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14 November 1999 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York... See more »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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an elephantine story of one of the crucial cities of the mast thousand years (or more) See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 55 of 77)

David Ogden Stiers ... Narrator (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
John Steele Gordon ... Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kenneth Jackson ... Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robert A.M. Stern ... Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)

Mike Wallace ... Himself - Commentator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)

Philip Bosco (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)

George Plimpton (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Luc Sante ... Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)

Eli Wallach (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Craig Steven Wilder ... Himself - Commentator (5 episodes, 1999-2001)

Keith David (4 episodes, 1999-2001)

Paul Giamatti (4 episodes, 1999-2001)

Rudy Giuliani ... Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999-2001)

Fran Lebowitz ... Himself - Commentator / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2001)

Callie Thorne (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daniel Czitrom ... Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999)

Robert Sean Leonard (4 episodes, 1999)
Peter Quinn ... Himself - Commentator (4 episodes, 1999)
Marshall Berman ... Herself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)

Spalding Gray ... Himself - Comentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Josh Hamilton (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
David Levering Lewis ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)

Donald Trump Jr. ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Carol Willis ... Herself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Caleb Carr ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)
James Hazeldine (3 episodes, 1999)
Phillip Lopate ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Himself - Commentator (3 episodes, 1999)

Frances Sternhagen (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 ... Himself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)
Carol Berkin ... Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)

Janeane Garofalo (2 episodes, 1999)
Margo Jefferson ... Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 1999)
Frederic Kimball (2 episodes, 1999)
David Margulies (2 episodes, 1999)
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin ... Herself - Commentator / ... (2 episodes, 1999)

Harris Yulin (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)

Ed Koch ... Himself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)

Anna Quindlen ... Herself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)

Susan Sarandon (2 episodes, 2001)
Ray Suarez ... Himself - Commentator (2 episodes, 2001)
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Series Directed by
Ric Burns (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Ric Burns (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
James Sanders (8 episodes, 1999-2003)

Series Produced by
Ric Burns .... producer (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Lisa Ades .... producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Judy Crichton .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Margaret Drain .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robin Espinola .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kerry Herman .... coordinating producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kate Roth Knull .... senior producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Danna Liebert .... assistant producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Steve Rivo .... producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ray Segal .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Lily Thorne .... assistant producer (6 episodes, 1999-2001)

Helen Kaplan .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Donald Rosenfeld .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Brian Keane (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
 
Series Cinematography by
Allen Moore (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Buddy Squires (7 episodes, 1999-2003)

Peter Hawkins (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Li-Shin Yu (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Ed Barteski (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
David Hanser (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Juliana Parroni (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Nina Schulman (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Ades .... co-director (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Art Department
Susie Goulder .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Dick Tice .... lead man (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Lou Verrico .... voiceover recordist (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mark Mandler .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Roger Phenix .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mark Roy .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dean Sarjeant .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ira Spiegel .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
John Zecca .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Roger Sherman .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Special Effects by
Russell Berg .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Patrick Egan .... animator: digital map design (unknown episodes)
Alan Levy .... animator: digital map design (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David A. Ford .... additional director of photography (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Don Lenzer .... additional director of photography (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Stephen McCarthy .... additional director of photography (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Roger Sherman .... additional director of photography (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera / electrician: horse and carriage crew (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
John Tanzer .... assistant camera / best boy: draft riot crew (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Andrew Yarme .... assistant camera / grip: horse and carriage crew (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Maryann Arrien .... best boy: draft riot crew (1 episode, 2001)
Joe Doughan .... grip: horse and carriage crew (1 episode, 2001)
Anne Gwynn .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2001)
Ned Hallick .... gaffer: draft riot crew (1 episode, 2001)
Gill McDowell .... gaffer: horse and carriage crew (1 episode, 2001)
Adam Pierce .... best boy: draft riot crew (1 episode, 2001)
Tom Popola .... grip: horse and carriage crew (1 episode, 2001)
Gay E. Riedel .... best boy: draft riot crew (1 episode, 2001)
John M. Roche .... electrician: horse and carriage crew (1 episode, 2001)
Kristy Tully .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2001)
 
