James and Karla Murray are photographers who have spent years documenting storefronts throughout New York City. Their work is a unique and rich record of New York City infrastructure, documenting vanishing establishments and some that have stood the test of time. Brooklyn Historical Society is fortunate to have a small collection of photographs by James and Karla Murray that depict Brooklyn storefronts. They are digitized and available online.
The photo of the week is one of those photographs and depicts Vasquez Grocery, a family-owned grocery store and bodega, located at 591 Knickerbocker Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The store permanently closed in 2016. This photograph comes from the James and Karla Murray Counter Culture exhibition photographs collection. To learn more about the Murray’s ongoing project to document storefronts in Brooklyn and New York City, check out their website here.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org