A documentary titled 'Uptown: Portrait of The South Bronx 1965' . A boy flies kite in South Bronx in New York City. Passengers wait on the station as a train arrives. Extensive footage of the "Hub" , Melrose, Third Avenues and 149th Street area. Newspaper headline 'America Falling!' seen as people sell and buy newspapers. View of crowded market area. A man gets his shoes shined by a shoeshine boy.
View of disadvantaged community in South Bronx in New York City. The film gives details like the population size and the number of unemployed males. A plane in view. Aerial views of South Bronx New York show children playing on roofs of buildings. Aerial view of woman collecting clothes from clothes line on roof. Aerial view of pigeon coops and pigeons on roof. Boy flying kite from roof. Girl balancing on roof while boy hammers wood on roof. Aerial view of elevated train. Boys play basketball. POV sequence shows views of South Bronx and New York from a moving elevated train, first through front of train and then through side. Short sequences cut in show boy swinging baseball bat, man smoking, youth choking another from behind.
Scenes shot on a Wednesday afternoon in the South Bronx, New York City. View from car driving slowly uphill on Eagle Avenue heading towards 149th Street in the South Bronx, New York City. Among cars parked at the left side of a one-way street, is a 1957 Chevy that has been stripped of its tires and wheels. Apartment buildings line the street. Residents are out and about walking on the sidewalks. One man has the hood up on his big-fin 1960 Plymouth Fury automobile. Closeups as the camera car drives past some residents. Closed business establishments have heavy steel gates locked across their doors and windows. A sign advertising Ballantine beer is mounted on a building. Below it someone has painted message with partial words:"...Jtch Unknown Sinners." Small glass blocks have been broken out of an adjoining building. Camera pans down an apartment building on Crimmins Avenue, following path of external fire escape ladders. A number of people are gathered socially on the apartment house steps. A group of mixed age men play a game of stick ball in the street. A car turns into the street hugging the left side of the road to avoid interfering with the ballgame. Closeups of some players, as one (unseen) is recorded speaking about the game. (The narrator notes that this is filmed on a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of a "work week.") Camera pans people "hanging out," in the vicinity. Two men walk along the edge of an apartment building roof. A dog walks past a man tearing up a cardboard box. Men seated alone, on a fire escape; on a park bench; in a doorway; and on a box in front of a store. Boys playing frisbee and two with baseball gloves, playing catch. Police cars: one parked at a curb and one driving along the street. A young man wearing a sweatshirt with "Latin Crowns" written on it, goes into a building. Outside another, in similar sweatshirt, does pullups on a bar at the bottom of a fire escape. A boy swings on the bar. Several youths start fighting and an older one steps in to break it up. A boy huffing drugs or chemicals from a paper bag.
Views of a South Bronx neighborhood. From a high vantage point, camera pans across rooftops of apartment houses in section of the South Bronx, New York City. Voices of local residents (unseen) are heard in conversations. Camera zooms in on Wash hung to dry on lines stretched across alleyway between backs of buildings. It focuses on members of a family staying cool by sitting outside on the fire escape of their building. A shirtless boy is looking about in a vacant lot. Another boy splashes water flowing near the curb in the street. Scene of activity on Oak Terrace, elderly Jewish women walk to Temple on Beekman Ave. Children seated in their window. Groups of children playing self-organized games in the street. Women and children on an apartment stoop. Two young women walking together. Boys climbing on their fire escape. Girls playing "potsie" (variant of hopscotch) in the street. Children with noses pressed against their apartment window screen. A girl riding her bicycle. School-aged children talking. Two old ladies walking slowly along the sidewalk. A boy giving a smaller one a "piggy back" ride. Women and their children on steps of their building. Young men "hanging out" on the sidewalk. They gather around with others to watch two boys wrestling in the street. Boys jumping on old furniture placed at the curb. A man, a woman, and a teenage girl, walking. The man holds a small boy in his arms. The teenager takes the boy and she and the man hold his hands as he walks between them. View from car driving slowly uphill on Eagle Avenue heading towards 149th Street. Cars parked on the left side include one that has been completely stripped of its wheels and tires. Further along, two men look under the open hood of a 1960 Plymouth Fury automobile, parked at the curb. Other cars seen parked and pedestrians walking on sidewalks. View from car approaching business district, where steel grates protect some closed establishments. A man getting a shoeshine on the sidewalk. Two well-dressed little girls walking. Pedestrians walking past a line of shops. Partial writing "...Jtch unknown Sinners" is scrawled on building, underneath a sign in Spanish advertising Ballantine beer.
A Wednesday afternoon in the South Bronx, New York City. Camera pans down front of an apartment building on Crimmins Avenue, in the South Bronx, where people are sitting on the apartment house steps, watching men playing stick ball in the street. A 1954 Oldsmobile car turns into the street, keeping to the left to avoid interfering with the ball game. Closeups of players. One tries to take the stick of another. Players watch as a ball, hit high on a building, bounces its way down. A left-handed batter gets set, with a cigarette in his mouth. View down the Avenue. Two men walk along an apartment building roof. A dog walks past a pile of trash. Men seated alone, one backwards on a chair; another on a fire escape; one on a park bench; one in a doorway; and another on a box in front of a store. Two small boys sitting with their shoeshine boxes. Boys playing with a frisbee and two playing catch with a baseball on East 139th Street between Cypress and St. Ann's Avenues. Youth wearing sleeveless sweatshirt painted with picture of a skull and words:"Cara Gons," on it. Police officer in a patrol car parked at a curb. Another patrol car (at 2:48) driving west along 149th street at Bergen Avenue. A young man wearing a sweatshirt with "Latin Crowns" written on it, goes down some steps and through doorway into a building. Another "Latin Crowns" is worn by a youth doing pullups on bottom of fire escape, outside. A boy swings on the same bar. Several youths start to tussle and an older one steps in to break it up.
Restaurants, dance halls and market areas of South Bronx in New York City seen. Banners read 'Sale'. People buying fruits and vegetables in the market area. Children in the balcony. Garbage seen in the poor housing area. Children peering from windows and playing on the streets. Children fight on the street.