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Edward
February 14th, 2003, 06:17 PM
I recently received an e-mail which I partially reproduce below. Perhaps somebody can help this person.

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... Many years ago, on public television, we saw a wonderful documentary on the
building of 1 World Wide Plaza, in a number of sequential episodes, lasting five or six hours in all. It included footage of the architectural design process, the logistics of bringing the steel over each night from New Jersey, the scheduling problems, the Italian marble, and so on.

We would like to get VHS copies of these five or six episodes, but we have had no success at all. *PBS cannot help us, we have tried various sources in NYC; we have even tried to contact Carl Sabbagh, whom we understand to be the film director, and who now lives somewhere in the UK.

We have just encountered your great web site for New York City, and it occurred to us that you might be able to steer us to a source for these videotapes.

...

ZippyTheChimp
February 14th, 2003, 08:46 PM
The documentary was Skyscraper, broadcast 1991.
Produced by NOVA and WGBH in Boston.

http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/shop/s134.html

The above link is the WGBH online store. I searched the title, and got 5 results that were not the requested program.

There is a customer service contact number on the website.

RovingRube
February 15th, 2003, 12:50 AM
The companion book to the show can be found at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140152849/qid=1045284441/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_2/103-8354287-1235822?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

JerzDevl2000
February 16th, 2003, 03:43 AM
I have the book - the cover shows 1 WWP being completed with 1585 Broadway and Bertelsmann u/c...seems so dated now!

This was a great series. Bill Zekendorf Jr. and SOM were detailed well and I remember the neighborhood being pretty upset that a 750+ building was going up across the street from them.

I'll also remember the last part - I think that it was in 5 installments and the last one was about the future of the skyscraper (imagine 1991 when America had most of the wtb's). One quote I recall was "We wanted to make the WTC big because the top of the ESB was a tiny room". Mind you, the 102nd floor observatory is no longer open, but the quote went something like this.

Except for the 80's sounding music, this was wonderful top to bottom. Anyone into the construction of 1 WWP should check out "High Rise: How 500 people worked around the clock for 5 years and lost $200 million dollars" by Jerry Adler. I think I got the title a bit wrong, but it's about the construction of the (now) Bertelsmann Building and the recession of the early 90's.

johnbtrask
March 7th, 2007, 02:35 PM
I have the entire show on VHS, if anyone out there is still interested. (He wrote as he stared into the void of time)

nhdad
March 10th, 2007, 11:59 PM
I have the entire show on VHS, if anyone out there is still interested. (He wrote as he stared into the void of time)

Ironically, I have been looking for this video for a while. Can you make copies of the video's?

asg
March 11th, 2007, 07:35 PM
http://www.films.com/id/4391/Skyscraper.htm

Alonzo-ny
March 11th, 2007, 08:16 PM
$475?? what the f...

ramvid01
March 11th, 2007, 08:47 PM
$475?? what the f...

My same reaction. :eek:

BigMac
October 21st, 2007, 05:02 PM
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October 11, 2007

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Bob
October 21st, 2007, 05:29 PM
Another thirty floors on this building would have improved its proportions, but as built it's a winner. The copper roof has weathered exactly as expected.

Front_Porch
October 21st, 2007, 06:40 PM
my favorite thing about this building is that the law firm of Cravath Swaine and Moore (which is headquartered there) has put the building on its Christmas cards.

ali r.
{downtown broker}

Joanjazzz
October 25th, 2009, 06:20 AM
I have the entire show on VHS, if anyone out there is still interested. (He wrote as he stared into the void of time)

Hi! Are you still using this forum? I know it's almost 3 years later, but I was just remembering that Skyscraper documentary and googled it, which led me to this thread. Do you happen to still have the VHS of the program? Would you be able to make a copy for me if you do? Please let me know whether or not you can. Thanks!

dpb
November 16th, 2009, 11:23 AM
I, too, am interested in this video. It is one of the best I have ever seen, and would like very much to have it on DVD.

It is being licensed at http://ffh.films.com/id/4391/Skyscraper.htm , but that's really beyond the normal consumer's budget. Any other ideas?

scumonkey
November 16th, 2009, 03:25 PM
http://btjunkie.org/search?q=skyscraper

User Name
November 16th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Another idea on this - try a library they may have it on DVD or be able to get it via interlibrary loan.

gogogarfield
May 2nd, 2010, 12:45 AM
I recently received an e-mail which I partially reproduce below. Perhaps somebody can help this person.

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... Many years ago, on public television, we saw a wonderful documentary on the
building of 1 World Wide Plaza, in a number of sequential episodes, lasting five or six hours in all. It included footage of the architectural design process, the logistics of bringing the steel over each night from New Jersey, the scheduling problems, the Italian marble, and so on.

