Newsies on Strike! The thrilling tale of New York newsboys fighting back

PODCAST We’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned Gilded Age story so we’re bringing back one of our favorite Bowery Boys episodes ever — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst vs. the newsies! It was pandemonium in the streets. One hot summer in July 1899, thousands of corner newsboys (and girls) went on strike against … Continue reading Newsies on Strike! The thrilling tale of New York newsboys fighting back

Festively bonkers: Welcome to the Dyker Heights Christmas light show

Holiday traditions in Manhattan are of course known the world over, from the glowing light displays of Park Avenue to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But they lack a certain human touch, spun from wealthy corporations and honored tradition. Which is what makes Dyker Height’s annual lighting spectacular (festival? competition? freak show?) so fascinating. It’s Brooklyn’s … Continue reading Festively bonkers: Welcome to the Dyker Heights Christmas light show

The Christmas Riot of 1806: Anti-Catholic violence mars the holiday

  According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been 816 New York law enforcement officers who have died in the course of duty. Most of those who have died in the page six years succumbed to 9/11-related illnesses. The last firearm-related death, Paul Tuizzolo, sadly came just a last month, killed in a gunfight in the Bronx. … Continue reading The Christmas Riot of 1806: Anti-Catholic violence mars the holiday

The Making and Remaking of the Pledge of Allegiance

THE FIRST PODCAST   The Pledge of Allegiance feels like an American tradition that traces itself back to the Founding Fathers, but, in fact, it’s turning 125 years old in 2017. This is the story of the invention of the Pledge, a set of words that have come to embody the core values of American citizenship. … Continue reading The Making and Remaking of the Pledge of Allegiance

Ten holiday gift ideas for history buffs: The books of 2016

GIFT GUIDE The best part about the holidays in 2016 is that it requires two bursts of shopping — before the holidays for your loved ones and after the holidays for yourself (via gift cards and post-Christmas sales).  So consider this a list of recommendations not only for others, but for yourself! In addition to our … Continue reading Ten holiday gift ideas for history buffs: The books of 2016

New York At Its Core: MCNY’s Past, Present and Future of the city

The Museum of the City of New York finally delivers the ultimate history of New York City in its dazzling new permanent exhibit on the ground floor — New York At Its Core. And yet it feels very strange to classify this as a mere survey of history as though it were a row of … Continue reading New York At Its Core: MCNY’s Past, Present and Future of the city

West Side Story: The Making of Lincoln Center

PODCAST The origin story of Lincoln Center, an elegy to the neighborhood its campus replaced, and a celebration of West Side Story, the film that brings together several aspects of this story in one glorious musical number. Warm up the orchestra, lace up your dance slippers, and bring the diva to the stage! For our latest show … Continue reading West Side Story: The Making of Lincoln Center

Prepare for the next Bowery Boys trivia night — with these trivia questions:

Next Wednesday (December 14)  we are teaming with the Tenement Museum to present TRIVIA NIGHT WITH THE BOWERY BOYS! Details are below. Our last trivia night at Fraunces Tavern was a huge success. And the ultimate in New York City history geeks came out that evening to celebrate. Here’s a sampling of some of the questions that were … Continue reading Prepare for the next Bowery Boys trivia night — with these trivia questions:

The Terrible Brooklyn Theater Fire: The Worst Disaster In Brooklyn History — 140 Years Ago Today

It is difficult to discuss calmly the frightful disaster which happened in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. No such awful sacrifice of human life has ever been known in this country, shipwreck and the casualties of war alone being excepted. — New York Times editorial, Dec. 7, 1876  This is a black-letter day in Brooklyn. The theatre … Continue reading The Terrible Brooklyn Theater Fire: The Worst Disaster In Brooklyn History — 140 Years Ago Today

The Calling: Thomas Watson and the First Telephone (The First Podcast)

PODCAST You may know the story of Alexander Graham Bell and his world famous invention. You may know that Bell made the very first phone call. But do you know the story of the man who ANSWERED that call? His name was Thomas Augustus Watson. He met Bell when he was just 20 years old, … Continue reading The Calling: Thomas Watson and the First Telephone (The First Podcast)