Saturday, June 27, 2020

Katy’s Candy, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Katy’s Candy in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn was in business from 1969 until 2007 when it was forced to close when the landlord wanted to convert the building into a luxury condo. 

Sadly, the #storefront remains empty today (left) and the luxury condo project never materialized. It makes you wonder if the landlord would have been better off letting Katy keep her small business and pay rent all these years. 

The importance of small unique shops like Katy’s to the community can’t be understated and that is the reason why we are holding a free online public workshop via YouTube to help raise awareness of their importance. 

• CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS 2020 is a photography, social media and oral history ONLINE workshop which focuses on the cultural significance of neighborhood stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. The ONLINE workshop will culminate in both an online @momandpopstorefronts dedicated Instagram page and a public exhibition of participants' work. 

• The workshops teach how photography, social media, and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Participants will also gain valuable knowledge in creating and maintaining their own social media account. Small local mom-and-pop shops including restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of our communities and now more than ever need all of our support. Many have been struggling to survive during the COVID shutdown, and highlighting their business is a great free way to help promote them. 

•• To participate in our free workshop please watch our YouTube video which we premiered last night. (See direct link below). We will be holding a 2nd free public workshop in early August to review and provide feedback on every participants’ photos and oral histories. 

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