Candales are used in many religious ceremonies that botanicas service.
A street corner in Brooklyn's heavily-Latino Sunset Park neighborhood.
Posted next to the consultation room door, a sign in Spanish sternly warns customers, “I only trust in God. Everyone else pays up front.”
A random assortment of beads in Brooklyn's Ortiz Botanica.
A rack of colorful skirts for sale made by a retired seamstress. "We buy them from her, we put extra money in her pocket, and it helps," says Randy Concepcion, who works at Ortiz Botanica.
Randy Concepcion's decorated fingernails on the counter of Ortiz Botanica.
Statues used in various religious ceremonies.
The outside of a botanica on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York.
Inside a Rite Aid Pharmacy in a neighborhood in Queens, New York with a large Spanish speaking population.
Candles for sale inside a pharmacy in Queens, New York.
During hard economic times, business at botánicas couldn't be better.