Six years before Joseph Mitchell described the Bowery through the eyes of Mazie the seedy moving-picture ticket taker, Pathé went down to "the famous street of 'Little Old New York'" in 1934 to give prospective tourists a taste of the reality that is now confined to movie sets.

Bowery Boogie spotted the footage, which begins at 1:44 in this segment. You can make out the People's Theatre, Doyers Street, the Bowery Mission, the Third Avenue El, panty peddlers, ancient pretzel vendors, smoking men, sleeping men, and a well-dressed man picking food out of the trash.

And here's more Pathé footage of the New York Fire Brigade, circa 1893.