For The Center of the World, New York: A Documentary Film

Directed by
RIC BURNS

Written by
JAMES SANDERS & RIC BURNS

Produced by
MARILYN NESS & RIC BURNS

Edited by
LI-SHIN YU

Narrated by
DAVID OGDEN STIERS

Cinematography
ALLEN MOORE
PETER NELSON
BUDDY SQUIRES

Original Music Composed & Arranged by
BRIAN KEANE

Voices
BEBE NEUWIRTH
GEORGE PLIMPTON

Senior Executive Consultant
JUDY CRICHTON

Senior Producer
KATE ROTH KNULL

Coordinating Producer
AMY BROWN

Associate Editor & Post-Production Supervisor
SAMARA SMITH

Additional Editing
SYNDI PILAR

Assistant Editor
JACOB STEINGROOT
SARAH KAYLOR

Archival Footage Researcher
MEGHANN McCRORY

Researcher
HANNAH READNOUR

Production Coordinator
JOSHUA MUELLER

Assistant Camera
DAVID A. FORD
ANTHONY SAVINI

Sound Recording
MARK MANDLER
JOHN ZECCA

Sound & Dialogue Editors
IRA SPIEGEL
MARLENA GRZASLEWICZ
MARIUSZ GLABINSKI
BRUCE KITZMEYER

Assistant Sound Editor
CHAD BIRMINGHAM

Re-Recording Mixer
DOMINIC TAVELLA, SOUND ONE CORPORATION

Voice Over Recording
LOU VERRICO, A&J RECORDING STUDIOS, INC.

Animation Photography
EDWARD JOYCE & ED SEARLES, THE FRAME SHOP

Color
DU ART FILM LABS

Film to Tape Transfer
BILL STOKES, DU ART VIDEO

Videotape Editor
JOHN REHBERGER, DU ART VIDEO

Production Accounting
KELLEY A. TROTTER

Archival Stills
AP / WIDE WORLD PHOTOS
BALTHAZAR KORAB PHOTOGRAPHY LTD.
JEAN-LOUIS BLONDEAU / POLARIS
COLLECTION OF THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES
CORBIS IMAGES
CULVER PICTURES
DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE / DLMA
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING COMPANY, LLC
BOB GOMEL / TIME LIFE PICTURES / GETTY IMAGES
JEFFERY KRAUS COLLECTION
JPMORGAN CHASE ARCHIVES
JOHN LABRIOLA
LESLIE E. ROBERTSON ASSOCIATES, R.L.L.P.
FRED W. MCDARRAH
JIM MOORE / POLARIS
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
NASA US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
N.Y. POST / REX USA
COPYRIGHT 2003 N. Y. P. HOLDINGS INC., D/B/A NEW YORK POST
THE NEW YORK TIMES CO.
THE NEW YORK TIMES PHOTO ARCHIVES
PHILIPPE PETIT COLLECTION / POLARIS
PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY
ROCKEFELLER ARCHIVE CENTER
PASCAL AMOS REST
SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP
SPACEIMAGING.COM
SHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERS
EZRA STOLLER©ESTO
DENTON TILLMAN
TIME LIFE PICTURES / GETTY IMAGES
CAMILO JOSE VERGARA
KATHERINE D. WEISBERGER
YAMASAKI ASSOCIATES, INC.

Archival Motion Pictures
ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE
ALFIE ALVARADO
ARD GERMAN TELEVISION
BBC WORLDWIDE AMERICAS, INC.
BERMAN-BOGDAN PRODUCTIONS/FOOTAGEFINDERS
THE ESTATE OF RUDY BURCKHARDT
CAMERAPLANET ARCHIVES
LUIGI CAZZANIGA
TED CIESIELSKI, 4FP
CORBIS MOTION
CNN
EVAN FAIRBANKS
FEMA
FOX MOVIETONE NEWS, INC.
GETTY IMAGES
GREAT PROJECTS FILM COMPANY, INC.
GRINBERG FILM LIBRARY
HISTORIC FILMS ARCHIVE, LLC
ITN ARCHIVE/REUTERS
J. FRED MACDONALD & ASSOCIATES
JIM HUIBREGTSE PHOTOGRAPHY
JOHN E. ALLEN INC.
JPMORGAN CHASE ARCHIVES
GARY KASKEL
MICHAEL KOVALENKO
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
MADO PRODUCTIONS INC.
MTA BRIDGES & TUNNELS SPECIAL ARCHIVE
MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES, CITY OF NEW YORK
NATIONAL ARCHIVES & RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
NBC NEWS ARCHIVES
PATHEÉ ARCHIVES
RONALD S. PORDY
THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY
SAM RIEGEL
KEVIN SEGALLA
ADAM SHANKER
STREAMLINE STOCK FOOTAGE
THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK
UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE
77WABC, NEW YORK CITY
WINS(AM)
WPA FILM LIBRARY

Special Thanks to:
ADAM & SIMON BURNS
PAMELA LYNN FIELDER & CINEVENTURES, L.L.C.
BARABARA & ARTHUR GELB
THE KITCHEN SISTERS
BONNIE LAFAVE
BRUCE M. MINNIX
GIDEON & JULES NAUDET
LYNN NOVICK
HEATHER PARKS
DANIEL POLIN
PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY
NATHANIEL PRINZI
LAURA ROSEN
MAX RUDIN
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
DARICE WIRTH
ERIC YEATER

and

A&E TELEVISION NETWORKS
ALGER HOUSE
AMERICAN IRISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
BARBETTA RESTAURANT
THE CHILDREN & FACULTY OF WASHINGTON MARKET SCHOOL
JOHN DENISE
JESSICA DOBRIAN
JAMESON DOIG
MIKE DOMBROWSKI
MICHELE HILTZIK
SASKIA KAMPMAN
TERRY KENNEDY
CHRISTIAN KORAB
JOSHUA LUPKIN, HERBERT LEHMAN PAPERS & SUITE
NEW YORK MAYOR'S OFFICE OF FILM, THEATRE & BROADCASTING
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB
NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
LORAINE ORLANDO
NANCY PALLEY
ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS
RUTGERS BUILDING
THEODORE ROOSEVELT BIRTHPLACE, NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

On-camera interview subjects:
Mario M. Cuomo, New York governor, 1983-1994
Jameson Doig, professor of politics and public affairs
Niall Ferguson, historian
James Glanz, New York Times reporter
Paul Goldberger, architecture critic
Pete Hamill, writer
Kenneth Holden, former New York City design & construction commissioner
Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic
Kenneth T. Jackson, historian
Ed Koch, New York City mayor, 1978-1989
William Langewiesche, journalist
Eric Lipton, New York Times reporter
Philippe Petit, high wire artist
Leslie Robertson, engineer
Robert A.M. Stern, architect
Guy Tozzoli, president, World Trade Center Association
Camilo José Vergara, photographer
Mike Wallace, historian
Carol Willis, historian

Senior Executive Consultant:
Judy Crichton

Executive Producers for Steeplechase Films
Ric Burns & Donald Rosenfeld

For AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Post Production
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima

Series Designer
Alison Kennedy

On-line Editor
Spencer Gentry

Sound Mix
John Jenkins

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Web
Molly Jacobs
Tory Starr

Legal
Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Scott Kardel

Project Administration
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano
Lauren Noyes

Project Administration
Mary Lugo
Cara White

Project Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Series Manager
James E. Dunford

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

A Steeplechase Films production for American Experience

The series, New York: A Documentary Film, is a Steeplechase Films production in association with WGBH Boston, Thirteen/WNET and the New-York Historical Society.

© 2003 Steeplechase Films and WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Additional funding for this program was provided by

  • Rosalind P. Walter
  • New York Times
  • The Overbrook Foundation