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Greenwich Village Sunday

1960

Greenwich Village Sunday

Greenwich Village Sunday - 1960

Take a stroll through the streets, parks and neighborhoods that make up Greenwich Village. Before Washington Square became the NYU undergrad film school back lot, the area was known for its street art, spontaneous hootenannies, poetry jam sessions and neighborhood fairs. Take a walk around the Village before it became too cool for you.  

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Anti-War March ’67

1967

Anti-War March ’67

Newsreel: Anti-War March - 1967

In this clip from 1967, newsreel presenter Ed Herlihy narrates  the anti-Vietnam War marches which took place in New York City, San Francisco, and across the US. Martin Luther King, Jr. petitions the UN, students burn their draft cards at demonstrations, and anti-anti-Vietnam protesters make their support of the conflict known. Fifty years later, we […]

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A Day in the Death of Donny B

1969

A Day in the Death of Donny B

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-heroin film, this 1969 cautionary tale uses a docudrama motif […]

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Coney Island

1940's

Coney Island

Coney Island - 1940's

Coney Island, “the place where merriment is king!” Take a trip 75 years back in time. SEE masses of New Yorkers beat the heat by hitting the beach. SEE Side Shows! SEE Carnies! SEE Freaks! SEE Thrill rides! Includes the original Coney Island Hot Dog, the Bathing Girl Review, and people enjoying the frantic amusement rides of the day. […]

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Around the World in New York

1960's

Around the World in New York

Around the World in New York - 1960's

This short travel promotional film Around the World in New York was produced in the early 1960’s. In Around the World in New York, the City becomes more than Manhattan but a world of various cultures and traditions. Our tour begins in the Lower East Side in the street markets near the Puerto Rican barrios. […]

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Teddy Roosevelt

1919

Teddy Roosevelt

Newsreel: Teddy Roosevelt - 1953

“Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt This biography of Theodore Roosevelt details the important milestones in his life, growing from a sickly child to the rugged individualist he so proudly became. It includes archived photos from Roosevelts’ experience as a frontiersman, a Dakota cowboy and […]

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Our Bill of Rights

1940

Our Bill of Rights

Our Bill of Rights - 1940

“A sturdy tree of liberty with shade for all.” – Benjamin Franklin Although artistic license is taken in dramatizing the events, much of the “dialogue originates in the correspondence of the principals.” Experience a nation being planned and made for the first time in world history. We join the momentous occasion in New York City […]

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How to Live in a City

1960's

How to Live in a City

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 Raskin guides us through unique locales which […]

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Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher

1950's

Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher

Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher - 1950's

Performing his signature number, Cab Calloway sings Minnie the Moocher in this performance from the 1950’s. As ever he adds a few surprises like the sexy shadow dancer gyrating in the background and a new spin on his familiar scat singing. Born in New York State with a middle class upbringing, Calloway’s parents pushed him […]

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