meeting location is provided after tickets are purchased. Tour will proceed rain or shine. ‪#‎ledzeppelin‬ ‪#‎tea‬ ‪#‎eastvillage‬ ‪#‎mas_nyc‬ ‪#‎savenyc‬ ‪#‎masnyc‬