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Set amid the grit, greed, and glory of 1980s New York, Empires of New York chronicles the meteoric rise of five icons ? Ivan Boesky, Donald Trump, Leona Helmsley, Rudy Giuliani and John Gotti ? who not only reshaped the city but contributed mightily to the world we live in today. Drawing on exclusive interviews, never-before-told stories, and secret tapes, the series follows titans of the era who shared a singular trait: the insatiable need to win at all costs. Seizing opportunity in an era jolted by one cultural upheaval after another ? MTV and 24-hour news, hip hop, drugs, the onset of AIDS ? they broke rules, flaunted their wealth, and delighted in the destruction of their enemies. And oddly, at times America came to love them for it.

Empires of New York is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 29, 2020.

Where do I stream Empires of New York online? Empires of New York is available for streaming on CNBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Empires of New York on demand at Amazon, NBC, FuboTV, Sling, Apple TV online.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on CNBC
1 Season, 6 Episodes
November 29, 2020
Documentary & Biography
5.9/10
Cast: Paul Faggione
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Empires of New York Full Episode Guide

  • The titans who helped remake New York City are now being devoured by their own creation. At the dawn of the '90s, they're either sitting in jail, awaiting sentencing, or licking their wounds after humiliating defeats.

  • When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Black Monday hits, the market crashes, and the party is over for the Emperors of New York as well.

  • Its 1986, and New Yorkers are celebrating the success of Trump, Boesky, Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani. But there are secrets behind that success - dark secrets.

  • By the mid ‘80s, five larger-than-life New Yorkers - Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani - are changing the way we think about power and success.

  • It's 1983, and the Big Apple is back. Wall Street is booming, yuppies are crowding the clubs, and five up-and-coming icons - Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani - are enjoying their first big taste of success. It only leaves them wanting more. Intoxicated by the idea of more money, power, and fame, some begin to cross lines - if they haven't done so already. And no one seems interested in stopping them.

  • At the dawn of the '80s, America finds itself in deep decline, and New York seems to symbolize everything that's gone wrong. It's crime-ridden, strapped for cash, dark and dirty. But for five would-be titans looking to seize their moment - Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani - chaos spells opportunity. With a keen eye for press and an aggressiveness the city's never seen, they begin their quest for power and fame - forever changing the world as we know it.

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1986-87: Secrets & Lies Clip (00:32)