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Photographers track Manhattan gentrification

See NYC change right before your eyes after the jump

March 30, 2014 02:00PM

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From left: 315 Bowery, 156 Second Avenue, and 25 East First Street

From left: 315 Bowery, 156 Second Avenue, and 25 East First Street (credit: James and Karla Murray)

New York City has never been static, but in the last decade or so Manhattan has seen some dramatic changes.

So to keep the memories of a bygone New York alive, two New York-based photographers, James and Karla Murray, documented the city’s transformation in a book, titled “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.”

“We hope this glimpse will bring awareness to the unique character these small mom-and-pop businesses add to the streets and neighborhoods of New York City and the sense of community they provide,” the Murrays, who have been East Villagers for more than 20 years, told the Huffington Post. “These storefronts have the city’s history etched into their facades. We also hope that viewers will frequent small businesses so that they will continue to survive for many more years.”

Here is a look at what the Murrays have seen change.

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315 Bowery

The iconic Bowery music venue CGBG closed in 2006. Today it is a designer clothing store.

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156 Second Avenue

The East Village institution, Mars Bar, closed in 2011. It was replaced by a TD Bank.

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25 East First Street

2nd Ave Deli had been a local fixture since it opened in 1954. But the deli moved in 2006.  A Chase bank now has the space. [Huffington Post]Christopher Cameron

  • Robert Chin did it too!

    There are 2008 pictures on line of every building with the Chinatown stores at the time by someone named Robert Chin. I guess he did it for free/love so he never made any money or was encouraged to keep photographing.

    It’s very poignant but it also shows that it’s a survival of the fittest situation because there are a lot of unsuccessful retail endeavors out there.

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