Series Animation Department
George Davis .... animation photographer (unknown episodes)
Ed Joyce .... animation photographer (unknown episodes)
Ed Searles .... animation photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Flavia de Sousa .... editorial assistant / assistant editor (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Josh Sternfeld .... associate editor / assistant editor (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jacob Steingroot .... assistant editor / post production office assistant (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
Michael Balabuch .... associate editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Simone Barros .... post production office assistant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Janet Cristenfeld .... associate editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Judd Ehrlich .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mick Gormaley .... assistant editor / apprentice editor / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Richard Hankin .... additional editing (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Anna Josenhans .... assistant editor / post-production intern (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kramer O'Neill .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Syndi Pilar .... associate editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
June Shiiki .... assistant editor / post-production intern (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Samara Smith .... apprentice editor / assistant editor / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Roxanne Yamashiro .... assistant editor / apprentice editor (6 episodes, 1999-2001)

Elizabeth Adams .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Roy R. Beeson .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Lindsey Michelle Bogard .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Sophie Bonnar .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Millie Burton .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Fran Eipper .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Melinda Garrett .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Kimie Kimura-Heaney .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Anna Lyle .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
May Lyle .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Jeni Matson .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Mear .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher (unknown episodes)
John Rehberger .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Leslie Rohland .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Catherine Son .... post-production intern (unknown episodes)
Bill Stokes .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Brian Keane .... music mixer (1 episode, 2003)

Dennis Anderson .... musician (unknown episodes)
Tom Bates .... music mixer (unknown episodes)
Roxanne Bergman .... musician (unknown episodes)
Cathy Carapella .... music clearances (unknown episodes)
Keith Chirgwin .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Marshall Coid .... musician (unknown episodes)
Lawrence Feldman .... musician (unknown episodes)
Jeff Frez-Albrecht .... assistant music mixer (unknown episodes)
Aloysia Friedman .... musician (unknown episodes)
Peter Gordon .... musician (unknown episodes)
Karen Hansen .... musician (unknown episodes)
Grant C. Herreir .... musician (unknown episodes)
Bob Ingliss .... musician (unknown episodes)
Joanie Madden .... musician: Irish whistle (unknown episodes)
Daniel Rowe .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
Jacqueline Schwab .... musician (unknown episodes)
Paul Shipper .... musician (unknown episodes)
Tom Skarupa .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
Lou Sololf .... musician (unknown episodes)
Don Wallace .... music copyist (unknown episodes)
Tom Zajac .... musician (unknown episodes)
Bob Zubrycki .... musician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Justine Bertucelli .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Corrinne Collett .... footage archivist (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daryl Gammons .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Meghan Horvath .... researcher (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jeanne Houck .... senior research consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kenneth Jackson .... senior historical consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Lewanne Jones .... footage archivist (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Zachary Kaiman .... research assistant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Hilary Klotz .... footage archivist (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Phyllis Schwartz .... communications consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Sujin Seo .... researcher (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Michael Shepley .... communications consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Anya Sirota .... researcher (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marijke Smit .... research assistant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robert W. Snyder .... senior research consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daniel Vatsky .... footage archivist (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mike Wallace .... senior historical consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Geoffrey C. Ward .... senior creative consultant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jenks Whittenberg .... research assistant (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Thomas Bender .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marshall Berman .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Hope Cooke .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daniel Czitrom .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robin Espinola .... series archivist / archivist (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Graham Hodges .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Margo Jefferson .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
David Levering Lewis .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Phillip Lopate .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
John Hull Mollenkopf .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kathy Peiss .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Richard F. Snow .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robert A.M. Stern .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Sam Bass Warner .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Carol Willis .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Steve Zeitlin .... historical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2001)

