The Bowery Boys Podcast

New York City history is America’s history. It’s the hometown of the world, and most people know its familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have some fun while doing it?

The Bowery Boys, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, have lived in New York for the past 20 years and have been curious about the city since the day they arrived. Join them for a fun take on history, a “romp down the back alleys of New York City.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many episodes do you have?

As of November 2018, there are 276 episodes total.

In addition, there was a special, non-numbered release during Hurricane Sandy and a #199.5 ‘in-between’ show where we talk about our book Adventures In Old New York

What’s the show about? And what’s the format?

Two guys talking about history, usually focused upon a place, person or event (e.g., Gramercy Park, Madame Restell or the Great Fire of 1776). Some shows are just Greg expounding upon smaller subjects and are usually 20-25 minutes. There are occasional guest hosts as well and, in recent years, the duo has gone on remote recordings to bring historical places into the show itself.

Do you offer walking tours?

Yes! We launched Bowery Boys Walks in 2018 to bring the fun of the Bowery Boys into the streets of New York. Our walking tours are led by professional tour guides and based around many of our most popular episodes. Read more here.

Do you have downloadable audio tours?

Yes! You can currently buy the Bowery Boys tour of Washington Square Park (on iTunes or directly at CDBaby). Episode #136 of the regular podcast is also a walking tour of the High Line.

Who were the original Bowery Boys?

The Bowery Boys were an infamous 19th century gang of well-dressed ruffians who often skirmished with their rivals, the Dead Rabbits. However, before the gang, the name bowery b’hoys was often given to the working class, often Irish young men of the Bowery.

How frequently do you release new shows?

Every two weeks.

Do you sometimes do extra material?

For their Patreon supporters, Greg and Tom will often record extra episodes, featuring longer interviews with guests, bonus material that was cut from the show, or visits to special places, exclusive to their supporters!