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National Jewish Book Award Winner

From the Judge's Remarks:

The book serves as a rich doc­u­ment for future aca­d­e­mics and sto­ry­tellers look­ing to under­stand the dai­ly life of com­mon New York­ers and the cen­tral­i­ty of third spaces” to com­mu­ni­ty and culi­nary cul­ture, and it does so in a one-of-a-kind visu­al man­ner befit­ting the sig­nif­i­cance of such an institution.

Through My Lens: NYC in the 1970s

Brooklyn College Library
September 1 - November 10, 2023

The exhibition offers a nostalgic and poignant glimpse into New York City's diverse and visually rich communities in the 1970s through 25 black and white photographs.

The works include iconic cafeterias such as Dubrow’s Cafeteria and the Automat, public markets of the Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem, Coney Island, the streets of Flatbush, and Hell’s Kitchen. The images, which span over a decade, celebrate the cultural significance of these neighborhoods and places while highlighting their ongoing struggle for survival amid the city's ever-evolving landscape.

Outdoor Exhibition in Morningside Park NYC

August 5 - November 30, 2023

Outdoor installation featuring 10 photographers and 5 youth photographers.

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Recent Events

Thank you to all those that attended in-person and virtually. Stay tuned for upcoming exhibits and events.

Check out these archived events

Center for Brooklyn History/Brooklyn Public Library

B'nai Brith Interview

Garment District Arts Alliance Exhibition

Kaufman Arcade
139 West 35th Street (behind Macy's)

free to the public Monday - Saturday

through August 25th

Media coverage

Edward Hopper House Exhibition
Nyack, New York

Kibbitz & Nosh: New York City’s Vanishing Cafeterias
April 13, 2023 - June 25, 2023

An exhibition of over 30 photographs  documenting the waning years of New York City’s self-service dining establishments.

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#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis

International Center of Photography, NYC 
Exhibition: October 1, 2020 - January 3, 2021

#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, initiated by the International Center of Photography in March, 2020, presents an exhibition and book of photographs collected from the ICPConcerned hashtag on Instagram. The images present a wide range of responses to recent events worldwide, from the COVID-19 pandemic to Black Lives Matter protests and beyond.

Rosh Hashanah shofar blowing, Brooklyn Public Library, 2020
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Exhibition and Lecture  
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

January 16 -July 31, 2020
New York City's Vanished Cafeterias

ARTNEWS review
'She Persists': At the Mayor's House, a Thrilling Chronicle of
Women Artists in New York
by Andrew Russeth                January 25, 2019

"But the truly unforgettable piece, for me, is a 1980 photo, shot by Marcia Bricker, of Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who for decades has served as the unpaid artist in residence at the Department of Sanitation. She’s sitting on a stool at a diner, accompanied by three of the 8,500 sanitation workers whose hands she set out to shake. Each time she did so, she said to them something that could be addressed to every artist in this remarkable show—and that should be said more often, to more people: “Thank you for keeping New York City alive.”

Book Cover - Love and Exile by Isaac Bashevis Singer
published by Penguin Classics, 2018

A photograph taken through the window of Dubrow's Cafeteria in 1975 appears on the cover of the reissued Isaac Bashevis Singer memoir. In the book he often frequents cafeterias. Singer won the Nobel Prize winner in Literature in 1978. His memoir and Yiddish translations are being reissued in Europe and the Commonwealth due to renewed interest in his work and Yiddish literature.

New York Times Lens Blog Feature
May 7, 2017
In New York’s Cafeterias, a Cup of Coffee and Community

Afterimage review
The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

THE TASTE OF CROWDS Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition
Brooklyn Museum       June 27 - August 10, 2008

"Click!" contained some very good images. The unanimous favorite across all experience levels was Marcia Bricker Halperin's Dubrow's Cafeteria (1979), a black-and-white image of a sagacious old woman looking at the street from behind a plate glass window dominated by the reflection of an old-fashioned taxicab. Mingling the transparencies and reflections of plate glass windows is a trick dating to Eugene Atget's day, but Halperin pulls it off in an image worthy of André Kertesz.

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