Berenice Abbott ( American, 1898 - 1991 )
- 1938, print 1983
The following is the caption by Elizabeth McCausland accompanying the original 1939 edition of Berenice Abbott's Changing New York publication.
"Northeast from the roof of Sixty Wall Tower the financial district spreads out in an arabesque. In the extreme upper left corner is to be seen City Hall Park, while the "El" winds in and out of view along the right-hand edge. The 1562.5-foot Manhattan approach of Brooklyn Bridge may also be seen cutting sharply across the upper right-hand corner, and the beginnings of the Lower East Side appear beyond the bridge."
Elizabeth McCausland, caption for “City Arabesque,” in New York in the Thirties [former titled: Changing New York], (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1973; New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.,1939), plate 21 (np).
- Berenice Abbott was scared of heights, so it was difficult for her to take photographs from tall buildings in her Changing New York series.
The New York Public Library Digital Collections
Explore the archive of images from Berenice Abbott's Changing New York project at the New York Public Library.
Museum of the City of New York
Learn more about the artist and her work.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Read a brief biography of Berenice Abbott from NMWA.
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Check out the residence and studio of Berenice Abbott and her partner Elizabeth McCausland.