With everything

by Robert A. Ripps on August 17, 2015

From the “Damn, I wish I had thought of that” file, a great photo essay/book about NYC pizzerias, called, appropriately enough, The New York Pizza Project.


And no, I don’t get a slice of the profits…


To preserve & protect

by Robert A. Ripps on July 23, 2015

Recently, I started working on a new pro bono project, in support of neighborhood preservation. A whole block of low rise buildings has been amassed by a developer, and the plan is to shortly force out all the residents and businesses, so the whole block width can be torn down, to be replaced with taller, modern buildings. Typical New York story. However, this block is part of old Tribeca, amidst several blocks that preservations- myself included- have been fighting for a while to get added to the Tribeca historic district.

This is also a story about the small businesses which have been located here for years, and in some cases, decades, and the people who own and work in them. Most are restaurants or bars owned by individuals who will be forced to shutter and never be able to reopen in the neighborhood, if anywhere. Instead of small, locally owned business, in a few years we will likely have just more chain stores like banks, Starbucks or Duane Reade.


I wanted to draw attention to these local institutions- their history, their people, the sense of community that is being destroyed here, as elsewhere in NYC.

This is a work in progress, and I will post more images in the coming weeks.

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