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.
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.
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.
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.