This seven-part, 14 and a half hour television event explores New York City’s rich history as the premier laboratory of modern life. A sweeping narrative covering nearly 400 years and 400 square miles, it reveals a complex and dynamic city that has played an unparalleled role in shaping the nation and reflecting its ideals. This program was produced before the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
RELEASING IN 2023
DIRECTOR: Ric Burns
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Munzer Loeb
“Nothing short of gripping…Burns has delivered a monumental documentary series that raises the bar for this kind of work and in the process elevates our knowledge and understanding of a metropolis that is still evolving, or as one observer rightly puts it, ‘always becoming.’”
“Absolutely mesmerizing…New York is more than successful…Everybody will have their favorite part of this 12-hour journey down and up the river on Burns’ video raft.”
“NEW YORK…isn’t just a celebration of New York; it’s a showcase of balance, diversity, and fairness…The show turns out, more or less, to have the city’s number.”
– The New Yorker