Visions of New York City
Produced By: Sam Toperoff
Presented by: WLIW New York
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Every time I begin to feel down about my surroundings…every time I lose sight of what it means to be a New Yorker, something comes around and puts things back into focus. Many New Yorkers…and a great many people living outside of New York…know only the down side of the city – the crime, the poverty, the seedy sections. Very few know the beauty that is “the city that never sleeps”. The beauty of New York City is brought forth in an amazing new presentation from WLIW New York.
In WLIW New York’s Visions travel series, a plethora of knowledge is passed on to viewers to the accompaniment of spectacular aerial views of the various locations covered by the network. In Visions of New York City, the viewer is treated to aerial views of such notable locations as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Rockefeller Building, 42nd Street, Wall Street, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations Building, and many more landmarks all set to engaging musical pieces. The narrator of the presentation provides the viewer with interesting tidbits about the city and its historical background as well as the numerous sights worth seeing.
However, the best parts of the presentation were the nighttime aerial shots. There’s nothing quite like New York City at night – all of the lights, the color – it’s when the city truly comes alive and the camera operator captured this all perfectly. Anyone who lives in New York City can attest to the beauty of Manhattan’s lights once the sun goes down. I had almost forgotten the incredible awe inspired by Broadway and the Wall Street areas when lit up at night. The sight of the skyscrapers in the daytime are quite incredible, but once the sun goes down and these amazing sculptural masterpieces are lit up – it’s simply breathtaking!
The presentation didn’t just cover Manhattan, but touched upon some of the boroughs, most notably, the Bronx and Yankee Stadium. Although I think that Yankee Stadium is a tremendous part of New York history, I was a tad disappointed that the presentation did not include some notable areas in Queens. How could they forget to show the site where the World’s Fair was once held, Shea Stadium or the location of the U.S. Open?
And yet, despite omitting these areas, the Visions of New York City is fairly complete. Pessimists would note that the aerial shots didn’t seem to catch the crime or seedy activity that occurs in the city. Well, I’m fairly certain that we could see that side of the city whenever we wanted to simply by turning to the news. The optimist in me would much rather see the side of the city revealed in Visions of New York City, a sight far less covered by the network news and one that reminds me why I continue to live here.