Stories Above New York

Photographing New York from stories above street-level.


“The site features dozens of images of New York’s skyline taken amidst the skyline. The resulting perspective is simultaneously grand and intimate.” Curbed NY

Stories Above New York is an ongoing photography project by Stewart Mader to capture the feeling of being surrounded by the city that one feels when looking out from a window, balcony, or rooftop. “Stories Above…” is a play on the stories that make up a skyscraper, and connotes that the photographs are taken from buildings anchored to the ground – not aerial, but not at street level. The project is influenced by the work of Berenice Abbott, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Samuel Gottscho, and Irving Underhill, and the Wurts Brothers, who documented similar views of the city in the early 20th century. Cityscape, a program on WFUV radio, interviewed Mader about the project in 2012:

One Photographer’s Three-Year Tour of NYC’s Best Rooftops Gizmodo, 10/2013
Cityscape: Looking Down on NYC WFUV Cityscape, 10/2012
An Elevator View of the NYC skyline Brick Underground, 9/2012
A View From the Lift Next American City, 7/2012
Urban Planet: New York Elevator Views Spacing Atlantic, 6/2012
View the Skyline From the Skyline at ‘Elevator View’ Curbed NY, 5/2012
An Elevated View of the City The Atlantic Cities, 12/2011
Elevator View: A Photo Essay Untapped Cities, 7/2011
Elevator View in Wall Street Journal Photo Essay “New York at Night” Wall Street Journal, 7/2011