Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

Photographers James and Karla Murray’s book,  Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, chronicles the  Mom and Pop stores in New York City struggling to compete in an economy dominated by big-box stores. Many of these shops served a dual purpose, acting as an anchor for the community. The project took the Murrays 8 years to complete and in that time, 1/3 of the stores featured had been closed.

Newsweek has a great slideshow with audio of the project.

Walters Hardware Co., by James and Karla Murray

Walters Hardware Co., by James and Karla Murray

Cassanova Menswear, by James and Karla Murray

Cassanova Menswear, by James and Karla Murray

Ideal Hosiery, by James and Karla Murray

Ideal Hosiery, by James and Karla Murray

Capitol Fishing Tackle, by James and Karla Murray

Capitol Fishing Tackle, by James and Karla Murray

Ralph's, by James and Karla Murray

Ralph's, by James and Karla Murray

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