The Real Deal New York

Preserving historic NYC storefronts in mini

July 08, 2010 12:30PM

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The models, from left: the Park Slope coffee shop, Nick’s Luncheonette, Vesuvio Bakery (credit: Randy Hage)

While the face of New
York City might be changing, one small-scale artist is hoping to
preserve its memory through models of erstwhile retail spots, according
to the Vanishing New York blog. Randy Hage, a scale model maker for film
and television, said that he has been photographing storefronts in New
York City since the late 1990s, tracking how the facades have changed
over the years. Using those images, Hage created a handful of models —
scaled to 1/12 of the buildings’ original sizes. Among the completed
models is a coffee shop in Park Slope, Nick’s Luncheonette in
Williamsburg and Vesuvio Bakery in Soho. Hage said that he plans to
create more of the models, and that he has “a mental queue of about 30
projects” that he’s considering at the moment. [Vanishing New York]

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