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We are a public school looking for historical tours of NYC. Does anyone have a low-cost but super engaging tour company who would be happy to take a small group around?

Thank you!

Morris Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights has school tours. This historic private home was Gen George Washington ‘s headquarters in 1776. Later on it was the home of Madame Jumel, the richest woman in NY who married Aaron Burr in 1833. A fantastic place 250 years old in 2015.

Dear Tom and Greg!
I believe to have listened to every single episode of the Bowery Boys in the last 2 years (the ones in the archive as well!)
I had You “talking in my head” while washing dishes, while tiding up the house, walking to walk and on airplane flights! Thank You so much!

I’m writing you because…
Have You seen the documentary film “Finding Viviane Maier”?
about that guy who found the thousands of pictures of that unknown nanny-photographer?

Well, the same happened to me!
But what I found and what I’m trying to save and let the people know about is the work of an incredible engineer of the beginning of the last century: Renzo Picasso (apart from the name, who seems a crazy mix of Renzo Piano and Pablo Picasso!!!). I have hundreds of stunning drawings and documents! What is so interesting about him is that coming from my italian hometown Genoa he visited repeatedly New York from 1916 to 1930… and he got so impressed by “the new American cities” that he started to design skyscrapers and undergrounds for Genoa…
But the drawings I have of New York are AMAZING (all made at the time of his travels).
Hundreds of sections of public transport system compared, bridges, traffic lights…
It’s hard to describe the richness and the beauty of this archive!

I started an official “webpage” > and
a facebookpage under the name Renzo Picasso Archive.
Please have a look!

Tell me what you think… give me some advice 🙂

I just published a small selection of what I have here (after having it scanned and digitally “restored”) and I’m getting crazy trying to do things in a proper way (not having lot’s of money, things are always slow and dificult).

Thank You so much again
and ciao from an Italian admirer

Interestingly, I did not see a category for “suffrage”. It is probably fair to say that from 1913 to 1917, NYC was the center of the suffrage universe. When the suffragists pushed New York State into the “suffrage column” in ’17 it was the biggest win–worldwide–that they’d ever had.

Hi, love your podcasts, don’t change a thing.

might you consider doing a show on Jacob Riis?
he pioneered the use of flash powder in order to photograph the poor of the five points area of NYC.
his wiki page

hope you guys never get tired of making new shows.

In a recent visit to your website you had a photo Hudson River Parkway leading up to the 179th street tunnel/GW bridge and i believe the article was about the High Bridge reopening. I’m really interested in Robert Moses’ highway projects around this time–especially the reconfiguring of the highways for the Trans-Manhattan Expressway and Cross Bronx Expressway and the approach from the Henry Hudson Parkway; do you know where I can find information about this project–or have you guys through of making this a podcast episode? You guys did an outstanding episode on Robert Moses before, but I’d love to get a more in-depth story about this project.

Hello from Ireland

Just wanted to say that I love listening to the podcasts. Keep up the good work


Hi guys, just thought I’d let you know that I’m loving your podcasts, listening in New Zealand. Keep up the good work.

Hi guys,
I love your show. My sister lives in Brooklyn and every time I listen to an episode, I feel just a little closer to her.
After listening to the episode on Mae West, I wanted to suggest an episode on James Cagney. I can’t think of an actor more associated with New York than Cagney. He did it all, from a boxer to a Broadway chorus boy, from the star of all those gangster movies, to an Oscar-winner.
Just a thought.

Hey guys, love the show. I do have a suggestion though… slow your delivery a bit 🙂 You guys provide a ton of information, and by slowing down the delivery a bit you make it less overwhelming and easier to absorb. Most podcast fans listen while doing other tasks, and it’s easy to get distracted; a fast delivery requires *really focused attention.* Take a cue from the radio greats (Ira Glass et al.). Other than that, keep it up, you’re awesome.

Note: I’m listening to shows from the archive right now, haven’t progressed to the new ones. Maybe this comment doesn’t apply to those. If so, disregard! XXOO

Followed Bowery Boys podcast since early days, however feel bad that you guys have one of the same sponsors (the luxury sheet business) as Rush Limbaugh (yech).

I JUST got on the podcast bandwagon. Long story short, I can’t remember the last time I listened to music outside of work and I’m always listening to you guys! I gave you guys a little shout out on our latest blog post, too.

– Amanda from Penny Lane in Buffalo.

Greg/Tom- Truly enjoy your podcasts which take listeners back in time to a long lost NY!

That said, I think a pod cast on the history of the 5 NY Mafia families is long over due. Hope you guys agree.

I have a similar picture of my great grandfather taken, I would guess, in the very late 1840’s early 1850’s. My great grandfather was raised in various neighborhoods either east or west of the Bowery. The picture I have is labeled “???es Art 83 Bowery”. My guess is that there were various photography studios located in this area, & that your “75 Bowery” or my “83 Bowery” was the address of the studio.

2 future episode stories: (1) Robert Gair, and (2) the City Hall Post Office (and James Farley Post Office)

Whatever is the massive unfamiliar building seen in Joshua Beal’s 1876 Manhattan panorama? Mullett’s Monstrosity once stood on the southern tip of City Hall Park, directly across Broadway from the Woolworth Building. The unloved City Hall Post Office was demolished as part of the city’s 1939 World’s Fair sprucing up.

There’s a very good bio of inventor ROBERT GAIR at Etsy, headquartered in one of his buildings. At age 13, Gair’s family came over from Scotland. He voted for Lincoln, fought as a Highlander in the Civil War. Perhaps out of the North’s cotton shortage, paper replaces cotton bags; Gair goes into this business. A mishap gives Gair the idea of how to quickly and affordably cut, crease and fold cardboard into boxes. Nabisco places a 2-million order of Gair’s boxes for new Uneeda crackers, crackers previously being sold from barrels. A Gairsville real estate empire arises from manufacturing cardboard boxes in today’s Dumbo neighborhood, including the Clocktower building, With Gair rose the fortunes of his cheap builder using newfangled reinforced concrete.

You mentioned everything on Columbus Circle but the hot dog vendor and yet you left out one of the city’s only five-star luxury hotels on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center? Odd.

Another suggestion for a future podcast: I became fascinated with the Gilded Age in New York City after reading Jack Finney’s “Time and Again” in the early 1970s. Finney also wrote a book called “Forgotten News” in which he detailed the murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in 1857. Any possibility of you guys doing a podcast on that crime?

Podcast suggestion: Black Friday at the Gold Exchange in September 1869. I’m reading Chernow’s excellent biography of U.S. Grant, and the story of Fisk and Gould’s manipulation of the market sounds intriguing.

I wonder if you had thought about an episode about the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. An important moment in disability justice history. Thanks.

Just received your newest book, can’t wait to start reading. Thanks guys, you make this fellow traveller very happy!

Just began listening to your awesome podcast & I’m in back catalog heaven! My favorite painter is George Bellows. He’s a “member” of the Ashcan School of artists, a group of painters at the turn of the 20th century who had the radical idea of painting scenes of daily life in NYC.I thought maybe an overview of this New York artistic movement might be an interesting pod cast idea. Thank you so much for allowing this Ohioan to have a great New York Week, every week!

I just started reading “The Early Worm” which is a compilation of stories by Robert Benchley published in 1927. One story “The Seed of Revolt” centered on the building boom and dealing with construction sites. This story made no sense to me. Tonight I listened to podcast 233: “The Roaring ’20’s; King of the Jazz Age.” Your podcast explained the building boom which put this story into perspective for me. Perfect timing!! Thank you!!!