New York City motorcycle policemen gathered on a city street in readiness to escort Harry S. Truman upon his first official visit to the city as President. He is seen riding in an open car, accompanied by Secret Service agents and several U.S. Naval officers. New Yorkers line the sidewalks to catch a glimpse of the President. Workers, of the 32nd Street Western Cafeteria, line the sidewalk in front of their restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood. The Presidential motorcade crossing the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn, and then turning into the gate of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Sailors lining the Navy Yard roadway presenting arms. Military personnel, yard workers and others fill the Navy yard. The President's flag hoisted on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Hundreds of Navy officers and sailors all in white hats, salute in unison. All sit to listen to President Truman's remarks. Scene shifts back to the streets of Manhattan, as policemen control spectators lining the sidewalks. Brief view from a car moving along the path of the motorcade.
Faculty members in discussions at the Brooklyn Technical High School, 28 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, New York City. Students (all boys) in Brooklyn Tech's architectural course, building a wood frame house and framing boats. The school print shop where boys learn to hand-set type, operate linotype machines, and run printing presses. A teacher in a science class, where.an oversize slide rule is mounted above the blackboard. A wire model of a molecule sits on a table. Scene shifts to a chemistry laboratory, where a student shakes liquid in an Erlenmeyer flask and places it on a Bunsen burner. Other students are using microscopes. A student holds a live frog. A teacher in a lab coat enters the room with several students. Several glass tanks and cages are seen holding live specimens. Next are shown boys and girls at work on sketches and sculpture in the New York City High School of Music and Art. Scene shifts away from specialized schools, to a library in a regular New York High School, where well worn edition of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia) is shown open. Teacher is shown in a typical classroom where arts and literature are being taught along with other topics in a balanced four-year curriculum.
Film titled ‘Brooklyn USA’ based on Brooklyn borough of New York City. Brooklyn Bridge spanning East River in New York City. Traffic along road. Various buildings in Brooklyn. View of Manhattan skyline of skyscrapers, as seen from Brooklyn. Commercial establishments with signs in various languages, including: Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. Alamphon Arabic Records shop. Brooklynites dresses as native American Indians play music. People sitting on benches, in the sun. Street signs for Myrtle Avenue and Herkimer Street. Building with sign reading: "Greepoint. Post No. 24, American Legion." Sign reads ‘T.S.F.T.P.O.D.R.A.B Sidney H. Ascher’. Official walks down the steps of a brownstone apartment building. He speaks to the camera. Milestone with directions and distances inscribed on it, including "10 1/2 miles to N. York ferry." Street signs at intersection of Lady Moody Square and Avenue U. Historic homes and building. Brownstone homes in fashionable district near Garden Place. Sign at corner of Fulton Street and Pineapple Street. Sign for Orange Street. Signs at Vine Street and Columbia Heights,at Cranberry and Henry Streets,and at Poplar, Willow, and Middagh Streets.
Film begins showing location of New York City on a world globe, at the mouth of the Hudson River on the East Coast of the United States. It transitions to an aerial view of the Southern tip of Manhattan Island at the junction of the Hudson and East Rivers and slowly shows views moving Northward along the Hudson River. Piers along the Hudson are visible. Scene shifts to above those piers, looking South at the cluster of Manhattan skyscraper buildings, and beyond to New York Harbor, the borough of Queens, and Brooklyn, and beyond to Long Island in the misty distance. Next the skyscrapers are seen from Queens,across the East River. A large ocean liner is seen underway in New York Harbor, among ferry boats, barges, and tugboats. The Statue of Liberty is seen in the background. An animated map shows regions around New York and traces the Hudson and Mohawk valleys into the Great Lakes. The map is then overlaid with numerous lines representing transportation routes by lend, water, and air. View of Brooklyn Bridge, wharfs, and Manhattan skyline in hazy background. Seagoing freighters loading and unloading at New York's piers. A truck and other cargoes being moved by cranes. Passenger trains moving in the New York city area. View of the famous Beaux-Arts style Penn Station by architects McKim, Mead, and White, at West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan. Train station interior crowded with travelers and commuters. Commercial aircraft taxiing at a New York area airport. Closeup of two young children watching the planes. Passengers deplaning from a large aircraft. Sign for Peruvian International Airways atop an airport building. A Swissair passenger plane being serviced. Passengers boarding a TWA Lockheed Constellation airplane. A family watching airplanes from an airport observation deck. The Lockheed Constellation starting its engines. A Douglas DC-4 aircraft taxis out and takes off, as several boys watch from the observation deck. Closeup of another group of boys watching planes from the observation deck. Aerial view of Manhattan skyscraper buildings from an overflying airplane. Traffic at Times Square. The Astor Hotel at the left and the Times building straight ahead. Several other street scenes in Manhattan, crowded with pedestrians. A view residential apartment houses along Park Avenue. Views of African Americans crowding the sidewalks in Harlem. Views of "Little Italy" in the lower East side of Manhattan, where Italian restaurants and other businesses are seen. Chinatown is seen with some of the business signs in Chinese. A man of Chinese heritage reading a letter. Asian American children playing together in a neighborhood. New high rise apartment buildings are seen replacing older homes in parts of Manhattan. Mothers wheeling their children on sidewalks in one of the new neighborhoods.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.
New York City harbor waterfront at lower Manhattan as seen from the water, in New York, United States. View of Manhattan skyline, skyscrapers, and buildings from the water front. Barges and boats pass beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with smoke and steam emitting from stacks. Slow pan of Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn across to Manhattan. Views of traffic on the bridge including a streetcar and other cars and trucks. Scene changes to view of Williamsburg Bridge seen from atop the bridge itself. Cars and trucks are seen moving on the outer lanes of the Williamsburg Bridge, as a barge passes underneath. Side view of the Williamsburg Bridge connecting Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the lower east side of Manhattan. During this time and until 1924, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world.