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1.

Mob War

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When John Falcone meets Todd Barrett, it's a match of strength against wits. Falcone is the undisputed boss of New York's underworld. Barrett is the media mastermind whose genius for public relations has made his clients rich and celebrated. When Barrett agrees to work for Falcone, it could be a match made in heaven, or one made in hell.
Online
1989
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Ghosts on the Loose

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Glimpy's surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a 'bargain' suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds...but mistakenly pick the 'haunted' house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good... --
Online
1943
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Clarence Day's "Life With Father"

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In late nineteenth century New York a Wall Street broker likes to think his house runs his way, but finds himself constantly bemused at how much of what happens is down to his wife. His children are also stretching their wings, discovering girls and making money out of patent medicine selling. When it comes to light he has never been baptized and everyone starts insisting he must do so, it all starts to get a bit too much. --
Online
1947
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My Man Godfrey

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During a riotous society scavenger hunt for a "forgotten man," Lombard finds Powell living in a rubbish dump. She hires him as a butler; and he changes each member of her rich, mad family, while finding new purpose in his own life. A classic screwball comedy of the 1930's.
FilmOnline
1936
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Reaching for the Moon

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Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner, where cocktails, laced with a "love potion," work their magic. He then loses his fortune in the market crash and feels he has also lost his girl... --
Online
1931
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Speaking for Myself [electronic resource]: Voices of the Arts in New York City

Eight performing artists living in New York City discuss their work in this intimate and illuminating program. The eight - actors, musicians, a choreographer, and a poet - give voice to the rich transformative process of creativity as they explain how they started, what motivates them, and why they chose to work in what is probably the most artistically competitive city in the world. Although diverse in cultural background, age, and medium of expression, the eight share a dedication to their craft and to the city that inspires them. Clips of street and stage performances open each interview segment, capturing the vitality and color of the NYC art scene.
Online
2010
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Industrial New York [electronic resource]: Filthy Cities

Fleeing persecution, poverty, and famine, millions of 19th-century Europeans arrived in a place that seemed worse than what they'd escaped-a seething Manhattan in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. This program uses eye-opening computer reconstructions to envision what waves of immigrants had to accept. It was a city consumed by filth and corruption, with a massive populace crammed into the slums of Lower Manhattan. The film looks at some of the disease-carrying parasites that thrived in overcrowded tenement buildings and shows what it was like to cook with improvised 19th-century ingredients-clothes dye and floor cleaner-to disguise the taste of fetid meat. But viewers will also marvel at feats of engineering that transformed the sullied New York landscape into a metropolis wo [...]
Online
2011
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Prelinger Archives [electronic resource]: Sinclair at the World's Fair

View color footage of 1964-65 New York World's Fair, sponsored by Sinclair.
Online
2013; 1965
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Coney Island

This film examines Coney Island, a peninsula district southwest of Brooklyn, New York City. It housed three historical amusement parks and became an entertainment destination that drew in much of America in the early 1900s. Bringing together raunchy entertainment, sideshows of all varieties, futuristic inventions, and culturally diverse people, Coney Island encompassed a transition into the modern world.
Online
2016; 2000
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Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The I.S. 318 team's victories go beyond a room full of trophies-through chess they learn patience and long-term planning, and the importance of analyzing the wrong or right decisions they make after the game. Chess provides skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of what profession they choose. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard and demonstrates remarkable and improbable achievements of this dedicated team.
Online
2015; 2012
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The Apple Pushers

The Apple Pushers follows five immigrant street vendors who bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the "food deserts" of inner city New York, where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge. These pushcart vendors are part of a New York City experiment to help solve the food crisis and the inner city's skyrocketing obesity rates. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, the film looks at the intersection of food access, immigration, and entrepreneurship.
Online
2015; 2012
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Prelinger Archives: 1964 New York World's Fair Report

H.V. Kaltenborn narrates this documentary on the preparation, planning and construction for the-then upcoming-New York World's Fair (1964-1965), under the imperious direction of Robert Moses.
Online
2013; 1964
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Street Scenes of New York City in Early 1900s ca. 1901

Thomas Edison's invention of the photograph led to the development of cameras that could capture moving images. Several early films depicted scenes of New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, a time in which large numbers of European immigrants caused the city to grow rapidly into one of the most important business and industry centers in the world.
Online
2007; 1901
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Streetcars, Pedestrians, and Horse-Drawn Carriages Travel Along Broadway in the Early 1900s ca. 1902

Before it became known as the center of American theater, Broadway was chiefly known as Manhattan's main commercial thoroughfare. At the beginning of the 20th century, many New Yorkers traveled along the busy road on their way to the factories, businesses, and trade centers that opened in the city during the Gilded Age.
Online
2007; 1902
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Workers Excavate the Site for the Foundation of the New Macy's Building in New York City ca. 1902

The development of the skyscraper in the early 20th century created a building boom in New York and other large American cities. One of the first new skyscrapers built was the Macy's building, a multistoried department store. Stores such as these grew rapidly during the Gilded Age due in part to the rise of public transportation, which made it easy for shoppers to travel to commercial districts.
Online
2007; 1902
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Horse-Drawn Carriages Dump Garbage Onto a Barge in New York City ca. 1903

The industrial expansion of the United States in the late 1800s changed the way many Americans lived. Soon, more Americans, drawn to urban areas by jobs and services, lived in cities than lived in rural areas for the first time in the country's history. This new concentration of people, however, led cities to improvise ways to improve their infrastructure. In New York City, along with other large cities on waterways, garbage was often collected by horse-drawn carriages and dumped onto barges that would take it out to sea.
Online
2007; 1903
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Passengers Ride Newly-Built New York City Subway ca. 1905

The New York City subway system opened in 1905 and represented a major leap forward in urban transportation. For the first time, commuters could travel quickly and cheaply through the city. The subway, along with the skyscraper, contributed to the dramatic growth of cities in the 20th century.
Online
2007; 1905
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Workers Excavate Tunnel for New York City's Pennsylvania Station ca. 1905

Technological innovations allowed large cities on the East Coast to build massive tunnels for regional trains and local subway services. One of the largest tunnels built during this time was in New York City. In New York, workers excavated a tunnel that connected the sprawling Pennsylvania Station in the west side of Manhattan with Long Island, which eventually allowed for commuter train service to New York's suburbs.
Online
2007; 1905
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Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Theater (Profile and Performance Scenes)

On this episode of Camera Three, Margaret Croyden profiles Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) new repertory theater company. Harvey Lichtenstein, David Jones, Marti Maraden, Bryan Murray, and Jeremy Hines are interviewed. Actors perform excerpts from A Winter's Tale and Johnny On A Spot.
Online
2016; 1980
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Circle in the Square: 25 Years

Presenting a history of New York City's famous and enduring theater, The Circle in the Square (100 plays in its first 25 years) through interview and performance, this program features theater critic Margaret Croyden interviewing founder Ted Mann and actors Dustin Hoffman, George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, and James Earl Jones. It includes performance excerpts from Miller's Death of a Salesman, O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Elektra, and Ibsen's Lady from the Sea with Vanessa Redgrave and Pat Hingle.
Online
2016; 1977