By LANA BORTOLOT
When Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata noticed that the bodegas she used to pass on her daily walks seemed to be getting fewer and fewer, she got out her camera to document a disappearing landscape. She began shooting in 2009 as a fine-arts project for her master’s thesis in photography.
But in December, she stepped up her efforts when she noticed some of the stores closing shop—mainly in Manhattan—were being replaced by national chains, including pharmacies, convenience stores and coffee shops. She moved to capture the city’s bodegas before more became another New York historical footnote.