All About the Bowery Boys and The First podcasts

Since 2007, Bowery Boys Media (Tom Meyers and Greg Young) has been producing history podcasts that are informative, entertaining and often profound, with a dash of humor and a lot of heart. In the original The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast, which began in 2007, Tom and Greg uncover the great historical mysteries on the Big Apple. In The First: Stories of Inventions and Their Consequences, a new show which began production in October 2016, Greg narrates the sometimes unusual and always surprising origin stories of the modern world’s most iconic objects.

About The Bowery Boys: New York City History

New York City history is America’s history. It’s the hometown of the world, and most people knows its familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have 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.”

How many episodes do you have?

There are 225 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 have audio walking 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 where 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 they 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!

 

About The First: Stories of Inventions and Their Consequences

From the automobile to the rocket ship, from chewing gum to the TV dinner, from the first face in a photograph to the first voice on the telephone, the world has been forever changed by impossible technologies and startling ideas. But these inventions do not always make the world a better place.

These are the stories of The First, a podcast exploring the history of human innovation, focusing less on iconic inventors and more on the forgotten geniuses and everyday people that were responsible for bringing us the tools of the modern world.

How many episodes do you have?

There are 11 episodes in total as of April 2017.

What’s the show about?

This podcast details the stories of the world’s greatest inventions. But it doesn’t stop there! Usually each show will involve at least one unintended consequence of that invention. That consequence may be a negative one to the inventor (as with George Ferris and his invention, the Ferris Wheel) of a complicated one to the world at large (as with the invention of the vaccine).  Sometimes the show is about a conceptual invention (such as the Pledge of Allegiance). And sometimes the show is focused entirely on the consequence (i.e. the electric chair, a consequence of the War of the Currents.)

What’s the format?

This show is hosted by Greg Young in a narrative non-fiction format with guest voices bringing to life the words of famous individuals. Each show is on average about 30 minutes.

How frequently do you release new shows?

Every two weeks.

How to listen to The Bowery Boys and The First podcasts

Listen to episodes of both of our podcasts for free in any of the following ways:

1. The most popular way to listen to the show is through iTunes either played from your desktop or your mobile device:

The Bowery Boys on iTunes

The First on iTunes

2. However there are a great many ways to listen to these two shows! Here are a sampling of streaming and downloading sites you can try. Most of these are for iOS and Android so search around to find the player that is right for you:

Cloud CasterThe Bowery Boys / The First

Google Play — The Bowery Boys / The First

Overcast — The Bowery Boys / The First

Player FM — The Bowery Boys / The First

Pocket CastsThe Bowery Boys / The First

Podbay — The Bowery Boys / The First

ShortOrangeThe Bowery Boys / The First

Stitcher — The Bowery Boys / The First

As well as DoggCatcher, Podcast & Radio Addict, Podcast Republic and AntennaPod on Android. If you have Chrome, you can also use SmarterPod.

(We are not yet on Spotify but we should be shortly!)

3. In addition, you can stream all of our shows directly through Libsyn, our podcast hosting service

The Bowery Boys on Libsyn

The First on Libsyn

Join us!

Join the Bowery Boys on Facebook, we often post extra material, like photographs and podcast outtakes.

Join the Bowery Boys on Instagram, where Greg captures the history of the city in images of unusual and extraordinary landmarks in the five boroughs.

And you can follow BOTH the Bowery Boys and The First podcasts on Twitter:

@BoweryBoys

@TheFirstPodcast

 

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  • Debbie

    Just discovered you. Binging and obsessed. Thank you

  • Brad

    I would like to suggest having a podcast of Manhattan’s Little Italy which would explore it roots, transformation and current state (or lack of). And you could touch on Italian neighborhoods located in the outer borough such as Arthur Ave in the Bronx, Benson Hurst etc.

    Thanks.

  • lydia cortes

    thanks so much for show on little italy…i live on spring st. and have for almost 40 years when lombardi’s restaurant was still on ground floor of my building.

    very interesting facts…i, too, am always distressed at hearing the designation “nolita”…meaningless and dishonest other than to realtors who’ve made tremendous profit from it.

    best, lydia cortes

  • Dan Massoni

    My grandfather was born in 1878 in Little Italy and his father and then he worked at Bacigalupo’s funeral parlor right at the bend across from Columbus Park on Mulberry street.

    Living now on mulberry street and Little Italy certainly has shrank over the years.

    Thanks for a nice podcast reflecting on the history and current status of this disappearing neighborhood.

  • Denise LaBelle

    LOVE your show. Super inspiring. I love that a lot of our NYC history is STILL all around us TODAY. And YOU guys let us know where to find it.

  • Jim

    You should do an episode on the IND Second System and the subway proposals that never were. By the way the IND Second System is what would have been if Moses didn’t get power.

