Want a Culture War? Trying Having a Culture First.

Below are the hours of operations and holiday schedule for B&H Photo in New York City.

Sunday Superstore10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday Phone Orders10:00AM – 5:00PM
Monday thru Thursday9:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday9:00AM – 1:00PM
SaturdayClosed
CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHONE
Sunday10:00AM – 5:00PM
Monday thru Thursday9:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday9:00AM – 1:00PM
SaturdayClosed
Our Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT -05:00)
B&H SUPERSTORE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2012
New Year’s DaySunday, January 1Open 10AM – 6PM
Purim EveWednesday, March 7Close at 5PM
PurimThursday, March 8Closed
Passover EveFriday, April 6Closed
PassoverFriday, April 6 – Friday, April 13Closed
ShavuosSunday, May 27 – Monday, May 28Closed
Memorial DayMonday, May 28Closed
Independence DayWednesday, July 4Open 10AM – 7PM
Tisha B’AvSunday, July 29Closed
Labor DayMonday, September 3Open 10AM – 7PM
Rosh Hashana EveSunday, September 16Close at 1PM
Rosh HashanaMonday, September 17 – Tuesday, September 18Closed
Yom Kippur EveTuesday, September 25Closed
Yom KippurWednesday, September 26Closed
Succos EveSunday, September 30Close at 1PM
SuccosMonday, October 1 – Tuesday, October 9Closed
ThanksgivingThursday, November 22Open 10AM – 6PM
ChristmasTuesday, December 25Closed
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27 thoughts on “Want a Culture War? Trying Having a Culture First.

  1. So the point here is that since Gentiles don’t take as many faith-based holidays each year we lack culture, and therefore aren’t entitled to engage in culture war?

    I’ve done a fair amount of business with B&H and it does always seem as though they’re shut down for one holiday or another.  They don’t even accept orders when closed.  Apparently their web servers are observant as well.

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  2. bh is a fun place to visit and a decent place to shop provided you know what you’re looking for and it’s relatively early, but i admit to being a bit baffled as to what mr. ryan is stabbing at here.

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      • I don’t have time to Google this now, but it also depends on who the owner is, no? The owner could be an observant Orthodox Jewish. I don’t think it should be an issue if someone wants to close his/her store how many times a year. Religious observance only becomes an issue when it collides with other ights – if the store won’t hire female employees, for example, or forces female customers to line up at a separate counter at the back of the store.

        But of course Mr Ryan probably had a more high-minded, intellectual idea in mind with his post, rather that mundane things like that. I’m not smart enough to understand him, most of the time.

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        • As mentioned in my bio, I am/was a professional photographer and filmmaker for 25 years before turning my fulltime attention to my maritime pursuit. B&H is hands down the best combination of price, selection, and service. The. End.

          You are not too stupid, Sonmi. I am using my writing here at The League to work things out; and that means A LOT of the stuff I post here is incomplete and/or dependent on something I wrote last week, or last month, or last year. To wit:

          “Where the red-meat issues of the (so called) “culture war” are concerned, I have no trouble labeling myself a liberal, so I found plenty to get agitated about [at Culture11]. But what I found compelling about the editorial stance of Culture11 was the assertion that culture matters; that our society is not merely the sum total of marginal economic effects; that we are not merely amebas responding to stimulus; that we are human beings.”

          B&H photo runs their business in accordance with an observant calender, and (still) manages to run a thriving business. Freddie should be taking notes.

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        • I’m being facetious. I’m not really sure what “culture” denotes here, particularly since it appears to be represented by taking off more holidays than most, and if David’s previous comments were about the same thing, also having more children and not borrowing money.

           

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          • Don’t get me wrong. I definitely interpreted your snark. My point is that it’s difficult for foreigners to maintain their own traditions in the United States, and this is something that needs to be said on this thread. In my own life, when I mentioned that I had to work on Thanksgiving this year, several people close to my family said that this wasn’t a problem because my children were Japanese and wouldn’t care. Surprise, surprise, this happens in reverse in Japan. Foreigners in the service industries over there are expected to work on Japanese holidays because they should have no reason to want those days off. And of course, there’s nothing special about December 25th there, so businesses operate as usual. More often than having two cultures, the reality is that immigrants are allowed none. I’m sure that the situation at B&H Photo arose as a consequence of several institutional eccentricities – one being that it’s initial clientele was probably comprised of the fellow observant. Now, the company can compete because it’s an established name, and even its unconventional scheduling practices serve as a sort of free pr.

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            • My father was a firefighter in a town with a large Jewish population.  It was SOP for Jews and Christians to trade-off shifts so that each could be home on their respective holidays.  The schedule was never structured this way officially (and probably couldn’t have been), but the system always seemed to work.  If scheduled to work Christmas, my dad would get coverage from a Jewish colleague.  He’d then pay him back and pick up a shift on a Jewish holiday (or whenever else the guy wanted).  Guys without family close by or with grown children would often volunteer to take on Thanksgiving.  Etc.

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            • The eccentricity is that they came up with a way to sell grey-market Nikons that provided their customers enough surety and savings to justify the risk, and tolerate B&H’s idiosyncratic hours. This was a transient advantage that disappeared when international price differentials disappeared (think DVD region encoding). B&H was able to parlay their first mover advantage in this area into a thriving and sustainable foothold in the market.

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