American Experience: New York Underground

Overview

Due to the thousands of immigrants flooding the streets each year, New York City, by the mid-1800s, was one of the most crowded places on earth. In March of 1888, a blizzard paralyzed the city and became the catalyst for a new development in public transportation: an underground rail system. After years of political jousting and planning, construction began in 1900. Four years later, the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) opened to the public. American Experience: New York Underground chronicles the building of ...
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Overview

Due to the thousands of immigrants flooding the streets each year, New York City, by the mid-1800s, was one of the most crowded places on earth. In March of 1888, a blizzard paralyzed the city and became the catalyst for a new development in public transportation: an underground rail system. After years of political jousting and planning, construction began in 1900. Four years later, the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) opened to the public. American Experience: New York Underground chronicles the building of this monumental project that forever changed urban dwelling. Through archival photographs, transcripts, and contemporary newspaper accounts, this documentary illustrates the dedication, manpower, and ambition it took to build the 21-mile route. Hundreds of accidents occurred, thousands of workers were injured or disabled, and at least 44 people lost their lives. ~ Brooke Hodess
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Special Features

Printable material for educators; Access to the American Experience web site; Scene selection; Closed captions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • UPC: 783421401693
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,831

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Brian Keane Score Composer
Libby Kreutz Co-producer
Elena Mannes Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: New York Underground
1. Introduction [1:07]
2. A Transportation Crisis [14:52]
3. Breaking Ground [23:04]
4. The Subway Opens [13:32]
5. Credits [1:48]
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Disc #1 -- American Experience: New York Underground
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   Scene Selection
   DVD-ROM Features
      This Disc Contains Special Features That Can Be Accessed From Your Computer's DVD-ROM Drive. Insert This Disc and Open the File "Start.HTML" With Your Web Browser to View: Teaching Materials (PDF)/A Link to the American Experience Web Site, pbs.org/amex
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