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Guide to the Bettina Cirone Photographs and Papers
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

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Series I: Manhattan photographs, 1965-2002

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains mainly color slides, as well as some 4x6 color prints and a few negatives. Images include aerial and skyline views of Manhattan; views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty; photos of neighborhoods and buildings in Lower Manhattan, including Battery Park, Chinatown, City Hall, the Tweed Court House, the Custom House, and Brooklyn Bridge. There are many images of the World Trade Center, including a tapestry exhibit held there in 1973. Trinity Church is a particular focus, with many exterior and interior views. In addition,there are photos documenting the filming of the movie The Great Gatsby in Trinity churchyard, as well as an American Indian Songfest held at Trinity, both in 1973. Of special note are a 1973 image labeled Gay Liberation Protest at City Hall, photos of Mayor John Lindsay, and views of flea markets and street peddlers.

Also included in this series are images of midtown Manhattan and above, including Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Empire State Building, United Nations. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the 1980s and 1990s is well documented, as Cirone had an excellent vantage point from her apartment window. There are also images of the Columbus Day parade, the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, Easter Sunday on Fifth Ave, and people in Hawaiian dress in Central Park. In addition, there are images of people in costumes, including some with wildly decorative manicures, that are not identified with a particular event or occasion. Also of note are photos of window washers on the outside of a skyscraper, and of the small Sniffen Court historic district.

This series also contains photos, correspondence, and ephemera related to an exhibit about the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001. WTC: Monument was organized by the Skyscraper Museum and held at the N-YHS in 2002, and Cirone contributed some of her photographs to the exhibit.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Aerial and Skyline Views
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Harbor Views and Statue of Liberty
Box: 1 Folder : 3-4 Civic Center and Lower Manhattan
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Trinity Church
Box: 1 Folder : 6-7 Midtown Manhattan and above
Box: 2 Folder : 1-2 Parades and People in Costume
Box: 2 Folder : 3-5 Thanksgiving Parade
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Material related to WTC: Monument exhibit with Skyscraper Museum

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