New York is like an open-air museum for lovers of architectural history. Though I live on the West Coast, I’ve had the good fortune to visit the city many times on business or family trips. These always involve some exploration with a camera, which here is a full-contact sport for all senses. Maneuvering the pedestrian and car traffic becomes an aesthetic exercise and a test of endurance. But the end result is always worth it.
Manhattan is home to some of the most iconic storefronts in the country. Some handed down through generations of family, like Russ & Daughters and Gringers & Sons. Some born of the dreams of immigrants with humble beginnings, like Yonah Schimmel and Julian Baczynsky. This is really the starting point for modern commercial history. So this is where I began my project. This Manhattan collection is my own humble attempt to celebrate, preserve and immortalize these rare American treasures.