Vintage Film Shows Street Life on Broadway and 88th in 1971

Back in 1971, YouTuber Nicholas West shot this video from the central traffic island on Broadway and West 88th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

I made this film when I was a teenager, with an old Bell & Howell Filmo 16mm newsreel camera that my Dad bought for me from a thrift shop for $5. This is the only film I ever made with that camera. The film’s speed is indeed slowed down, but I did that in the digital conversion for upload to YouTube, in order to make it easier to see what was going on.

The effect of the then-vintage camera capturing life on the then-modern street is quite interesting to look at.

Broadway & W 88th St, New York, NY 10024
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