"City Pastorale" shows citizens of New York hurrying about their business during workday on a street in New York City. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians. People riding on the subway. Views of workaday foot traffic along New York sidewalk. Macy's department store. Racks of clothes being wheeled along the streets and sidewalks. Scenes of New Yorkers in hectic activity. In contrast, are shown peaceful scenic views of New York City. Penthouse gardens. Clothes drying on a rooftop line. People entering a number of different churches in Manhattan, New York. A woman in a garden. A man and a boy sit and read newspapers in the garden. The young boy looks at the "funny papers" (comic strips). A man walks with a child on a sidewalk. Cars parked. People chatting on the sidewalk of a New York city street. The Chrysler Building and nearby skyscrapers. People taking pictures with handheld cameras at a playground. Families with babies. Children playing in a park. Quiet streets. Car drives beneath an elevated train. Men walk on a ramp. People relax on beaches. Older women gathered together on the beach talking, while boys play in the sand at the edge of the surf. A huge crowd seated in a baseball stadium and watching a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a shot of Giants pitcher, #36 ( Mickey McGowan ?), throwing from the mound and, in another scene, Giants #23 (Clint Hartung ?) batting and striking out. Views of the fans watching the baseball game, including some men in suits and boys sitting together in the bleachers watching the game and eating ice cream on a stick. Visitors stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Newsreel clip looking back at the life of baseball's greatest player, Babe Ruth, after his death from cancer on August 16, 1948. Ruth speaks to the camera. Outside view of Yankee Stadium in New York. Young boys watch in the stands. Ruth swats a home run. Spectators stand and cheer as Ruth runs around the bases. Ruth wipes his face with a towel. Ruth surrounded by two police officers and large group of children, eating hot dogs and ice cones. Ruth gives a baseball bat to a young boy. An older Ruth climbs out of a 1940s-style car, walks into a doctor's office. Group of kids wait for him outside on the steps. Scene shifts to Ruth's late-in-life visit to Yankee Stadium. Ruth puts on his old #3 Yankee uniform, emerges from tunnel to a huge ovation from fans. He tips his cap, stands on field as Yankees pay tribute.
Israeli Hagganah soldiers advance through war-torn Haifa during 1948 Arab-Israeli War in Palestine region. Israeli soldiers search Arabs at a checkpoint. Arabs detained by Israelis. Palestinian refugees fleeing Israeli occupied area carrying their belongings (one using a baby carriage for that purpose). Dejected Palestinian women and children. Dead bodies of Arabs on the ground. Israelis advancing in a town using an armored car. Two armed Israeli soldiers holding their flag. Israeli soldiers gathered together conversing behind Barricade and barbed wire. United Nations meeting at headquarters in Lake Success, New York. A speaker at the podium. Delegates conversing between sessions. Jewish people celebrate the new State of Israel, in New York City. A boy hoists the new country's flag from an apartment window, as crowd stands outside and celebrates. A group of young people dance the Hora (circle dance) in the midst of the crowd.
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.
Large crowd gathers in front of City Hall in New York City, to celebrate the founding of the State of Israel. People seated in park area and standing behind police barricades. Flag of Israel flies from City Hall. Crowd stands and applauds for Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. New York City mounted police in parade along 5th Avenue. The horses legs are taped in white. They are followed in parade by New York City patrolmen on foot. Honor guard in parade carry flags of United States, Israel, and City of New York and a flag with cluster of stars on dark field in canton, with three dark stripes and two white stripes in the field.
View of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. View of the George Washington Bridge, and automobiles at its toll plaza (e.g. 1948 Lincoln). Cars move on New Jersey and Manhattan parkways. Street sign pointing to the 'Queens Midtown tunnel.' Trucks and cars headed toward the tunnel. Traffic entering and leaving the Lincoln Tunnel, including a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer truck. Manhattan commercial markets, where trucks deliver various food supplies. Men unloading the fresh food boxes. Fresh fish is poured into baskets outside the Geo F. Fish market. The food items are supplied to central markets and the grocery stores.