Story and video by Sherry Mazzocchi
It all started with a slice of pizza.
Julian Kaiser walked out of his favorite pizzeria at 189th Street and Broadway a few years ago and realized that the stores on the street were all owned and occupied by fascinating people.
He decided to photograph the street- and them.
“Working Broadway” is Kaiser’s study of a dozen Washington Heights businesses. He captured storefronts in color and the owners in black-and-white portraits. The results are on display at Coogan’s Restaurant.
Kaiser photographed long-standing businesses.
“I looked for businesses that have been the anchors, businesses that add the character and color to the neighborhood,” he said.
Neighborhood residents will see many familiar faces on display at Coogan’s, including the restaurant’s owners, Tess O’Connor McDade, David Hunt and Peter Walsh. Xavier and Annette Eikerenkoetter stand arm in arm outside of the United Palace. Betty Zafiros holds a bouquet outside of her store, Fort Washington Florist.