New York became the focal point of an extraordinary array of human and cultural energies. At the same time the new media industries of advertising, radio networks, public relations, and magazines found their homes in midtown Manhattan.
This episode examines the careers of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and master builder Robert Moses, and the public works that transformed the city in the 1930s. It also explores Harlem during the Depression and the complex impact of the automobile.
In one generation more than 10 million immigrants arrived in New York. The city saw the construction of the first subways and skyscrapers. The plight of the most exploited citizens led to laws that eventually transformed the lives of all Americans.