Monday, May 25, 2015

The original Shake Shack in Manhattan

A look at the original Shack in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, as the Shake Shack opens this week in Philadelphia.

The original Shake Shack in Manhattan

I was in NYC's Flatiron Distirict last week to check out the original Shake Shack as Danny Meyer's 15th location - the first in Philadelphia - opened this week at 20th and Sansom Streets. food writer Michael Klein went to interview Meyer, who spent a career planning such landmarks as Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and Eleven Madison Park. He told Mike Shake Shack was created by accident twelve years ago, as he was helping the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which he cofounded, raise money to beautify the park, he dipped into his Midwestern past and came up with a roadside custard stand.

Click on the photos, or here, to see the image gallery. Mike's story is here.

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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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