Katy Candy Store NYC Store Front

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that upsets me about visiting NYC – or any great city, for that matter – it’s finding out that yet another of those favourite time-worn unique, friendly places that make visiting worth it, has been chewed up and spat out by the Machine of Progress, never to be seen again. The worst part: when you don’t even get to say goodbye.

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According to The New Yorker, in the eight years it took photographers, James and Karla Murray, to document New York’s disappearing store fronts, more than half of them are now gone, only to be seen in the pages of history books and websites, or in this case their incredible book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. It’s been out a while but I was given a copy for Christmas and can’t stop flicking through it. Here are a few of my favourites from the collection:

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McSorleys Ale House New York Store Front

Add Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York to your coffee table book collection, here. There’s also an updated version, Store Front II which you can buy, here.

P.S: A lust-worthy coffee table book and some dreamy photos of NYC by a New York nightowl.

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