Monday, December 31, 2012

13th & Ave A [SE Corner] (December 30, 2012)

Kim's Laundromat & Cleaners in Alphabet City, East Village, Manhattan.       CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, December 30, 2012

18th & 5th Ave [SE Corner] (December 23, 2012)

A Con Edison steam vent pumps in front of the Barnes & Noble flagship store at 105 Fifth Avenue, which has been operating since 1932.                   CLICK TO ENLARGE

Saturday, December 22, 2012

30th & 2nd Ave [NE Corner] (December 122, 2012)

The rumors were true. Fairway Market has opened in Kips Bay! The big, beautiful grocery store is just a few doors down from the AMC Loews Kips Bay movie theater. (Remember the Hurricane Sandy scene from this same corner).                      CLICK TO ENLARGE

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

20th & Park Ave [SE Corner] (July 29, 2012)

Open 24/7, L'express Bouchon celebrates the meat and dairy products of the Lyon region of France. Yelpers say "a perfect place to come alone," "Good for Francophiles," "like a bustling cafe in Paris," "the lamb burger is awesome," and "BEST french onion soup."            CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

120th & 3rd Ave [SE Corner] (September 2, 2012)

East Harlem's Lore Decorators has been reupholstering furniture for more than 50 years. Apartment Therapy says, "If you are needing a slipcover, reupholstering, drapes or any renovation that requires fabric, let us recommend Frank Cangelosi's Lore Decorators."     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, December 17, 2012

Grand St & Mott St [NW Corner] (November 18, 2012)

Italian immigrant Savino Di Palo opened a latteria (dairy store) in 1910. In 1925, his daughter Concetta opened her own latteria at 200 Grand Street in Little Italy. Over the years, Di Palo's has expanded its product line from exclusively cheeses to a wide variety of Italian specialties. Today, the store is run by Savino's great grandson Lou Di Palo. Yelpers gush over Di Palo's.    CLICK TO ENLARGE
Di Palo's, 1974 (from the NY Times)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sycamore St & Mission St [NW Corner] (August 18, 2012)

"Weekend Wildcard:  San Francisco Mission Edition"
The work of San Francisco street artist Zio Zeigler is featured throughout the city. This mural, on the side of The Sycamore ("Your new favorite bar in the Mission"), depicts birds and skulls and trees and crowns. This Banksy mural once adorned The Sycamore's wall.        CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

46th & 12th Ave [NE Corner] (November 23, 2012)

H&H Bagels on the Westside Highway -- across from the Intrepid Sea Air, and Space Museum -- closed in 2011. The collapse of the venerable bagel institution prompted CBS New York's Nina Pajak to ponder, "Maybe they should have slackened on their 'no sandwiches' policy." At it's height, H&H produced about 80,000 bagels a day. (Is it even possible that, in the history of movies, there hasn't already been a movie called "Playing For Keeps!?")             CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, December 10, 2012

28th & Broadway [SE Corner] (November 13, 2012)

The next hot Manhattan neighborhood may be NoMad, which stands for "NOrth of MADison Square Park." During the past few decades, the neighborhood has been dominated by extremely un-sexy tee-shirt, luggage, perfume, and jewelry wholesalers. But, in recent years, developers have started building trendy hotels, restaurants, and shops, like The Ace Hotel, The Nomad Hotel, the John Dory Oyster Bar, and Maison Kitsune (shown below).            CLICK TO ENLARGE

Saturday, December 8, 2012

4th & Ave A [SE Corner] (September 23, 2012)

A New York City institution, Key Food was founded in Brooklyn in 1937. This Key Food on East 4th Street and Avenue A is one of just a few supermarkets in the East Village. It's also the least expensive beer option in the neighborhood, according to @EVGRIEVE.        CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, December 6, 2012

5 Pointz NYC (July 8, 2012)

5 Pointz in Long Island City is known as "The Institute of Higher Burnin'" or the "5Pointz Aerosol Art Center." Either way, it's simply an amazing, vibrant graffiti / street art showcase. Artists from all over the world leave their mark at 5Points (We watched an artist from Japan start a piece on the green blank space shown below). Definitely go check this out. You could spend a day staring at these outrageous tags and murals. And they give tours. (Note: The owner of this complex, Jerry Wolkoff, recently announced plans to  redevelop the property to build high-rise residential towers.) So go see this while you can!              CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

40th & 11th Ave [NE Corner] (November 23, 2012)

There are 240,000+ square feet available for rent near the Lincoln Tunnel and the Jacob Javitz Convention Center. This photo is more about the Midtown Manhattan skyline.   CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, November 29, 2012

29th & 2nd Ave [SW Corner] (October 30, 2012)

