The influence of the French documentary photographer Eugène Atget may be seen in this image of Zito’s, the famous Italian bakery in Greenwich Village, one of many storefronts that Abbott photographed in the late 1930s. Sponsored by the Federal Art Project, a New Deal program, she produced over three hundred documents of New York’s urban landscape. Her project culminated in the book Changing New York, which was published to coincide with the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Zito’s closed in 2004.


  • Title: Zito's Bakery, 259 Bleecker Street
  • Creator: Berenice Abbott
  • Date Created: 1937
  • Location: New York, United States, North and Central America
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm) Image: 9 3/4 × 7 9/16 in. (24.8 × 19.2 cm)
  • Provenance: the artist. Howard Greenberg, until 2008; sold to TJM
  • Type: Photographs
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print

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