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Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

March 6, 1936. "Looking down Pike Street toward the Manhattan Bridge, street half in shadow, rubble in gutters, some traffic." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.


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The photo is taken from the corner of Henry Street looking toward Madison Street. The progression of streets in the photo is Henry, Madison, Monroe, Cherry, South.


@aep, if you are right you'd have that photo taken about 5 long blocks from South Street and beyond East Broadway which I think is too far away. If that red building is in the original photo, then the adjacent building that was a synagogue (now the Sung Tak Buddhist Temple) built in 1903 would also be there. I think the photo was taken around Madison Street and no further away based on the appearance of the Brooklyn shore in relation to the bridge's western pier. I think it is safe to say a telephoto lens was used. I've driven this street hundreds of times.

Keep the Berenice Abbott Images coming

I just started reading about the life of Berenice and want to thank you for starting to post some of her work. Keep 'em coming.

A Bridge

in your front yard! Amazing picture. It has it all.


I spent part of the first five years of my life living on Pike Street in the early 50's. Here's a photo of me dancing for my baby sister in our Pike Street apartment.

Buildings on left

@kozel, I think you're a bit off based on the angle of the cables. I believe the 4 buildings on the left are still there. The red one at the front is the same corner building after the Cut Rate Pharmacy.

Once Upon a Time in America

This picture is about a generation after, but I can almost see those kids from that Sergio Leone movie rolling down the street.

Shorpy's Forte

perfectly illustrated in this photograph. Hauntingly Magnificent.

Except for the Bridge

Everything else got "urban renewaled."

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