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Guide to the William Grabowski Photographs
1980s, 2004-2020
 PR 321

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh (2016), Larry Weimer (2018-21)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 03, 2021
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series III: Brooklyn, 2005, 2015-2020

Scope and Contents

The series includes 257 photographs taken in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. 166 of these images are of street art/murals, primarily from the Bushwick neighborhood, including from the Bushwick Collective. Another 21 photographs, some co-created by Holly and William Grabowski, are of holiday decorations and lights on Dyker Heights residences (December 2017 and 2020).

Other photographs include Pratt Institute (especially of the outdoor sculpture on the grounds), Brooklyn Botanic Garden (including cherry blossoms), Coney Island, and others.

The container list provides a more detailed summary for each folder.

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by general subject matter, then chronologically within subject. The number of photographs in each folder is noted in parentheses in the container list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 10-13 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals (58) (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

All images are from Bushwick, except for two from Williamsburg, which includes one from Annoyance Theater. The Bushwick images include a few of the street artists creating the work.

2015-2016
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals (5)
2017
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals. Bushwick Collective (31)
2017 May(?)
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals. Bushwick Collective (20)
2017 December
Box: 7 Folder : 1-2 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals. Bushwick Collective (33)
2019
Box: 8 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals. Bushwick Collective (16)
2020
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Art. Graffiti / Street Art / Murals. Williamsburg (13)
2019
Box: 8 Barclay's Center (2)

Scope and Contents

1 photo of exterior, 1 photo of mural memorial of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna.

2020
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Domino Park (11)

Scope and Contents

Includes signage, park features along East River waterfront, building tower, and street art/graffiti on construction site barrier walls.

2019
Box: 4 Folder : 7A Dyker Heights Holiday Decorations and Lights (13)

Scope and Contents

Photographs co-created by Holly Grabowski.

2017 December
Box: 4 Folder : 7B Dyker Heights Holiday Decorations and Lights (8)
2020
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Museums (2)

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn Museum (exterior), Transit Museum (interior exhibit)

2016
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Parks and Gardens (9)

Scope and Contents

Coney Island (rides, Nathan's signage, Scream Zone entrance), Botanic Garden, Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Parks. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (10)

Scope and Contents

Some of the photographs include views of the park's cherry blossoms.

2017
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Parks. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (8)

Scope and Contents

Includes springtime views of cherry blossoms, conservatory interior and exterior, and other buildings

2019 May
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Schools and Colleges (3)

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn College (Roosevelt Hall, West Quad, Library).

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Schools and Colleges (18)

Scope and Contents

3 photographs of Brooklyn College (Library exterior, Quad, Gi60 stage), June. 15 photos of Pratt Institute (most are of outdoor sculptures; also Terian Design Center, main gate, main building, Memorial Hall), December.

2017
Box: 8 Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch (1)
2020
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Street Views (4)

Scope and Contents

Line of customers at Rainbow Bagel Store; Park Slope townhouse; Williamsburg Bridge and parallel street with large scale street art/mural on building; homeless man with possessions in shopping carts (2017).

2005-2017
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Various (3)

Scope and Contents

Includes: skyline view of Coney Island from within Brooklyn, including Parachute Jump skeleton; Lady of Czestochowa church; and Green-Wood Cemetery entrance arch.

2019

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