New York: A Documentary Film 1999 | TV Show

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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 8 The Center of the World (2002-Present)

First Aired: September 9, 2003

Filmmaker Ric Burns' poignant 2003 chronicle of the World Trade Center's rise and fall recounts the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001 wrenchingly, but it's mostly about the Center's rise. This isn't a pretty story either; it's one of economic, political, architectural and engineering labyrinths that led to a critical and commercial flop. It did overcome that shaky start but, says historian Kenneth Jackson: "It's more important to history now that it's gone." David Ogden Stiers narrates.

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The City and the World (1945 to the Present)

Season 1, Episode 7

October 1, 2001