Everyone always talks about New York in the “old days”—the character, the charm, how much it’s changed. Having lived here for a while, I personally always think it looks basically the same. But James and Karla Murray’s photo collection made me realize this is like aging itself—we get up every day and nothing seems much different in the mirror; it’s not until we look at photos of ourselves from 10 years ago that we feel the time go by.
The Murrays have been taking photos of New York storefronts for years. They’ve even made a coffee table book out of them. The selection below is a guided stroll down 2nd Avenue circa 2001. Some of these classic instituions are gone, some have changed, and some have changed less than you’d think. But the photos are a testament to the only real truth: nothing stays the same.
All photos courtesy of James and Karla Murray