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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 IV: Queens, 2010, 2013-2020

Scope and Contents

The series holds 198 photographs taken in the New York City borough of Queens. 65 of the photographs are of street art/murals. These include 42 images that document the murals at the 5 Pointz complex in Long Island City, their eventual destruction, and the new construction at the site (2013-2016). Another 18 images are of murals in Astoria, especially Welling Court (2017). 18 images date from April 2020 and were taken at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on New York City; these images include shuttered storefronts, ambulances, signage, Elmhurst Hospital trauma center tents, and people wearing masks.

Other photographs in this series include street vendors/festivals, Fort Totten, the Pepsi Cola sign on the East River in Gantry Plaza State Park, scenes from Flushing Meadow Park, JFK Airport, Alley Pond Park, 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 : 1 Airports (2)

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JFK Airport (tarmac, TWA terminal)

2015
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Airports (13)

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One photo of the roadway approaching LaGuardia Airport. The other photos are of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport (interiors, exteriors, tarmac, TWA Terminal, AirTrain).

2017
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Airports (10)

Scope and Contents

All of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport: views of the tarmac and runways with planes (e.g. Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, Singapore Airlines), Aer Lingus jet taking off, AirTrain, roadways (passenger drop-off area, exit signage), Terminal 15 interior, TWA Terminal.

2018
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Airports (8)

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Includes John F. Kennedy (JFK) (5): planes on tarmac, interior of international terminal 1, artwork, roadways; LaGuardia (2) control tower and roadways; Grand Central Parkway airport exit.

2019
Box: 2 Folder : 2-4 Art. 5 Pointz, Long Island City (42) (3 folders)

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Folder 11.1 holds 14 images from July 2013 of the street art/graffiti/murals at 5 Pointz, prior to their destruction. Folder 11.2 holds 17 images from January and June 2014 of the defaced/painted over artwork. Folder 11.3 holds 5 images of the destroyed building (January 2015), two images of artwork from November 2015, and four images of new construction (2016).

2013-2016
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Art. Astoria / Welling Court (18)

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11 photographs of street art (10 of which are murals) at Welling Court, Astoria, November 2017. 7 photos of street art/murals from unspecified locations in Astoria.

2017
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Art, Street (3)

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Two details (including description label) from the 63rd Drive Underpass Art Installation and one of a mural featuring cartoon characters (e.g., Bart and Homer Simpson, Pokemon Pikachu).

2018
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Art, Street (2)
2019
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Citifield (New York Mets home field) / Sports Stadium (2)

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Two exteriors, day (2015) and night (2017.

2015, 2017
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Citifield (3)

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2 photos depict the WorldsFARE event of May on the grounds, one with the stadium in the background, one a close-up of a vendor's merchandise; 1 photo of the stadium

2019
Box: 8 Covid-19 Pandemic (18)
2020
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Museum (4)

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Queens Museum, Queens Theatre, MoMA PS 1 outdoor sculpture

2013-2015
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Museum (1)

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Queens Museum exterior

2019
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Parks and Gardens (13)

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Flushing Meadow Park (Flame Thrower, Meadow Lake, New York State Pavilion and Towers, Unisphere, 1939-40 mosaic), Gantry Park (Pepsi sign), Manhattan skyline from Hunter's Point South Park.

2015-2016
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Parks and Cemeteries (14)

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5 photographs of Cunningham Park during a performance of the New York Philharmonic and fireworks (June). 7 photographs of Fort Totten, including Bayside Historical Society. 2 photographs of cemeteries: Mount Olivet and Mount Hope (the photo of Mount Hope was co-created by Holly Grabowski).

2017
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Parks (2)

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New York Philharmonic on stage and fireworks, both in Cunningham Park.

2018 June
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Parks and Cemeteries (4)

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Includes Alley Pond Park (2) and Calvary Cemetery (2), looking out over headstones and with Manhattan skyline in distance.

2019
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Rego Park Street Festival (9)

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Street vendors (8) and children's bounce houses (1).

2018 May
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Schools and Colleges (3)

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Queens College (Quad, Kupferberg Center signage, Lefrak Concert Hall interior during concert performance)

2016-2017
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Schools and Colleges (2)

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Queens College Reeves Avenue entrance and musical performance at Lefrak Concert Hall

2019
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Street Views (5)

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Street vendor on Queens Boulevard, Rego Park (2010); Street fair vendors (2016)

2010, 2016
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Street Views (11)

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63rd Drive Street Fair in Rego Park (3 images including one of the entrance to the subway); Steinway Street Festival in Astoria (6 images); End Alzheimer's Walk in Little Bay Park (1 image); panhandler (1 image).

2017
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Various (5)

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4 photographs of billboards and other advertising along the Long Island Expressway (LIE) (some for the musical "Hamilton," one with an obstructed view of the Manhattan skyline especially the Citicorp building). 1 photo from across the East River of the landmark Pepsi Cola sign, in Gantry Plaza State Park, with buildings rising above.

2017
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Various (2)

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Exteriors of Queens Atrium Corporate Center and Blanchard Building.

2018
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Various (2)

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Includes Skyline Tower under construction (next to Citi Tower) and Jackson Park tower.

2019

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