A Glimpse of the City, 1968


As noted on the NY Times City Blog, the Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion has uploaded exper­i­men­tal film­maker Hol­lis Frampton’s 1968 time-lapse walk from the Brook­lyn Bridge to Cen­tral Park (above). New York was a grit­tier city, and much of down­town Man­hat­tan still had light indus­try in it. Other notes from a view­ing (quick reflexes on the freeze-frame nec­es­sary, but the images are sharp): in exactly the same place is The Strand Book­store. Biggest cul­tural change imme­di­ately evi­dent: the amount of lit­ter in the park. Since the film was shot on a week­end, many streets are empty, leav­ing the best people-watching to the final stretch, on the park paths and around Bethesda Fountain.