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  • March 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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    We are a public school looking for historical tours of NYC. Does anyone have a low-cost but super engaging tour company who would be happy to take a small group around?

    Thank you!

    • March 8, 2015 at 10:14 am
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      Big Onion Walking Tours definite recommendation my husband and I did a walking tour of Harlem and a Revolutionary War tour. Really good web site . Hope this helps

    • March 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm
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      Joyce Gold also does walking tours. Have been on two of hers and enjoyed both.

    • October 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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      Yes, go to Lower East Side History Project and ask for eric ferrara

    • June 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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      Morris Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights has school tours. This historic private home was Gen George Washington ‘s headquarters in 1776. Later on it was the home of Madame Jumel, the richest woman in NY who married Aaron Burr in 1833. A fantastic place 250 years old in 2015.

  • March 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    Dear Tom and Greg!
    I believe to have listened to every single episode of the Bowery Boys in the last 2 years (the ones in the archive as well!)
    I had You “talking in my head” while washing dishes, while tiding up the house, walking to walk and on airplane flights! Thank You so much!

    I’m writing you because…
    Have You seen the documentary film “Finding Viviane Maier”?
    about that guy who found the thousands of pictures of that unknown nanny-photographer?

    Well, the same happened to me!
    But what I found and what I’m trying to save and let the people know about is the work of an incredible engineer of the beginning of the last century: Renzo Picasso (apart from the name, who seems a crazy mix of Renzo Piano and Pablo Picasso!!!). I have hundreds of stunning drawings and documents! What is so interesting about him is that coming from my italian hometown Genoa he visited repeatedly New York from 1916 to 1930… and he got so impressed by “the new American cities” that he started to design skyscrapers and undergrounds for Genoa…
    But the drawings I have of New York are AMAZING (all made at the time of his travels).
    Hundreds of sections of public transport system compared, bridges, traffic lights…
    It’s hard to describe the richness and the beauty of this archive!

    I started an official “webpage” > http://www.renzopicasso.com and
    a facebookpage under the name Renzo Picasso Archive.
    Please have a look!

    Tell me what you think… give me some advice 🙂

    I just published a small selection of what I have here (after having it scanned and digitally “restored”) and I’m getting crazy trying to do things in a proper way (not having lot’s of money, things are always slow and dificult).

    Thank You so much again
    and ciao from an Italian admirer
    🙂
    Luigi

  • March 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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    Interestingly, I did not see a category for “suffrage”. It is probably fair to say that from 1913 to 1917, NYC was the center of the suffrage universe. When the suffragists pushed New York State into the “suffrage column” in ’17 it was the biggest win–worldwide–that they’d ever had.

  • May 25, 2015 at 8:34 am
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    Hi, love your podcasts, don’t change a thing.

    might you consider doing a show on Jacob Riis?
    he pioneered the use of flash powder in order to photograph the poor of the five points area of NYC.
    his wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Riis

    hope you guys never get tired of making new shows.

    • June 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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      I second that 🙂

  • June 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    In a recent visit to your website you had a photo Hudson River Parkway leading up to the 179th street tunnel/GW bridge and i believe the article was about the High Bridge reopening. I’m really interested in Robert Moses’ highway projects around this time–especially the reconfiguring of the highways for the Trans-Manhattan Expressway and Cross Bronx Expressway and the approach from the Henry Hudson Parkway; do you know where I can find information about this project–or have you guys through of making this a podcast episode? You guys did an outstanding episode on Robert Moses before, but I’d love to get a more in-depth story about this project.

  • June 15, 2015 at 8:24 am
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    Hello from Ireland

    Just wanted to say that I love listening to the podcasts. Keep up the good work

    Regards

  • August 20, 2015 at 3:12 am
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    Hi guys, just thought I’d let you know that I’m loving your podcasts, listening in New Zealand. Keep up the good work.

  • November 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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    Hi guys,
    I love your show. My sister lives in Brooklyn and every time I listen to an episode, I feel just a little closer to her.
    After listening to the episode on Mae West, I wanted to suggest an episode on James Cagney. I can’t think of an actor more associated with New York than Cagney. He did it all, from a boxer to a Broadway chorus boy, from the star of all those gangster movies, to an Oscar-winner.
    Just a thought.

  • November 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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    Hey guys, love the show. I do have a suggestion though… slow your delivery a bit 🙂 You guys provide a ton of information, and by slowing down the delivery a bit you make it less overwhelming and easier to absorb. Most podcast fans listen while doing other tasks, and it’s easy to get distracted; a fast delivery requires *really focused attention.* Take a cue from the radio greats (Ira Glass et al.). Other than that, keep it up, you’re awesome.

    Note: I’m listening to shows from the archive right now, haven’t progressed to the new ones. Maybe this comment doesn’t apply to those. If so, disregard! XXOO

  • January 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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    You gents are wonderful. Segment idea (apologies if you’ve done it and I’ve missed it): “Radio Row” (1921-1966).

    Chrs and keep it up

  • January 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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    Followed Bowery Boys podcast since early days, however feel bad that you guys have one of the same sponsors (the luxury sheet business) as Rush Limbaugh (yech).

  • February 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm
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    I JUST got on the podcast bandwagon. Long story short, I can’t remember the last time I listened to music outside of work and I’m always listening to you guys! I gave you guys a little shout out on our latest blog post, too.

