Views of Statue of Liberty and New York harbor. An aircraft carrier moving slowly in New York harbor, past lower Manhattan. The statue of Liberty, with many visitors walking across Liberty Island, at base of the statue. An ocean liner billowing smoke in the distance. Passengers on deck of an excursion boat headed toward the Statue of Liberty. They are wearing warm coats Two girls are eating ice cream cones. Views from the pilot house of the boat. Another view of passengers on the boat, with Statue of Liberty in background. Woman holds her hat against the wind. Views from stern of rapidly moving boat in the harbor. Navy boats and U.S. H-5 helicopters maneuver all around Liberty Island. New York City fire boats shooting torrents of water into the air in salute. Unrelated -- Near end of clip there is a brief view of men in white athletic clothes, possibly sailors or soldiers, performing bayonet drill exercise activities using rifles with fixed bayonets, at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team). Spectators are in the stadium. Advertisements posted on the baseball field fences, including one for Abe Stark's clothing store.
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.
View from wheel house of a ferry boat backing out of the slip on Ellis Island, New York. Entrance building at the island. Various buildings on the island. A view of the statue of liberty on the Liberty island in New York.
Fifth Avenue, in New York City, decorated with American flags, Fourth Liberty Loan banners, and flags of Allied nations, from 51st Street to Madison Square. Japanese flags are on buildings. Military units march along 5th Avenue to the Altar of Liberty, designed by Thomas Hastings, that is the focal point for the 4th Liberty Loan Campaign. Flags of the 22 Allied Nations fly on poles at Madison Square. Vice President Thomas Marshall stands on sidewalk by the Altar of Liberty with several officials and an Army chaplain in uniform. A contingent of Belgian Army officers marches followed by U.S. Military officers and diplomats and officials in automobiles. The Belgian officers greet civilian officials. Civilian officials gather and converse. Officials assembled on balcony of the Altar of Liberty. New York Governor, Charles S. Whitman is in center, to right of the Army chaplain. Another view of balcony, with Vice President Marshall present. Map of war zone on the Altar of Liberty, painted by H.T. Schladermundt. (It will be updated daily as the war progresses.) Governor Whitman introduces the Vice President, who looks at his watch and gives his address. The next speaker introduced is Emile De Cartier, Belgian Minister to the U.S. whose country is the first to be honored at the shrine.
First DPs (Displaced Persons) arrive in New York, U.S. DPs allowed to enter United States under new quota arrive aboard USS General W. M. Black (AP-135). A fireboat sends up a spray to welcome DPs in New York Harbor. Statue of Liberty in the background. A ferry and railroad barge pass by in the foreground. USS General W. M. Black makes its way up the North River. New York skyline in the background.
View of New York City skyline in the United States. Statue of Liberty situated on Liberty Island. Cruise ships, ferry boats and sail boats are seen moving near the statue and near lower Manhattan