Store Front II
Karla L. & James T. Murray

Store Front II

A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York
Introduction by David Lopes

348 pages, Hardcover
13 1/4" X 12"
250 Illustrations, ISBN: 978-1-58423-604-7


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James and Karla Murray have been capturing impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s; Store Front II chronicles their continued efforts to document a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York’s “Mom and Pop” economy. The Murrays’ penetrating photographs are only half the story, though. In the course of their travels throughout the city’s boroughs the Murrays have taken great care to document the stories behind the scenery. Their copious background texts, gleaned largely from interviews with the stores’ owners and employees, bring wonderful color and nuance to the importance of these unique one-off establishments. The Murrays have rendered the out of the way bodegas, candy shops and record stores just as faithfully as the historically important institutions and well known restaurants, bars and cafes. From the Stonewall Inn to the Brownsville Bike Shop and The Pink Pussycat to Smith and Wolensky, the Murrays reveal how New York’s long-standing mom & pop businesses stand in sharp contrast to the city’s rapidly evolving corporate facade.

The authors’ landmark 2008 book, Store Front, was recently cited in Bookforum’s 20th Anniversary issue as having “…demonstrated the paradoxical power of digital photo editing to alter actual views in order for us to see more clearly what is really there.” James and Karla Murray live in New York City and were awarded the New York Society Library’s prestigious New York City book award in 2012 for their last book, New York Nights.


The Atlantic, “City Lab”: “Photographing New York’s Endangered Mom and Pop Stores” by Tanvi Misraehold

Business Insider: “12 Photos of New York City’s Quickly Disappearing Small Businesses” by Sarah Jacobs

The Creators Project: “A Friendly Photographic Reminder That CBGB Is Now a Boutique Outlet” by Beckett Mufson

Curbed NY: “Chronicling the Rise and Fall of New York City’s Mom & Pop Shops” by Amy Plitt

Fast Company: “A Photo Book Documents New York City’s Irreplaceable Mom and Pop Shops” by Christine Champagne

The Guardian: “Closing Down: The Couple Chronicling New York’s Disappearing Storefronts”  by Sarah Moroz

Gothamist: “The Disappearing & Enduring Mom & Pop Storefronts of NYC”  by Jen Carlson

The Huffington Post: “Store Front II: A History Preserved” by Robert Brenner

The Leonard Lopate Show: “Revivals and Retrospectives: New York’s Iconic, and Vanishing, Storefronts” (radio)

Metro NY: “As NYC wrestles to keep local businesses open, couple keep documenting dying storefronts.” by Chester Soria

NY Daily News: “Photographers capture the city’s disappearing store fronts”  by Nicole Bitette

The New York Times: “How Literature and Teachers Can Change Lives” by Sam Roberts

Observer: “One Couple is Documenting Every Vanishing Storefront in New York”  by Amanda Manning

Publishers Weekly: “The Big Indie Books of Fall 2015”  by Judith Rosen

Slate/Behold: “When New York’s Mom-and-Pop Businesses Disappear, So Does a Neighborhood’s Character”

Der Spiegel: “Closing Time” (German)

Suddeutsche Zeitung: Slideshow: “Das verschwindende Gesicht (The Vanishing Face)” (German)

**A Library Journal Starred Review**

**A Foreword Reviews‘ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner**