Here's What Driving Through New York City In The 1930s Was Like

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Driving through New York can be harrowing, but that’s mostly because there are way too many vehicles on the streets. I think to truly be able to experience a nice city drive, you have to get out really, really early. Or go back in time.

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What did Manhattan streets look like in the 1930s? Glad you asked—The New Yorker uploaded this neat little video of a side-by-side view of familiar New York City streets then and now. What is perhaps the most striking thing here is how few cars are on the road and how much more driving freedom people seemed like they had.

It’s fun. Check it out.

(h/t to Rick!)

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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coreysmith16
InWayOverMyHead

Dude on the Brooklyn bridge weaving back and forth blocking the other two cars was an ass. Looks like plate # 5N 33-15. Someone look that guy up.... Actually, lots of crappy driving in that video.