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June 30, 2022

The Disappearing Face of New York: 27 Wonderful Photos of Old Storefronts in New York

James and Karla Murray, specialists in urban photography, spent more than ten years photographing the distinctive facades of family-run shops in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Their brilliant documentation of New York's irreplaceable, generations-old storefronts has made headlines all over the world. For many of these establishments, the photographs mark the end of a legacy. In the wake of gentrification, vital facets of New York's cultural heritage are disappearing at an alarming rate. 

The influx of big box retailers and chain stores pose a serious threat to these humble institutions, and neighborhood modernization and the anonymity it brings are replacing the unique appearance and character of what were once incredibly colorful streets. Store Front is a visual guide to New York City's timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied.


Amy's Bread

Murray's Cheese


Lolly Pop


Italian American Grocery

Chelsea Guitars

B&B Meats

Addeo Bakery


Capitol Fishing Tackle

Film Center Cafe

Ideal Dinettes

Claudio's Barber Shop

Bay Lighting

Flats Fixed

Jimmy Stationery

Mc Sorley's Old Ale House

Caffe Reggio

Jet-Set Concepts

Matt Umanov Guitars

Concourse Music Center

Ludlow Guitar

Barney Greengrass

Porto Rico

Olden Camera

(via The Eye of Photography)

1 comment:

  1. Some nice ones here. My father worked at Olden Camera in the 1950s . . .




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