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Guide to the Ben Kabakow Photographic Slides
1958-1980
 PR 413

New-York Historical Society
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete; revised by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 23, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 686 photographic slides taken by New York City resident Ben Kabakow (1907-1985). The slides span the period from 1958 to 1980 and have been organized by subject matter.

Skyline and City Views includes many views of the power plant on 16th Street and Avenue C, just across the street from Stuyvesant Town where Kabakow lived for a time, as well as general views of the skyline from various vantage points.

Hudson and East Rivers includes many types of boats.

Neighborhoods includes Chinatown, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, East Village and the Lower East Side.

Street scenes includes 5th Avenue, 26th Street, 42nd Street, flea markets and stores, playgrounds, and other iconic city scenes (murals, pigeons, vagrants, old shack, tenement house, etc.).

Buildings and Sites includes City Hall, Municipal Building, Rockefeller Center, United Nations, World Trade Center, Met Life Building, Friend's School, New York Home for the Aged, Public Bath on 24th Street, churches, Little Red Light House, Grant's Tomb, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and South Ferry.

Museums and Public Sculpture includes the Museum of Modern Art (interior views), Guggenheim Museum (interior views), Floating Photography Museum, The Cloisters and Fort Tryon, and various public sculptures.

Transportation Stations includes Idlewild (later John F. Kennedy) Airport, Grand Central Station, and Pennsylvania Station under construction.

Events includes the 1965 Pulaski Parade and other unidentified parades, 1965 World's Fair, a 1970 rally in Union Square, and what appears to be the 1973 Korean Fair.

Brooklyn and the Bronx includes Coney Island, the Promenade, Our Lady of Lebanon church doors, general Brooklyn views, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden (Bronx), Bronx Zoo, Bronx River, curling on the Bronx River, Riverdale, and Bronx snow scenes.

Kabakow home includes a few interior shots of Kabakow's successive homes in the Bronx, in Stuyvesant Town, and at 271 Avenue C.

Unidentified and/or locations outside New York City includes a few shots of the State Capital in Albany and one shot of the Amir Center in Jerusalem.