Here Today, but Maybe Not Tomorrow: Documenting Manhattanville

In 2002, Stephen A. Scheer set out to photograph Manhattanville, the area between 125th and 133rd Streets and bordered by the Riverside Drive viaduct and the elevated subway on Broadway.
This Runyonesque area of New York, replete with evocative but everyday businesses like The Harlem Bait and Tackle shop, The West Market Diner and the The Broadway viaduct would soon never be the same again. Just one year after the photo essay was completed Columbia University announced plans to buy up large parts of the neighbourhood to expand its city campus. Scheer's work may become the last depiction of Manhattanville in its current form.

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