As New Yorkers, we have the privilege and luxury of being able to get our morning coffee at like a dozen different places in our neighborhood in large part thanks to one of the city's most beloved, gritty, and prevailing institutions, bodegas. They're everywhere, and many of them are beautiful symbols of NYC, past and present, which is a lot of what photographer Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata said inspired her to set out on a quest to photograph every bodega she could find in Manhattan, ultimately totaling over 1,900.
"The bodega is a microcosm," she said. "There’s such a variety of things that reflect the variety of the city's people and interests and cultures that you can find all in this one store, open 24 hours a day. At bodegas, somebody actually knows you -- or how you take your coffee -- in a city where you can be really anonymous. The bodega is the cornerstone that makes neighborhoods tangible."