Perhaps it's Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" that really does it for us, but this footage of 1970s New York City is arguably the best we've ever seen.
Courtesy of the Thames TV program "Wish You Were Here..?" the 7 minutes will take you all over Manhattan in the year 1974—from high above the Empire State Building to a humble lunch counter to Fraunces Tavern and the Federal Building. Everyone's smoking! Brunch was so basic looking! And is that a car parked right up against The Met? Yes it is.
And here's the same program covering Manhattan's beloved first McDonald's.