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NYC life will air the following series and specials from HISTORY® Tuesdays at 9pm:

ALMANAC BACK TO THE BLUEPRINT
CITIES OF THE
UNDERWORLD
 GREAT BLUNDERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
HANDS ON HISTORY HAUNTED HISTORY
INFAMOUS MURDERS MODERN MARVELS
OUR GENERATION SANDHOGS
SPECIALS THE CONQUERORS
TRAINS UNLIMITED TRUE CRIME AUTHORS



ALMANAC: Harlem Hellfighters
HISTORY®'s Almanac looks at the Harlem HellFighters, The 369th Infantry Regiment and the first African American Regiment during WWI.


BACK TO THE BLUEPRINT: Cast Iron Building - Host Marty Dunham travels to New York City's SoHo - home to the largest collection of Cast Iron buildings in the world. There, he joins the team from Urban DC to repair, recast & restore these long-forgotten buildings to the way they looked over a century ago.

CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD: New York: Secret Societies - Cities of the Underworld explores the subterranean environment and culture beneath various civilizations. In this episode, host Don Wildman examines the myriad secret societies that have existed in New York City over the ages.

GREAT BLUNDERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria - As a famous Italian ocean liner neared New York at the end of an Atlantic crossing, she collided in the fog with another vessel. Both were equipped with radar, yet a series of small human blunders are traced to determine the cause of this tragedy.

HANDS ON HISTORY: Newspapers - Hands on History host Ron Hazelton stops the presses - and starts them back up again - as he traces more than 200 years of headlines and history in the evolution of newspapers.

The journey starts in the shadow of Independence Hall in the one room office of the Aurora, a newspaper set up by Ben Franklin for his grandson. At the Aurora, Ron hand sets moveable type, makes ink beaters from scratch and prints copies of the Declaration of Independence.

Then he goes from the broadsheets of the 1700s to the tabloids of today, as he rolls up his sleeves and helps put out an edition of the New York Post. The Post, which Alexander Hamilton established in 1801 to attack the policies of Thomas Jefferson, has a history of more than two centuries. But its state of the art facility is less than a year old. Here Ron tries his hand at the latest in electronic composition, laser plate making and helps operate a press that turns out more than 600,000 newspapers a night.


HAUNTED HISTORY: New York - Over the years, New York City has seen its share of citizens spring off this mortal coil - but did some never quite make it? HISTORY® provides answers with Haunted History New York.

INFAMOUS MURDERS: New York Mafia Murders - The streets of New York became a battleground for the Mafia in the 1920s, and the murderous disputes raged until the 1990s. Infamous Murders reveals how blood was spilt in the war for the top spot in “the Family” feuds, and how the struggle for leadership resulted in an endless cycle of murder.

On the 10th of September 1931, Salvatore Maranzano arranged to have one of his enemies killed by a hit man, but the tables were turned when hit men from the other side turned up first-- and Maranzano himself became the target.

Vito Genovese made a play for the top spot in the Mafia when 'boss of bosses' Frank Costello was put in prison. But when Costello got back into society it was not long before he put a price on Genovese's head. Genovese figured that attack was the best form of defense, and had enemy Albert Anastasia shot, while he was sitting in the barber's chair. Genovese later died in prison.

One of the last Mafia leaders left standing was 'Teflon Don' John Gotti, who miraculously managed to avoid imprisonment when Mayor Giuliani was sending all his colleagues to jail. But his freedom didn't last long. In 1992 he was implicated in the murder of Paul Castellano, and sent to prison, where he died of cancer eight years later.


MODERN MARVELS: George Washington Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and West Point - Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS(registered trademark) tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers, and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders. HISTORY® on NYC life focuses on three of our very own MARVELS - George Washington Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and West Point.

OUR GENERATION: Son of Sam - Our Generation recalls the events and movements that shaped the baby boom generation - in this case, the Son of Sam serial killer, who terrorized New Yorkers during the summer of 1977.

SANDHOGS: the complete series - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than 1.1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents throughout New York State through a complex network of nineteen reservoirs, three controlled lakes and 6,200 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts.

Tunnel No. 3 is one of the largest and most complex capital construction projects in New York City history and has often been referred to as one of the world’s engineering marvels.

Watch HISTORY® on NYC life as the cameras go down more than 600 feet below the streets of NYC and shed light on the world of the sandhogs. Meet the men who call Tunnel No.3 home.


SPECIAL: Beneath the Streets - What's beneath the streets of the city that never sleeps? You might find the answer surprising in this special from HISTORY®.

SPECIAL: Super City - New York - A "Super City," must be "a marvel of engineering, infrastructure, and commerce." NYC certainly fits that criteria. The show peels back layers of time, showing Manhattan Island as it looked when it was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609, then examines how people and nature have changed the landscape and speculates on the city's future.

SPECIAL: The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built - Sandhogs are New York's legendary urban miners, rock-hard tough guys who have been tunneling underneath the city for over a century, providing the subterranean infrastructure for the nation's largest metropolis. For decades, the hogs have been digging the largest public works project in the history of the Western Hemisphere. New York's entire water supply depends on this tunnel's success, but it's a race against time and the project is fraught with peril. It is up to the Sandhogs to prevent total catastrophe. This feature doc captures Local 147's entire story, for the very first time.

THE CONQUERORS: General Howe - Conqueror of New York - History's greatest engagements come to life as we profile the men whose brilliance and vanity shaped the world. THE CONQUERORS blends incisive scholarship and dramatic re-creations to bring these iconic figures to life. We'll be focusing specifically on General Howe, the British army officer who rose to become Commander-in-Chief of the British during the Revolutionary War.

TRAINS UNLIMITED: Urban Trains - On October 27, 1904, the mayor of New York City switched on the city's first subway car, unexpectedly took over the controls, and scared diplomats and dignitaries alike with his high-speed tour under Manhattan! Before World War I, Los Angeles had the greatest trolley system in the world, but it was intentionally dismantled by a holding company representing Firestone, Standard Oil and General Motors. URBAN TRAINS is an illuminating ride through the history of the trolleys, subways and light rail systems that serve America's cities. Go deep beneath New York to see how the city was literally turned inside-out to build the subways, and how the system grew into one of the world's largest and most successful. And in San Francisco, where Cable Cars were the only way to deal with that city's famous hills, the BART system points the way for the urban trains of the future. From the golden age of the trolley to the rebirth of light rail today, this is a comprehensive look at URBAN TRAINS.

TRAINS UNLIMITED: Pennsylvania Station - Manhattan Gateway - At the turn of the century, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the richest, most powerful railroad in America. But there was no way to reach New York City, the nation's most important destination. This program is the story of how the "Pennsy" finally reached Manhattan and in so doing, built the greatest palace in the history of railroading. The great station was tragically torn down in 1965. But in its fifty years, it symbolized better than any other terminal the greatness and prestige of American railroading.

TRUE CRIME AUTHORS: Serpico with Peter Maas - TRUE CRIME AUTHORS goes between the lines with the men and women who have written the definitive accounts of some of the most infamous crimes in American history. Each episode features surprising revelations, insights that did not make it into print, and a revealing look at what it takes to bring a balanced story to an eager public. Here, we hear from Peter Maas, who chronicled the exploits of working class, Brooklyn-born, long-haired and bearded cop Frank Serpico. Serpico, who later was immortalized on film by Al Pacino, worked to break the culture of corruption that had pervaded the New York City police department.
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