Vintage Video

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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This Amazing Footage of the Bowery in 1934 Will Give You Perspective [VIDEO]

Posted May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Still combing through the recent trove of British Pathe newsreels uploaded to YouTube… Our latest adventure down the rabbit hole yielded vintage footage of the Bowery dating back to 1934. For perspective, that’s two decades before Lionel Rogisin’s On the Bowery. The clip is part of the overall “Pathe Review (American Travelogue)” package for tourists. […]

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Watch This Footage of Crowded Delancey Street in the 1970s [VIDEO]

Posted April 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Last week, the venerable British Pathé news agency uploaded an entire collection of 85,000+ newsreels to its dedicated YouTube channel. Naturally, we honed in on some classic New York footage dated simply to 1970-1979. The clip shown below, “New York (1970-1979),” offers a great snapshot of the neighborhood, from Chinatown through the Lower East Side. Fast-forward […]

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Vintage PSA Urges Jaywalkers to ‘Cross at the Green, Not in Between’ [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

The violent arrest of 84-year-old Kang Wong back in January has jaywalking back in the local spotlight. For this everyday occurrence, cops charged him with jaywalking, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. The incident transpired just as Mayor de Blasio announced intentions to crack down on the practice citywide. Gothamist noted that 452 jaywalking tickets were written in […]

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Watch This Video of the Downtown Dance Club Scene of 1983 [VIDEO]

Posted April 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

“The Tube” was an innovate music program that had a brief run in the UK during the early 1980s. It ran for five seasons, and helped break artists such as The Proclaimers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Established artists of the day would also perform showcases on the show. A reader sent us a link […]

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Governor Al Smith Walks Us Through the Lower East Side of 1945 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

With all this talk about gentrification (i.e. Spike Lee), I thought it would be appropriate to journey back in time to Lower Manhattan in 1945. The following borderline-propaganda footage is narrated by Al Smith, a significant, but largely under-recognized New York politician from the Lower East Side. Elected governor for four terms in New York, […]

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Take a Ride Through the Turn-of-the-Century Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

This unique drive-by film job is over one hundred years old. And it’s rather stunning. The found footage offers a brief glipmse of Lower East Side life shortly after the turn of the last century. It’s difficult to definitively determine the exact neighborhood locations, but after poring over the piece for some time, our best […]

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Take in the Sights and Sounds of Midtown NYC, Circa 1990 [VIDEO]

Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

Here’s a vintage video to help pass the doldrums of your post-holiday Monday morning. It’s simply a two-minute stroll along the streets of New York City on July 18, 1990. Back when Hard to Kill and Robocop 2 were still playing at the Harris Theatre on 42nd Street. The footage was predominantly shot in and […]

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Subway Scenes: A Candid Glimpse of 1987 [VIDEO]

Posted December 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

We followed a rabbit hole of vintage videos recently, and came upon this one. It’s fifty soundless seconds of footage shot in the Times Square subway station of 1987. The focus is on a grimy, graffiti-sheathed IRT train and its straphangers. As the clip owner quips in the description, “None of the people on this […]

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