Store Fronts

The now-defunct music venue CBGB was home to many punk bands like The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Television.

Photographers James Murray and Karla Murray spent more than ten years photographing the distinctive facades of family-run shops in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. In Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, they collect these images to paint a portrait of the ever-changing demographics of New York City.

Images from Store Front are currently on display at the Clic Bookstore and Gallery until March 27th.

Caffe Reggio - MacDougal St near Minetta Lane. The original owner was the first to sell cappuccino in the United States--from a machine he spent his entire life-savings to bring over from Italy.
Caffe Reggio - MacDougal St near Minetta Lane. The original owner was the first to sell cappuccino in the United States--from a machine he spent his entire life-savings to bring over from Italy. ( Courtesy of James and Karla Murray )
Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery - on Houston Street near Chrystie Street. Known for their knishes, the store sells yogurt made from the original culture brought over from Romania in the 1890s.
Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery - on Houston Street near Chrystie Street. Known for their knishes, the store sells yogurt made from the original culture brought over from Romania in the 1890s. ( Courtesy of James and Karla Murray )
McSorely's Ale House - East 7th Street near Cooper Square. Originally, McSorely's was an all-male establishment with the slogan, "good ale, raw onions, and no ladies."
McSorely's Ale House - East 7th Street near Cooper Square. Originally, McSorely's was an all-male establishment with the slogan, "good ale, raw onions, and no ladies."

It was the last bar to serve women after they lost a court case in 1970.

( Courtesy of James and Karla Murray )
Astroland/The Wonder Wheel - Coney Island, Boardwalk at West 10th Street. The Wonder Wheel was bought as an engagement present for the owner's wife.
Astroland/The Wonder Wheel - Coney Island, Boardwalk at West 10th Street. The Wonder Wheel was bought as an engagement present for the owner's wife.

He wanted to give her a ring so big that everyone in the world would see how much he loved her.

( Courtesy of James and Karla Murray )
Di Palo's - Grand St. at Mott St. Di Palo's has been open since 1925. They say that the water quality in New York City is what makes their homemade mozzarella so delicious.
Di Palo's - Grand St. at Mott St. Di Palo's has been open since 1925. They say that the water quality in New York City is what makes their homemade mozzarella so delicious. ( Courtesy of James and Karla Murray )
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