We would like to get VHS copies of these five or six episodes, but we have had no success at all. *PBS cannot help us, we have tried various sources in NYC; we have even tried to contact Carl Sabbagh, whom we understand to be the film director, and who now lives somewhere in the UK.

We have just encountered your great web site for New York City, and it occurred to us that you might be able to steer us to a source for these videotapes.
...
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I just now read this thread, I goggled the World Wide Plaza tonight because I just run onto the tape I coped off Public Television years ago and decided to watch it again after forgetting about it for years, it is a very good documentary but it isn't the best of quality because of tv reception at that time, and it has poor continuity because it was in weekly segments.
I might be willing to copy it but I still run on tapes, no tape dvd conversion recorder yet.

busymom
July 15th, 2010, 01:45 PM
I, too, am interested in this video. It is one of the best I have ever seen, and would like very much to have it on DVD.

It is being licensed at http://ffh.films.com/id/4391/Skyscraper.htm , but that's really beyond the normal consumer's budget. Any other ideas?

I just called 7/15/2010 and they said they would sell each segment for $30 each ($150 for set). You need to ask customer service for the consumer version - I'm going to suggest to our library that they buy this.:)

Sara Dale
August 22nd, 2010, 10:22 AM
Hi,
Does anyone know how I can get a copy of this video?

Scalziand
September 7th, 2010, 11:07 PM
Oddly enough, the companion book for this video is being used in my Construction project management class this term.

stache
September 8th, 2010, 04:34 AM
That's a good book.

juiceguentzler
September 29th, 2010, 10:03 PM
So......if you are jones-ing to see Skyscraper, you may be able to watch it through the Cochise College website. http://ccapps.cochise.edu/information/library/index.asp
Login: COCHISECCL Password: rur3@ding

Under the search choices pick "search by titles" and then ONLY type in "Skyscraper". When I put in the entire title, it didn't find it.

This isn't cheating, as far as I know. the login and password are just general ones on the website. Let me know if you have trouble, and I will try to help you get there one way or another.....:D

scumonkey
October 4th, 2010, 06:08 PM
Thank you sooo much for that!
I was able to watch the entire show (+ a few others)

Ground_Breaker
January 31st, 2011, 02:39 PM
Thank you for the info, I was looking everywhere for this. =)

oquatanginwan
March 21st, 2011, 09:34 PM
FYI PBS is rebroadcasting this documentary on WLIW this Saturday at 8 PM.

dtolman
March 28th, 2011, 03:58 PM
A two hour documentary about the building of 1 Worldwide Plaza, "50th and 8th: A Skyscraper Story" will be airing tonight on channel 13 (WNET).

Not sure what its relation is to the original documentary.

mikefrom michigan
July 1st, 2011, 05:40 PM
I have the entire show on VHS, if anyone out there is still interested. (He wrote as he stared into the void of time)

If you are still out there, I am interested in getting a copy of the video on Worldwide Plaza

mbalke2@sbcglobal.net

MidtownGuy
July 1st, 2011, 07:41 PM
had food and drinks here last night in the central plaza. Big trees, two restaurants with outdoor seating, a fountain in the middle, and extra tables for the public. what a great urban space and huge asset to the neighborhood.

Andrew Connolly
May 6th, 2014, 03:44 AM
This is my first post to this forum.

My wife and I are travelling to NYC shortly to celebrate our 10th anniversary and I, too, wanted to watch this old TV show as I will visit Worldwide Plaza when we're there.

Today, almost 3 years after the last post on this subject, I found out via this page http://highrisefacilities.com/classic-pbs-mini-series-skyscraper-now-available-to-view-online/ that the videos are available via this YouTube link http://youtu.be/4-sGkfmIgzk

Enjoy,

Andrew.

Merry
May 7th, 2014, 05:18 AM
Thanks for that, Andrew.

Have a great trip/celebration.

tone99loc
May 8th, 2014, 03:12 PM
Thanks Andrew for the YouTube link - It was a great series and incidentally William Zeckendorf Jr died a couple months ago... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/nyregion/william-zeckendorf-jr-luxury-developer-dies-at-84.html?_r=0 I liked this quote from him:

“Any time I see someone putting up an ugly building I get upset"

kz1000ps
May 13th, 2014, 03:40 AM
Awesome to finally see this. I've made it through the first three parts so far and I'm struck by how little things seem to have changed. Designing, building, financing--we're still riding the same damn merry go round, and the documentary feels like it could've been made yesterday.