24 April 2008

The Iconography of the Candy Store


This is how the New York Candy Store lives in the collective subconscious of the populace, in the imaginations of Edward Hopper, Berenice Abbott and Richard Estes. Bold black letters on a white background: "Candy Store Films - Toys." A Coca-Cola sign. An sunburnt awning. A rusted roller-shutter. A parking meter. Angular shadows.

Pure American iconography. Sitting there, actually existing, on 187th Street in The Bronx. If we saw this image in a museum, we'd gaze on in on profound contemplation and appreciation. If we see if actually standing on a working sidewalk, we want to tear it down.

This, in essence, is what's wrong with the times we are living in.

3 comments:

NewYorkDave said...

Tear it down? Hell no! I want to roll up that gate, walk behind the counter and make an egg cream!

tom said...

amen brother. that's a beautiful sight.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Thanks, guys. I appreciate your appreciation.