NYC Street Photography by Matt Weber

June 14, 2012

“Pussycat Pussycat, I Love You” Times Square 1987

I use to take a lot of photos early in the morning on the weekends when the streets were quiet. I Just found this negative after a quarter of a century and I think there’s a possibility you will want to purchase a print of this onetime porn palace in its final days.. If so, I can offer 20×30″ and 30×40″ prints at surprisingly affordable prices. 95% of my other Black & White picture can also be purchased.

 

©Matt Weber

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7 Comments »

  1. Matt, this is an great shot and so far removed from the Times Square I am familiar with today. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have even guessed this was in NYC….no skyscrapers in the skyline, no sea of people flooding the sidewalks. What part of Times Square was this located at and do you know how long the Pussy Cat was there? Was it opened until the end, or had it been abandoned for some time?

    Comment by greg — June 18, 2012 @ 7:44 am

  2. Greg, I couldn’t find out much other than there was another Pussycat lounge which closed recently downtown near ground zero…I thought there would be more info on this place.

    Comment by Matt Weber — June 18, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

  3. Agreed…after seeing your photo, I immediately went to Wikipedia to read about the history…nada.

    I even did a Flickr search to see if I could learn something…nothing.

    Matt….have I ever recommended the film “Who Killed Teddy Bear” to you?

    Shot in b&w in 1965, it features extraordinary street scenes of Times Square. It’s pretty much become a cult favorite…never officially released on DVD in the states, but I bought one on Amazon that was imported from England (it works on computers and my cheap DVD player).

    It was directed by Joseph Cates (Phoebe Cates father) and stars Sal Mineo, Elaine Stritch and Juliet Prowse.

    It’s bizarre to see Juliet Prowse walk down streets displaying posters of Barbra Streisand starring in “Funny Girl” on Broadway. Meanwhile Sal Mineo can’t stay away from the porn shops of Times Square from back in the day.

    A totally bizarre film that is unusually entertaining as well as an amazing time capsule of that period.

    Comment by greg — June 19, 2012 @ 9:48 am

  4. Thanks for the tip…Sounds like a decent way to spend a couple of hours..I will look into it…

    Comment by Matt Weber — June 19, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  5. I’ll look forward to reading your review! :-)

    I’ll be in your “neck of the woods” starting tomorrow for one week.

    Time for my annual pilgrimage to NYC for a week of shooting.

    Looks like it’s going to be another hot one!

    Comment by greg — June 19, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    • Maybe you should take a trip to Coney Island or the Rockaways…

      Comment by Matt Weber — June 19, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  6. Both would be a first for me. Harlem is the furthest I’ve ventured out of Manhattan.

    What I REALLY need is a month in a NYC to photograph the city…but it’s not in my budget.

    Come up and say hi if you see me Matt…I’ll be the guy with a camera. :-)

    Thanks again for the awesome blog. Photos like yours inspire people like me.

    Off to NYC!

    Comment by greg — June 20, 2012 @ 6:17 am


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