Gary David Goldberg died in California at 68 years old yesterday—he had been suffering from brain cancer. While he may be best known for the beloved Family Ties, the writer and producer also had Spin City, a short-lived but celebrated semi-autobiographical show called Brooklyn Bridge, and a hour long drama called The Bronx Zoo. Let's look at his NYC-centric shows... Goldberg was, after all, a native New Yorker. In the below video he bullet points his life story: he was born at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, became a waiter at the Village Gate, and met his wife, a Pan Am stewardess, before moving to Berkeley and eventually getting in to showbiz.

THE BRONX ZOO
Goldberg created this hour long drama, which ran for two seasons, airing on NBC from 1987 to 1988. The show focused on a Bronx high school, with Principal Joe Danzig (Ed Asner) at the helm. Here's an episode featuring a young Cuba Gooding Jr.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE
This show aired on CBS between 1991 and 1993, and centered on a Jewish American family living in mid-1950s Brooklyn, partially based on Goldberg's childhood. The show won a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy, and got 12 Emmy nominations... but it still got cancelled after just two seasons. As Goldberg said himself: "Welcome to television."

While the series was due to come out on DVD in 2010, the release was later delayed indefinitely, and it's hard to find it anywhere online.

SPIN CITY
Spin City focused on a fictional local government running New York City, and originally starred Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York (to Barry Bostwick's Mayor). Fox was replaced by Charlie Sheen in 2000 when he left due to his worsening Parkinson's disease. The show lasted a couple more season, and was eventually cancelled in 2002.

Here's the pilot, which first aired on ABC on September 17th, 1996. In it, Fox tells the team, "It's gonna be a long day people, we got garbage in the streets, we got a weather report calling for temperatures in the mid-90s with no breeze. By 11 o'clock the city's going to smell like a giant foot. People are going to be hurling themselves into the East River."