10 Episodes

Selected from our New York Stories series.

Over a century of growth and reinvention, New York’s most populous borough has moved from the city’s cultural margins to its center.

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  • Speedy

    Episode 1

    Directed by Ted Wilde • 1928 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

    SPEEDY was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who ca...

  • The Crowd

    Episode 2

    Directed by King Vidor • 1928 • United States
    Starring James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach

    King Vidor’s ode to the everyman is one of the crowning achievements of silent cinema. Born on the Fourth of July in the year 1900, John Sims (James Murray) believes himself destined for greatness w...

  • Little Fugitive

    Episode 3

    Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, and Raymond Abrashkin • 1953 • United States
    Starring Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing

    One of the most influential and enchanting films of the American independent cinema, this charming, stylistically innovative fable poetically captures t...

  • Little Murders

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alan Arkin • 1971 • United States
    Starring Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia

    The black-comic stage play by writer and Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer provides the basis for Alan Arkin’s directorial debut, a surreal satire of urban alienation and the sensele...

  • Los Sures

    Episode 5

    Directed by Diego Echeverria • 1984 • United States

    Diego Echeverria’s vivid portrait of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s captures the challenges the neighborhood faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequa...

  • Do the Right Thing

    Episode 6

    Directed by Spike Lee • 1989 • United States
    Starring Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Rosie Perez

    Set on one block of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, this 1989 masterpiece by Spike Lee confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate social ...

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    Episode 7

    Directed by Leslie Harris • 1992 • United States
    Starring Ariyan A. Johnson, Kevin Thigpen, Ebony Jerido

    Leslie Harris’s indie touchstone made a splash when it won a special jury prize at Sundance in 1993, offering a window into a world still sorely underrepresented in mainstream cinema: that of...

  • Mr. Jealousy

    Episode 8

    Directed by Noah Baumbach • 1997 • United States
    Starring Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman

    Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to his Gen X classic KICKING AND SCREAMING is another incisively witty, articulate exploration of arrested adolescence among the overeducated and underemployed. Leste...

  • Frances Ha

    Episode 9

    Directed by Noah Baumbach • 2013 • United States
    Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner

    Greta Gerwig is radiant as Frances, a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her intimate but shifting bond with her best friend, Sop...

  • The Hottest August

    Episode 10

    Directed by Brett Story • 2019 • United States

    A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, this urgent documentary from Brett Story (THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES) gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is New York City, includin...