Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

Janes Walk

Led By James and Karla Murray

The traditional storefront in New York City that has prevailed in some cases for over a century is facing several new setbacks. These family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and there was a time when they defined our neighborhoods. Many were humble stores tucked away on narrow side streets, while others had become well-known institutions on historic avenues. Each store turned out to be as unique as their customers, run by owners with a commitment to tradition and special service. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of our colorful streets suffers in the process. A diverse mix of Jewish, Italian, Irish, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese and Hispanic mom and pop storefronts will be visited including many culinary specialty stores. Join James & Karla Murray, the photographers and authors of STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights, as they visit some of the remarkable East Village storefronts documented in their books, and remember those which have disappeared.

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Sunday, May 6
1:00 PM
1 Hour
In Person

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Food & Entertainment, History & Culture
Accessibility: Family-friendly, Senior-friendly
Meeting Location

Meeting at In front of St. Mark's Church in the Bowery (131 East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue)


4, 6, R, W

Finding your walk leader

Walk leaders will be by the St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, near entranceway iron fence holding up MAS Jane's Walk signage.

Ending Location

Moishe's Bake Shop 115 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street

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