This Clip Shows the Lower East Side in its Bygone Glory, Circa 1976 [VIDEO]
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 the spots. There’s a lot to digest.
We see a gratuitous scene at Katz’s Deli where patrons, seemingly unaware of the filming, are seen stuffing face (0:30); a shot of Steinberg’s Restaurant (0:19); pickle purveyors on Essex Street (0:24); kids playing double-dutch (0:04); and shopping on Orchard Street (1:01).
The short clip concludes with thirty seconds on 7th Avenue.