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“I'm Not A Nice Girl”

103 Bowery

 
 
"I'm Not A Nice Girl" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
1. "I'm Not A Nice Girl" Marker
Inscription.  
You are standing at the former site of the Blossom Restaurant and barber shop shown in Berenice Abbottís iconic Depression era photograph, one of several Bowery images in her influential Changing New York series.

An Ohio born expatriate in 1920s Paris, she became darkroom assistant to Man Ray and built a reputation as a portrait photographer of artists like James Joyce and Jean Cocteau. inspired by Eugene Atget who captured images of old Paris before it disappeared, she returned to New York in 1929 and began a decade long quest to photograph a similarly changing New York, contrasting with older neighborhoods that were soon to vanish.

Seeing her gritty images of the Bowery, an official of the Federal Arts Project warned Abbott that “nice girls” donít go to such places. To which she replied, “Iím not a nice girl. Iím a photographer.”

- Joan Jubela, Writer/Educator
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.055′ N, 73° 59.706′ W. Marker
103 Bowery image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
2. 103 Bowery
This is an 1880s Renaissance Revival style building.
is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Hester Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “A Carnival Of Debauchery!” (here, next to this marker); Freaks! Assassins! Giant Squids! (a few steps from this marker); NYC Landmark Of Cast Iron (a few steps from this marker); Ghosts And Occasional Mayhem (within shouting distance of this marker); Man Survives Leap From Brooklyn Bridge! (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowery Savings Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (about 400 feet away); Former Bowery Savings Bank (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWomen
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
3. Inset
Berenice Abbott, “Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery,” 1935. From Changing New York, Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
4. Inset
Berenice Abbot, portrait by Man ray, circa-mid 1920
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
5. Inset
“Bowery Bum,” 1932. From Changing New York, Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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