VIDEO: Visit ’93 New York City in High-Tech HD

Posted On Mon, April 25, 2016 By

Posted On Mon, April 25, 2016 By In History, Video

Ancient history doesn’t look like it used to. Instead of grainy footage or shaky home video, we can enjoy this pretty early demo HD video to reminisce about streets filled with people who weren’t looking at little tiny screens. Remember those days?

This 1993 video takes a wander through a few of the city’s favorite photo ops (Times Square, Central Park, the East Village and the East Third Street Hell’s Angels’ back yard).

There are a couple of major differences (meaning the twin towers of the WTC), and, of course, the fact that not one single human is looking at or talking to a tiny rectangular device–and those crazy “vintage” cars.

90s vido 80s haircut

Though things look pretty similar to today’s Manhattan on the one hand, you can really see Times Square undergoing its transition to today’s slick version (there are still Camel ads!); transition from the ‘80s to the ‘90s is in effect just about everywhere. Things were definitely more village-y in the East Village than they are today, though it has clearly left the days when this rooftop windmill was hoisted.

[Via EV Grieve via Gothamist]

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