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New York Street Games

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Long before television and video games gave New York City kids the option of disappearing into alternate worlds for hours on end, the best option for passing the time and burning off energy was to hit the street for a game of stickball. In this documentary, narrator Hector Elizondo takes viewers back to a time when the city streets echoed with the sounds of laughing children, and games like Punchball, Skully, and Jonny on a Pony helped instill youngsters and their parents with a very real sense of community. In ...
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Overview

Long before television and video games gave New York City kids the option of disappearing into alternate worlds for hours on end, the best option for passing the time and burning off energy was to hit the street for a game of stickball. In this documentary, narrator Hector Elizondo takes viewers back to a time when the city streets echoed with the sounds of laughing children, and games like Punchball, Skully, and Jonny on a Pony helped instill youngsters and their parents with a very real sense of community. In addition to offering a nostalgic glimpse into a bygone era, New York Street Games also explores the potential reasons urban adolescents no longer partake in the simple joys of games like Stick Ball, as well as the potential effects that today's more introverted forms of entertainment may be having on both their behavior, and our shifting social structures.
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Special Features

Printable Rule Book of Street Games, including Stickball, Ringoleavio, Kick the Can, Scully, Boxball
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 841887014410
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,980

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hector Elizondo Voice Only
Technical Credits
Matthew Levy Director
Butch Barbella Score Composer
Allen Dalton Executive Producer
Lars Fuchs Editor
Ronald Guttman Executive Producer
Beverly Kahler Associate Producer
Craig Lifschulz Producer
Paul Petschek Editor
Charles Rick Executive Producer
Matt Salinger Executive Producer
Eli Schwebel Associate Producer
Michael Vitti Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- New York Street Games
1. Opening [2:13]
2. Backdrop for Street Games [4:54]
3. Schoolyard and Streets [1:17]
4. The Neighborhood [5:50]
5. Where Kids Played "Stoopball" [5:50]
6. The Spaldeen [4:40]
7. Punchball & Slapball [5:45]
8. Ingenuity [10:06]
9. Sidewalk Games [2:30]
10. Roughhousing [7:52]
11. Girls Games [2:26]
12. Stickball [11:06]
13. Where Have The Kids Gone? [1:26]
14. Street Games vs. Technology [7:02]
15. Montage & Credits [2:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- New York Street Games
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   Scene Selection
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      Subtitles: Off
   PDF
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