I have been doing street photography for close to 50 years. Many of my photos were taken in the West Village. The Village never disappoints, as there is always a new shadow, texture, or color calling out to be photographed—whether it’s a weathered door or, these days, an empty store. There is always something new. The street always gives up its secrets if you take the time to look. Here, I have included a photo that evokes poignant memories of the West Village from the 1970s.
Smoky Pier at Sunset (1970s)
In the 1970s, the Village piers provided something for everyone. Children and adults went fishing, flew kites, and the daring explored the hidden chambers just above the waterline. Dancers practiced, actors rehearsed, meditators meditated, and cruising without a ship was very common. However, best of all were those lovely New York City air-polluted summer sunsets. Sadly, this sunset was marred by a pier fire.
I have been very blessed to live in the West Village for so many years. I cannot think of a nicer place to live.
Text and photo by Steven Greenbaum.