Black and White Street Photographs of New York City by Matt Weber

March 3, 2015

China House 1985

China-House-Neon-1985 copy©Matt WeberChina-House-Neon-1985 copy

March 2, 2015

“My First Taxicab” 1985

There was this cute little gas station on 94th & 3d Ave. and my taxi had a KYSOR AC unit on the roof, which was made for trucks. Needless to say, I was chilling…


3B82-Taxi-Gas-Sation-94-3d-1985 copy

March 1, 2015

“The Beginning of the End” 1985

©Matt WeberAbandoned-Tenements-XXX-Truck-1985 copy

February 28, 2015

Helmsley Building 1985

©Matt Weber5-WaterTowers-1985 copy

February 27, 2015

89th Street Community Garden 1985

My dad fought against Ed Koch who suddenly wanted to build townhouses on this abandoned lot, where a few industrious upper west siders had been growing tomatoes. The real estate values had finally begun to climb after many years of stagnation. My dad was able to convince the city to leave one sliver of the garden alone, and now the garden known for its flowers is a place of relaxation for many, with occasional plays and music being performed there.

©Matt Webercommunity-garden-upper-west-side Garden-2-1985 copy AGP-Garden-x2-1985 copy

February 23, 2015


I dig the tarnished overpass which I imagine is now once again mint…

©Matt WeberGIMBELS_Overpass-1986 copy

February 18, 2015

Triangle Hotel 1986

The “Meat Packing” district has been improved greatly, and if you bought real estate there twenty years ago, bully for you… others would disagree…©Matt WeberTriangle-Hotel-1986 copy

February 17, 2015

Breaking Ground 1986

I’m pretty sure this was the gigantic “World Wide Plaza” lot, but I could be wrong…

©Matt WeberBulldozer-1986 copy

February 14, 2015

“Alphabet City” 1986

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"Alphabet City" 1986 urban-blight

February 11, 2015

“Red, White and Blue” 1985

Another Kodachrome slide from ’85 which depicts the big gas tank in Queens, or at least I think it does. I was robbed at double gunpoint just a couple of blocks away in ’84…

©Matt WeberBig-Gas-Tank-1985 copy

“Red Corvette Diner” 1986

I remember driving down the west side highway one day and saying “Oh Shit, look at that!” Someone bought a ’65 Vette and placed the stripped beauty on top of that old diner. I never went to the place despite the fact that I liked Doo-Wop more than most people I knew…

©Matt WeberRed-Corvette-Diner-1986 copy

February 8, 2015

“The Concorde Lands” 1985

One day I dropped someone off at JFK and decided to go to nearby Gateway park and just sit there and wait. British Airways and Air France were the only companies flying Concordes and I knew I might be waiting for a long time. It looked so different, and really was a beautiful bird as it landed…I don’y fly but I would’ve liked to have gone for a ride on that plane. I think a one way ticket to London was at least $5,000 but maybe it was $10k, I forget.

©Matt WeberConcorde-Lands-JFK-1985 copy

February 5, 2015

Hell’s Kitchen 1985

©Matt Weberhell's-kitchen-1980's

February 4, 2015

Mi Chinita Diner 1985

©Matt WeberChinita-Diner-1985 copy

February 1, 2015

Harlem 1985

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“Shredded” 1985

These two little houses were located at 84th & 1st Ave…

©Matt Weberdemolition-nyc

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