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Disappearing BK storefronts

The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) invites the public to celebrate the opening of the third season of “Public Perspectives” exhibits at BHS with the kickoff to the exhibition series’ new season.

“Counter/Culture – The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts” opens September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a reception featuring curators and photographers James and Karla Murray.

Brooklyn’s neighborhood storefronts have the city’s history etched in their facades. Each store is as unique as the customers they serve and are run by owners who share a commitment to provide a special service. Many shops are lifelines for their communities, vital to the residents who depend on them for a multitude of needs. Yet such shops are disappearing on a daily basis as their neighborhoods rapidly change.

Photographer-curators Murray have scoured Brooklyn to observe “mom and pop” businesses from humble neighborhood stores tucked away on narrow side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues.

Through panoramic photographs, portraits of individual storefronts, and illuminating interviews with shop owners, this exhibition reveals how neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.

The exhibit, which runs through December 28, is free and open to the public. The Brooklyn Historical Society is at 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

For more, visit or call 718-222-4111.

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