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 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 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 14, 2015

“Alphabet City” 1986

©Matt Weber
"Alphabet City" 1986 urban-blight

February 12, 2015

“Ghostbusters HQ” Harlem 1985

Another find from ’85 but this time in good old B&W…

©Matt WeberHarlem-GhostBusters-1985 copy

February 5, 2015

Hell’s Kitchen 1985

©Matt Weberhell's-kitchen-1980's

January 18, 2015

East Harlem 1988

A rather famous display of stuffed animals in an abandoned building uptown…

©Matt WeberStuffedAnimalTenement-1988 copy

December 26, 2014

West Side Highway 1984

WESTSIDE-HIGHWAY-1985-Diner copy

December 18, 2014

“No Reagan” Sign 1989

L.E.S.-NO-RAYGUN-1989

December 1, 2014

Hell’s Kitchen 1985

tenement-hell's-kitchenThe last one standing…

©Matt Weber

November 26, 2014

Lower East Side 1986

lower-east-sideI think these tenements were on or near East Houston Street.

©Matt Weber

November 23, 2014

The Bronx 1989

bronx-1980's-urbanblight©Matt Weber

November 21, 2014

Stripping Cars 1988

stripping-cars-nycAnother image from the good old days when your car could vanish instantly and then be stripped in broad daylight!

©Matt Weber

November 11, 2014

Urban Blight 1988

welfare-hotels-nyc-1980sThere were quite a few welfare hotels around Herald and Greeley Square back in the ’80s and this pictures is one of my better views of what the welfare kids did with their “spare time”

©Matt Weber

October 25, 2014

42d & 8th Ave, 1985

42-street©Matt Weber

October 24, 2014

“DEATH WISH 4″ 1987

42d-Street-DeathWish-matt-weber©Matt Weber

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