New York: A Documentary Film 1999 | TV Show Watchlist

New York: A Documentary Film

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A seven-part history of the world's `undisputed cultural and economic capital' from 1609 to the end of the 20th century, told in dramatic readings and interviews with historians. An eighth chapter, titled `The Center of the World,' was added following the (more…)

Premiered: November 14, 1999

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 1, Episode 4 The Power and the People (1898-1914)

First Aired: November 17, 1999

“The Power and the People: 1898-1914” (Part 4 of seven) recalls the era of mass immigration. “The entire world would arrive on the city's doorstep,” says narrator David Ogden Stiers (1.2-million in 1907 alone). “There was a message,” says writer Pete Hamill. “Come here, everything is possible.” The program also follows the political career of “Happy Warrior” Al Smith; and charts the construction of the subways and the rise of skyscrapers in the clogged city. “Confined on all sides,” wrote Lincoln Steffans, “the only way out is up.”