This Amazing Footage of the Bowery in 1934 Will Give You Perspective [VIDEO]

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am by
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Still combing through the recent trove of British Pathe newsreels uploaded to YouTube…

Our latest adventure down the rabbit hole yielded vintage footage of the Bowery dating back to 1934. For perspective, that’s two decades before Lionel Rogisin’s On the Bowery.

The clip is part of the overall “Pathe Review (American Travelogue)” package for tourists. Much of the episode (over 3 minutes) focuses on the Bowery itself, “the famous street of ‘Little Old New York.'” To be honest, it’s some of the best candid old-timey footage of the thoroughfare we’ve seen.

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There are clear shots of the Peoples Theatre (Bowery), The Schooner Hous, Doyers Street, the Bowery Mission, three-car train on the Third Avenue El.

But don’t worry about the Bowery dumps, there are “fashionable” places to shop, too. There we enter the crowded street scenes of pushcarts and peddlers…

The dispatch from the Bowery is between 1:44 – 5:20:

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