This episode chronicles the rise and fall of the World Trade Center, which. rose despite controversy, engineering challenges, and threat of financial disaster. The episode climaxes with September 11, 2001, and people’s extraordinary response.
Episode seven examines the great African American migration and Puerto Rican immigration of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s; the beginnings of white flight and suburbanization; and the massive physical changes wrought by highways and urban renewal.
The New York series identifies the themes that shaped New York’s history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity. Founded by the Dutch and then British New York, it came to define urban life in America.