It’s not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two Park Avenues. PBS on Nov. 12 will roll out a documentary, entitled “Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream,” contrasting Park Avenue on the Upper East Side — home to some of the city’s most exclusive co-ops — and the nearby Park Avenue in the South Bronx, which is located in the nation’s poorest congressional district (see trailer above).
Directed by Alex Gibney, the documentary was inspired by Michael Gross’ 2005 book called “740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building.” The building has the largest number of billionaires in the United States, according to the film. Whereas just across the Harlem River, it’s a different story — nearly 40 percent of the people who live in This Park Avenue stretch of the congressional district live in poverty.
As posed in the preview, the question is what the chances are of someone born in the Bronx’s Park Avenue making it to Manhattan’s Park Avenue?
The film will also be available on Netflix, iTunes and Hulu later this month. — Zachary Kussin