Our Day In NYC

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This tape features footage of a day in New York City in 1973 shot by Videofreex members Skip Blumberg with David Cort.

00:00 This tape begins with static.

00:19 Inside a loft filled with a giant wall of video tapes and a sign saying “Survival Art.”

00:56 Cut to a shot of Luchow’s Restaurant located at 110-112 East 14th Street in Union Square. The restaurant was torn down in 1982.

01:16 Cut to a shot of a taxi driver who tells a funny story about a customer who stole a bag of candy from him after giving her a ride.

03:39 Cut to a shot of an elevator inspection sign hanging in an elevator. Skip Blumberg gets various shots of New York storefronts, banners, and signs including Chase Manhattan Bank, Columbia Merchandise Company, Manhattan Plastics Corporation, Fountain Luncheon, a shot of a pair of shoes sitting in the storefront, Harry’s Ladies Wear and Children’s, a “no dogs allowed” sign, a telephone booth, and other various shots from the streets of Manhattan.

06:47 Cut to a shot of a Ryder truck being off loaded.

07:03 David Cort invites Blumberg into a recording studio: Joe Schick Blue Rock Studio on Greene Street. A group of musicians work on a final mix of one of their songs. It’s an interesting look at the process of recording to analog tape. This lasts for several minutes.

15:08 Blumberg and Cort leave the recording studio and walk around the neighborhood. Cort says that it’s “New York City at five o’clock.” Blumberg then gets a shot of the Empire State Building in the distance and other exterior shots.

16:57 Cut to a shot of the Chase Manhattan Bank sign on Houston Street. Blumberg gets a few shots of the streets, a subway entrance, a Mobil gas station sign, a Sanco Equipment Corporation truck, the city’s skyline, a Blue Comet Express truck, a statue on a building, and a store called Combat Zone. Blumberg and Cort continue to walk around the city.

20:45 Cut to footage of graffiti, New York street corners, and the La Nueva Estrella Restaurant on 28 Bond Street. Blumberg gets a shot of a friend who peeks his head out of his apartment window. Cort and Blumberg make their way upstairs.

22:16 Inside the loft, Blumberg gathers footage of the busy interior. There is a large light up sign that reads “Bill.” There are various half finished art projects on display. There is footage and audio of a news report on television detailing pressures on Vice President Spiro Agnew to resign. The sound quality decreases during this portion of the tape. Blumberg eventually gets a shot of the view from the loft window. The tape ends with a shot of the Chase Manhattan Bank sign at night.

26:33 Tape ends.

 

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