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 Narrator (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
John Steele Gordon ...
 Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kenneth Jackson ...
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Robert A.M. Stern ...
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 Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
(6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Brendan Gill ...
 Himself - Commentator (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Calvin O. Butts III ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robert A. Caro ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Peter Hamill ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Alfred Kazin ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
David McCullough ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
(5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Luc Sante ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
(5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Craig Steven Wilder ...
 Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
(4 episodes, 1999-2001)
(4 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
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(4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daniel Czitrom ...
 Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999)
(4 episodes, 1999)
Peter Quinn ...
 Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999)
Marshall Berman ...
 Herself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Himself - Comentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Josh Hamilton
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David Levering Lewis ...
 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Carol Willis ...
 Herself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Caleb Carr ...
 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)
James Hazeldine
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Phillip Lopate ...
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(3 episodes, 1999)
John Kuo Wei Tchen ...
 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)
Joshua Freeman ...
 Himself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ruth J. Abram ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)
Thomas Bender ...
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Carol Berkin ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)
(2 episodes, 1999)
Margo Jefferson ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)
Frederic Kimball
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David Margulies
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Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ...
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(2 episodes, 1999)
Bella Abzug ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
Frances Golden ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
Cheryl Greenberg ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
Ada Louise Huxtable ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
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Ray Suarez ...
 Himself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 years later. Told in a sentimental tone, Burns weaves a lyrical tale of the great metropolis that encompasses not only the city's streets, but also that of the history of America. Though around fourteen hours in length, this epic documentary presents a thoughtful, entertaining look at our relatively young country. Written by Chris Bogner

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Originally, the film was to be a seven-episode documentary. After the World Trade Center was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, an eighth episode - "The Center of the World" about the rise and fall of the Twin Towers - was made. It aired September 8, 2003. See more »

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voice: From the ruins, lonely and inexplicable as the sphinx, rose the Empire State Building and, just as it had been a tradition of mine to climb to the Plaza Roof to take leave of the beautiful city, extending as far as eyes could reach, so now I went to the roof of the last and most magnificent of towers. Then I understood - - everything was explained: I had discovered the crowning error of the city, its Pandora's box. Full of vaunting pride the New Yorker had climbed here and seen with dismay what...
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It continues...and is amazing
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This epic documentary from Ric Burns covers all of the major events and people that have shaped the culture and rich history of the City of New York. It does, in episodes 6 and 7 go past 1931 (Episode 6 is 1929-1941 and Episode 7 is 1945-Present). All of the historians, writers and others that provide commentary for the film are wonderful and insightful, although they sometimes become repetitive. This is rare, however, and the great stills (and later film) carries the story along from its humble Dutch beginnings in 1609 all the way to the present day. New York is like nowhere else in the world; it is an entity unto itself. But, as F. Scott Fitzgerald notes, it is just a city and not a universe. But what a city. David Ogden Stiers does an incredible job narrating what is, in my humble opinion, the singular film about the history of New York.


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