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    They never should have torn down the 2nd ave el. Maybe they could have added concrete like on the Queens boulevard viaduct to eliminate the noise but regardless, that was one scenic and convenient ride

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    They did it to raise real estate values.

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    Here's an extensive video of the 3rd ave El.



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    This is amazing. 1938 doesn't seem so long ago when you view it in colour. NYC 1938 in colour!


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    How is it that in the 1940s, in a public amusement area, there were women walking around mostly nekkit?!?

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    They desperately needed to attract the few desirable men not off at war

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    Worth reposting even if it's here somewhere.


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    NYC July, 1965 (No Sound)



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    NYC + Kraftwerk 1977

    "Trans Europa Express"

    Archival Photos Compiled by Tadeusz Słabczyński



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    The original intent of this thread was to collect rare footage of NYC from before video cameras were commonplace, but it's cool to see those 70s clips too

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    The original intent of this thread was to collect rare footage of NYC from before video cameras were commonplace, but it's cool to see those 70s clips too
    Let's reel it back a bit with this.

    At the start it shows the Flatiron Building and it must have been right after it opened.

    Pretty distinctive church in center of shot at 0.54 if anyone can identify it. Not sure if it's still around.

    Last edited by IrishInNYC; February 11th, 2014 at 01:19 PM.

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    From that video (2:33+), a forgotten ride at Coney Island, the "Human Pool Table":



    I am very intrigued


    Despite precautions, accidents were bound to happen. The majority were friction burns on the Whirlpool, Down and Out Tube, Bowery Slide and Human Pool Table. Steeplechase's policy was to apply first aid at the nurse' office and pay for any damaged clothing; about $50 in today's dollars. Although the park was covered by insurance, management attempted to settle damages before patrons left the park and once home contemplated how much they could sue for.

    http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/...eplechase2.htm

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    When I was growing up near SF there was a place at the beach that had all that great old stuff. It was a ball:

    PLAYLAND at the BEACH



    [Bonus footage at 4:20 - The final scene from "The Lady from Shanghai" with Orson Welles shot at Playland in 1947]

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