Mom-and-pop stores have always been the heart and soul of New York City, giving each neighborhood a unique character and sense of place. But over the years, city rents have skyrocketed and small business owners have had to close their doors.
Many of these mom-and-pop shops were part of their communities for decades and the people who live in these communities feel a sense of loss. To honor these small businesses for their contribution in making New York a diverse and vibrant place to live, I have photographed what is left behind once a business has permanently closed its doors and the lights go out for the last time.
Farewell letters to customer posted in store windows, company signs and awnings still part of the facade, furniture discarded behind glass doors, they are all signs of what is vanishing in our neighborhoods. Every day, one by one, we lose the heart and soul of our communities.