Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jade Mountain was in business from 1931 to 2007

Reginald Chan took over the business from his grandfather, an immigrant from Guangdong, China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³. This Chinese restaurant specialized in chop suey, chow mein 🍜and egg foo young. When we interviewed Reginald, he told us that their menu really hadn't changed except for the prices (in 1931 the chow mein lunch special was 38 cents). Sadly, the restaurant closed in January 2007, after Reginald was killed while delivering an order of food on his bicycle late one evening. We miss Jade Mountain and Reginald (R.I.P.). Photo and full interview with Reginald appear in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".


Friday, November 17, 2017

Available for PRE-ORDER! STORE FRONT II - A HISTORY PRESERVED MINI Edition

BOOK EVENT this Sunday: Community Conversations: Village Round Table
November 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Market Library
FREE Link to register below...

James and Karla Murray’s classic tome from their ongoing Store Front series is now available (Dec 2017) for the first time in its covetable “mini” format. The Murrays have been capturing impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s. With Store Front II they’ve continued their documentation of an important cross-section of New York’s “Mom and Pop” economy. The Murray’s penetrating photographs are only half the story though. Their copious background texts, gleaned largely from interviews with the stores’ owners and employees, bring wonderful color and nuance to the importance of these unique one-off establishments.


Community Conversations: Village Round Table We are looking forward to speaking at this free event! Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Jefferson Market Library Fully accessible to wheelchairs Free and Open to the Public RSVP link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/village-round-table-tickets-39664890756  

Schedule of Events at Community Conversations: "1:30pm - James and Karla Murray are husband-and-wife professional photographers, and the authors of Store Front and other critically acclaimed books. James and Karla will discuss their work documenting streetscapes and stories through photographing mom and pop shops and their owners, with a particular focus on the importance of small businesses to the culture, texture, and spirit of individual neighborhoods."


Pre order STORE FRONT II Mini Edition from our independent publisher Gingko Press here: http://gingkopress.com/shop/store-front-ii-mini/




Just after sunset out in Brooklyn, NYC, the other night...


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Zig Zag Records, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

To celebrate early #shopsmall for Black Friday we are releasing 11x 14 inch signed prints of this photo for $99 with free standard shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S.

Please DM or email us at jandkphoto@att.net to order.

This #vinylrecord shop specialized in classic rock but also was popular in the 1980s for its heavy metal #vinyl selection. Sadly this #momandpop store closed in late 2010 after 35 years in business. We photographed it in 2005 for our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" and spoke with the owner, Stan, who told us that the window had looked the same for years because the record companies no longer gave him posters for free as they had done in the 1980s and 1990s. #storefront #disappearingfaceofnewyork