The Complicated History of the Waldorf-Astoria

PODCAST The surprisingly complex history of one of the world’s most famous hotels. You might think you know this tale, but do we have some surprises for you. The Waldorf-Astoria — or the Waldorf=Astoria or even the Waldorf Astoria — has been a premier name in hotel accommodations since the opening of the very first edition on … Continue reading The Complicated History of the Waldorf-Astoria

Upper West Side’s Astor Market: The (failed) future of eating

The Astor Market once sat on the corner of 95th Street and Broadway, a ‘model’ market built in 1915, devised by Vincent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor IV (and whose wife Brooke Astor may be better known to you) to combat some of the high food prices brought on by World War I.  Astor … Continue reading Upper West Side’s Astor Market: The (failed) future of eating

Join us for Curbed Facebook Live chat this Monday

Monday afternoon at 3pm, join us on the Curbed Facebook page for a live chat! It’s in the similar format as a Reddit AMA conversation but on video. We’ll be on there answering questions from our viewers about the podcast and New York City in general. We’re also featured in a new post over at Curbed written by … Continue reading Join us for Curbed Facebook Live chat this Monday

It’s Trivia Night at Fraunces Tavern! New Bowery Boys event on July 26

Here’s the announcement of our latest live event — at historic Fraunces Tavern. If you’re reading this and interested in attending, you may want to consider getting your tickets now as space will be limited. Here are the details:   Fraunces Tavern Museum presents TRIVIA NIGHT Hosted by the Bowery Boys Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Doors … Continue reading It’s Trivia Night at Fraunces Tavern! New Bowery Boys event on July 26

Roosevelt Island: City of Asylums — Podcast Rewind with new material

PODCAST REWIND Originally a quiet island of orchards and stone quarries, the place we call Roosevelt Island today was once New York’s ‘city of asylums’, the place where it sent its infirm, its incarcerated, its insane. Today it has the peculiar air of a small town with one of the best views in the world. Find … Continue reading Roosevelt Island: City of Asylums — Podcast Rewind with new material

Ghostbusters 2: Twenty-five historical details from the supreme slimy sequel

The Bowery Boys Obsessive Guides look very, very closely at a classic movie filmed in New York City, finding buried history, additional context and a few secrets within various scenes and plot points. Filled with film spoilers so read this after you’ve seen the movie — or use it to follow along as you watch … Continue reading Ghostbusters 2: Twenty-five historical details from the supreme slimy sequel

Hidden Waters of New York City: Interview with author Sergey Kadinsky

Sergey Kadinsky is our city’s resident Aquaman. His Hidden Waters of New York City was the big New York City exploration guide book of the spring. In a city often characterized by glass, steel and asphalt, it’s magical to consider the metropolis almost like a human body, comprised and reliant upon water for its well-being. As though … Continue reading Hidden Waters of New York City: Interview with author Sergey Kadinsky

Pokemon Go is indirectly an excellent mobile app for history buffs

This weekend I strolled around Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and observed at least 8 or 9 people staring intently at their phones, occasionally wiping their index fingers rapidly at the screen. In the center of the park is an 18-foot-tall World War I memorial dedicated in 1921, emblazoned with the names of those … Continue reading Pokemon Go is indirectly an excellent mobile app for history buffs

Great Hoaxes of Old New York: Mischief from Manhattan to the Moon

PODCAST Two stories of outrageous hoaxes perpetrated upon New Yorkers in the early 19th century. New Yorkers can be tough to crack, maneuvering through a rapidly changing, fast-paced city. But they can, at times, also be easily fooled. In this episode, we explore two of the wackiest stories in early New York City history, two … Continue reading Great Hoaxes of Old New York: Mischief from Manhattan to the Moon

Next Bowery Boys book appearance: Fishs Eddy in the Flatiron District

We would like to thank the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York for hosting us on last Tuesday, June 28, as a part of their lecture series.  The General Society is one of the oldest continually operating institutions in New York City, and they’ve been in their swanky headquarters at 20 … Continue reading Next Bowery Boys book appearance: Fishs Eddy in the Flatiron District