Where To Find The Bowery Boys This Week: Twin Peaks, GANYC, Atlas Obscura

Wait, what, the Bowery Boys are in Twin Peaks? Well, only Greg is. He’s a guest on this week’s DAMN FINE PODCAST, hosted by Tom Merritt and Ron Richards, a celebration of the TV show Twin Peaks as it gears up for a new season on Showtime in May. (The name is a reference to … Continue reading Where To Find The Bowery Boys This Week: Twin Peaks, GANYC, Atlas Obscura

Unimate and the Rise of the Robots (The First Podcast)

THE FIRST PODCAST This is the history of the future. Robots conjure up thoughts of distant technological landscapes and even apocalyptic scenarios, but the truth is, robots are a very old creation, tracing back to the ancient world. We can thank science fiction writers for inventing new serious ideas about robots, automatons previously relegated as mere … Continue reading Unimate and the Rise of the Robots (The First Podcast)

Insomniac City: A strange tale of love and a tribute to off-beat New York

Writer and photographer Bill Hayes moved to New York in 2009 and experienced what many of us have already learned:  the nights are magic and the subway is a wilderness. He began jotting down his observations of peculiar experiences, the strange behaviors of others existing in their own little New Yorks. “Every car on every train … Continue reading Insomniac City: A strange tale of love and a tribute to off-beat New York

Two Brooklyn events featuring the Bowery Boys — Get your tickets now!

We have a couple live events coming up that you might enjoy. Get your tickets now and come out and join us! ATLAS OBSCURA LIVE: SCANDAL! — THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017 Greg’s gearing up to tell a story of outrageous New York scandal at the very next Atlas Obscura live event at Union Hall in Park … Continue reading Two Brooklyn events featuring the Bowery Boys — Get your tickets now!

Who Murdered Helen Jewett? A horrible crime exposes New York’s darkest secret

PODCAST The story of a brutal murder in a New York brothel and the prime suspect’s controversial trial which captivated Americans in the 1830s. In the spring of 1836, a young woman named Helen Jewett was brutally murdered with a hatchet in a townhouse brothel on Thomas Street, just a few blocks northwest from New York City … Continue reading Who Murdered Helen Jewett? A horrible crime exposes New York’s darkest secret

A handy guide to the most loathsome saloons on the Bowery in 1903

Many of the bars and taverns found on the Bowery today are unfortunately clean, friendly and even trendy establishments, wonderful safe places to meet with friends and family. Not a ruffian or scoundrel in sight. Where’s the fun in that?! Of course, for most of its history, the Bowery was one of the most notorious places … Continue reading A handy guide to the most loathsome saloons on the Bowery in 1903

The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Revolution: The Story of the First Bikini

THE FIRST PODCAST In 1907, the professional swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Massachusetts beach for wearing a revealing bathing suit — a skin-tight black ensemble which covered most of her body. Less than forty years later, in 1946, the owner of a Parisian lingerie shop named Louis Réard invented the bikini, perhaps the smallest … Continue reading The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Revolution: The Story of the First Bikini

Where was Manhattan Square? The Gilded Age remaking of a neglected park

Theodore Roosevelt Park (77th and 81st Streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), which contains the beloved American Museum of Natural History, is the oldest developed section of the Upper West Side, purchased by the city in 1839 as a possible strolling park to be called Manhattan Square. Central Park was but a gleam in the eye back … Continue reading Where was Manhattan Square? The Gilded Age remaking of a neglected park

NYC Urbanism: A spectacular snapshot dip into New York City history

The photo sharing service Instagram is a tricky site if you’re a history buff. By design, it’s meant to capture the immediate moment, often drenched in a filter to make things seem nostalgic or historic. The Bowery Boys have an Instagram account if you’d like to follow us along there, although we are mostly just documenting … Continue reading NYC Urbanism: A spectacular snapshot dip into New York City history