    – Amanda from Penny Lane in Buffalo.

  • March 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm
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    Greg/Tom- Truly enjoy your podcasts which take listeners back in time to a long lost NY!

    That said, I think a pod cast on the history of the 5 NY Mafia families is long over due. Hope you guys agree.

    • July 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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      I have a similar picture of my great grandfather taken, I would guess, in the very late 1840’s early 1850’s. My great grandfather was raised in various neighborhoods either east or west of the Bowery. The picture I have is labeled “???es Art 83 Bowery”. My guess is that there were various photography studios located in this area, & that your “75 Bowery” or my “83 Bowery” was the address of the studio.

  • September 1, 2017 at 4:13 am
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    Does anyone know a quick and easy way to sort the Bowery Boys podcasts episodes by decade or era?

  • September 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    “just be-Teonis” has officially become my favorite B2 moment.

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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    2 future episode stories: (1) Robert Gair, and (2) the City Hall Post Office (and James Farley Post Office)

    Whatever is the massive unfamiliar building seen in Joshua Beal’s 1876 Manhattan panorama? Mullett’s Monstrosity once stood on the southern tip of City Hall Park, directly across Broadway from the Woolworth Building. The unloved City Hall Post Office was demolished as part of the city’s 1939 World’s Fair sprucing up.
    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bceb5a80-d567-0131-e064-58d385a7bbd0

    There’s a very good bio of inventor ROBERT GAIR at Etsy, headquartered in one of his buildings. At age 13, Gair’s family came over from Scotland. He voted for Lincoln, fought as a Highlander in the Civil War. Perhaps out of the North’s cotton shortage, paper replaces cotton bags; Gair goes into this business. A mishap gives Gair the idea of how to quickly and affordably cut, crease and fold cardboard into boxes. Nabisco places a 2-million order of Gair’s boxes for new Uneeda crackers, crackers previously being sold from barrels. A Gairsville real estate empire arises from manufacturing cardboard boxes in today’s Dumbo neighborhood, including the Clocktower building, With Gair rose the fortunes of his cheap builder using newfangled reinforced concrete.

  • September 21, 2017 at 4:55 am
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    You mentioned everything on Columbus Circle but the hot dog vendor and yet you left out one of the city’s only five-star luxury hotels on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center? Odd.

  • October 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    Suggestion for future podcast: “The Seagram Building” located at 375 Park Avenue.

  • October 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    Another suggestion for a future podcast: I became fascinated with the Gilded Age in New York City after reading Jack Finney’s “Time and Again” in the early 1970s. Finney also wrote a book called “Forgotten News” in which he detailed the murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in 1857. Any possibility of you guys doing a podcast on that crime?

  • October 25, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    Suggestion for a podcast. The history of NYC steam. Just saw this short doc by the NYT and I’d love to hear a more in depth podcast from you two about the history of the steam system that runs NYC!
    NYT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAB1gesb8cQ

  • November 11, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    Podcast suggestion: Black Friday at the Gold Exchange in September 1869. I’m reading Chernow’s excellent biography of U.S. Grant, and the story of Fisk and Gould’s manipulation of the market sounds intriguing.

  • November 17, 2017 at 7:53 am
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    I wonder if you had thought about an episode about the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. An important moment in disability justice history. Thanks.

  • November 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    Your Roosevelt Island podcast #82 is from 2009. Time to update it. Judith Berdy, President – The Roosevelt Island Historical Society…. http://www.rihs.us

  • December 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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    Just received your newest book, can’t wait to start reading. Thanks guys, you make this fellow traveller very happy!

  • January 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm
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    Just began listening to your awesome podcast & I’m in back catalog heaven! My favorite painter is George Bellows. He’s a “member” of the Ashcan School of artists, a group of painters at the turn of the 20th century who had the radical idea of painting scenes of daily life in NYC.I thought maybe an overview of this New York artistic movement might be an interesting pod cast idea. Thank you so much for allowing this Ohioan to have a great New York Week, every week!

  • January 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    I just started reading “The Early Worm” which is a compilation of stories by Robert Benchley published in 1927. One story “The Seed of Revolt” centered on the building boom and dealing with construction sites. This story made no sense to me. Tonight I listened to podcast 233: “The Roaring ’20’s; King of the Jazz Age.” Your podcast explained the building boom which put this story into perspective for me. Perfect timing!! Thank you!!!

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:28 am
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    Anybody have suggestions for guided or self-guided tours for a fan of The Bowery Boys,Architecture, and history? Manhattan and Brooklyn. Thanks

  • March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am
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    Where the Abstract Expressionist were and Bowery reminds of Winos early on on street. Mental illness St. John saint day. Look up. Separation between church and state. Yet, religious ideology from all religions are vital. One might have preference. Even just being is OK, is the doer without ideology.

  • March 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm
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    I grew up in Woodside, Queens. The area I grew up in, on Maurice Ave between 65th Pl and 69th St is considered Maspeth and Woodside by Google Maps. However, there are remnants of a place called Winfield in the area, noteably Winfield Plaza and St. Mary’s of Winfield Church (built 1854). Another noteable feature located near the church and the plaza are the Police Horse Stables (this is what my father told me they were growing up) located just south of Spargo Park under the LIRR crossing at Queens Blvd.

    Is there an episode that covers the area called Winfield or the horse stables now a prominent feature of Queens Blvd between the BQE and the LIE?

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