New York City

A Day in the Death of Donny B. - 1969

Poor Donny B. ... forever wandering the streets looking for that fix to end all fixes. Those around him, his family, people in the neighborhood, functionaries in the system, however, know what's in store ... the degradation of junkie-life.

A surprisingly non-sanctimonious anti-smack film, this 1969 cautionary tale uses a docudrama motif underscored by a groovy soundtrack the kids can dig.

'A Day in the Death of Donny B.' makes for a thoroughly entertaining short.

How to Live in a City - 1964

Have you ever wondered what makes some cities better than others? In public access television pioneer George C. Stoney's 'How to Live in a City,' the argument is that it all depends on the quality of the public space.

New York City folk singer and architectural critic Eugene Ruskin guides us through unique locales which illustrate the fine line between organic and sterile urban spaces. It all depends on a place's ability to attract and sustain, even if only momentarily, a sense of community.

Thanksgiving Day Parade -1935

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, often shortened to Macy's Day Parade, is an annual parade presented by the U.S. chain store business Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, with both parades four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.

NYSE: What Makes Us Tick - 1952

An animated, idealized illustration of how the stock market works, produced ever so lovingly by the New York Stock Exchange in 1952.

The New York Stock Exchange, commonly referred to as the NYSE and ocassionaly as the "Big Board", is a stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$14.242 trillion as of Dec 2011. Average daily trading value was approximately US$153 billion in 2008.

Lady Life Guards - 1930s

Summer is just a click away with our next featurette, Lady Life Guards from the 1930's.

Coney Island - 1940's

Coney Island, "the place where merriment is king!"

Take a trip back in time 50 years before the Mermaid Parade.

See masses of old school New Yorkers beat the heat by hitting the beach.

See Side Shows! Carnies! Freaks! Thrill rides! Includes the original Coney Island Hot Dog, the Bathing Girl Review, and people getting sick on rides.

Not to mention the Tiger Rag, if 1940's Coney Island existed today an insurance agent would have a field day.

Still, 1940's Coney Island kicks the ass of Disneyland any day.

Coney Island, USA - 1952

Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.

What Happened on 23rd Street, New York City - 1901

August 21, 1901. Thomas A. Edison Inc.
Alfred C. Abadie (the swell), Florence Georgie (the girl)
Filmmakers: Edwin S. Porter and George S. Fleming [?]

Children in the Surf, Coney Island - 1904

August 3, 1904.
American Mutoscope & Biograph Company
Coney Island's Sea Gate in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Cameraman: G. W. Bitzer

3rd Avenue El - 1950's

What is a 3rd Avenue El?

It's the elevated train that used to run up and down Manhattan until the mid-1950's, when it was decommissioned and turned into scrap metal.

Despite this, you can still experience the trip through New York City that vanished over half-a-century ago, not only from the overhead view of the train window, but through the actual neighborhoods and with the authentic people who road it daily.


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