Cities of the Underworld

Season 1 Episode 7

New York

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 04, 2007 on The History Channel
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New York
Explore beneath New York City, a living, breathing complex of engineering, history and secrets that could only exist in America's largest city.
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  • Dumbed-down "exploration"

    I made the mistake of watching this and boy, am I sorry. It's typical of the shows on the Travel Channel and Discovery nowadays, with too much time-lapse photography and metal soundtrack, essentially telling us that they don't feel the information being presented is exciting or interesting by itself. We need to be distracted before we get bored and wander away. Thank goodness programs like NOVA don't subscribe to this attention deficit philosophy. The topper is host Eric Geller always yelling at the camera with a wide-eyed crazy look on his face. Hey, "dude," lay off the espresso and try to calm down. It sure doesn't help that the writing is atrocious and rife with inaccuracies. Geller yells that thousands of people use the NYC subway every day. Try "millions." He claims that you dig "panels" down through dirt to create a slurry wall. No, you dig trenches and use them to create concrete panels of the wall. Worst of all, he says that if the World Trade Center's "bathtub" had failed after 9/11, most of lower Manhattan would have been flooded. No, no and again, no, you imbecile! The bathtub (and the adjoining PATH and subway tunnels) would have flooded. True, that would have been disastrous, but Lower Manhattan itself is above sea level! Geller just reminds me of the kid in class who was always excited by things he usually misunderstood.

    Not a good program. Others have shown the same material with greater depth and less senseless flash. Even "Inside Grand Central" was better than this.moreless

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    • Eric Geller: The streets of New York are always busy night and day, but that's nothing compared to what's going on below then. From hidden rivers to a classified, off limits train station below one of New York's most famous hotels, we'll see the city's deepest, darkest secrets that you won't find on any blueprint or map. New York has an underground city like no other. The modern skyscrapers above conceal a world of engineering marvels, century old aqueducts and even a massive structure that was a prime target of the Nazis. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: New York.

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