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

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

Harlem 1985

I just scanned this Kodachrome slide from ’85 and it is all about the old traffic light. Back when I took the picture these were already very rare. Besides this one in Harlem, there was one in central park and another one on Park Ave. Forgotten New York has more on these beautiful structures…

©Matt WeberHarlem-Wheelie-TrafficLight-1985 copy

February 26, 2015

“ZEPHYR” Lower East Side 1987

©Matt WeberZEPHYR-TAG-L.E.S.-1987

February 25, 2015

Shanghai Cafe 1985

©Matt WeberShanghai-Cafe-Neon-1985 copy

February 24, 2015

SOHO 1986

Does anyone remember this little newsstand turned fruit stand on Prince St? One day the owner discovered these vintage Camel signs underneath some plywood, and the pickup truck complimented the scene perfectly…

©Matt WeberCamel-Signs-Pickup-Truck-Soho-1986 copy

February 23, 2015

GIMBELS 1986

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

©Matt WeberGIMBELS_Overpass-1986 copy

Bill’s Flower Market 1986


Bill's-Flower-market-nyc-1986 copy

February 22, 2015

“A” From the Swedish American Sign at Pier 97 Circa 1985

©Matt WeberPIER-97-A-1985 copy

“Avenue of the Americas” 1987

©Matt WeberAve-Americas-6thAve-USA-Sign-1987 copy

February 21, 2015

“Spirit in the Sky” 1986

Go ahead on Mr. Business man, you can’t dress like me…

©Matt Webercolumbus-circle-1986

February 20, 2015

The Audubon Ballroom 1987

50 years ago Malcolm X was assassinated in this building…

©Matt WeberAudubon-Ballroom-Boat-1987 copy

Shea Stadium 1972

I can’t believe I didn’t take any snaps of the old Yankee stadium, but this is all I have…

©Matt WeberMets-Shea-Rheingold-1972 copy

The Anderson Theater 1986

I looked it up on the trusty internet and alas this old theater is now gone, replaced by condos…Surprise, surprise.

©Matt Weberanderson-theater-nyc

February 19, 2015

St. Marks Place & 1st Ave. 1986

I never was much of a drinker, or I would have spent some time in this joint…

©Matt WeberST.Marks-BAR-1986

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