• Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12Sept1903; H35636. Duration: 0:35 at 10 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed April 18, 1899. The view was taken from the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. As the film begins, the camera is looking southwest, towards the southern tip of Manhattan (the Battery). The camera pans very rapidly north following Manhattan's East River shoreline, across ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Emigrants [i.e. immigrants] landing at Ellis Island /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24July1903; H33775. Duration: 2:20 at 15 fps. Camera, Alfred C. Abadie. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: EMIGRANTS LANDING AT ELLIS ISLAND. Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality, who have just arrived from Europe, disembarking at Ellis Island, N.Y. A most interesting and typical scene. Length 140 feet. Class B. $16.80. The film opens ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Skating on lake, Central Park /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25Aug1902; H21313. Duration: 0:54 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed February 5, 1900. Location: Central Park, New York, N.Y. The view is of a frozen lake in Central Park crowded with ice skaters. The film is of such poor quality that it is difficult to tell if the apparent "snow" is real or just scratches on ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Opening the Williamsburg Bridge /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Feb1904; H42039. Duration: 0:55 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y. The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras [Frame: 0690]. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Aug1901; H7985. Duration: 1:17 at 15 fps. A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera. As they cross a grate on the sidewalk they pause, and the escaping ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Opening of new East River bridge, New York /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Dec1903; H40151. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed December 19, 1903. Location: New York, N.Y. The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press [Frame: 0345] are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • New York City "ghetto" fish market /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32029. Duration: 2:53 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed May 1, 1903. The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • The skyscrapers of New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Dec1906; H86424. Duration: 4:00 (part 1), 4:32 (part 2), and 3:08 (part 3) at 15 fps. Camera, Fred A. Dobson. This melodrama was filmed during the actual construction of a skyscraper in New York City, and includes several scenes of real work crews: a line of bricklayers [Frame: 1773 (part 1)], a man heating rivets in a forge ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Excavating for a New York foundation /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25Nov1903; H38561. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Location: New York, N.Y. The scene is an excavation pit at an unidentified New York City construction site. A crew of six men can be seen shoveling dirt into a four-wheeled wooden cart. Then a full cart is slowly lifted out of the pit to street level by a steam-powered crane. ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • N.Y. Fire Department returning /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1903; H32003. Duration: 0:39 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed May 11, 1903. Shot at an unidentified location in New York City, the film shows several pieces of horse-drawn fire vehicles in motion: two hook-and-ladders [Frame: 0114, 0905]; two steam pumpers [0373, 1111]; a rescue wagon [0549]. Note the kids hanging on the back of some ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32025. Duration: 3:23 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama from Times Building, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Apr1905; H59310. Duration: 2:04 at 15 fps. Camera, Wallace McCutcheon. The view is from the top of the then newly-erected Times Building, at a height of approximately twenty stories. The film opens with a vertical pan, going from the street below up to the sky. The photographer then makes a pan to the north over the tops of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • A perilous proceeding /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 16Apr1902; H16639. Duration: 1:19 at 10 fps. Camera, James Congdon. Photographed October 21, 1901. Location: Broadway and 13th Street, New York, N.Y. The film follows a group of approximately ten men who are suspended on the cable of a large crane atop a building under construction. As the men are lifted over the site and gradually lowered, they ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 30Aug1905; H65053. Duration: 3:22 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed July 19, 1905. Location: Seventh and Eighth Avenues, New York, N.Y. This film employs a 180-degree pan shot of the excavation site of New York's Pennsylvania Station, and includes shots of the narrow-gauge train used to haul debris from the tunnels under construction. Work began in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • At the foot of the Flatiron /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2Nov1903; H37499. Duration: 2:19 at 15 fps. Camera, A.E. Weed. This street level view is of the Broadway side of the Flatiron, or Fuller Building, near the narrow north corner. Filmed on a very windy day, pedestrians of various descriptions are seen passing by the camera, clutching hats and skirts against the wind. According to some New York ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32037. Duration: 2:28 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. This film depicts the East River shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan starting at about Pier 5 (the New York Central Pier) opposite Broad Street, and extending to the Mallory Line steamship piers just south of Fulton Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. The film ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of Flatiron Building /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 4June1903; H32387. Duration: 1:00 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. This shows a view looking south from Madison Square, across the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and Twenty-third Street, to the famous Fuller (or "Flatiron") Building. The cameraman elevates his camera, going from street level to the roof. Designed by D.H. Burnham and Company, the Fuller Building ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Parade of "exempt" firemen /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 1Oct1903; H36401. Duration: 1:29 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed September 21, 1903. Location: Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village), New York, N.Y. The film shows a large group of people watching the approach of a color guard followed by a number of elderly marching firemen [Frame: 1734] pulling antique fire equipment [2486]. In the background is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Automobile parade /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 6Feb1900; D3293. Duration: 1:52 at 15 fps. Ref print copies 1 and 2 and dupe neg copy 2 are low contrast; ref print copies 3 and 4 and dupe neg copy 1 are high contrast. DLC Location: New York, N.Y. This may be the first annual automobile parade, held on November 4, 1899 in downtown Manhattan. At least ten different ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 28July1905; H63906. Duration: 4:14 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. The camera pans to show the schooner "Roosevelt" docked at a covered pier on the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. Then, from a camera position on board, men in straw hats and fashionably dressed ladies are seen boarding the ship. Next, the famous polar explorer Robert ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Buffalo Bill's wild west parade /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2July1902; H19660. Duration: 1:52 at 10 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed April 1, 1901. Location: Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. The film shows a parade down Fifth Avenue, New York. In the foreground many children, both black and white, can be seen following alongside the parade. The participants in the parade include cowboys, Indians, and soldiers in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Star Theatre /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16735. Duration: 1:55 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed in 1901. Location: Broadway and 13th Street, New York, N.Y. Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days. The theater opened in 1861 ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 9May1906; H77049. Duration: 3:27 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed April 27, 1906. Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • New York City at the Turn of the Century -- The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906

    At the turn of the century, New York was the preeminent American city; it represented the "new metropolis." The great waves of European immigrants coming to New York, the consolidation of the five boroughs into one vast city, the development of the city's infrastructure, and the incredible construction boom of the next thirty years all contributed to the city's prominence. In many of the ...

    • Date: 1898
  • New York City dumping wharf /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32030. Duration: 1:21 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed April 28, 1903. The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903