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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.
By the mid '80s, New York's icons begin to change the way we think about power and success. Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani brag about their victories, show off their wealth and openly target their enemies.
It's 1986, and New Yorkers are fawning over five seemingly unstoppable icons. But, there are secrets behind the successes of Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, Leona Helmsley, John Gotti, and Rudy Giuliani. And when the public learns just who their heroes really are, the consequences are devastating.
When Black Monday hits, the market crashes and the great bull market of the '80s goes down with it. New York and the country as a whole are left with a brutal hangover – and the party is over for the Emperors of New York as well.
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.
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