Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Goodbye Norms!

I love California's Googie architecture. Love it. But as in NYC, LA can't wait to smash the beautiful old and replace it with the plastic, crap-tastic modern shite of today. "We just learned that the new owners of Norms La Cienega have a demolition permit for the iconic Googie coffee shop at 470-478 La Cienega Blvd. The Conservancy and our Modern Committee submitted a local landmark nomination for Norms late last year that the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission will hear tomorrow (Thursday). We don’t anticipate the new owners acting on their demo permit today, but just in case, if you’re in the area, please keep an eye on it. If you see anything happening – such as the removal of the signage (fence going up, big equipment, guys in hard hats), please call the Conservancy immediately at (213) 623-2489. We’ll keep you posted. Learn more about this issue on our website: https://www.laconservancy.org/issues/norms-la-cienega-coffee-shop "    

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Closed! De Robertis Pastry Shoppe

A tragic loss to the East Village, De Robertis didn't close due to a rent hike or greedy developers. No, the owner is retiring and the kids aren't bakers. Photographed by the great James and Karla Murray. http://jamesandkarlamurray.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hurricane Sandy

set to swallow Manhattan

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Downing Street Storefront 2007

In the gentrified hell that is New York City, small businesses like this one (plumber), photographed not long after they vacated the premises, have been lost to soulless chain stores. I took this through a window, a week later - poof!   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014