New York Montage: Intro and Stills
This is a montage of stills grabbed randomly from the odds and ends of footage that survived from New York, assembled for fun soon after I left the city. A lot of footage was mislaid along the way of course, but a good sprinkle of video survived, incidentally yielding something of a sense of ’90s NYC in general. Its soundtrack starts off with a bit of fevered jabbering from me, but then it changes to just the beautiful background buzz of the streets and continues with nothing more than that (and nothing less): sirens, car engines and the babble of people milling around on the night-time sidewalks of the Village or by the West Side piers. These NYC sounds were copied in from the audio of one or two of the snippets of reality footage in Those New York ’Nineties.
After an initial year or so living on West 11th Street, the rest of my 10 and a half years in NYC were spent living in the East Village. This was a neighbourhood that pulsed with a feeling of enchanted, gritty, centre-of-the-world magic in the ’90s—the neighbourhood itself being a character whose variety and excitement felt as if it seeped into the human characters who lived within its grid of 14 well-worn Streets, from 4th Avenue to Avenue D. (18’02”)
(See video here.)
The stills in this montage are also here.