After seeing the above video posted on the r/NYC subreddit, I have fallen down a rabbit hole watching colorized videos of New York City in the late 19th/early 20th century. That video is real footage from 1896 that has been restored, colorized, and boosted to 60 FPS. (I don't know what any of that means besides the colorized part, but I do know it looks cool). People were able to figure out that this was filmed down by Trinity Church and Bowling Green Park, saying that the bull would be in our view today. That video is led to me entering the "colorized videos of NYC in 1900" part of YouTube, and I'm hooked.
Here is an 8-minute video of a trip throughout NYC in 1911 that is just insanely cool.
41 minutes of footage from the 1930s
And here's a bunch of black and white footage from NYC that is apparently the oldest that exists.
Seeing footage like this always fascinates me. And colorizing it just adds a whole new level. When I was younger, one of the dumbest things I ever thought was that the world used to be in black and white. I thought color was like a real life invention that just came about in the mid-1900s. Again, I was very stupid.
People want to say that NYC is dead, but NYC will never die. It just adapts. We've gone from suits and top hats to Supreme and Timberlands. We've gone from trolley cars to yellow cabs obeying zero traffic laws. We've gone from horse and buggies to homeless guys jerking off at the free WiFi stations. Adaptation, baby. Adaptation.