This episode examines the postwar “Gilded Age,” when the expansion of wealth and poverty—and the schism between them—built to a crescendo. It ends as the city annexes Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island into a single massive metropolis.
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.
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.
Farah Pandith speaks about how George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island began a American tradition of respect toward people of different faiths.