New York: Capital of the World

After withstanding several years of economic crisis, New York City, “the city that never sleeps” has renewed its status as the capital of the world. The economy is booming and tourism is at new heights with over 50 million visitors annually. NYC has the largest number of skyscrapers per square kilometre, with some apartments selling for up to $150 million. But New York is also home to one of the largest socioeconomic divides in the world.

In this film, we discover the daily life of Manhattan’s richest and poorest residents. We witness both sides of ‘Big Apple’: the billionaires living in luxury along the idyllic skyline and the poorer inhabitants, trying to make a life for themselves in the neglected neighbourhoods.

This unprecedented investigation delves into a city divided between the wealthy elite and their less fortunate counterparts. Robert Couturier: a decorator for billionaires who allows us a glimpse into the extravagant apartments of the filthy rich. Monique: a rich heiress whose daily schedule revolves around shopping, beauty treatments and charity galas. Miguel: the ‘gutter rat’ who shines a light on New York’s hidden underground world. And many other New Yorkers who are working day in and day out to make their dreams a reality…


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 55 mins
  • Production: Tony Comiti Productions
  • Director: Manuel Laigre
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France

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