The First Subway: Alfred Ely Beach’s Marvelous Pneumatic Transit

PODCAST The unbelievable story of Alfred Ely Beach’s Pneumatic Transit, a curious solution from 1870 to New York’s growing transporation crisis. The first subway in New York — the first in the United States! – traveled only a single block and failed to influence the future of transportation. And yet Alfred Ely Beach’s marvelous pneumatic … Continue reading The First Subway: Alfred Ely Beach’s Marvelous Pneumatic Transit

A city of bridges: One century ago, Scientific American predicted a future of elevated sidewalks

Imagine a city where the High Line isn’t just a novel park, but the primary form of urban conveyance. In 1913, with the proliferation of the automobile, it seemed humans were being crowded out at ground level.  People were beginning to think of themselves as removed from the street.  Daredevils were experimenting with flight, and … Continue reading A city of bridges: One century ago, Scientific American predicted a future of elevated sidewalks

Four Bowery Boys live appearances

Our book  The Bowery Boys’ Adventures In Old New York is officially released around the world this week.  To promote the book, we are making a few appearances in the New York City region. Here are the next four. Please keep checking the website for further announcements and details! (I suspect we’ll have many more … Continue reading Four Bowery Boys live appearances

Every Bowery Boys podcast in chronological order by subject

Nine years ago this weekend (on June 19, 2007) we recorded the very first Bowery Boys podcast, appropriately about Canal Street, the street just outside our windows. Next week we celebrate the release of our first book Adventures In Old New York.  We cannot have possibly imagined the moment on that hot June night, wielding … Continue reading Every Bowery Boys podcast in chronological order by subject

The Puck Building and its mischievous tenant, Puck Magazine

PODCAST  A 6-foot plump gold impish figure stares down at you as you look up to observe the gorgeous red-brick design of the Puck Building, built for one of the 19th Century’s most popular illustrated publications. But this architectural masterpiece was very nearly wiped away by a sudden decision by the city. How did it … Continue reading The Puck Building and its mischievous tenant, Puck Magazine

The tragic tale of the Lenape, the original native New Yorkers

PODCAST The story of the Lenape, the native people of New York Harbor region, and their experiences with the first European arrivals — the explorers, the fur traders, the residents of New Amsterdam. Before New York, before New Amsterdam – there was Lenapehoking, the land of the Lenape, the original inhabitants of the places we … Continue reading The tragic tale of the Lenape, the original native New Yorkers

The Bowery Boys book is here at last PLUS: Info on our new live appearance

We want to offer heartfelt thanks to the many people who came out to our first live book event last Thursday night at the Museum of the City of New York.  It was a packed house that evening to hear us speak about our new book Adventures In Old New York with moderator Donald Albrecht. Afterwards, … Continue reading The Bowery Boys book is here at last PLUS: Info on our new live appearance

The Mystique of Josephine Baker, born 110 years ago today

Josephine Baker is a spellbinding icon. Her persona is magnetic, mysterious, intangible, taking inspiration from Sophie Tucker and Bessie Smith, the divas of the silent screen and the flappers of Harlem and Greenwich Village. And yet this most alluring figure of the Jazz Age was born 110 years ago today in St. Louis, Missouri. Barely 15 years … Continue reading The Mystique of Josephine Baker, born 110 years ago today

The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold, one of New York’s strangest mysteries

PODCAST The mysterious disappearance of a young woman becomes one of the most talked-about events over one hundred years ago. The young socialite Dorothy Arnold seemingly led a charmed and privileged life. The niece of a Supreme Court justice, Dorothy was the belle of 1900s New York, an attractive and vibrant young woman living on … Continue reading The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold, one of New York’s strangest mysteries