Freitag, September 24, 2010

Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge 1899

Einen ganz besonderen Film, wie ich finde, gibt es nun. In dieser Produktion der Edison Company aus dem Jahr 1899, vermutlich gefilmt am 22.09.1899, überqueren wir die Brooklyn Bridge und fahren mit der Bahn von Brooklyn nach Manhattan rüber. Ein seltener Einblick in das Altagsleben der New Yorker Bevölkerung, festgehalten in bewegten Bildern, die 111 Jahre alt sind. Das Gebäude am Ende links ist das World Building, das zu diesem Zeitpunkt seit 9 Jahren stand, den Status als höchstes Gebäude New Yorks aber schon wieder 5 Jahre lang abgegeben hatte.

Sept. 22, 1899. Edison Manufacturing Co.

The B.M.T. train ride from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In 1898, the modern City of New York was formed with the consolidation of Brooklyn (until then an independent city), Manhattan and outlying areas. The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 did for the city what railroad expansion and the Erie Canal did for the nation. The population was expanding due to immigration and commerce was booming. In less than five years the need for several more bridges would be apparent as Williamsburgh and the rest of Brooklyn also grew in population. On Manhattan "uptown" was moving quickly past 14th Street. Soon, people would be calling it "downtown." The subway system was already on its way.

July 29, 1898
At six o'clock in the evening a traffic jam near the Brooklyn end of the Bridge ties up wagons and trolleys all the way back to the Manhattan entrance. Suddenly the Bridge sags a few inches at two points, approximately 250 feet on both sides of the Manhattan tower. On examination, engineers find that several trusses buckled under the roadbed, but they conclude that the damage is harmless, and make no attempt to straighten the kinks. For a few days after the incident the ferries running across the river (eleven now compared with the fourteen that had existed during the building of the Bridge) do a brisk business.*

New York City in 1899:
The newly formed 'City of Greater New York' splits Queens County, Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Oyster Bay from Nassau County / Sept. 9th, Henry H. Bliss steps off of a streetcar at 74th St. & Central Park West and gets struck by a vehicle becoming New York City's first automobile fatality / Dec. 2nd, trolleys begin running between Jamaica and Flushing in Queens

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