I didn’t even know they had movies that far back, but here are film clips of New York City in the decade that straddles the turn of the 19th Century. Said to be the oldest surviving film of the Big Apple. Simply amazing footage, including a fistfight among kids, a lady whose dress is swept upward by a gust from a subway grate, a copper twirling his baton, Buffalo Bill doffing his hat on parade. Lots of swells strolling on Fifth Avenue. Shots of the Flatiron Building, time-lapse demo of Star Theater on Broadway, the docks from a boat, bridges and more bridges, carriages and trolleys. Olden autos driving by old Madison Square Garden. Deep snow in 1899. Most of it is a lot clearer than you’d expect. This 8½-minute video is distributed by Yestervid.com.
Tip of the tip of the hat to John Hooker for sending me this treasure trove.