Secrets of New York

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NYC TV Premiered Feb 02, 2005 In Season

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  • New York City's Waterfront

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    S 2 : Ep 8 -

    Kelly takes a virtual trip back in time to see what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago before the tops of hills were scraped off and dumped into the river. Kelly also journeys through underground brooks and streams, and we learn what's really underfoot at South Street Seaport where the skeletons of sunken ships provided the City's earliest landfill. Kelly then explores how landfill changed two centuries later with the engineering marvel that created the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.moreless
  • Prohibition and the Mob

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    S 2 : Ep 7 -

    In the 20s, when every illegal bar in Manhattan was making payoffs just to stay open, criminal enterprise became Organized Crime. On the surface the best speakeasies, like the 21 Club, glittered with patrons willing to pay as much for a night out as the average American earned in a year. Kelly travels through the 21 Club's secret vault and onto the island of Broad Channel in Queens. There houses built on pilings over the water of Jamaica Bay still stand from the time when speedboats would load illegal booze from the rum ships floating just outside international waters. Plus we make the acquaintance of Arnold Rothstein, the Prohibition-era gangster who met his end at a secret location we'll get to visit.moreless
  • Medicine in New York City

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    S 2 : Ep 6 -

    It wasn't just immigrants that flooded into the City during the nineteenth century, but also yellow fever, smallpox, cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis. Kelly traces the struggle that finally brought the City's first permanent Board of Health to fight the epidemics that had killed thousands of New Yorkers. Plus we meet two medical heroes who saved hundreds of lives: Edward R. Squibb, who started at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1840s and perfected the manufacture of ether as an anesthetic, and a living legend of surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center who changed heart and vascular surgery, Dr. Frank Spencer.moreless
  • Cinema

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    S 2 : Ep 5 -

    Kelly traces New York City's cinematic history, all the way back to 1897 and Brooklyn's Vitagraph Studios, the oldest movie studio building in the country. Along the way, Kelly also discovers the accomplishments of the first African American feature film director and the important role the City's movie business continued to play after studios moved to Hollywood. Even Mickey Mouse found his voice in New York City.moreless
  • Speakeasies

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    S 2 : Ep 4 -

    When Congress made liquor illegal in 1920, ordinary citizens who just wanted a drink had to become criminals to get one. The law intended to shut down legal drinking establishments produced a doubling in the number of underground world speakeasies. Kelly revisits the golden era of saloon culture at Bill's Gay Nineties with an 1880s tasty and highly flammable cocktail. Included is a look at the City's queen of speakeasies: America's first female master of ceremonies, the legendary Texas Guinan. Finally Kelly takes a trip uptown to Harlem to a speakeasy that's still operating where it was on West 133rd when it was called Swing Street.moreless
  • New York City at War

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    S 2 : Ep 3 -

    From the American Revolution to World War II, New York City has experienced its share of war. Kelly reveals that New York had its own Tea Party, just like Boston, back when we were still a British colony and uncovers the truth about the infamous British prison ships during the Revolutionary War with Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Edwin Burrows. She also gets to the bottom of the worst riots in America's history that took place on the streets of this City during the Civil War as well as the only act of foreign sabotage that rivaled the terror of 9/11 in lower Manhattan: the destruction of Black Tom Island by German spies during World War I.moreless
  • Theatre

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    S 2 : Ep 2 -

    Kelly introduces viewers to the history of New York City's theatre district as she explores the ghosts who seem to make regular appearances in the dressing rooms and backstages of Broadway, tours the secret apartments that exist above many of Broadway's theatres and uncovers the strange connection between a human skull at the Players Club and one of America's greatest actors.moreless
  • Crime and Justice

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    S 2 : Ep 1 -

    How did New York City once end up with two police forces that spent more time battling each other than fighting crime? And how did the City's biggest mafia don help win World War II from his jail cell? Kelly gets to the bottom of these gritty and fascinating secrets in the City.moreless
  • Tribeca - Mysteries of New York's Backlot Revealed

