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Photos by Nick McManus
Photos by Nick McManus
One of the Polaroids of King Yum on display at Nick McManus' art retrospective.

Immortalized on film by a Queens-based artist, a recently closed and beloved Fresh Meadows restaurant will live on at a photo gallery within a Manhattan hotel this month.

Images of now-departed restaurant King Yum, taken by photo artist Nick McManus, can be seen in an art gallery within the lobby of the Ace Hotel. The photos are part of the artists’ “Where’s My Polaroid?” retrospective exhibit, which contains 720 Polaroids he took over the course of 2016.


After 63 years of service, Cantonese eatery King Yum closed for good in August 2016. Longtime customer and art photographer Nick McManus, whose family had a special connection to the restaurant owners, decided to capture the final days of the restaurant on Polaroid film.

A piece of a larger project, McManus travels the city documenting the final moments of businesses and institutions throughout the five boroughs.

“The exhibit will feature the recent milestone to Queens’ history that the closing of King Yum was,” McManus said. “It was the crown in the middle of its long block on Union Turnpike, that now seems that much emptier with it gone. I might have brought my art photography to its goodbye, but the facade and interior were pieces of art themselves, with a style that became more unique as the years went on.”

McManus’ art will be on display in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, located at 20 W 29th St., until Jan. 31. An opening reception was held there on Saturday night, Jan. 21.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the event page. To see more of McManus’ work, visit his website or Instagram.

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