Vintage Home Video Footage Shows Upper East Side and Central Park in 1987

Video artist Nelson Sullivan went everywhere and filmed just about everything in New York City in the 1980s. In this recently uploaded video from the 5 Ninth Avenue Project — the NYU-run YouTube channel that is digitizing and releasing the vast archives of Sullivan's videos — watch as the artist documents a typical summer day walking through Central Park.

There was a free opera performance in Central Park that night and Eric Conrad called up Nelson to invite him along. Nelson joined Eric and Hapi Phace and recorded highlights from the evening. Video by Nelson Sullivan

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