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 ... See full summary »
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John Steele Gordon ...
 Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kenneth Jackson ...
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Robert A.M. Stern ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
 Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)
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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 ...
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Thomas Bender ...
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Carol Berkin ...
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(2 episodes, 1999)
Margo Jefferson ...
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Frederic Kimball
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David Margulies
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Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ...
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Bella Abzug ...
 Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
Frances Golden ...
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Cheryl Greenberg ...
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Ada Louise Huxtable ...
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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: Most of the big shore places were closed now. And there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of the ferryboat across the sound. And as the moon rose higher, the inessential houses began to melt away till gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes, A fresh green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams. For a transitory enchanted moment man must have ...
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A Masterpiece
23 July 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I happened along this documentary one Sunday afternoon after 9-11 in 2001. I originally was intrigued because I am a New Yorker but also because, sadly, I really didn't have as much knowledge about this great city that I live in as I should have and of course also because it was soon after that tragic day in September and I wanted to watch anything and everything relating to that day. To my surprise it didn't have anything with regard to 9-11, being completed before 2001. I continued to watch because I wanted to know more about the history of my city. Sure I knew about the Dutch, about the English taking over, the changing of the name but this film taught me a lot about people I didn't know much if anything about - Fiorello Laguardia, Al Smith, Walt Whitman - and whereas I knew about Lincoln and FDR to name two, my knowledge about their relation to New York was pitiful.

Anyone who has any desire to gain some knowledge about New York should watch this. I picked up the CD today because the songs on it are amazing - very deep and very emotional. Anyone who enjoys history will probably enjoy this film. I got it as a Christmas present in 2001 and it's been one of the best presents I've ever received.


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