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

March 3, 2015

China House 1985

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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.

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February 15, 2015

My Stoop 1986

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January 31, 2015

The Thalia 1985

A slightly rare look at the Thalia from behind…

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Farewell Daitch Shopwell 1985

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“Once Upon a Time in New York”

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January 26, 2015

Corner Book Store 1985

To heck with the snow, I found this snap last night which will compliment the B&W version I posted earlier…

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Jesus

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January 24, 2015

Consecutive Frames 1985

It just so happened that these pictures were of two old movie theaters which were being torn down at the same exact time…Sad if you lived on the upper west side when it was a middle class neighborhood…

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Upper West Side 1985

It has always been common to see a twenty year old Chevrolet on the streets of Manhattan. So why is this anything but common?   ©Matt WeberSilver-Corvette-1985 copy

January 20, 2015

The Beacon Bowling Alley 1985

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January 17, 2015

Checker Heading West on 86th Street 1985

The little five story buildings in the background are no longer with us. A 21 story uber edifice replaced them in 2008 and there are 21 apartments in the building…©Matt Weberchecker-taxi-nyc-1985

January 15, 2015

LOEW’S 83 ST 1985

I just noticed the stained glass details on the old marquee…

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January 14, 2015

Young Love 1985

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January 12, 2015

West Side Highway 1985

The old lampposts on the west side highway were noteworthy to me as I began photographing New York.

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Benny’s 89th & Broadway 1985

A sad photo of a tiny restaurant which was built into the New Yorker movie theater, and had to give way to a high-rise in ’85…

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