I just came across this video of the oldest surviving footage of New York City, and thought it was too fun not to share.

Ignore the dodgy music and have a look! It shows grainy black-and-white scenes from as far back as 1896, with the oldest ever clip saved for the end.

For me, the most interesting part is at 2:35 on the video — it shows where the World Trade Center would be built before there was a skyscraper in sight.

And how on earth did the streets look so much cleaner back then?!

Do you recognize any of your favorite spots?