Friday, March 30, 2007

3rd Avenue El - early 1950's

What is a 3rd Avenue El?

It's the elevated train that used to run up and down Manhattan until the mid-1950's, when it was decommissioned and turned into scrap metal.

Despite this, you can still experience the trip through New York City that vanished over half-a-century ago, not only from the overhead view of the train window, but through the actual neighborhoods and with the authentic people who road it daily.

A beatnik photographer with a tripod, a stumbling drunk from the old Bowery, a giddy little girl traveling with her father, and a couple on a romantic excursion help create a loose narrative.

For the soundtrack, a sprightly rendition of Haydn's Concerto in D for Harpsichord is accompanied by all of the real sounds of a metropolitan elevated subway trip. Along with it's superb photography and creative editing, a of viewing '3rd Avenue El' is like taking ten minute vacation to a place that is no more.

Amazon - Take a trip back to Coney Island here
Get your Freak on & Run away with the circus ...
Amazon - The lost American drive-in ... Found!
And now for some drive-in classic B-Movies.
How about Russ Meyer's world of Ultra Vixens?

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Blogger Brian Hughes said...

Thank you so much for posting that AND the Ted Weems clip - LOVE NYC nostalgia!

10/05/2008 3:36 PM  

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