September 2, 2009, Press Release: UPSTATE NY WATERSHED FOCUS OF “UNDER NEW YORK” TV SPECIAL To Air on Discovery Sept. 4



Date:                     September 2, 2009

Contact:               Lynne Hoppe, 212.431.4361, [email protected]



To Air on Discovery Friday, September 4


(New York, NY) – “Under New York,” a one-hour special featuring the Catskill and Schoharie watershed airs on Discovery this Friday, September 4, at 7 pm.   The program is a journey through the New York water system, from high above the upstate New York watershed through the underground infrastructure to its final destination at an apartment tap in New York City. 


Along the way, intrepid hosts John Rosiello and Christine McKinley jump from a plane, bike down the steep slopes of the Catskill Mountains, kayak down the raging creeks that feed into the reservoir system, go deep underground to unearth the hidden workings of the intricate dam systems, explore abandoned aqueducts and scramble dozens of stories above the city streets atop a New York apartment building.


Given unprecedented access by the New York City  Department of Environmental Protection, “Under New York” goes underground with a crew digging an immense filtration plant deep in the earth and rappels down the face of a 240-foot dam with members of the specially trained DEP police team.  The hosts join water crews on the streets of New York trying to trace buried water leaks and climb to the top of an apartment building where local guys are still doing things the old fashioned way when it comes to building a wooden water tower.  “Under New York” celebrates engineering and ingenuity – and the people who make it all work and keep the water flowing.    


 “Under New York” explores one of the greatest water systems of the world and takes viewers to places few have ever seen – or can hope to see.  Produced by Optomen Productions for Discovery, “Under New York” is an adventurous exploration of an engineering marvel. 


About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement.  The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world.   For more information, please visit


 About Optomen

Optomen Productions (USA) is a Soho, New York-based television production company known for science, reality and factual programming. Helmed by Executive Producer and CEO Beth Hoppe, Optomen has produced for Discovery Channel, HBO, PBS, and the Food Network and are currently producing their third season of Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends for Travel Channel.  Other recent productions include Monsters Inside Me for Animal Planet, Evolve for The History Channel, Mars: The Quest for Life for Discovery and the Science Channel and Most Evil for Discovery Channel and Investigation Discovery. 


Lynne Hoppe

Development Producer


Optomen Productions

100 Sixth Ave 12th Fl.

New York, NY 10013

Phone  212.431.4361

Fax      212.431.4641

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