The first episode of the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast came out in the middle of June 2007. Yes, we’ve been doing this for almost ten years. 220 episodes and going strong! We will be doing some very special things starting this spring in recognition of our tenth year of recording the show. And … Continue reading Celebrate the Bowery Boys’ 10th anniversary at 2017 NYC Podfest
There’s a spiral staircase inside the western half of the Washington Square Arch, which grants access to the rooftop and fabulous views straight up Fifth Avenue. Public entrance is prohibited, of course, although that didn’t stop six fearless malcontents (including the artists Marcel Duchamp and John Sloan) from breaking in to declare a bohemian revolution late … Continue reading Cheers to the Free and Independent Republic of Greenwich Village!
PODCAST Part One of our two-part series on New York City in the years following the Revolutionary War. The story of New York City’s role in the birth of American government is sometimes forgotten. Most of the buildings important to the first U.S. Congress, which met here from the spring of 1789 to the late summer … Continue reading New York City and the Inauguration of George Washington
Civic buildings are often beautiful architecture in plain sight. Their uniformity — many rendered in classical styles — often finds them less appreciated than other forms of urban architecture. In a city like New York, skyscrapers, hotels and brownstones are more likely to get the attention of camera-wielding tourists over courthouses. After all, doesn’t every town have a … Continue reading Courting New York’s Legal Landmarks
Here’s some old fashioned New York City trivia for you — There’s never been a Speaker of the House from the city of New York, although there have been a couple from New York state — the otherwise unremarkable John W. Taylor, an upstate New Yorker from the Saratoga region, in 1820-21; and a central New York representative, … Continue reading The Old Swamp Church and the story of the first Speaker of the House
A few weeks before they announce nominations for the Academy Awards, they release a ‘short list’ of films that are being considered for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Even if you don’t care about the Academy Awards — or the general self-congratulatory nature of Hollywood during this of year — the short list is an … Continue reading Documentaries to see: The Witness, Tower, O.J. Made In America and more
THE FIRST PODCAST Once upon a time there was a country doctor with a love of birds, a milkmaid with translucent skin, an eight-year-old boy with no idea what he’s in for and a wonderful cow that holds the secret to human immunity. This is the story of the first vaccine, perhaps one of the greatest inventions … Continue reading The Cow and the Country Boy: The Story of the First Vaccine (The First)
On the afternoon on January 11, 1917, workers in downtown Manhattan skyscrapers were jolted from their desks by a startling sight in New Jersey — an exploding munitions plant in Kingsland, a small community about nine miles south of New York City. “For four hours Northern New Jersey, New York City, Westchester and the western end … Continue reading Heroine of the century: A New Jersey woman saves lives during terrible explosion
The Bowery Boys spin-off podcast series The First: Stories of Inventions and their Consequences has been featured on iTunes podcast page for the past couple weeks as a new and noteworthy selection. We thank them for their support of both The First and the Bowery Boys! The First returns with a brand new episode this … Continue reading The First: New and Noteworthy on iTunes!
Decades in the making, the Second Avenue Subway finally opened to the public this week, its glimmering new stations at 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets heralded with the pomp and circumstance of a movie premiere. Of course, the subway doesn’t immediately come to mind as a photogenic movie star, but in fact, the various tunnels and … Continue reading A Brief History of Subway Cinema