Video of the Day: New York City as a Pinball Machine


Fun fact: Pinball was banned in Manhattan, as well as many other major American cities, from the 1940s until the 197os because it was considered a game of chance, and thus a form of gambling. As New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia wrote in a Supreme Court affidavit at the time, many believed machines robbed the “pockets of schoolchildren in the form of nickels and dimes given them as lunch money.” Huh. In her short film “Manhattan 4.33pm,” UK filmmaker Lizzie Oxby turns the city into a giant pinball machine, which probably has poor La Guardia rolling in his grave. Click through to check out Oxby’s clip, and let us know in the comments what you think of her work.

Manhattan 4.33pm from Lizzie Oxby on Vimeo.

[via Laughing Squid]