April 14, 2016

Essex Street Market

Another of my favorite photo locales from the 1970s is soon to undergo changes.
Some of my photos will be on view at the market in conjunction with a talk entitled Pickles & Pastries: The Evolution of NYC’s Public Markets.
They can be seen on the wall right next to Davidovich Bagels.
Essex Street Market, 1977

December 13, 2015

The Jew as Other Exhibition

Internet is Poison
It has may gd save us destroyed hundred of Jewish homes
When you take the internet in your hand know that you are putting a gun to your head

Walking around Williamsburg I was always drawn to the mysterious street postings. It was a fun game to read the Yiddish letters and be surprised when a word like 'internet' was part of the translation.
A photograph from this series will be included in an interesting group show titled, The Jew as the "Other" at the Abrazo Interno Gallery on the Lower East Side.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, from 5:00-8:00 pm
Viewing hours December 24-30, 3:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Here is a sampling of other photographs from the series:
Odorless powder
Wonderful Powder for feet with a bad smell
put the powder in your shoes for one week and it will help for half a year
checked and tested (a talmudic phrase)

Powerful Sale

Why borscht...

December 21, 2014


Beny Moré Art School, Cienfuegos, Cuba 2013

The current events in Cuba led me to review the photos I took during a trip I took to the island last year. While visiting an art school in Cienfuegos I came upon this student in a studio. Access to the internet was very limited and slow.
Additional images can be seen at http://registry.bricartsmedia.org/profile.php?aid=7712.

November 09, 2014

Dubrow's New York Grill

Dubrow's Cafeteria, Kings Highway, Brooklyn

A sophisticated restaurant and cocktail bar inspired by the Dubrow's cafeterias is coming to Houston, Texas. I was contacted by Houston restauranteur, Ziggy Gruber, who has great appreciation for cafeterias and deli restaurants. His new establishment in Houston will be like an American brasserie. One dish will be 'shrimp Dubrow', fitting since it was at Dubrow's Cafeteria on Kings Highway that I first tasted a shrimp salad sandwich in the 1970s.

March 30, 2014

Recent Web Sightings

     Women I photographed at Dubrow's Cafeteria and other places in the 1970s keep surfacing on websites. The latest is a portrait of Rose who was picked to represent the essence of Women's History Month by the Brooklyn Historical Society. As I remember Rose was a lively 82 year old on a Sunday afternoon outing to Dubrow's.  A Russian grandmother, part of the influx of Jewish immigrants to Brighton Beach that I documented in the 70s, is seen at a Hanukah party with her grandchildren on the Historical Society's blog.
     Not to say that Neal Shapiro's mother doesn't have fabulous taste, "She loved Coney Island and Ebbets Field"but when he asked WNET viewers to share treasured memories for the upcoming Brooklyn Best documentary I couldn't help but think that memories of Dubrow's Cafeteria just had to be included. It seems a reporter from the Daily News, who reached out to me, felt the same about the Dubrow's 'regulars'.

June 10, 2012

Interview on Vanishing New York blog

     Jeremiah Moss has been maintaing a blog called Vanishing New York for five years with a motto that goes:   A NEW YORKER IS SOMEONE WHO LONGS FOR NEW YORK
     He interviewed me and displayed some of my archival photographs of Dubrow's Cafeterias.

August 01, 2011

Compilation of Photos

I have made a photo book of some of my favorite images from the 70's and 80's in New York City.

To view the book, click the following link:

April 18, 2010

Never too late to be a rock photographer

I discovered Matisyahu's music when I was about to edit "Adventures on a Tzitza String". "King without a Crown" provides the soundtrack for that video and has led many people to search out Matisyahu's music. I've become a big fan of his and got to photograph him in my first ever rock photo gig. The photo appeared on his website during his Hasidic days.

April 15, 2009

Good News!

I have been awarded grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs through the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Program for a documentary film on cafeterias.  To some, the mere mention of Dubrow's, Garfield, Famous, Hoffman's, etc. creates an outpouring of nostalgia for the days when Irish bars, Italian social clubs and Jewish cafeterias were the social centers of NYC neighborhoods. The film will include my own photographs, video shot in cafeterias and contemporary interviews. 

November 10, 2008

Afterimage article on Click!

Another nice comment appeared in the publication of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, 
Afterimage vol. 36, no. 2 (Sept/Oct 2008): 29-30
J. MacNeill Miller says:
"Nevertheless, "Click!" contained some very good images. The unanimous favorite across all experience levels was Marcia Bricker Halperin's Dubrow's Cafeteria, 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 Andre Kertesz.