A look back at NYC in 1993, in high definition: VIDEO

New York /
Apr.April 24, 2016 03:00 PM

Everybody loves retro footage of New York. But all too often, the quality and production values suck. Luckily, a demo shot for the Japanese HD market back in 1993 has reemerged – and it is a total time machine.

According to the Youtube uploader, “Youtube Pedant,” the footage was discovered in 2002, when D-Theater D-VHS was launched in the U.S. and needed a demo tape to show off its high definition products. JVC just reused some HD video that had been shot back in 1993.

So what does it show? Everything: amazing skyline views, the Twin Towers, Wall Street just a few years after the film “Wall Street” dropped and some pretty great slow motion street scenes.

According to Youtube Pendant, you can tell it’s 1993 by the adverts in Times Square – practically by the Radio 501 CD that’s advertised on a billboard. It came out in 1993. Also, “Paper Moon” is playing at the Marquis Theater.

Check out the video below:


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