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?
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.
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.
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