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Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Volume 2 on CD

Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Volume 2 on CD
Price USD 14.97
Seller History Film Compilations on DVD

Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River

CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc.,

SUMMARY 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) where an American Line steamer, either
the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked [Frame: 0120].
The camera passes one of the Manhattan-to-New Jersey commuter
ferries to Jersey City or Communipaw [0860]. Proceeding
south, the distinct double towers of the Park Row, or
Syndicate Building, erected in 1897-98, can be seen in
the background [0866]. A coastal freighter is next [1560],
then Trinity Church appears, to the left of which can
be seen the Surety Building, as a tug with a "C" on the
stack passes in foreground [2032]. Several small steamboats
come into view [2136], and the B.T. Babbitt Soap factory
at Pier 6 is seen [2300], followed by the Pennsylvania
Railroad piers (#5 & #4), with a group of docked railroad
car floats [2556], and the Lehigh Valley Railroad piers
(#3 & #2), also with car floats [3030]. Next are the Bowling
Green Building (rectangular, with facade to camera) [3208],
the Whitehall Building (vertical, thin side to camera)
[3388], followed by Pennsylvania Railroad Pier #1 [3630].
Pier A (with a clock tower) is seen with the New York
Harbor Police steam boat "Patrol" at its end [4654]. The
Bowling Green Offices and the Produce Exchange at Bowling
Green are visible in the background. The breakwater (sheltered
landing) and the New York City Fireboat House appears
[5270] and the distinctive round structure, Castle Garden,
once a fort and immigrant station, but at the time of
filming the City Aquarium, comes into view [5438]. The
camera then pans east along the Battery Park promenade:
the Barge Office (with tower) is visible in the distance
[5804], and further out the Brooklyn shoreline with the
grain elevators at Atlantic Avenue can be seen [6088].
This view is continued, with only a minor break in continuity,
in the film Panorama of Sky Scrapers and Brooklyn Bridge
From the East River. Together they comprise a sweep around
the southern tip of Manhattan, from Fulton Street on the
Hudson to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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