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Store Front (mini): The Disappearing Face of New York [Hardcover]

James T. Murray , Karla L. Murray
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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press, Inc; Min edition (31 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584234075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584234074
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 8.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Authors James and Karla Murray have been photographing the streets of New York for years, publishing two bestselling books on the graffiti scene, Broken Windows and Burnign New York, in the process. With the publication of "Storefront", the Murrays have turned their attention towards faithfully documenting the generations-old stores and shop windows of New York's neighbourhoods. Within the pages of "Storefront", the reader may explore entire blocks that have not changed much in the last century, engaging in startling encounters with contemporary New York. Details of an architectural and cultural heritage that is fast disappearing such as signage, architectural adornment, and window displays are all presented in context, as they exist on the street, all in amazing detail. Between the collected interviews with the shop-owners, and photos from every nook and cranny of New York, "Storefront" is sure to evoke feelings of nostalgia in residents and visitors alike. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars There goes the neighbourhood 28 Feb 2009
"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 America 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 cover the five boroughs with each getting a simplified street map and the relevant neighbourhood 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 colourful 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful coffee table book 24 Nov 2009
Its a book for everyone who loves NY and its local culture. it contains all these small shops that give NY its unique enterpreneurial character. Many, many photos, interviews and infos. Great printing and big size for your coffee table. Worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Store Front 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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