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The Best of 2014: The Bowery Boys Year In Review


PODCAST When historians look back at the year 2014, what events or cultural changes within New York City will they deem significant? In this special episode, the Bowery Boys look back at some of the biggest historical events of the year including the opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the troubling trend of mega-condominiums along 57th Street and the continuing gentrification of several New York City neighborhoods.

We also answer some questions from listeners and present some resolutions and thought on how you can help protect and preserve the historical landscape of New York City — whether you live here or not. Cheers to 2015!

NOTE: We recorded this episode on December 17, and so were unable to make note of events from the recent few days including the tragic shooting of two NYPD officers on December 20, 2014.

Here are our 2014 podcasts. Check out any you’ve missed!

Tompkins Square Park [download]
The ragged, rebellious history of Tompkins Square Park
FDNY [download]
At The Ready: The History of the New York City Fire Department
George Washington Bridge [download]
The Bridge to Everywhere: The George Washington Bridge strangely political, unexpectedly naked, undeniably beautiful
South Street Seaport [download]
The history of the South Street Seaport: A robust story of economic power, historic preservation, rat fights and fish guts
The Astor Place Riot [download]
The Astor Place Riot: Massacre at a busy crossroad as a Shakespearean rivalry ignites New York class struggles
Ladies’ Mile [download]
The sumptuous story of Ladies’ Mile: Traces of cast-iron grandeur, the architectural delights of the Gilded Age
General Slocum Disaster [download]
American tragedy: The tale of the General Slocum disaster
Cleopatra’s Needle [download]
Cleopatra’s Needle and the Secret of the New York Freemasons
DUEL! Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton [download]
Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton:  The duel at Weehawken and the terrible consequences of an ugly insult
The Tallest Building In New York [download]
The Tallest Building In New York: A Short History
The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino [download]
Rudolph Valentino, the seductive, tragic idol of the Jazz Age
The Keys To Gramercy Park [download]
The Secrets of Gramercy Park (and you don’t even need a key)
Ghost Stories of Brooklyn [download]
Haunted Hipsters: Four Ghost Stories of Brooklyn
Ruins of the World’s Fair: New York State Pavilion [download]
Ruins of the World’s Fair: The New York State Pavilion, or how Philip Johnson’s futuristic architecture was almost forgotten
The Rockettes [download]
American Kicks: A History of the Rockettes

And finally, a great big THANK YOU to all of you who donated to the Bowery Boys in 2014! Thanks to you, we have been able to improve our equipment and our sound quality this year, as well as pay for some of our uploading and distribution services. Our thanks to you: Ted D, Sam H, Andrew K, Nicole B, Marie M, Brian H, Joeanna S, Matthew R, Kristin O, Edge of Yonder, Douglas G, Ann C, Richard K, Daniela S, Melissa S, Anthony C, Marjorie W, Carol V, Michael W, Rosa A, Kathleen C, Jamie H, Dan K, Mary Y, Horacio B, Louis G, Nastassia V, Katherine C, John B, Melissa A, Lachlan C, Patricia C, Eric R, Gary J, Michael R, Daniel S, Susan D, Jack L, Ellen L, George S, Jatuporn S, Erin B, Christina H, Robert C, Paula K, Kathy H, Jennifer W, Suzanne H, Kristina E, Milica P, Simone F, Dianne S, Joshua O, Michele O, Susan W, Marsha C, Mark S, Charles L, Bjorn K, Paula K, Ana Lia R, Kimberly T, Saralaughs, and Jean B!

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