Bowery Boys On The Go: History of NYC Transportation

Wheels converge: Motor buggies, horse drawn carriages and other conveyances glide and to and from the railroad terminal ferry station at West 23rd Street (i.e. Chelsea Piers) Pic courtesy NYPL

Tomorrow we begin our first official summer blockbuster: a set of several podcasts in a row, themed BOWERY BOYS ON THE GO. Every two weeks, we’ll be taking on the history of a certain aspect of New York City public transportation. Like always, the podcasts will be available every other Friday starting tomorrow. You can download them from iTunes, at other podcast services, and of course from links on this page.

Although the blog will be, as usual, quaintly all over the place, I’ll try and focus a bit more on some of the history tales that we won’t get to cover on the podcast.

So let’s start! As an introduction, I give you this educational filmreel from the 1940s, vaguely about the wonders of New York City transportation:

You can watch the original here

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