New York, NY – October 22, 2001 – MetroTV’s New York Stories
will present an evening of documentaries that celebrate the history and culture
behind some of New York’s legendary landmarks. On Sunday, November 4,
at 9pm, MetroTV premieres a new documentary about the World Trade Center
that follows the design and construction of the Twin Towers. It will be followed
by profiles of the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Statue of Liberty,
Empire State Building, and The Chelsea Hotel. The programming includes commentary
from Actor John Malkovich (Chrylser Building), Architect Phillip Johnson
(Grand Central Station), Financier David Rockefeller (Twin Towers) and
Pulitzer-Prize winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger (Twin Towers).
MetroTV can be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 70 and Cablevision
Sunday, November 4
- 9PM: World Trade Center
MetroTV takes viewers on an architectural and cultural journey exploring the
sentiments surrounding the design, construction, and history of the World
Trade Center. The show interviews architects, cultural historians, engineers
& construction workers who were involved in the building of the towers.
- 10PM: Empire State Building:
Built in 1931 as the brainchild of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon associates, the
Empire State Building was built by John Jacob Rascob of General Motors as
a response to Walter Chrysler’s famed skyscraper. The ESB stands today
at 1250-feet with 102 stories, welcoming nearly 4 million visitors a year.
- 11PM: The Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and The Statue of
The Chrysler Building: Open to the public May 27, 1930, The
Chrysler Building is 1046 feet high with 77 stories. For a brief time, it
was the highest building in the world until the Empire State Building climbed
past it. The documentary, narrated by actor John Malkovich, explores the history
of the building and the reason why it’s his favorite NYC landmark.
Grand Central Station: Renowned architect Phillip Johnson takes
viewers through the 42nd Street/Park Avenue landmark.
We Put Her There – “Statue of Liberty”: This documentary takes
viewers through the development and delivery of the Statue of Liberty. Located
in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship
from the people of France to the people of the United States, and is one of
the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy.
- 12AM: The Chelsea Hotel:
The Chelsea Hotel resides on West 23rd Street. Originally built as an apartment
house, rather than as a hotel, the building has entertained some of the most
eclectic and diverse cultural icons of our time. The hour-long documentary
examines the history of the hotel and the culture of its patrons. The film
features Andy Warhol, George Kleinsinger, composer of “Tubby the Tuba”, Composer
Virgil Thompson, Artist Larry Rivers and Writer Quentin Crisp. It’s been
said that people stay at the Chelsea because of its creative atmosphere: thick
walls, high ceilings, and friendly people.
Rainbow Media’s MetroChannels (MetroTV, Metro Learning and Metro
Traffic & Weather) is the first and only suite of television networks devoted
entirely to the experience of living in the New York metropolitan area. MetroTV
is the only local channel providing original programs focusing on everything
from fashion, comedy, music, and sports to independent features and documentaries
about the people, places and history of New York. MetroTV has received
numerous accolades for its programming including three NY Emmy Awards from the
1999 and 2000 competitions, the 2000 Gold Promax Award, the 2000 & 2001
Community Spirit Award, New York Festivals Awards, Omni Awards, and The Communicator
Award. MetroLearning provides unfiltered coverage of events unfolding
in the many diverse communities throughout this metropolis. Metro Traffic&Weather
is the tri-state’s first and only 24-hour local traffic, transit, and weather
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