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Museums Planes Trains and Automobiles Podcasts

A History of the New York City Subway — from A to Z (and 1 through 9)

The New York City subway system turns 120 years old later this year so we thought we’d honor the world’s longest subway system with a supersized overview history — from the first renegade ride in 1904 to the belated (but sorely welcomed) opening of one portion of the Second Avenue Subway in 2017. New Yorkers… Read More

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Neighborhoods Planes Trains and Automobiles Podcasts

Up and Down Park Avenue: New York City History with a Penthouse View

The story of a filthy and dangerous train ditch that became one of the swankiest addresses in the world — Park Avenue.  For over 100 years, a Park Avenue address meant wealth, glamour and the high life. The Fred Astaire version of the Irving Berlin classic “Puttin’ on the Ritz” revised the lyrics to pay… Read More

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Neighborhoods Podcasts Queens History

The Story of Flushing: An Epic History of Queens Old and New

Few areas of the United States have as endured as long as Flushing, Queens, a neighborhood with almost over 375 years of history and an evolving cultural landscape that includes Quakers, trees, Hollywood films, world fairs, and Asian immigrants. In this special on-location episode of the Bowery Boys, Greg and special guest Kieran Gannon explore… Read More

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Mysterious Stories Newspapers and Newsies

The Earthquake of 1884! A few parallels to today’s quake

New York has never suffered severely from the effects of an earthquake. Most recently, the one felt in 2011— reportedly of 5.8 or 5.9 magnitude, centered around Virginia and affecting many Northeast metropolitan areas — ranks quite high on the list of tremors felt here. There’s no way to compare that local event to the really early quakes, as the Richter… Read More

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Gilded Age New York The Gilded Gentleman Women's History

What did Mrs. Astor Wear (Under There)? The Story of Gilded Age Undergarments

Fashion historian and author, Dr. Elizabeth L. Block returns to The Gilded Gentleman podcast for a truly “undercover” investigation. This time, Liz joins Carl to take a look at the world of corsets, bustles, straps and stockings all of which comprised the undergarment engineering to make the glorious gowns by Worth and other designers appear as glamorous as they did. … Read More

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ON TELEVISION Politics and Protest Wartime New York

Watching ‘Manhunt’ on Apple TV+? Listen to these podcasts for more context

James L. Swanson’s gripping history Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer was one of the key books which inspired the Bowery Boys podcast in 2007. The book was released the previous year, in 2006, and it has taken this long to finally get a screen adaptation — Manhunt on Apple TV+. The streamer seems… Read More

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Black History Health and Living Museums

The Moores: A Black Family in 1860s New York

Tom visits the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side to walk through the reconstructed two-room apartment of an African-American couple, Joseph and Rachel Moore, who lived in 1870 on Laurens Street in today’s Soho neighborhood. Both Joseph and Rachel moved to New York when they were about 20 years old, in the late 1840s… Read More

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The Gilded Gentleman Writers and Artists

The Age of Innocence: Celebrating Edith Wharton’s Masterpiece Novel

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is a perfect novel to read in the spring — maybe it’s all the flowers — so we are presenting to Bowery Boys listeners this marvelous literary-themed episode from the Gilded Gentleman. The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s most famous novel, an enduring classic of Old New York… Read More

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Amusements and Thrills Sports Those Were The Days

The New York Game: Baseball in the Early Years

Baseball, as American as apple pie, really is “the New York game.” While its precursors come from many places – from Jamestown to Prague – the rules of American baseball and the modern ways of enjoying it were born from the urban experience and, in particular, the 19th-century New York region. The sport (in the… Read More

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Bowery Boys Bookshelf Events

Aarrgh Privateers and Pirates! Join Greg for the special book event with Eric Jay Dolin

PRIVATEERS, PIRATES AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West) The story of the founding of the US Navy during the Revolution has been told many times, yet largely missing from maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that were… Read More

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Religious History Women's History

In honor of Mother Cabrini: Places to pay tribute to the American saint

Out in movie theaters this week: The new film Cabrini celebrating the life, of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the pioneering nun (now a saint) who became a pillar of compassion and grace for thousands of Italian immigrations in the late 19th century. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1946. And her legacy continues… Read More

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Gilded Age New York Landmarks The Gilded Gentleman

New York Architecture Week: Podcasts About Skyscrapers and Beaux-Arts Style

Presenting new episodes of the Bowery Boys podcast and The Gilded Gentleman podcast, both tied to the story of architecture in New York City. After listening to both of these, you’ll understand the nature of city skyline and unlock the secrets to New York’s most famous landmarks. The American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City… Read More

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Roaring 20s Skyscrapers The Jazz Age

The Chrysler Building and the Great Skyscraper Race

The Chrysler Building remains one of America’s most beautiful skyscrapers and a grand evocation of Jazz Age New York. But this architectural tribute to the automobile is also the greatest reminder of a furious construction surge that transformed the city in the 1920s. After World War I, New York became newly prosperous, one of the… Read More

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Bowery Boys Bookshelf Events

Books and More Books! Two Upcoming Events

Greg Young is moderating TWO book-related events in New York in February and March. Mark your calendars: THE TRIALS OF MADAME RESTELL and A WOMAN’S LIFE IS A HUMAN LIFE February 28, 7pm at P&T Knitwear (180 Orchard St) P&T Knitwear is pleased to welcome historians Nicholas L. Syrett and Felicia Kornbluh for a discussion of their newest books, The Trials… Read More

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Brooklyn History On The Waterfront Podcasts

Behind the Domino Sign: The Story of Brooklyn’s Bittersweet Empire

The Brooklyn waterfront was once decorated with a yellow Domino Sugar sign, affixed to an aging refinery along a row of deteriorating industrial structures facing the East River. The Domino Sugar Refinery, completed in 1883 (after a devastating fire destroyed the original), was more than a factory. During the Gilded Age and into the 20th… Read More