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Landmarks Podcasts

Harlem Nights at the Hotel Theresa

PODCAST The Hotel Theresa was once called the Waldorf of Harlem, a glamorous New York City accommodation known as a hub for Black society and culture in the 1940s and 50s — and for a few eyebrow-raising political moments in the 1960s. The luxurious apartment hotel was built by a German lace manufacturer to cater […]

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Black History Podcasts

The Birth of Black Harlem: On the Road to a Renaissance

PODCAST How did Harlem become Harlem, the historic and spiritual center of Black culture, politics and identity in American life? This is the story of radical change — through radical real estate. By the 1920s, Harlem had become the capital of Black America, where so many African-American thinkers, artists, writers, musicians and entrepreneurs would live […]

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Museums

Mona Lisa comes to New York! And she’s almost drowned in a sprinkler malfunction

For more information on the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out our podcast from last fall celebrating the museum’s 150th anniversary: Leonardo da Vinci‘s stoic portrait came to America during the winter of 1963, a single-picture loan to the United States (as a special favor to Jackie Kennedy) and accompanied by André Malraux, […]

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Planes Trains and Automobiles

New York City from the sky: The first aerial photographs

One hundred and nine years ago this month, a tiny airplane made history over the waterways of New York City. These weren’t the first flights over the city — those had occured in the fall of 1909, during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration — or even the most daring or most publicized. (Aerial competitions like the Great Gimbels […]

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Bowery Boys Movie Club

Auntie Mame: The most glamorous lady on Beekman Place

In a bit of Super Bowl counter programming, we’ve just released an unusually eccentric episode of Bowery Boys Movie Club to the general Bowery Boys Podcast audience, exploring the 1958 comedy masterpiece Auntie Mame. New episodes of the Movie Club are exclusive to those who support us on Patreon. For current patrons, we’ve also just released a brand […]

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Bowery Boys Movie Club

Breakfast At Tiffany’s: An aging classic, ‘mean reds’ in a little black dress

The new episode of the Bowery Boys Movie Club explores the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the rich historical context of early 1960s New York City. An exclusive podcast for those who support us on Patreon. In the film version of Truman Capote‘s daring 1958 novella — starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard— New York […]

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Health and Living

The origin of snow removal for all New Yorkers, rich and poor

For more information on New York City’s history with snow removal, listen to our 2019 show on the history of the city’s Department of Sanitation. For some of New York City’s history, snowstorms have been completely paralyzing, and most residents had to clear their own streets, an impossibility in areas of a more rural character. […]

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Podcasts Skyscrapers

The World Trade Center in the 1970s

PODCAST The World Trade Center opened its distinctive towers during one of New York City’s most difficult decades, a beacon of modernity in a city beleaguered by debt and urban decay. Welcome to the 1970s. EPISODE 350 This year, believe it or not, marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers on […]

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Mysterious Stories Newspapers and Newsies Podcasts

Strange Hoaxes of the 19th Century: Mischief from Manhattan to the Moon

PODCAST Two stories of outrageous hoaxes perpetrated upon New Yorkers in the early 19th century. New Yorkers can be tough to crack, maneuvering through a rapidly changing, fast-paced city. But they can, at times, also be easily fooled. In this episode, we explore two of the wackiest stories in early New York City history, two […]

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American History

The New York Brownstone Inauguration of Chester A. Arthur

There are several enemies in Candice Millard‘s Destiny of the Republic, the terrific 2011 narrative history of the assassination of President James Garfield during the summer of 1881. The most obvious foe is the delusional Charles Guiteau, who believed himself the nation’s savior when he shot President Garfield twice at a Washington DC train station […]

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Bridges Podcasts Queens History

The Queensboro Bridge and the Rise of a Borough

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald EPISODE 349 This is the story of a borough with great potential and the curious brown-tannish cantilever bridge which helped […]

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Bowery Boys

The Bowery Boys podcast, now in its 14th year. Tell a friend about the show!

This Friday we begin our 14th year of podcasting with a new episode about one of New York City’s most beloved landmarks. And on January 29, we will release our 350th episode — on a subject which is certain to surprise you! We’re returned to our regular recording schedule — a brand new episode of […]

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Planes Trains and Automobiles Podcasts

The Destruction of Penn Station

On January 1, 2021 Moynihan Train Hall officially opened to the public, a new commuters’ wing catering to both Amtrak and Long Island Railroad train passengers at New York’s underground (and mostly unloved) Penn Station. To celebrate this big moment in New York City transportation history, we’re going to tell the entire story of Pennsylvania […]

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Planes Trains and Automobiles Podcasts

The Construction of Penn Station and the North River Tunnels

On January 1, 2021 Moynihan Train Hall officially opens to the public, a new commuters’ wing catering to both Amtrak and Long Island Railroad train passengers at New York’s underground (and mostly unloved) Penn Station. To celebrate this big moment in New York City transportation history, we’re going to tell the entire story of Pennsylvania […]

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Bowery Boys Podcasts

Listening to History: The Best Bowery Boys Podcasts of 2020

Well, that year sucked. But we hope you enjoyed our many hours of diverting listening pleasure on the Bowery Boys: New York City History Podcast this year. This is the year we built the Holland Tunnel, the East Side Elevateds, the Charging Bull and New York’s steam system. We tore down King George but built […]