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CNBC’S “EMPIRES OF NEW YORK” PREMIERES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 8 PM ET

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About "Empires of New York”

Set amid the grit, greed, and glory of 1980s New York, EMPIRES OF NEW YORK chronicles the meteoric rise of five icons 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.

Sunday, 11/29/20 from 8:00 PM ET-10:00 PM ET: EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #101 (P) – 1980-83: CHAOS SPELLS OPPORTUNITY / EMPIRES OF NEW YORK #102 (P) – 1983-85: NOTHING IN THEIR WAY

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.

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.

Preview Links:

CNBC’s ‘Empires Of New York’ Shines A Light On 80’s Icons | CNBC Prime - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-RPBVd9Fx4&feature=youtu.be - “Empires of New York” follows titans of the 80’s who shared a singular trait: the insatiable need to win at all costs. Drawing on exclusive interviews, these titans broke rules and flaunted their wealth. And oddly, at times America came to love them for it. 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. Don’t miss the series premiere Sunday, November 29 at 8P ET on CNBC.

Why Rudy Giuliani returned to New York to fight organized crime - https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/04/why-rudy-giuliani-returned-to-new-york-to-fight-organized-crime.html - Rudy Giuliani was determined to make a name for himself after leaving the No. 3 position in the Department of Justice. Catch the sneak peek and don't miss the series premiere of "Empires of New York" Sunday, November 29 at 8P ET on CNBC.

Donald Trump used the pseudonym 'John Barron' throughout the '80s - https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/04/donald-trump-used-the-pseudonym-john-barron-throughout-the-80s.html - Who is John Barron? Donald Trump's go-to pseudonym when he needed to send a message without using his own name. Catch the sneak peek and don't miss the series premiere of "Empires of New York" Sunday, November 29 at 8P ET on CNBC.

The deal behind Donald Trump and Ed Koch's big feud - https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/04/the-deal-behind-donald-trump-and-ed-kochs-big-feud.html - Donald Trump and former New York mayor Ed Koch had an epic feud back in the '80s. Trump had big plans to "put New York" back on the map – by building a massive tower in his name. Catch the sneak peek and don't miss the series premiere of "Empires of New York" Sunday, November 29 at 8P ET on CNBC.

Nikki Haskell talks about NYC's iconic '80s clubs - https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/04/nikki-haskell-talks-nycs-iconic-80s-clubs.html - New York in the late '70s and early '80s was full of vibrant nightlife, including great restaurants and exclusive clubs. Pop Culture Historian Nikki Haskell recalls one event in particular at a chic members-only club – the first time she ever saw Donald Trump. Catch the sneak peek and don't miss the series premiere of "Empires of New York" Sunday, November 29 at 8P ET on CNBC.

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Celeste DeAugustinis
CNBC
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