thanks devb for the pic
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Brooklyn Historical Society’s current exhibition, “The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts” is a captivating look in to the storefront facades that shape our neighborhoods. The exhibition has been extended through March 29, 2009 and is a must see.
Brooklyn’s neighborhood storefronts have the city’s history etched in their facades. Each store is as unique as the customers they serve and are run by owners who share a commitment to provide a special service. Many shops are lifelines for their communities, vital to the residents who depend on them for a multitude of needs. Yet such shops are disappearing on a daily basis as their neighborhoods rapidly change. Photographer-curators James and Karla Murray have scoured Brooklyn to observe “mom and pop” businesses from humble neighborhood stores tucked away on narrow side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues. Through panoramic photographs, portraits of individual storefronts, and illuminating interviews with shop owners, this exhibition reveals how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (at Clinton Street), Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Storefront: The Disappearing Faces of New York City
A new book from Ginko Press is Storefront. The built environment that allows for the formation and development of street culture, from art to skating, is a constantly evolving landscape. While some streets may never change aesthetically, moods do. Tenants change. Shopkeepers move on. Photographers James and Karla Murray have diligently documented the streets of New York for years. They’re interested was sparked by grafitti, leading to two books Broken Windows and Burning New York. Storefronts, moves away from street art, to the look of the streets themselves. Awnings, signage, window display. The changing faces of city blocks. And, also, those that have remained stagnant for generations. Augmenting the photographs are interviews with store owners