Store Front
Bestseller James T. & Karla L. Murray

Store Front

The Disappearing Face of New York

Published by Gingko Press
336 pages, Hardcover
13 1/4" x 12" (340 x 303 mm)
4 fold-outs, large format, 220 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-227-8


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Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York is a visual guide to New York City’s timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied.

Almost all of these businesses are a reflection of New York’s early immigrant population, a wild mix of Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Poles, Eastern Europeans and later Hispanics and Chinese.

The variety is immense from Manhattan’s Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery and Katz’s Delicatessen to the Jackson Heights Florist in Queens, Court Street Pastry in Brooklyn, D. D’Auria and Sons Pork Store in the Bronx and the De Luca General Store on Staten Island. And as the Murray’s stunning, large format photographs make patently clear, the face of New York is etched in their facades.


Television & Film
On YouTube: STORE FRONT New York (Munrovia Pictures) [6:28 min]
Radio Interview with Jim and Karla Murray
Newspapers, Magazines & Online
London Telegraph: Store Fronts in New York: Baby Watson cheesecake and kosher chewing gum — Soon James and Karla Murray’s vivid collection of photographs may be all that remains of New York’s colourful and distinctive shopfronts (by Lucy Davies)
Wall Street Journal: A Remembrance of Haunts (by William Meyers)
Saveur Magazine: Signs of the Times (by Dana Bowen)
NY Magazine – Slideshow: The Endangered Species of New York
The L Magazine: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (by Sarah Moroz)
New York Times (Sunday Book Review): Signs and Portents (by Steven Heller)
New York Times: Putting a Stamp on New York’s Architecture (by Sam Roberts)
The New Yorker: Store Front
Newsweek: Down at the Corner Store
AM New York: Book offers lens on New York City’s vanishing storefronts (view article at Newsday)
Publishers Weekly: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York
Wall to Watch: The old shops of New York
La Lettre – Le Journal de la photographie: The disappearing face of New York
M & C: Disappearing face of New York (by Jessica Schneider)
New York Post: Stop signs + Slideshow: Stop signs
Canada East: New book ‘Store Front’ documents the retail face of New York City
Financial Times (Deutschland): Die Tante-Emma-Läden von New York
Der Spiegel: Ladensterben in New York (by Marc Pitzke)
The Junction: Store Front: The Disappearing Face of NY
Die Zeit: Hausgemachte Wurst seit 1938
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Fotografien historischer Ladenfronten – New York, vergänglich
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: Vanishing Store Fronts