Vintage Video

Getting Ready for Passover on the Lower East Side, Circa 1932 [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

Ever wonder what it was like getting ready for Passover in the Lower East Side ghetto of 1932? This brief video clip – entitled “Erev (night of) Pesach in the Lower East Side” – is a hyperlocal history lesson. In it we see the hustle-bustle of preparations before the spring holiday. Shoppers rush to pick […]

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This Was New York … in 1900 [VIDEO]

Posted March 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

Thank you to the Travel Film Archive for sharing some raw 1900 New York with the masses. Take a break from Instagram and watch our city turn street corners and a century. 20 plus minutes of “wow.” Every day was an adventure without apps and chats. As always…

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This Clip Shows the Lower East Side in its Bygone Glory, Circa 1976 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Let’s rewind the tape to 1976… What follows is a reel that captures ordinary life on the Lower East Side at the time. Filmed as part of a travel guide for British audiences – Destination America by Thames TV – the short video begins at the corner of Orchard and Rivington Streets, and hits all […]

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Watch Police Crack Down on Food Carts, Circa 1903 [VIDEO]

Last modified January 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Policing food carts on the city streets is certainly nothing new. It’s likely a contributing factor to why some of your favorite meal-on-wheels oftentimes hit up different neighborhoods. But, again, it’s been happening for over a hundred years. Just check out this awesome video clip, a public domain black-and-white called “Move On” dating back to […]

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Take a Stroll Down Orchard Street, Circa 1962 [VIDEO]

Posted January 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

At a slim fifty-five seconds, the following video is a time capsule from a very different Lower East Side. Boogie reader Adam Varsano shares the quick clip – shot by his father – which candidly captures a northbound stroll on Orchard Street, circa 1962-63. Back when the area really was a true bargain district (yet, […]

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Touring the ‘Hell’ that Was Avenue C in 1992 [VIDEO]

Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:09 am

This nine-minute clip is a candid glimpse into the warzone of Alphabet City, circa 1992. It shows a leisurely stroll across East 8th Street between Avenues C and D. Back when those letters stood for “C, you’re crazy,” and “D, you’re dead.” Michael Perhaes describes his life growing up around these parts in the 1960s […]

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CBS News Investigated ‘Underground Film’ Movement 50 Years Ago, Met Andy Warhol and Velvet Underground

Posted October 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

Exactly fifty years ago, the CBS Evening News – chaired by Walter Cronkite – dispatched Dave Dugan to the East Village (that neighborhood name was still in infancy). The correspondent was tasked with investigating the crazy new phenomenon dubbed “underground film.” The five-minute news piece is an intriguing time capsule – mainstream America peering into […]

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Check Out the Oldest Surviving Footage of NYC [VIDEO]

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

Definitely check out the following video currently making the rounds… Yestervid compiled the alleged “oldest surviving footage of recognizable parts of New York City,” and stitched together an easily-digestible clip. Each of the twenty-eight snippets is accompanied by graphics indicating map coordinates of the shooting locations. Dates of the captured video range from 1896 to […]

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A Glimpse of the Amato Opera House on the Bowery, Circa 1995 [VIDEO]

Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

A few days after unearthing his footage of Ludlow Street in 1995, Corey Shaff shares the following clip centered on the now-defunct Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery. Where the stage was allegedly smaller than the men’s room at the Met. It was initially produced for PBS that same year, but the public broadcasting channel decided the […]

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1960s Filmmaker Asked Vagrants How They Liked the Bowery, and This is What They Said [VIDEO]

Posted August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

  Discovering archival footage of the Bowery is pretty much a rarity, so it’s easy to foam at the mouth when a new clip surfaces in cyberspace. Shot in the 1960s, “How Do you Like the Bowery” offers a microscopic look at the boulevard of broken dreams in its prime via man-on-street interviews. Simply put, […]

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