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Ghost Stories of Old New York: ALIVE at Joe’s Pub

EPISODE 342 A very special Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast presentation, recorded live on Halloween Night 2019.

For the past couple years we have put on a LIVE cabaret version of our annual Ghost Stories podcast at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

For reasons related to the fact that it’s the hellish year of 2020, we cannot bring you a live performance this year.

Every Halloween night, a candle is placed in the lobby of the Public Theater in honor of its founder Joseph Papp.

But we miss the wonderful Joe’s Pub so much – and we miss being with our listeners in a cabaret setting with cocktails – that we’re presenting to you a live recording of our last show at the storied venue, recorded on Halloween night 2019, featuring pianist and composer Andrew Austin and vocalist Bessie D Smith.

Prepare to hear new versions of your favorite ghost stories including:

— A Brooklyn house haunting that may be related to the spirits from a colonial-era prison ship;

— A famous murder trial from the year 1800 and a mysterious well which still stands in the neighborhood of SoHo;

— The ghosts (or other supernatural entities) which guard the treasure of the famous Captain Kidd; and

— The mournful secrets of a famed Broadway theater and the inner demons of a Hollywood icon.


Listen today on your favorite podcast player:

Photos by Julia Press
136 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn back when it was very, very close to the shoreline.
The remainder of old Manhattan Well. (Image courtesy Scouting NY)
Captain Kidd in early New York, depicted in a 1920 painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Judy Garland at the Palace Theater
Astor Library, later the Public Theater. Courtesy New York Public Library

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2 replies on “Ghost Stories of Old New York: ALIVE at Joe’s Pub”

I drove in from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to be in the front row for this show last year, and was there in 2018, as well. I had such a wonderful time at both shows. Thank you so much for sharing this memory, since we can’t gather in person this year. It’s been so great to be among a group of fellow BB fans for this shared experience — with the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade as a chaser. Hope to be back in Joe’s Pub in October 2021!

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