Check Out the Oldest Surviving Footage of NYC [VIDEO]

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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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 1905.

The only problem with it is the terrible choice of soundtrack. But we can let that one slide.

Below is a list of the shots included in the cut:

1. Panorama from Times Building, New York – W. 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, up 6th Ave ending at Times Square

2. Interior N.Y. Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. ending at the Old Grand Central Station

3. Opening of New East River Bridge, New York – Williamsburg Bridge, on the East River

4. ‘Move On’ – A fruit market somewhere on the lower East Side

5. At the Foot of The Flatiron, or Fuller Building on Broadway and 23rd Street, on the Broadway side near the narrow north corner.

6. Parade of “Exempt” Firemen – Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village) showing Washington Square Arch

7. Panorama of Blackwell’s Island, N.Y. – Heading along the eastern shore of Blackwell’s Island, known today as Roosevelt Island. Shows Lighthouse Park and the construction of the Queensboro Bridge over Roosevelt Island, with Manhattan in the far background.

8. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River – On the Hudson River, looking toward the piers of Lower Manhattan. Shows approximately where the World Trade Center would be located many years later.

9. Old site of the New York Aquarium (which moved to Coney Island in 1957) and Battery Park.

10. Panorama of Flatiron Building – Looking south from Madison Square across Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street

11. Parade of Horses on Speedway – on the West Bank of the Harlem River, Highbridge in North Manhattan. Taken from Harlem River Drive, the footage shows the old High Bridge at 175th Street and the Washington Bridge at 181st Street

12. Lower Broadway – Looking north up Lower Broadway from Wall Street, at the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery

13. Looking along the length of 23rd Street, with the elevated EI in the background.

14. Time-lapse demolition of the Star Theatre on 13th Street and Broadway.

15. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Parade on Fifth Avenue

16. Skating on the Lake – Ice skating in Central Park

17. Dewey Arch stood at Madison Square over 5th Avenue between 25th and 24th Streets. It was demolished in 1900.

18. Automobile Parade – Downtown Manhattan on the corner of E. 27th Street and Madison Avenue, with the old Madison Square Garden in the background (now the New York Life Building). Stanford White, the building’s architect, was murdered in the rooftop restaurant.

19. New York Police Parade – Parade turning into 14th Street from Broadway. In the background is Morton Hose, today the Union Square Theatre.

20. A month earlier from almost the same spot, footage shows the great blizzard that year. In the background is the statue of Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. The statue still stands today.

21. Union Square – a fight between two newspaper sellers, likely young boys.

22. Panorama from the Tower of Brooklyn Bridge

23. Liberty Island – the island which holds the Statue of Liberty was called Bedloe’s Island until 1956. The statue was erected 12 years before this footage was taken.

24. Racing At Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island. Old maps indicate that the race track was east of Ocean Avenue, between avenues X and Y.

25. Union Square, looking north-east from the corner of E 16th Street, with 33 E.17th Street Center Publishing Company in the background.

26. Mounted Police in Central Park

27. Bergen Beach near Coney Island. Shooting the Chutes was one of the first amusement rides.

28. The oldest footage of New York City ever – 11 May 1896 – Herald Square, at the intersection of Broadway, 6th Avenue and 34th Street.

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