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Store Front (Mini Edition) : The Disappearing Face of New York Hardcover – 28 Feb 2012


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press; Min edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584234075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584234074
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 22.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluebird on 19 Feb 2013
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This is a superb book for everyone who loves New York and it's wacky and tacky character. For those who have not had the opportunity to get to know the City it will give them the chance to to see a side of the place seldom seen in promotional literature.

So wonderful that the Authors have recorded so much wonderful material before it is lost.

I also recommend purchasing a copy of New York Nights which is fabulous.
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Purchased this for someone who lived in New York for a while - hope it brings back some fun memories!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
There goes the neighborhood 28 Feb 2009
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Well, it was open last week, I went in and bought something" A familiar thought if you live in a city, large or small, across the Nation and discover that the store that had been there for decades is now closed: probably for good. James and Karla Murray have done us all a favor by capturing, for ever, the changing store front scene in New York. Amazingly, as mentioned in their introduction, almost a third of the stores in the book have closed!

The 220 photos (with some repeated in four huge fold-outs) cover the five boroughs with each getting a simplified street map and the relevant neighborhood indicated, some copy provides background to the name and how the area originated. What gives the book a lift though is the frequent addition of interviews with the storeowners who provide insights about the history of their premises and the products they sell.

All the photos are straight on shots of the store fronts but don't think for a minute that this might be sort of boring because these stores are a kaleidoscope of colorful window displays with products, notices and neon signs, awnings, and an amazing selection of lettering for their names, plus many of them desperately need some renovation and this adds texture to the surrounding building. Photos that are this content rich just don't need any gimmicks or trendy angle shots. The book's large size also adds to their impact (check out the Product Details).

This is a large, chunky, beautifully produced coffee table book (though a shame it wasn't printed with a finer screen than the 175 used). I wouldn't have thought that photos of store fronts would have yielded such a fascinating collection of stunning photos but here they are. A visual treat!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
BRINGS ME RIGHT BACK TO THE CITY 5 April 2009
By La Ura Loos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After looking through Store Front, I felt like I was right back in NYC when I lived there over 40 years ago. The hundreds of gorgeous photos of these old mom-and-pop stores brought back memories of my own neighborhood and shopping trips downtown from The Bronx and summer outings to Coney Island. I also enjoyed reading all the interviews with store owners and finding out the "secret" to their survival. I have this massive book on my table and everyone who comes over spends time flipping through it and want to take it home with them. I plan on visiting many of the stores that were highlighted because the photographers kindly gave the exact address of each store in every borough. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever lived in New York, visited New York or just interested in seeing the stores that make NYC the special place that it is.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
STORE FRONT-an essential book for everyone who loves NYC 31 Jan 2009
By A WRITER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Amazing, enormous book filled with page after page of panorama photos and single mom-and-pop stores. I especially loved the huge fold-outs and reading all the interviews. What else can I say, the book is outstanding and I'll treasure it forever. I've told everyone I know to buy it.
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What a great book 16 Jun 2009
By Harald Widemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
During a vacation I saw this book in a shop close to Central Park. Then back in Germany I decided to purchase it. With great interest I read all descriptions about New York and the stores to which the storefronts belong to. With this book I learn more about NY's history than with any other source. This book enriches my personal library
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Wonderfull 1 May 2009
By Mel Wittenstein - Published on Amazon.com
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A beatifully produced walk through the DNA of important New York city commercial businesses, I can't thank the books creators enough. I there enough material for a volume II?
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