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Berenice Abbott


Born in Springfield, Ohio, Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) came to New York City at the age of 20, then began her career as a photographer during an extended time in Paris, where she worked as an assistant to photographer Man Ray. Returning to New York in 1929, she had her first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 1934. The Abbott collection consists primarily of her landmark series, Changing New York, created for the Museum under the auspices of the Federal Art Project between 1935 and 1938. It includes the 695 negatives created for the series, along with multiple versions of 307 images printed by the photographer for the finished project.
Union Square

Union Square

Fourth Avenue between East 15th and 16th Streets. The Lafayette Statue at Union Square with the discount...

Children's Aid Society Summer Home

Children's Aid Society Summer Home

The abandoned Haxtun Cottage of the Children's Aid Society Summer Home at 1750-1818 Cropsey Avenue, Bath...

Graham and Metropolitan Avenues

Graham and Metropolitan Avenues

Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Talman Street, nos. 57-61

Talman Street, nos. 57-61

Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Traveling Tin Shop

Traveling Tin Shop

The location of the photograph is unknown but the neighborhood resembles Talman and Jay Streets in the...

Powers and Olive Streets

Powers and Olive Streets


Willow Street, No. 131-137

Willow Street, No. 131-137

Between Clark and Pierrepont Streets, Brooklyn.

Cropsey Avenue, no. 2442

Cropsey Avenue, no. 2442

Cropsey Avenue at Harway Avenue, between Bay 37th Street and 25th Avenue, Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

St. Mark's Church: Statue in Courtyard

St. Mark's Church: Statue in Courtyard

East 10th Street and Second Avenue.

Chicken Market

Chicken Market

55 Hester Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets.

Seventh Avenue Looking North from 35th Street

Seventh Avenue Looking North from 35th Street

View north of 7th Avenue from the 46-story Nelson Tower at 450 Seventh Avenue, southwest corner. The...

West Washington Market

West Washington Market

West Street and Loew Avenue.

Manhattan I

Manhattan I

View of the contrast of 19th century dockside buildings and 20th century skyscrapers taken from Pier...

Patchin Place

Patchin Place

Off West 10th Street between Sixth and Greenwich Avenues, viewed from the porch of no. 6, near the entry...

Herald Square

Herald Square

Herald Square taken from the third floor balcony of the McAlpin Hotel at the southeast corner of Broadway...

Fifth Avenue Theatre, Showing Chandelier, Rotunda, and Second Balcony

Fifth Avenue Theatre, Showing Chandelier, Rotunda, and Second Balcony

1185 Broadway.

27th Avenue, no. 1422, Astoria

27th Avenue, no. 1422, Astoria

The parish house of St. George's Episcopal Church, Astoria, Queens.

Gunsmith

Gunsmith

6 Centre Market Place between Broome and Grand Streets.

Gasoline Station

Gasoline Station

East Tremont Avenue and Dock Street, Bronx.

Country Store Interior

Country Store Interior

2553 Sage Place, Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx.

Palisade Avenue, no. 2505

Palisade Avenue, no. 2505

2505 Palisade Avenue in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood of the Bronx.

Madison Avenue and 39th Street, Looking North

Madison Avenue and 39th Street, Looking North

The Victorian Pyne Mansion on Madison Avenue with the tall tower of 22 East 40th Street in the background....

Rhinelander Row II

Rhinelander Row II

Close-up view of Rhinelander Row, consisting of eleven houses on 7th Avenue between West 12th and 13th...

J. P. Morgan House

J. P. Morgan House

The "Robertson stoop" at the J. P. Morgan house, 231 Madison Avenue at 36th Street.

Fifth Avenue Theatre, 28th Street Facade

Fifth Avenue Theatre, 28th Street Facade

1185 Broadway.

St. Bartholomew's Church, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and General Electric Building

St. Bartholomew's Church, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and General Electric Building

Park Avenue and 51st Street including the roof of St. Bartholomew's Church, the General Electric Building...

Belvedere Restaurant

Belvedere Restaurant

The abandonded Belvedere Restaurant at Bay 16th Street and Cropsey Avenue, Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

Pier 13, Foot of Cortlandt Street

Pier 13, Foot of Cortlandt Street


Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets

Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets

The Empire Stores warehouse on Water Street and Dock Street in Brooklyn.