Paddy Reilly's Music Bar in Kips Bay -- shown here before and during the Hurricane Sandy blackout -- bills itself as "the world's first and the only all draft Guinness bar." It's a good bar, with an open mic on Wednesday and Saturday nights.                 CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eckford St & Manhattan Ave (June 3, 2012)

A one-story triangle-shaped warehouse at 500 Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, near the Northeastern edge of  McCarren Park. The omnipresent Empire State Building Lurks in the background, as is often the case.          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

40th & 2nd Ave [SW Corner] (October 21, 2012)

We like the NYC Dunkin' Donuts locations that incorporate a huge coffee cup in their signage. It makes us want to go in and buy some coffee. This Dunkin' Donuts in Murray Hill / Turtle Bay / Midtown East is rare, in that it has outdoor seating.          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, November 26, 2012

23rd & 6th Ave [SW Corner] (October 14, 2012)

The cast-iron building on this busy Chelsea / Flatiron corner was built in 1870, as William Moir's high-end jewelry store. The location was perfect, because, just a few years later (in 1878), the 6th Avenue elevated train opened, showering the neighborhood with commercial success. Today, the building stands proud, next to Burlington Coat Factory, Best Buy, and Home Depot.  CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

World Trade Center, Hurricane Sandy (November 4, 2012)

Taken from high above 200 Rector Street, Liberty Court, in Battery Park City, and looking North... One World Trade Center ("Freedom Tower") was in the dark during the Hurricane Sandy blackout. The world's most famous construction site returned to red, white, and blue glory just a few days later. Photos courtesy of NYC Corners contributor, "Fleshy-Faced Midwesterner."   CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, November 19, 2012

27th & Lexington [NW Corner] (October 14, 2012)

The Empire State Building lurks behind this stretch of Manhattan's Curry Hill neighborhood. Bhatti is just one of the area's many Indian restaurants. NYC Corners and friends have been known to devour the Chicken Vindaloo across the street at Curry Leaf.       CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Graffiti-Covered Van, East Village (October 28, 2012)

"Weekend Wildcard" 
We've been noticing a lot of graffiti-covered vans and box trucks lately... and we love em! Here's one parked somewhere in the East Village. What does it say?          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

9th & Ave A [SW Corner] (October 13, 2012)

A graffiti-covered box truck sits in front of Doc Holliday's in the East Village, near Tompkins Square Park. This mobile mural is parked directly in front of the bar's iconic mural, created by local artist Antonio "Chico" Garcia.                CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

45th & Broadway [SE Corner] (1988 & 2012)

Much of this Times Square corners is the same as it was 25 years ago. The Bond restaurant has been covered up with billboards and retail shops (Swatch, Foot Locker), renamed Bond 45, and moved a few doors East on 45th Street. The tall building on the left was just being erected in 1988. The high billboards are in the exact same spots... And look at that Toshiba laptop!   ENJOY. 
[[1988 photo from the amazing NYC street photographer Matt Weber]] 

Monday, November 12, 2012

21st & 7th Ave [NE Corner] (October 14, 2012)

Kove Bros. Hardware is one of the few remaining family hardware stores in Chelsea. To paraphrase one YelperWithout genuine local businesses, true neighborhoods don't exist.     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, November 8, 2012

30th Ave & 33rd St [SW Corner] (October 27, 2012)

United Brothers Fruit Markets in Astoria, Queens offers fresh fruit and vegetables, 24/7. One Yelper claims, "[United Brothers] is one of the reasons why I moved to Astoria." While United Brothers' produce is rarely rotten or bruised, there is a 29-cents section of past-it's-prime product. We'll pass, thanks!             CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Harrison St & Greenwich St (November 3, 2012)

Hurricane Sandy "Then-n-Now!"
From high above the Northwest corner of Harrison Street and Greenwich Street in Tribeca -- the southern tip of Manhattan in the dark, and after power was restored. While not exactly the famous New York Magazine Hurricane Sandy Cover, we thank to NYC Corners contributor @joshuagarey     CLICK TO ENLARGe

6th & Ave C [SW Corner] (October 20, 2012)

This blue building on 6th Street and Avenue C in Alphabet City recently served as the canvas for a politically-charged Barack Obama mural (see below, from DNAinfo), created by the one-and-only Antonio "Chico" Garcia. The building's tenant, RCN Cable, painted over the mural in November 2010, stating the company "would never support a political message of any kind." And notice the PIXOTE street art / graffiti / vandalism.       CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, November 5, 2012

27th & 3rd Ave [NE Corner] (November 1, 2012)

Rodeo Bar (featured here) was one of a handful of bars that remained opened during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Despite having no power, Rodeo Bar served its customers ice-cold beer via candlelight. It was eerie and awesome, and filled with interesting characters.    CLICK TO ENLARGE
Road flares on every corner kept some semblance of night-time order in Manhattan's blacked-out neighborhoods (SoPo = South of Power) during Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.