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5.0 out of 5 stars There goes the neighbourhood, 28 Feb 2009
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Robin Benson - See all my reviews
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"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
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Eva T. Morellas "vakis4" (greece) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A hesitant purchase, 28 Dec 2011
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S. Gee "stewgee" (London) - See all my reviews
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I checked this book out in the mini-volume in Waterstones. I wasn't that taken with it at first - the frames seemed repetitive and the reproduction not great. Then a bit of time passed and I checked out James and Karla Murray's website - google it, it's interesting and provides a bit of an insight into the history of the images in the book.

Having thought about it, I could see very easily how the larger size would work, so I bought it. The book is about as large as you can comfortably hold and read (maybe a little larger than is comfortable actually), allowing you to look at the detail of these wonderful old shops, bars and cafes, and the printing renders the texture and colour captured by the photographers beautifully.

As other reviewers have noted, the detail of the printing could be higher, but with prints on this scale, it doesn't matter that much.

Long and short, I now have a strong hankering to take a flight back to Manhattan, and to try something similar in London.

Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Second Look, 12 July 2010
When I first saw this book my immediate thoughts were yet another Boring Post Card type thing. But then I took a second look, maybe because I have a fascination for shop fronts and doors and windows in my own photography, and I became engrossed. Not just with the pictures but what this book tells the reader about New York; it is both a history and a tourist guide as well. The book not only tells of the families that have built up these shops and their own trials and tribulations of life but gives an account of the areas of New York where these lives are played out. And that is inspiration enough for me to go and visit some of these stores and the areas they are in next time I am in New York. To get off the tourist trail and experience some real New York and real New Yorkers. In the meantime I shall continue to enjoy setting this book out on the kitchen table and slowly turning the pages while absorbing the unique experience that this book has to offer - it actually takes you there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting gift for a former New Yorker, 17 Dec 2013
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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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