We were recently commissioned by the MTA to photograph the Zerega Avenue station art work on the 6 Line in The Bronx for the MTA. “Garden of Earthly Delights,” by Jaime Arredondo, depicts the four seasons through images of flowers such as crocuses, marigolds, daisies, pansies, morning glories and roses. Arredondo sought to bring a pastoral element to the urban Bronx environment through the colors and fanciful imagery of his floral mosaics. The large colorful glass mosaic and hand-formed porcelain panels have been installed on the platform level.
Here are a sample of our photographs:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"James and Karla Murray have been capturing impeccably accurate photographs of New York City since the 1990s. In the course of their travels throughout the city’s boroughs they’ve also taken great care to document the stories behind the scenery. The Murrays have rendered the out of the way bodegas, candy shops and record stores just as faithfully as the historically important institutions and well known restaurants, bars and cafes. From the Stonewall Inn to the Brownsville Bike Shop and The Pink Pussycat to Smith and Wolensky, the Murrays reveal how New York’s beleaguered mom & pop business stand in sharp contrast to the city’s rapidly evolving corporate facade. The authors’ landmark 2008 book, Store Front, was recently cited in Bookforum’s 20th Anniversary issue as having “...demonstrated the paradoxical power of digital photo editing to alter actual views in order for us to see more clearly what is really there.” James and Karla Murray live in New York City and were awarded the New York Society Library’s prestigious New York City book award in 2012 for their last book, New York Nights."
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, NY. New York City has recently named Stonewall Inn a landmark. This is the first time a site has been declared a landmark because of its cultural significance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. On June 28, 1969 the patrons of Stonewall Inn fought back against a police raid on the premises and the protests that followed for several days are credited with galvanizing gay activism in NY and around the world. In honor of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, New York City annually holds a Pride Rally and Pride March and Fest. This year the Pride March marshals are the honorable English actors and Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. Full image from our forthcoming book STORE FRONT II: The Disappearing Face of New York due out later this fall.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
In celebration of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, we are posting this #icecream shop that specializes in soft-serve #cones with fun and unique toppings. In May 2013, the Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as one of the top five ice cream parlors in the world.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Rizzo's Fine Pizza on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens was founded in 1959 by brothers Joseph and Salvatore Rizzo, and their brother-in-law Hugo Lupi.
They made a simple thin crust #Sicilian style #pizza using only the freshest ingredients. The #pizzeria is still owned and operated by the Rizzo family but they have expanded their menu to include ultra-thin Neapolitan slices and specialty #pies, #calzones, #garlic knots, #salads and other delicious items. We love their #vintage tri-color #neonsign.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The area experienced serious economic decline from the late 1950s. Issues ranging from urban renewal to the construction of interstate highways like I-95 (then, the North-South Expressway), the Dolphin Expressway and the Midtown Interchange in the 1960s, fragmented the-once thriving center with the resident population decimated by nearly 80 percent from roughly 50,000 to just over 10,000. The area became economically destitute and considered a "ghetto" as businesses closed and productivity stagnated in the neighborhood.