James and Karla Murray have been documenting New York City streetscapes, shops, and neighborhoods for decades, publishing some of the city’s most legendary photography. Through their lens, The Flatiron District’s distinct character and unique establishments are discovered, explored, and preserved.
41 East 20th Street
Originally opened as a speakeasy in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mari Vanna
was once a members-only club, requiring a key for entry. Now, Mari Vanna’s New York location opens its doors to neighborhood-dwellers, offering house-infused vodkas and classic Russian dishes.
Named after a mythical grandmother (or “babushka”) known for her hospitality towards strangers, Mari Vanna transports its patrons to its homeland through its charmingly whimsical interiors, decorated with collections of trinkets, books, and Russian dolls.
117 East 24th Street
As the city’s only remaining tack shop, Manhattan Saddlery’s century-old storefront harkens back to 24th Street’s past as “Old Stable Row.” Once frequented by the Rockefellers and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when known by its former name, Miller Harness Company, Manhattan Saddlery continues to serve both seasoned equestrians and new riders alike, offering crafted leather saddles, show coats, and boots.
245 10th Avenue
Founded by Yossi Milo nearly two decades ago, the eponymous gallery represents a who’s who of contemporary painters, photographers, and video artists. Tucked next to the High Line, Yossi Milo’s soaring interior space transforms with each exhibition in order to best offset the pieces on display. Milo’s keen eye for both promising new and established talent ensures that his gallery is a primary destination for collectors and visitors alike.
For over 50 years, Rizzoli Bookstore has specialized in illustrated volumes published by its in-house press. In addition to carrying a full selection of sought-after titles, Rizzoli also curates custom libraries from its vast collection. A true New York icon, Rizzoli’s original store appeared in classic films “Manhattan” and “Falling in Love” before moving to its current location on 26th Street where it now hosts intimate readings
and celebrity book signings.
108 West 17th Street
Since 1932, the Gramercy Typewriter Company has been replacing ribbons and refurbishing classic machines as a counter to today’s increasingly digital age. Run by second-and third-generation owners Paul and Jay Schweitzer, the West 17th Street shop showcases reconditioned typewriters and boasts celebrity clientele including Tom Hanks, who many may not know is a typewriter enthusiast!