For sentimental New Yorkers, these are tear-jerking times. Along with many overly posh things that most of us will survive just fine without, the bad economy threatens to flush away lots of fragile, old-school features of the city we love. James T. and Karla L. Murray document many of these in their excellent new coffee-table book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. Since they began their project eight years ago, fully one-third of their subjects are closed, and many more are certainly on the brink.
We picked out a large handful of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. In the comments, please let us know if you have any attachments to or insider info any of these storefronts. And if you have pictures of your own favorites, e-mail them to us.