According to the mural, “Mom” passed in 2009, and my web research indicates that the “M&M Variety Hardware” store closed sometime between fall 2010 and fall 2011. The “In Memory of Mom” moral on the roll down gate was done by local muralist Chico, who also does a rotating series of murals on the wall around the corner. Mom was the liquor store owner, and the store is now in the hands of her nephew. This is Avenue B on the Lower East Side, corner of Houston.
UPDATE: I almost forgot. Please go visit Scott Frederick’s blog for the latest installment of our HDR collaboration group, with an amazing image of a closed movie theatre projection room. It’s already a favorite of many people, including me.