New York City is known for many reasons, not least of which is Manhattan’s skyline as it reaches for the stars night after night. Skyscrapers are but one aspect of Gotham, however. Down at street level in the shadows and canyons of towering building flourishes a different sort of life, street life. Photographers throughout the decades have been attracted to Harlem’s public housing, a glimpse of which are provided in the Summer 2016 issue of i-D in a story by photographer Matt Jones featuring Riley Montana (pictured), Selena ForrestAlanna Arrington, and Mical Bockru. The model subjects of the story are asked a variety of questions about city life, changes the world needs, and much more. “Bomb as fuck!” exclaims Riley when asked to describe Harlem to anyone unfamliar, which when coming from a native Detroiter is high praise. Riley is pictured wearing a Yeezy hoodie, knitted bikini top by Tommy Hilfiger, and a denim short by Levi’s. However higher New York’s buildings climb is anyone’s guess, but the vitality and pulse of the metropolis can be most readily found in its people and their street life.

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Credits include: Publication, i-D N°344 Summer 2016; Title, “Street Life”; Photography, Matt Jones; Styling, Carlos Nazario; Hair, Jawara Wauchope at Bryant Artists using Oribe; Makeup, Angie Parker at Altered Agency using NARS Cosmetics; Manicure, Dawn Sterling at MAM-NYC using Dior Vernis; Casting, Walter Pearce; Styling assistance, Print, Lovely NY; Shan’t Alvandyan, Roberto Johnson, Jennifer De La Cruz; Special Thanks to Tariq at ColourHouse.

Riley Montana | i-D Summer 2016 (Photography: Matt Jones)

Riley Montana | i-D Summer 2016 (Photography: Matt Jones)