In 1935 Abbott embarked on a series documenting New York funded by the Federal Art Project, and during the next four years she made hundreds of images of the city's monuments and architecture. Ninety-seven of these, including "Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8," were published in "Changing New York" (1939). The caption for this picture informs us that "No. 8 was once the home of the art collection which formed a part of the original Metropolitan Museum of Art."