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 to listen
Listen to episodes of “The Bowery Boys” for free in any of the following ways:
3. Stream directly through our podcast hosting service, Libsyn.org.
About the show
How many episodes do you have?
There are 206 episodes total. In addition, there was a special, non-numbered release during Hurricane Sandy
But your regular feed only goes back to Episode 50. Where are the others?
Our older shows are located in a second podcast feed — available on iTunes but also here. Most of those shows have an added component — illustrations and photos which pop up on your listening device! They will occasionally update this feed with older episodes upgraded in this new ‘illustrative’ format.
What’s the format?
Two guys talking about history, usually focused upon a place, person or event (e.g., Penn Station, the Boy Mayor of New York or the Great Fire of 1835). Some shows are just Greg expounding upon smaller subjects and are usually 20-25 minutes. And there are occasional guest hosts as well
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. I plan to have another one available soon
When did the Bowery Boys begin?
We started the Bowery Boys podcast in June 2007.
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?
We release new episodes once a month. When we started the podcast, it was once a week, then twice a month. Although they come out with less frequency, the shows are longer and more in-depth.
Join us on Facebook, we often post extra material, like photographs and podcast outtakes.
Over on Twitter, Greg often tweets historical details during television shows with historical themes.
And on Instagram, Greg captures the history of the city in images of unusual and extraordinary landmarks in the five boroughs.