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Brazenhead Books for The Fabulist

March 23, 2015

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I recently photographed the inimitable Michael Seidenberg and his “hidden” bookshop on the Upper East Side, called Brazenhead Books, for Aesop’s journal, The Fabulist. See it here: http://www.aesop.com/usa/the-fabulist/brazenhead-books/

Michael is a true gem – a classic NYC character and a very warm & generous host. The current iteration of Brazenhead Books will be closing in a few months, sadly (he’s being evicted by the new landlord of the building). While I was there, I couldn’t help but think (once again) that quirky spots like Brazenhead no longer have a place in the new, renovated, expensive, sleek, homogenous version of New York City. The city begins to feel like one giant, expensive shopping mall now – and an alternative world, a slice of history, slowly fades away.

You can see a great short video about Michael and his bookshop HERE.

Thanks to Sam Cate-Gumpert for this assignment.

6 Comments
  1. March 23, 2015 11:48 am

    What a lovely little spot to chat and browse. Sorry to hear it will be closing.

  2. March 23, 2015 11:51 am

    Very sad, to see places like this disappear. We, as a people and a community are losing so much; and for what?

  3. March 23, 2015 7:09 pm

    wonderful photos (as always) and thank you for sharing your thoughts and this gem of a place. it is truly sad what we lose in the name of progress. wonder is what makes cities and the people in them thrive.

  4. March 24, 2015 4:04 am

    One of the most beautiful sets of photos I can remember seeing in a very long time… It’s always so sad to lose places like this :(

  5. March 24, 2015 5:05 am

    This is a place I’d like to be locked in for many many weeks. Wonderful, stimulating photos, a great video and sad, sad story. Thanks for your work

  6. April 4, 2015 7:56 am

    Wonderful pictures

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