What did New York City look like in 1911?

An extraordinary piece of film modernization–check out this footage of New York City in 1911, originally shot by a Swedish film crew. It’s been adjusted in various ways to give a modern feel. Beyond the general historical value, it provides a deep sensory experience of the time period covered by John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer (1925) and all the ways one could traverse NYC: ferry, horse-and-buggy, trolley, car, bike, etc. Also, there are plenty of straw hats–the fashion of time. Enjoy!