Nice slide show of shots of inside the book too….
the lab review
It’s easy for many to take New York at its current face value (especially for transplants like myself): hip restaurants, hi-end boutiques, and the ever-increasing big name retail chains. What Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Mini Edition) by James T. Murray and Karla L. Murray captures, however, is the passing cityscape of the five boroughs - the facades of mom-and-pop butcher chops, bakeries, fabric wholesalers, groceries, sporting-goods, dive bars, etc - that once gave the city its distinctive appearance but are quickly disappearing. The authors of two other NY-centric books, Broken Windows and Burning New York, travel thorough neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx to photograph strorefront signs and interview owners, and the richly colored images alongside insightful stories present a street-level view of the Big Apple and how it is changing (more than third of the businesses featured are gone). 336 pages + 4 fold-outs, hardcover, 8″ x 7″, 246 illustrations, recommended.
reviewed by nakinboots 01/21/2011