Benjamin Adler .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Sarah Asher .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Itai Bar-On .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Michele Barber .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Lois Bianchi .... historical consultant (unknown episodes)
Amanda Birbaum .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Cornelia Calder .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Eduardo Canedo .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter services (unknown episodes)
Andrew Cohen .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Paul Cohen .... footage (unknown episodes)
Laura Congleton .... consultant: avid (unknown episodes)
Geniveve Connors .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Gilbert Darlington .... footage (unknown episodes)
Marie Dumont .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Ronen Glimer .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Allison Grossman .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Tim Holden .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Eric Hornberger .... footage (unknown episodes)
Natalie Hrniak .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Jason Jergens .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Michael Kantor .... narration consultant (unknown episodes)
Michael Kaplan .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Kirsch .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Sarah Krauer .... additional clearances (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth Lehery .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Jackie Ling .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Tzipora Lubar .... production intern (unknown episodes)
James Madden .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Ray McCort .... helicopter services (unknown episodes)
Joseph J. Merli .... horse and carriage crew (unknown episodes)
Katharine Mogg .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Justin Morrill .... base map design (unknown episodes)
Tracey Morrill .... base map design (unknown episodes)
Joshua Mueller .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Marilyn Ness .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Jodi Nottsinger .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter services (unknown episodes)
Emma Pildes .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kasin Pindak .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Brian Prestin .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Barbara Purcell .... horse and carriage crew (unknown episodes)
Bill Richards .... helicopter services (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Rivo .... key production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jamie Rubin .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Sablan .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Najla Said .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Adrian Sas .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Ellen Stern .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Bill Stokes .... film-to-tape transfer (unknown episodes)
Janet Tingey .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Ori Winitzer .... key production assistant (unknown episodes)
Claudia Woloshin .... production intern (unknown episodes)
James Ziefert .... production intern (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"American Experience: New York - A Documentary Film" - USA (alternative title)
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600 min
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Filming took nearly four years and over 170 days including interviews, shooting archival footage, and New York landscapes.See more »
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Mario M. Cuomo:We had this fantastic contradiction of people who hated you so much, they were willing to give up their life to take yours - and people who loved humanity so much, that they were willing to run into the darn building, in the smoke and flame, just to save the life of somebody they never met.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
an elephantine story of one of the crucial cities of the mast thousand years (or more), 7 December 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Sure Ric Burns (related directly to TV-documentary maestro Ken) may not provide a documentary that is outright 'entertaining' like a Michael Moore film, or isn't strangely engaging in its montage like Errol Morris' The Fog of War, but he understands something that all good documentary filmmakers know. If you get your subject down, and what story of the subject you want to tell, the rest is just history, literally. And if you are a history buff at all, or just interested in the tales and lineage and drama that made what is New York City what it is today, this is the documentary to see. Of course, it's not an easy feat; like his brother Kens's Jazz documentary, New York is split up into seemingly countless hours of detail, going over its 300+ year history, from the days of Henry Hudson, to the Revolution, the the draft riots (covered brilliantly in Gangs of New York), the trials and tribulations of the immigrants, and leading up to 9/11.

It's basically the kind of documentary in which once you see one part of it, say part 2 covering 1830 to the 1870, or part 5 covering the early 1900's, and you want to see more, you'll know what you're getting. One could criticize the over-abundance of dramatic, TV-esquire music, the emphasis on piling on the weight on certain subjects over others, or that (ironically) the time given still isn't enough. But as one interviewee says, there is not one definitive book or books by an author that give a totally clear idea of what New York was like in such a time and place or another. For someone who has been to the Apple countless times, seen many of Manhattan and Bronx's sites, and recognized that New York carries with it the residue of dozens of passing generations and cultures and tragedies and joys, this serves as THE documentary, at least with information terms, what New York was. At the least, you can impress (some of) your friends and family with bits of information, like about Alexander Hamilton or how the formation of all the NYC roads were built, or the bits within the massive scope of the immigration stories.

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