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Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

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Store Front (Mini) is a new, compact version of the critically  acclaimed bestseller Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, by  James and Karla Murray.

The Murrays' 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. Store Front (Mini) immerses the reader in a virtual tour  of NYC at its most authentic. From tiny stores tucked away on narrow  side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues, this book  presents the individual images and shop owner stories that together make  up a collective history. Up until now, there has been little attention  paid to New York's storefronts; this book reverses that glaring omission  and makes clear that the spirit of New York City is etched in its  facades.

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.


  • Hardcover :  329 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  8.7 x 1.17 x 7.42 inches 
  • Publisher :  Gingko Press; Mini Edition (January 21, 2011)