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 6 City of Tomorrow (1929-1945)

First Aired: September 30, 2001

Filmmaker Ric Burns polishes off his 14 and one-half hour history of the Big Apple with two concluding episodes that take New York City through the 20th century. The first: “City of Tomorrow (1929-45)” focuses on Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who used his close ties to FDR to make the city “a gigantic laboratory of civic reconstruction”; and master builder Robert Moses, who “adapted a 19th century city to 20th century circumstances,” says historian Kenneth Jackson. The biggest one: the car. Says narrator David Ogden Stiers: “It challenged all previous assumptions about urban life.”