Monday, May 1, 2017

Irving Toys


 Photo of the original store by Elizabeth Thompsen on Flickr. Photo of the construction by me.


Irving Toys was a tiny little toy store at 71 Harvard Ave, tucked in between two apartment buildings in Brookline, MA. Ethel Weiss and her first husband purchased and opened the store, and Ethel continued running it with both her second husband and on her own. It closed in 2005 after Ethel died at age 77. Here's a great article about the store and Ethel. Fun fact: the Devotion School, mentioned in the above article, has also been razed and is being completely rebuilt.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Circle Cinema, Brighton, MA

Circle Cinema closed in 2008, when this picture was taken. Deconstruction of the building didn't begin until 2016, in part because the property it sat on was part Boston, part Newton, and part Brookline. So negotiations about what they would build had to be approved by three different municipalities. It is going to be some mix of commercial and residential properties, and the Applebee's restaurant that used to be next door to the theater was also torn down.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sahara, Boston, MA, 2011



I've long admired this vintage sign and Boston landmark. I don't know anything about the business or when it closed. I know there's a Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant in Methuen, perhaps the same owners of this former location? It's been closed for at least five years.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Van Printing, Brighton, MA, 2006



I don't know when Van Printing went out of business; I've lived in the neighborhood since 2006 and I don't think it's been operational since then. I'm not sure when I noticed the interesting graffiti. The Hebrew letters spell "neshama" which means soul.