New York in the 1970s, filmed in Super 8 by Irving Schneider

This film of New York City streets, parks, and people was made in the early 1970s by amateur filmmaker Irving Schneider. Includes scenes of Brooklyn Heights, Washington Square and Greenwich Village, the Garment District, Times Square and 42nd Street, and Central Park. Music by John Coltrane.

There are some minor technical glitches caused by the age of the film and the transfer from Super 8 to digital video.

Music: My Favorite Things Part 1 by John Coltrane

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"The thing we need most is security. Without security, nothing works. We are only out here playing chess because right now, in this place, we have a little bit of security. But that’s just for right now— just this moment. In this country things have never been secure for long. In America, there is always security. And that’s why America works."

(Juba, South Sudan)

Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness


Andrew Solomon on Robin Williams:

“He played an alien so well because he was an alien in his own mind, permanently auditioning to be one of us. Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating.”

Above: Robin Williams, September 14, 1978. Photograph by Jim Britt/Getty