19. Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria in the Garment District

Dubrow's Cafeteria neon sign in a black and white photo
Photo Courtesy of the artist Marcia Bricker Halperin

To pay homage to the many long-lived iconic diners around New York City, Brooklynite photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin created Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria. While Kibbitz & Nosh is an exhibition it is also a recently published book, both of which serve as photographic tributes to many historic eateries such as Horn & Hardarts Automat, the Garden Cafeteria on the Lower East Side, and of course, Dubrow’s Cafeteria, which last location closed in 1985.

Kibbitz & Nosh stirs feelings of nostalgia in those not even from New York, as it highlights in its black and white archival prints the struggles of being a humble diner in an ever-changing city. Photographs of the old, eclectic interiors, lights, and decorations take viewers back in time to perhaps a simple version of New York City.

The photography exhibition is located inside the Kaufman Arcade building at 139 W 35th Street, in the heart of the Garment District, and is established as part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program. The free exhibit is open to the public through August 31.

Untapped New York Insiders recently got a sneak peek of Halperin’s book in a virtual talk where she shared a selection of photos. You can see this talk in our on-demand video archive, along with more than 200 other past virtual experiences! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today and get your first month free with code JOINUS.