A & P, Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company

A & P, Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company

The storefront window of the A & P Grocery Store at 246 Third Avenue between East 20th and 21st Streets....

Willow Street, nos. 67-70

Willow Street, nos. 67-70

Between Pinapple and Orange Streets, Brooklyn.

Cropsey Avenue, no. 2442

Cropsey Avenue, no. 2442

Cropsey Avenue at Harway Avenue, between Bay 37th Street and 25th Avenue, Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

Billboards and Signs

Billboards and Signs

Flatbush Avenue between State Street and Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Manhattan Bridge, Looking Up

Manhattan Bridge, Looking Up

Looking straight up one of the Manhattan Bridge's supporting piers, taken from the southern pedestrian...

Murray Hill Hotel: Spiral

Murray Hill Hotel: Spiral

112 Park Avenue at East 40th Street. The skyscraper in the background is located at 22 East 40th Street....

Brooklyn Bridge, Water and New Dock Streets

Brooklyn Bridge, Water and New Dock Streets

The Tobacco Inspection Warehouse (right), the skeletal structure of the Department of Purchase Storehouse,...

Fourth Avenue, no. 154

Fourth Avenue, no. 154

Abandoned old-law tenements at 154 Fourth Avenue between Butler and Douglass Streets.

Joralemon Street, no. 135

Joralemon Street, no. 135

Opposite Sidney Place between Clinton and Henry Streets.

Willow Place, nos. 43-49

Willow Place, nos. 43-49

Between Joralemon and State Streets, Brooklyn.

Billboards and Signs

Billboards and Signs

Flatbush Avenue between State Street and Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Traveling Tin Shop

Traveling Tin Shop

The location of the photograph is unknown but the neighborhood resembles Talman and Jay Streets in the...

"Theoline"

"Theoline"

Looking from on board the "Theoline" at the front of the ship with a crowd on the dock and buildings...

St. Luke's Chapel and Old Houses

St. Luke's Chapel and Old Houses

483 Hudson Street and 487-493 Hudson Street.

St. Luke's Chapel

St. Luke's Chapel

St. Luke's Chapel at 483 Hudson with the U.S. Federal Archive building behind at the left.

Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

Broadway, Central Park West, and West 59th Street, taken from the 9th floor of the General Motors Building....

Fifth Avenue Bus, Washington Square

Fifth Avenue Bus, Washington Square

The Washington Square Arch and One Fifth Avenue apartment building are in the background to the left....

City Hall Park, "Newspaper Row"

City Hall Park, "Newspaper Row"

Taken from the Postal Telegraph Cable Building on Broadway, across City Hall Park east, of buildings...

27th Avenue, no. 805, Astoria

27th Avenue, no. 805, Astoria


Mori Restaurant

Mori Restaurant

The Mori Restaurant at 144 Bleecker Street (between Thompson Street and West Broadway) taken from the...

Facade: Alwyn Court

Facade: Alwyn Court

174-182 West 58th Street and 911-917 Seventh Avenue. The New York Athletic Club and Essex House are...

Blossom Restaurant

Blossom Restaurant

The window of the Blossom Restaurant, occupying the ground floor, and Jimmy's Barber Shop, occupying...

Fifth Avenue Theatre, Drinking Fountain Behind Scenes

Fifth Avenue Theatre, Drinking Fountain Behind Scenes

1185 Broadway.

Department of Docks Building, Pier A

Department of Docks Building, Pier A


Milligan Place

Milligan Place

The courtyard of Milligan Place at 453 Sixth Avenue.

"Tusitala"

"Tusitala"

Close-up view of the "Tusitala" docked at North River and 156th Street.

Salmagundi Club

Salmagundi Club

47 Fifth Avenue between East 11th and 12th Streets.

Henry Maurer

Henry Maurer

420-422 East 23rd Street between First Avenue and Avenue A.

"El" Station, Ninth Avenue Line

"El" Station, Ninth Avenue Line

The "Chalet" style El station of the Ninth Avenue Line at Greenwich and Christopher Streets.

Washington Square, Looking North

Washington Square, Looking North

Panoramic view of Washinton Square looking north with the Washington Arch visible.

Christopher and Bleecker Streets

Christopher and Bleecker Streets

329 Bleecker Street.

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