  • Enjoying your Mae West SEX podcast. I directed the first revival of the play in 1999-2000, framing it with excerpts from her trials, and revisiting it via your podcast is a joy! (Some info on our production is here: http://www.hourglassgroup.org/mae.html and http://trydersmith.org/theatre/sex/ )

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  • Craig Miller

    Hello Bowery Boys!,
    Great idea with the podcasts of NYC history! After this short story I’ll tell you the real reason I am writing this comment…………I got here because a friend gave me a flat brimmed hat like the ones that are so popular now. I wore it with the bill pointing up over my forehead and told the lady that gave it to me I looked like “Satchmo” from the Bowery Boys. Well, she said Satchmo was Lewis Armstrong……when I remembered she was right I figured out I had things a little confused. The guy I was thinking about was Huntz Hall from the Bowery Boys and his nickname was “Sach”. He wore his hat up in the front like I was thinking. She said she didnt like the way it looked up like that on me so I just put it higher to dig her a bit. She loved it…. I was hired by the lady who gave me the hat to be her Handyman while she was prepping her house for sale. Part of doing that over 3 months or so was helping with the yard sale. After 3 days of that yard sale, if you can believe it, there was a painting still unsold sitting it the leftovers. All the neighbor ladies were sitting around chatting including her sister who said she did some research on the painting and it was no big deal. Well, I had seen the painting all along but did not pay much attention until that exact moment at the end of the sale. Within just a few minutes I found it was a painting by the famed early American artist J G Brown and he was wildy popular and very talented. He was all over NYC and Manhattan during his time there from the middle 1800s to early 1900. She is going to auction the painting thru Freeman’s Auctions in Philadelphia on 6 Dec. Now the real reason I am here. Why not do a podcast on artists “then and now” so to speak. I have not looked at your video list yet so you may have covered it. But its just an idea and if you need info on J G Brown I bet a libary in NYC has a copy of the book “The World of J G Brown” by Martha Hoppin. This book is amazing guys with all of the detail about your city and the way things used to be. He was well known for painting street urchins and shoe shine boys who worked the streets of new York. He wanted to show the world the lives of these kids who made a living on the street. How about Podcasting kids working on the street today? (not the bad kind) If nothing else guys, go get that book and see how the info in it ties directly into the intro statement explaining about who you guys are and what you do preserving the History of New York. Bravo…..ok, off to your podcasts………….

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  • Jeane Beno

    Hi, I’m a Californian who has only recently discovered the wonders of NYC through my fiancé who is a NYC native – my first visit to NYC was only five years ago. His parents have always lived within 5 blocks of their Yorkville neighborhood and have never owned a car. Any who, I love history and enjoy reading fiction or nonfiction about the places I travel. So in the pursuit of reading material on NYC, which is boundless, I discovered your podcasts and I just love them. I’m learning about NYC history while walking my dog or driving in my car and your research is so interesting and your style very entertaining. I really appreciate that your podcasts often start in Dutch and Colonial times and then coming up to the present. NYC is coming alive for me thanks to your podcasts – Thank you and I look forward to taking walking tours with your many historical details.

  • Henry

    Loved the Garment District podcast – had me laughing out loud – a true ‘punathon’ … Bravo

  • Christo

    Hi there, great podcast, thanks. I’m sure you are not short of podcast ideas but I’m interested in a building called the downtown athletic club and wonder if it might be a potentially podcast-worthy topic. I believe it once housed an indoor golf course and was also home to the heisman football trophy. Beyond that there is limited information, particularly as to why it fell into disrepair and thus victim to the curse of the condo conversion. Again, thanks for the great series.

  • gens nagel

    Love everything New York!

  • Robert “Gee” Boggs

    Tom and Greg,
    You had this San Francisco Bay Area resident hooked when I listened to my first Bowery Boys podcast. What I love about the show:

    1. The fascinating information, of course;
    2. You never argue or disagree about the subject matter, nor
    are you ever rude to each other;
    3. Tom’s puns always add a bit of fun to the podcast;
    4. The degree of research you do is evident in every podcast;
    5. The gay innuendo that peeks its head out in many episodes
    6. The show is just as intriguing when hosted by only one
    of you as it is when you’re both present;
    7. My knowledge of NY history has been immeasurably en-
    hanced by listening to so many episodes;
    8. Each episode brings me back for more.
    9. I feel like you’re both my longtime friends!

    Hats off to both of you for a job VERY well done.

    Gee Boggs
    Sonoma, California

  • Richard Gate

    Why not do an episode on the New Jersey Meadows. For background see The New Yorker, 9 and 16 March 1957. Very interesting

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  • S. Kelly

    I have been listening since 2014. I started off listening to all the Halloween episodes for a good fright, but I found that I loved how the Bowery Boys focus on historical facts. I love this podcast, I recommend it whenever I have a chance, to pretty much anyone. My favorite episodes are: 205, The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold, #118 The Murder of Standford White, #157 Hotel Theresa, # 157 Early Ghost Stories of Old New York… there are next to none that will not gain your interest. I cannot wait for the next Halloween Episode!

  • Claudia Franco

    Hey boys, how are you?
    I’ve just recently gotten hooked on your content, so I’m still enjoying your Early Years Archive. It’s a whole lot of geeky fun and I’m having a great time.
    However, I’ve noticed it stars on episode #5. I was hoping you could tell me where I could listen to the first four.
    Thank you so much!