Fantastically detailed miniature replica of Katz's deli

Miniatures sculptor Alan Wolfson was commissioned to make a teeny weeny, fiendishly detailed diorama of the legendary Katz's Deli. Wolfson doesn't do miniature people, so he needed a plausible reason to make an empty Katz's (it's normally mobbed). He opted for a "closing time" Katz's, complete with tiny dirty dishes. There's tiny neon outside, too!

Katz’s Delicatessen is one of those legendary New York locations. It’s been in business on the lower east side of Manhattan since 1888, and is New York’s oldest deli. Telling someone to “meet me at Katz’s..,” is almost the same as telling them to meet you under the clock in Grand Central - everyone knows where it is.

The collector who commissioned the piece no longer lives in the city and wanted something that reminded him of the many times, when he was a boy, that he and his family had eaten at Katz’s.

"KATZ'S DELI / CLOSING TIME" (2012) (via Waxy)


    1.  Damn, I was hoping to make that comment, though I was really just wondering how long it took him to make that quarter.

  1. I know it’s not vintage for the client’s memories, but I kind of miss the sign for where Meg Ryan sat (will sit?  Time travel will have massive ramifications on language…). But he needs to get massive props just for the wall portraits alone.

  2. That’s freakishly detailed, capturing the run-down glory of the place. An amazing project. I’m sure there are little bottles of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda.

    RE Get Ticket Here, Katz’s has a strange ordering system. You get a little blue punchcard as you enter. It has various dollar and cent denominations. When you order, you hand the ticket to the guy at the counter, who punches the total. You give that to the clerk and pay as you exit.

  3. He’s good. I first met him in NY when I worked with his wife in the visual effects industry. Oddly enough when I moved to LA I worked with his wife again. She tells a funny story about the time she had to frame-by-frame optically retouch an overly nude Arnold in Terminator.

  4. Not gonna be accurate unless there are miniature pushing and shoving customers being waited on by tiny little rude employees.
    I would eat something off the street before going in there again.  It’s like trying to have lunch in the middle of a soccer riot.

  5. My favorite part is the worn-through sign printed on the linoleum floor at the entrance. That brings me back…

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