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    S 1 : Ep 73 -

    As a neighborhood, TriBeCa has evolved and re-defined itself many times throughout the centuries. Today, its iconic buildings and cobblestone streets serve as backdrops for some of Hollywood's biggest features. And its annual film festival draws thousands of filmgoers from around the world. TriBeCa has truly emerged as one of New York City's premier neighborhoods. Join host Kelly Choi as she travels back in time to discover the mysteries and intrigues that helped shape the Triangle Below Canal Street and have made it the center of Gotham's film industry.moreless
  • New York Connections - The Bridges of New York

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    S 1 : Ep 72 -

    Bridges connect New York City and are a testament to the determination and willpower of their builders. Join host Kelly Choi on her mission to find out which bridge can hold the heaviest load and what secrets lay behind their ingenious construction.moreless
  • New York $ity - The Most Valuable

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    S 1 : Ep 71 -

    From stacks of gold to rare artifacts locked away in vaults, New York City is an enormous repository of hidden treasures. Watch as host Kelly Choi reveals the most valuable items in New York City.moreless
  • Facelift - The Changing Landscape of NYC

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    S 1 : Ep 70 -

    Ever since the first settlers arrived in New York harbor, the physical environment has undergone many facelifts. Join host Kelly Choi as she reveals New York's hidden lakes, underground rivers and forgotten mountains.moreless
  • Pioneering Moments in NYC History

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    S 1 : Ep 69 -

    Throughout history, New York City has always been ahead of the game. Discover many of the everyday things we take for granted today that were invented, or first put into use and made famous in New York City.moreless
  • New York City - Sights Unseen

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    S 1 : Ep 68 -

    Take in never before seen views of New York City. Join host Kelly Choi as she climbs, crawls and sails to bring you Vista City.
  • Secrets of the Subway - New York Above and Below

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    S 1 : Ep 67 -

    With 714 miles of track along 244 miles of routes, 8 million people push through 3,000 subway turnstiles every day. Join host Kelly Choi on a journey through New York's subterranean transportation system and unearth some of its most hidden secrets.moreless
  • Jails of NY - Secrets Unlocked

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    S 1 : Ep 66 -

    Through the ages, a vast array of New Yorkers who have lived in the Big Apple have inevitably crossed the law and ended up in the Big House. But what lies inside New York's most infamous slammers? Find out as Secrets of New York explores remote islands and hidden jails to unlock the biggest secret behind bars.moreless
  • Secrets in the Sky - The Towers of Gotham

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    S 1 : Ep 65 -

    It's a city famous for its skyline, but what mysteries lie behind these lofty structures that symbolize New York City's high reaching ambition? We go above and beyond to bring you the most intriguing stories about the city's ubiquitous skyscrapers.moreless
  • Ancient NY - 400 Years and Counting

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    S 1 : Ep 64 -

    Few places in the world possess a history as rich, colorful or dramatic as that of New York City. Scattered throughout the city are unnoticed vestiges from a previous time that mark a path to the city's illustrious past. Travel back in time to explore what hides inside New York's oldest bridge, or what secrets lie buried in the city's oldest cemetery, as we unfold the mysteries of old New York.moreless
  • Deep NY - How Low Can You Go in the Big Apple

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    S 1 : Ep 63 -

    As New Yorkers go about their daily business, few realize that a whole other world lies just beneath their feet. Deep underneath New York City is a mysterious world of pipes and passageways. From abandoned train stations to water valves the size of a city bus, discover Gotham's buried treasures.moreless
  • The Sewers - Part 6

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    S 1 : Ep 50 -

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mysterymoreless
  • The Sewers - Part 5

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    S 1 : Ep 49 - 9/10/09

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mystery of the sewer system.moreless
  • The Sewers - Part 4

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    S 1 : Ep 48 -

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mystery of the sewer system.moreless
  • The Sewers - Part 3

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    S 1 : Ep 47 - 9/10/09

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mystery of the sewer system.moreless
  • The Sewers - Part 2

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    S 1 : Ep 46 - 9/10/09

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mystery of the sewer system.moreless
  • The Sewers - Part 1

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    S 1 : Ep 1 -

    The New York City sewer system is an engineering marvel and a murky source of urban legend. It contains more than 6,000 miles of water mains and pipes, and handles more than a billion gallons of waste each day. Watch as host Kelly Choi solves the mystery of the sewer system.moreless
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