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A new documentary that reveals the stories behind the iconic New York building that has captivated the world for more than 100 years. Based on Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s book “The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It,” “Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building” is hosted by Mare Winningham.

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  • THIRTEEN Stanford White Sunday, Feb. 1 7:00pm
  • WLIW21 City Parks Friday, Jan. 30 3:00am
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    • bjorn

      Interesting, no mention of Pratt Manhattan campus.

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    • Juan

      first btw

    • E. Vauchee

      I love DC Banks on Tuesday at 8:50. Last night was a different cast, especially the blond actress(just below DC Banks). What’s going on with this series? Is it over, will it return? Really want to know. Thanks. E. V.

    • everlight

      I love “Treasures of New York”! Each episode makes me realize over and over how my childhood and the rest of my life have been ennobled by the people who cared to develop art in the subways and create the beautiful grand building of the American Museum of Natural History.

    • Elli

      I saw something interesting on the NYC Parks show tonight. A statue in Pelham Bay Park was labeled “Excelsion”. It didn’t make any sense to me. The NYS motto is “Excelsior”. Was it a sculptor’s error?

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    • Judith Berdy

      The program on the FDR Memorial barely mentions that the park is located on a wonderful island with a community of 14,000 persons living here. We have a history
      dating back many centuries and 6 landmark structures. Come visit this wonderul
      island from the south end FDR Memorial to the charming Lighthouse Park on the northern tip. You will not be disappointed.

    • Joanne

      I have yet to figure out what FDR had to do with this sliver of an island in the East River? Yes, they named the island after him…but was there any PERSONAL connection to FDR? Did he ever step foot on this island? I am sure this park is a lovely tribute to FDR and constructed with love and care….buy again, why and what’s the connection? Sort of like Mt. Rushmore, which only had a connection to TR….but at least that is interesting just in its sheer brazen boldness of sculpting a mountain, therein lies the twist and selling point.

      To pay homage to FDR on a island in the East River that happened to be named after him? I would rather take the drive to Hyde Park.

    • Vivian Smith

      he was governor of new york also

    • VD

      Does anyone know who wrote the music for the Stanford White episode? Specifically the piano piece that was played while they discussed White’s death?

    • http://freshnyc.com freshNYC

      Very Interesting

    • Adriano Seelenfreund

      I just watched the Stanford White biography today what a great creative mind he was, now when I walk into those NY buildings that I always admired so much for its beautiful ornate interiors, I know who was the man responsible for my delight.

    • Wendy Anne Insinger

      KUTE puff piece about Barnard. No focus on most of the real issues that make it great institution. Boo!

    • momof2boys52

      Just watched the Barnard program. I hope the world has changed since I was in HS and am so thankful that there are still educators who understand how life-transforming it can be to attend an all-women school. It really changed my life. I was free to wear my glasses without being teased thus could finally read the equations on the blackboard and show I knew the right answers. I no longer worried that if I seemed too smart it would make my boyfriend feel diminished. It was so liberating to me intellectually. I have two graduate degrees from Columbia and had a highly successful career. I have two sons but if I had a daughter I would totally encourage her to go to a college like Barnard. PS: I did not attend Barnard so please know my comments are genuine.

    • Thomas Wirth

      The program about Columbia University contains inaccuracies about Langston Hughes that border on the dishonest. Hughes attended Columbia for only one year, 1921-1922, after which he voluntarily and permanently left the school. He did not find Columbia to be nurturing. The film cites his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” as a product of his stay at Columbia and states that it was published while he was there. Columbia, however, had NOTHING to do with the poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” was composed shortly after Hughes graduated from high school in June, 1920, and was published in THE CRISIS in June, 1921 — well before he enrolled. To cite Hughes or the poem as an example of Columbia’s alleged excellence as an educational institution is to distort history.

      • Alex

        I am by no means a Hughes scholar or expert, but I imagine that Mr. Hughes was must have been already been enrolled in Columbia by June 1921 if he was attended the engineering school from 1921 – 1922. Granted this is an argument of semantics.

        However, I cannot imagine that any malfeasance or intentional misrepresentation was intended. I believe the filmmakers were just trying to highlight the breadth of Columbia’s alumni across its 250+ year history.

        • Thomas Wirth

          Judging from the courses Hughes took in 1921-1922, as reported by Arnold Rampersad on p.52 and p.58 of his biography of Hughes, which appear to be standard freshman courses, he was not in fact enrolled in the engineering school. Be that as it may, he was in Mexico during the 1920-1921 academic year and arrived in Manhattan for the first time on September 4, 1921 (ibid, p.50). He did not like most of his instructors; he did not like Columbia.

          Whether the misrepresentation was intentional or not, it represents a carelessness with the facts that ill behooves anyone associated with an august academic institution. Given that the clear intent of the film was to puff up Columbia’s reputation, the entire Hughes segment should be removed

        • Charlotte_Lucas

          The Columbia segment is a real puff piece.

    • David Wolf

      Disappointed by the lack of mention of The School of General Studies. The inclusion of nontraditional students (those who are returning to college after a period of time..usually working) is a huge part of Columbia’s “inclusion”. Students with past careers in the arts, business, world traveling, government, the military, and a host of others add to Columbia’s character. Importantly, and related to this, Columbia is far-and-away the most accepting Ivy League institution for military veterans. The program makes a big to-do (rightly so) of the protests against militarization of the 60s but then fails to note that nearly 600 veterans are now students at Columbia University, thanks to the post 9-11 GI Bill. Columbia School of General Studies’ support of veterans has been a great benefit to reintegration and success of post Afghanistan and Iraq veterans.

    • SamKQBoro

      In the Columbia episode, during the opening of famous Columbia graduates, did the narrator call Madeleine Albright, “the first woman head of state”? That’s an uncommon way of decribing the Secretary of State. I’ve never heard anyone call that position, the head of state.
      Also I found the protest about the gymnasium construction in the 1960’s hilarious, considering that the students portesting were attending a school that sits of on land that takes up 6 city streets by and between two avenues in a congested part of the city. How many of those acres are enjoyed only by privileged ivy league students and not the community.
      What makes that protest highlight even more ironic is when the current Columbia president later in the program has been pushing to have President Obama’s Presidential Library built near campus. i wonder if that will also take away precious land from the Harlem community, or will that be ok?