• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 25May1905; H61323. Duration: 3:51 at 15 fps. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Photographed May 17-18, 1905. Location: Brooklyn, New York, N.Y. The film shows a city thoroughfare lined with crowds of people watching a military parade. The first group to come into view is a marching band [Frame: 0120], then a large formation of soldiers in the uniform of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • 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
  • Bargain day, 14th Street, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 20Apr1905; H59778. Duration: 1:22 at 15 fps. Camera, Frederick S. Armitage. Photographed April 1, 1905. Location: 14th Street, New York, N.Y. The film shows hundreds of tightly packed people crowding into the front door of the Rothschild Co. 5 and 10 cent store. They are so closely packed it is difficult to tell one from another. The view ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • 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
  • Beginning of a skyscraper /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16723. Duration: 0:25 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed January 18, 1902. Location: New York, N.Y. The scene is an excavation site in New York City. A large group of workmen with picks and shovels are digging. Carts drawn by pairs of horses can be seen emerging from the smoke in the background. From a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
  • Pilot boats in New York harbor /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22Apr1899; 27966. Duration: 0:48 at 15 fps. A New York harbor pilot boat passes close enough for four members of the crew to be seen [Frame: 0471]. Following the sailing vessel is a steamship [0780]. From a contemporary Edison Company catalog: PILOT BOATS IN NEW YORK HARBOR. Unboys [code for telegraphic orders]. A close view of an eighty footer, schooner ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32038. Duration: 1:42 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. The subject is a group of about thirty men and boys who are sorting combustible refuse, mostly paper, and stuffing it into large sacks. In the background a man in a hat with an emblem on it can be seen unloading trash from a large ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • White Wings on review /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32033. Duration: 3:53 at 15 fps. Camera, James Blair Smith. Photographed April 29, 1903. Location: New York, N.Y. Filmed on an unidentified street in New York City, probably Fifth Avenue. Rows of men wearing the white uniforms of New York City street sweepers (known as White Wings) march by the camera. Each row has a police escort. The parade ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32031. Duration: 2:15 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Photographed May 9, 1903. Location: East River, New York, N.Y. The film was photographed from a boat going around Riker's Island. Located on the East River north of Hell Gate between the Bronx and Queens, Riker's Island was the site of a massive New York City landfill operation at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. /

    Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32034. Duration: 2:23 at 15 fps. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. This film was photographed from a boat heading south along the eastern shore of Blackwell's Island (known today as Roosevelt Island). The island lies in the East River, between Manhattan (which can be seen in the background) and Long Island City, Queens. It is approximately one and three-quarters of ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • Lower Broadway /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13Jun1903; H32629. Duration: 1:33 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed May 15, 1902. Location: New York, N.Y. The film shows a view which appears to be looking north on Broadway at the intersection of Wall Street, in front of Trinity Church. The sidewalk along Broadway is crowded with people, and the traffic in both streets is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
  • 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
  • Elevated railroad, New York /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Feb1903; H28548. Duration: 1:07 at 15 fps. The film was photographed from the front platform of a train traveling over elevated tracks in New York City. Although many of the buildings alongside the tracks can be seen, it is difficult to determine the exact location of the scene. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Parade of horses on Speedway /

    Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8July1903; H33282. Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed May 15, 1902. Location: West bank of Harlem River, New York, N.Y. The film is of a parade of fine horses and fashionable carriages taken along what is now the Harlem River Drive, in the Highbridge section of northern Manhattan. The view is from the Manhattan ...

    • 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
  • 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 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