The Bowery Boys Live in Brooklyn! Celebrating Ten Years of Podcasting

PODCAST The Bowery Boys podcast turns ten years old in June. Greg and Tom take the celebration to the Bell House for a live show. In early June of 2007, Tom Meyers and Greg Young sat around a laptop and a karaoke microphone, looked out over Canal Street in the Lower East Side and began recording the … Continue reading The Bowery Boys Live in Brooklyn! Celebrating Ten Years of Podcasting

The story of how Idlewild Airport was renamed for John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was memorialized in dozens of ways following his assassination on November 22, 1963. None of these are more vital to the daily lives of New Yorkers than John F. Kennedy International Airport — or Kennedy Airport or simply JFK — the busiest airport in the Northeast. … Continue reading The story of how Idlewild Airport was renamed for John F. Kennedy

The marks of World War I, scattered throughout the five boroughs

Echoes of the first World War, one hundred years behind us, can still be found in virtually every neighborhood of New York City. In Kevin C. Fitzpatrick’s revealing and compact guidebook World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, these memories linger in familiar landmarks and obscure … Continue reading The marks of World War I, scattered throughout the five boroughs

The Bowery Boys’ next book appearance — June 6 at EXIT 9

We’re happy to announce that our latest appearance relating to our book The Bowery Boys’ Adventures In Old New York will be on June 6, from 7-9 pm, at Exit9 Gift Emporium, one of the coolest places in the East Village. We’ll be at Exit9 reading some special passages from the book, giving you a … Continue reading The Bowery Boys’ next book appearance — June 6 at EXIT 9

The Bowery Wizards: A History of 19th Century Tattooing in New York

PODCAST The history of tattooing in the late 19th century and the invention of a mechanical device still used in tattoo parlors around the world. The art of tattooing is as old as written language but it would require the contributions of a few 19th century New York tattoo artists — and a young inventor … Continue reading The Bowery Wizards: A History of 19th Century Tattooing in New York

The South Street Seaport Museum, at 50 years old, has gotten some tattoos

The under appreciated South Street Seaport Museum has always had a daunting mission to fulfill — preserving a piece of New York City history on the edge of a volatile and ever-changing waterway. Established fifty years ago this year, the museum has been the guiding presence to this remaining vestige of New York’s 19th century waterfront. … Continue reading The South Street Seaport Museum, at 50 years old, has gotten some tattoos

‘Fear City’: The unthinkable tale how New York City almost went bankrupt

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, the title of Kim Phillips-Fein’s riveting new book on the 1970s financial catastrophe, isn’t wantonly comparing New York City to the devilish landscape of a horror film. It’s the actual title of a grim pamphlet the New York Police Department distributed to tourists in 1975, … Continue reading ‘Fear City’: The unthinkable tale how New York City almost went bankrupt

The Lower East Side lost a unique relic, a ruin of historical significance

Last night a haunting and inconceivable ruin of the Lower East Side was mysteriously destroyed in a massive fire. The abandoned shell of the old synagogue Beth Hamedrash Hagodol has been a feature of life of Norfolk Street, stubbornly nestled next to apartment buildings, a vestige of the past clinging to the present without care … Continue reading The Lower East Side lost a unique relic, a ruin of historical significance

The Pirate of Pearl Street: The All-True New York Adventures of Captain Kidd

PODCAST The tale of Captain William Kidd, a respectable New York citizen and landowner, and his transformation into the ruthless pirate of legend. The area of Lower Manhattan below Wall Street is today filled with investment bankers, business people and tourists. But did you know, over 300 years ago, that the same streets were once … Continue reading The Pirate of Pearl Street: The All-True New York Adventures of Captain Kidd

A Witness to Violence: Colonnade Row and the Astor Place Riots of 1849

On May 10, 1849, Astor Place erupted into bloody violence as crowds took to the streets and battled it out — over a Shakespearean actor. It was the first time in American history that a state militia trained its muskets upon the very population it had been sworn to protect. Yet of the many structures … Continue reading A Witness to Violence: Colonnade Row and the Astor Place Riots of 1849