About Us

Above, Greg (left) and Tom (right), as featured in an interview on WarbyParker.com.

The Bowery Boys are Greg Young and Tom Meyers. We’ve been recording the Bowery Boys Podcast since 2007. As of April 2017, there are more than 225 episodes available as a free download through iTunes and many other podcast streaming services. (Read more about how to listen to the show.)

About the Bowery Boys Podcast

We started the podcast on a whim as a fun project during the summer of 2007. We both had some amateur radio experience in our past (Greg in college in Missouri and Tom in high school in Ohio), and we’d talked for years about producing some sort of fun New York-related radio show. When Greg purchased a new laptop in 2007 that included “Garage Band” (an audio editing program that makes podcast production possible), we decided to give it a whirl and recorded our first show with a cheap karaoke microphone that Tom pulled out of the closet. (That show is no longer available due to serious quality concerns.)

Nine years later we’re having more fun than ever recording monthly episodes that help tell the fascinating story of New York. Read more about the show here.

If you enjoy the show, we encourage you to help us by donating now. Every donation, no matter what size, helps us pay for new research material and recording equipment, and cover production expenses . Many thanks for your generosity.

About the Bowery Boys Blog

This blog is written and maintained by Greg. It’s intended as an additional resource for the podcast, but also as a stand alone source of entertainment and information. Our audience is anyone interested in New York’s fascinating history, from native New Yorkers to those who hope to visit one day.

There are a great many other websites (please see the blog roll) that provide far greater depth on these subjects and we greatly encourage you to peruse them for more information. As a reporter of history, Greg hopes that something he says or writes will encourage you to look further into the various places and people of New York City.

Contact us

Tom Meyers: tom@boweryboyspodcast.com

Greg Young: greg@boweryboyspodcast.com

  • Susan

    I really love your podcasts. I can listen all day and never come across a repeat. Please continue it is so interesting.

  • Thanks for the mention of the Monumental Show. I thought it was a grand event, albeit crazy, the cops came and arrested me, Komar and Melamed’s painting of Hitler got slashed, and hundreds of other vignettes happened. It was good art and great comedy.
    I live just off the Bowery, on Elizabeth St. Thanks

  • I have a lot of stories about that time, the show and artists who participated. We also did subsequent shows on the Gowanus.
    Carl Andre came to the show with Anna Mendieta and did a piece on the spot- she did too . There were collaborators and others who were involved, was not just a solo effort
    Frank

  • Joe Fliel

    I think your site is a fantastic resource. As a born and bred Noo Yawka, I couldn’t ask for a better collection of New York history. That said, I’m not really thrilled about the new page style. Navigation is too ponderous when compared with the old version. You mention using the the blog roll to visit other sites. Maybe because I can be dense at times, I don’t see any blog roll on the left. At least with the old layout, one could find everything easily with the absolute minimum of agita. The site archives also made it easy to navigate the site. I can’t say the same now. It’s a real PITA to have to click through page after page. Just my 2 cents before taxes and surcharges.

  • Martin Gould

    Greg and Tom, thank you so much for this entertaining and extremely informative podcast! I love history in general and having lived in Brooklyn in the 80’s I love hearing about the histort of places I remember and those that are new to me. I look forward to each new episode each month! Thank you both!
    Martin Gould, San Francisco, CA

  • Joel Ney

    Quick note: you’re making a historically accurate and excellent work in these podcasts and with the book release presentations, which drum up importance and excitement and start word of mouth! Keep that vino pouring!

    I hope I can someday chat with Lily Adams, (BUT not to discuss LonelyCreepFest ’15 that gathers, multiplies, and comes alive every day on her Twitter wall) but because she reminds me of family I didn’t ever want to know I had…..

  • Philippe

    Dear Greg & Tom,
    I’m a Frenchman recently relocated in NY for one year or two and I want to warmly congratulate you for your excellent and countless podcasts about the history of New York.
    I wish such a brilliant initiative existed in Paris and it’s always a pleasure to listen to your witty and instructive duet every time I walk and get lost in your fascinating city.
    In one word: bravo!

    I read on your website that you have “terrific plans for 2015”.
    A mobile app? Downloadable walking audio tours? That would be fantastic!

    Keep going!
    Merci
    Philippe

  • I am a London-based author (born in Gotham Hospital) and have been commissioned to write a book on New York City in the 1930s. I’d be grateful for any guidance on where to source information. The subject I’m currently researching is the rise of the Mafia. Thanks in advance for your help,

    Jules Stewart

  • Mich

    As a New Yorker living in Portland, OR, for the past 12 years, I have been thoroughly enjoying your podcasts! Just listened to the taxi show…loved it! A college (Barnard!) friend turned me on to the show and I am so happy she did. Thank you so much for doing this! I have learned so much about my city, although it does make me homesick. Keep up the good work!

    Cheers, Mich

    • Bowery Boys

      Thanks Mich!

  • Guy Jones

    Hello, somebody told me that some of the videos I’ve put together of turn of the century New York might be of interest to you guys,

    Enjoy:

    1896-1901: A visual tour
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr7kRYO29n4

    1903 fruit market
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3v8uPusKlg

    1903 opening of the williamsburg bridge
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6v-l9bzCqQ

  • Linda Williams

    I just loved the footage posted by Guy Jones. It was incredible. Thank you so much for that experience.

  • David

    Hi Greg & Tom:
    Came across your podcast about about three weeks ago and I am now hooked. Love history and especially about NYC! Love the tourist from Warren, Ohio! shout out mention on your St Marks Place episode. Keep up the great podcasts!

    Regards
    David

  • Ana Rodrigues

    Who needs Netflix when you have The Bowery Boys?! I started binge listening when I first came across your podcast. You paint such a vibrant picture of the past. I can’t wait for the book!

    Best of luck and thank you!

  • Kelly

    Hello Greg and Tom,

    I cannot thank you enough for your podcast. I moved to NYC for work in Fall 2014, and although I always loved and admired New York, I was new, green and a history lover. Thanks to your amazing and entertaining show, I know so much about what I see walking to work everyday and am always excited to share trivia and NYC jargon that I learned from you. You’ve helped make this city my home and I will continue to listen and love it all the more. Much appreciated!

  • Melissa Santos

    I love history but what I’ve learned since listening is so fun!

    Love your sense of humor and attention to details, makes me feel like I’m right there.

    Pls keep going… Lots to learn!

  • Leah

    Love this podcast. I am a 73 years old born and bred New Yorker and I love my city. Thank you for all the stories; some I knew, some I’ve never heard.

    One question. How do you choose the music for the shows? It always matches so well and sets the perfect mood. Would you consider providing information about the music at the end of the show? Just a thought.

    Thank you, again, for a wonderful time.

    • Bowery Boys

      Thanks Leah. Almost all of our music is ‘royalty free’ canned music and unfortunately not available for sale. But we are glad you like it and glad you’re listening along!

  • Charles Richmond

    I love both your podcasts and your book. All the content is crisp, relevant, very well written, and most of all W I T T Y ! I can’t help laughing out loud at least once in every episode.

    Have you considered making a PBS-Style series, with each episode basically being one chapter in your great book? I would think PBS would enthusiastically want to make such a series, if not HBO/Showtime/Netflix?