Once you get over how strangely natural this glimpse of New York City from 100 years ago is, you start to notice how differently public space was used at the time. This was before roads were designated for cars, and were used by pedestrians, horses, and vendors as well as motorized vehicles. You might notice several elderly men with missing limbs, then you realize this is only 50 years after the start of the Civil War.
The Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern shot the original footage in 1911. Guy Jones adjusted the film speed to make it appear more natural, and added sound effects. -via Metafilter