Here’s something rather cool for your Monday morning: as part of its push to showcase more of its collection digitally, the Museum of Modern Art recently added a short film, “New York 1911,” to its website, where it’ll be available through July 14.
The nine-minute silent film documents a day (or more) in the life of New York City circa 1911, with surprisingly clear black-and-white footage showing a city on the cusp of change. It was filmed by Svenska Biografteatern, a Swedish company that, according to MoMA, traveled “around the world to make pictures of well-known places,” including Niagara Falls and Paris.
The filmmakers did a pretty good job of seeing a wide swath of the city (well, of Manhattan, anyway), capturing the then-brand new Manhattan Bridge, the Flatiron Building, Park Row in the Financial District, and other landmarks. There are also plenty of long-gone sights, too—we spotted the Singer Building, demolished in 1968, as well as the very unusual sight of elevated trains riding over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Alas, it’s not embeddable, but head on over to MoMA’s website to check out the film in all its glory.