As I've walked along Fifth Avenue recently, I've seen more and more shuttered stores, sometimes a few on just one block, like 39th to 40th. The inside of this store (40th & Fifth) is currently being gutted.
It's sad, too, to see the hand-painted store-signs, always more beautiful than vinyl awnings, disappearing one by one. There are plenty still in Sunset Park, but mostly on older businesses, some of which are simply aging out after a long run. I wish this art could be revived.
Time for the dumpster at the insurance shop
On a positive note, here's Sam's, looking as lovely as ever.