Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Special news report from 1967: 'Hippies change scene in East Village'
Updated 2/28: I didn't realize that my blogging friend Alex at the always-excellent Flaming Pablum posted this back in 2018.
In case you haven't seen this (the clip was new to me — thanks Winn!) ... here's 8 minutes of footage from the Associated Press dated Oct. 13, 1967, and titled "Hippies change scene in East Village." (The AP uploaded the clip to YouTube in August 2018.)
It was apparently part of a report (b-roll?) on the scene here — after the Summer of Love caught the attention of the mainstream media.
Unfortunately, there isn't any sound to the clip. At times, you get the idea that some editor told a crew to "drive around the neighborhood and film some hippies!"
You'll recognize several locations, like a glimpse of the Christodora House on Avenue B and some familiar places inside Tompkins Square Park (Temperance Fountain!). There are other shots of storefronts and businesses of local historical significance, such as the East Village Other office when it was still at 147 Avenue A, and the Diggers' Free Store at 264 E. 10th St.
Also, notice how few storefront vacancies there appear to be.
Anyway, enjoy ... watch it with your choice of music as a backdrop...