Friday, February 27, 2015

Esposito Pork Shop, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Esposito's is a third-generation family business that has been open in Hell's Kitchen since 1932. Giovanni Esposito founded the pork store after arriving to NYC from Naples, Italy. The shop is known for their homemade Italian sausages and quality meat, poultry and game.
Photo and full interview appear in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Subway Inn, Manhattan NYC

Subway Inn on the Upper East Side was in business for more than 77 years before it was forced to close in December 2014 after its lease was not renewed. One of its most famous customers was Marilyn Monroe, who filmed the "Seven Year Itch" nearby and dropped in for drinks. Arsemio Salinas, who has owned the dive bar since 2007, after working as a porter, bartender and manager for the original owner, will be relocating the bar less than 2 blocks away at Second Avenue and 60th Street and will be re-installing their iconic neon sign, the original bar and stools and even the bar booths. (Photo and full interview from our book New York Nights.) ‪

We are honored to be part of this show:

Achim Gauger (Vienna) –
Steven Spiegel (Los Angeles) – Geöffnet /

Opening Hours 26.2.-7.3.2015, 15:00-19:00
Vernissage / Opening Reception 25.2.2015, 19:00-22:00
Eröffnung durch / Opening Speech Mag. Peter Stuiber, Wien Museum
WEST 46 Projektraum für Fotografie Westbahnstraße 46 1070 Wien

"The disappearance of much-loved inscriptions is not a local problem restricted to Vienna. It is to be found everywhere. That´s why we bring signs of different cities face to face. In this exhibition Achim Gauger and Steve Spiegel show signs, which should not disappear or which have shortly vanished from the cityscape. Inscriptions which belong to the faces of Vienna and Los Angeles. To faces, which are entirely different in the way they point to shops, pubs and motels and put them in perspective. They are supported by 25 selected "Sign Geeks" from the USA, Canada and Australia, which might hint at the variety that still exists."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tad's Steaks, Times Square, NYC R.I.P.

Tad's Steaks in Times Square is no longer in business. It was founded by Donald Townsend in 1957 on the theory that a T-bone steak, baked potato, garlic bread and a tossed salad could be profitably sold for $1.09. Coined by Townsend as a "steak show," for a tenth of the price of a fancy steak dinner at a sit-down restaurant, customers could watch their steaks being cooked with flames leaping up right near the front window. Photo & text from our book New York Nights.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Marie's Crisis Cafe, Greenwich Village, NYC.

Marie's Crisis Cafe dates back to the 1850s, when it operated as a prostitutes' den. It became a bar by the 1890s and even remained open during Prohibition when it was known just as "Marie's". The "Crisis" was added to the name from the "Crisis Papers" by Thomas Paine who died in the building. It now operates primarily as a piano bar where patrons can sing Broadway show tunes along with the piano player.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Everglades Wildlife. Temperature 88F.

Everglades National Park is a U.S. National Park in Florida that protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades. In the United States, it is the largest tropical wilderness, the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River, and is visited on average by one million people each year. It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone. Currently covering 1,506,539 acres the Everglades has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance, one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists.

Roseate Spoonbill. An uncommon wading bird of the southern coasts which uses its odd bill to strain small food items out of the water. A major period of decline for the spoonbill occurred in the early 1800s when the wings of this beautiful creature were made into fans.

American Alligator alongside a freshwater slough. Freshwater sloughs are perhaps the most common ecosystem associated with Everglades National Park. These drainage channels are characterized by low-lying areas covered in fresh water, flowing at an almost imperceptible 100 feet per day.. Sawgrass growing to a length of 6 feet (1.8 m) or more, and broad-leafed marsh plants, are so prominent in this region that they gave the Everglades its nickname "River of Grass". Alligators thrive in freshwater sloughs.

Red Shouldered Hawk. In Florida, the red-shouldered hawk is perhaps the most commonly seen and heard raptor species. Like almost all raptors, the red-shouldered hawk is monogamous and territorial. While courting or defending territories, the distinctive, screaming kee-aah call (usually repeated three to four times) of this bird is heard.

Peninsular Cooter. Over a dozen species of turtle are known to live in the Everglades as well as tortoises and terrapins.

North American Osprey. The Osprey is a large raptor, reaching as much as 2 feet in length with a 6-foot wingspan. Raptors hunt for food primarily on the wing by using their keen senses, especially vision, and kill prey with their talons. Ospreys have evolved specialized physical characteristics and behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey.  The Osprey is the only raptor whose outer toe is reversible, allowing it to grasp its prey with two toes in front and two behind.

Wood Stork. As of June 26, 2014 the Wood Stork is classified as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It is the only stork that presently breeds in North America. The adult is a large bird which stands 33–45 in. tall and has a 55–71 in. wing span.

Eastern Great Egret in breeding plumage. Measuring 33–41in. in length, the eastern great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Its bill is yellow in the breeding season and black at other times, and its long legs are red or black. The breeding plumage is also marked by long neck plumes and a green facial area.

Purple Gallinule. A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the Purple Gallinule can be seen walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs. Its extremely long toes help it walk on lily pads without sinking.

1964 Ford Thunderbird

For 1964 the Thunderbird was restyled in favor of a more squared-off, "formal" look. The car also had the unique Swing-Away Steering Wheel. Swing-Away used a special steering column that was movable to the right about 10.5 inches to allow for easier entry and exit for the driver, especially with a purse, briefcase, or packages. Despite its popularity on the Thunderbird, this did not carry over to the other Fords, and cars with this option are somewhat rare.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Claudio's Barber Shop, East Harlem.

Claudio's Barbershop has been in business in East Harlem since 1950. Claudio, who comes from a family of barbers in Italy, began cutting hair when he was only 14 years old. When he immigrated to Harlem from Italy, the neighborhood had such a large Italian population east of Lexington Avenue that it became known as "Italian Harlem". Over the years, Claudio learned to speak Spanish, as the neighborhood changed demographics. He still charges only $10 for a haircut.