Video: Manhattan in One Day
December 12, 2011
Welcome the afternoon with this delightfully shot video of Manhattan. Filmed from the 51st floor of the Bank of America Tower–the second highest point in the city–the timelapse video compiles footage taken over the course of one day and condenses it into one minute, capturing the flows of New York’s rivers and roads against the frenetic play of light and time. Shadows cast by skyscrapers punctuate the tabula lumen (yes, I made up a term in Latin), creating a checkerboard pattern which heightens the staccato of pedestrian and vehicular traffic moving up and down avenues and cross-town. Passing clouds animate the otherwise static river blues–or more, accurately, greys–with ferrying boats scurrying along the surface of the Hudson and East Rivers. The edits are cut to A Bowerbirds-esque tune (acoustic guitar + piano + girl/boy harmonies + earnestness), but the music proves robust enough to handle the sheer scope of the footage.