October 10, 2008
Mom and pop stores and services –in business districts and residential areas — long have been a vital part of commerce in Brooklyn. Now, many residents see the barber shops, small food stores, dry cleaners and merchants selling hardware shutting their doors as neighborhoods change, rents rise and chainstores flock to the borough.
“Counter/Culture – The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts,” now at the Brooklyn Historical Society, captures some of the small shops and the people who run them. Photographer-curators James and Karla Murray searched all over Brooklyn for mom and pop businesses, photographed them and interviewed the owners. The exhibition, on display until Dec. 28, “reveals how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.”
For more information, including directions and hours, go to the Brooklyn Historical Society.