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Brooklyn Storefronts Paperback – Bargain Price, March 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393330028
  • ASIN: B0058M8494
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Lacy has long been fascinated by the color, graphics, and ethnicity represented by the signs of stores in Brooklyn, where he has lived for twenty years.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Powell VINE VOICE on October 10, 2008
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I should've read the "size", before I pulled the trigger on this purchase.
Great pictures of colorful store fronts, all around Brooklyn neighborhoods that are very familiar to me.

However, the book is only slightly bigger than a postcard in its dimensions.
If I had browsed this book in a bookstore, I most likely would not have purchased it.

While the subject matter is great. The facing page of each picture is simply white, leaving a lot of empty space in the book. I think this would be better in a larger format, so the viewer might really examine the details of the interesting street life that is so unique.
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This small book celebrates the random communities that have serviced local neighborhood needs, in this case Brooklyn and surrounding areas, Bedford Stuyvesant, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Sunset Park, even the waterfront neighborhoods from Greenpoint to Gowanus. As the author witnesses a favorite local bodega replaced by a trendy upscale restaurant, he realizes that these multi-cultural stores will soon be demolished to make way for the urban blight of gentrification that forces rents higher and years-long residents from their homes in search of more affordable housing. Unfortunately for the unique individuality of our cities, these iconic venues will disappear all too soon under a wave of economically viable franchises that have spread across the country like a virus. The erratic, hand-painted signage will be replaced with corporate logos and molded plastic furnishings.

So take a slow walk through the pages of this nostalgic collection of Americana. Stop at the Best Fish Market on Fulton Street in Cypress Hills, or purchase fresh produce from Golden Gate Fancy Fruits and Vegetables on Flatbush Avenue. Repair and purchase TVs, VCRs and computers at Save1 Electronics, with its wavy, hand-lettered marquee. Maybe you will discover that favorite record album in a recessed corner of New Lots Music, or select duck, lamb or goat at Bacchus West Indian Market. Everyone's needs are catered to at the Peace and Love Unisex Beauty Salon, where you can rent a stylist's booth or a nail table and enjoy local gossip with the other beauticians and barbers. The bright red paint of Ferailles Botanica promises candles, incense and oils; in contrast, Carlos Shoe Repair in Flatbush advertises its presence in sunshine yellow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 20, 2008
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Any New York library or collection strong in New York architecture or retail will find photographer Paul lacy has done something special here, capturing disappearing Brooklyn mom and pop stores which have been part of Brooklyn's look for decades. All types of stores are featured in a series of fine color photos, with addresses on facing pages allowing visitors to come see for themselves. A fine display for any library strong in New York history and culture.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Arnholt on May 14, 2008
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I've lived in Brooklyn most of my life and this book just proves what a great boro it really is!
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