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The Great Fire of July 19, 1845: Lower Manhattan in Flames

The devastating results of the monstrous Great Fire of 1835 helped change the course of Manhattan — hastening the residential migration up the island, rewriting the architectural nature of downtown and essentially erasing the past. There would never be another fire of such intensity and magnitude. But New York didn’t suddenly become fire-proof. In fact, […]

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Firecracker Lane: New York’s explosive shopping district

Looking for a healthy assortment of fireworks to ignite for the Fourth of July holiday? In New York, from the late 19th century until the 1930s, one needed to look no further than one of the city’s most heavily trafficked areas near City Hall. Firecracker Lane was a short row of fireworks dealerships that sat […]

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Florence Nightingale and the owls of the Lower East Side

Nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today in Florence, Italy. And it got me thinking about my favorite Nightingale-related landmark in New York. Just locate the remnant of little Cannon Street in the Lower East Side (it’s between Delancey and Broome Streets) and you’ll find a building most fowl—or rather, most owl. […]

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EXTRA! The Bowery Boys Podcast will now be heard twice a week

During this period of social isolation and the perpetual concerns of health and economic well-being that you might be feeling now, we here at the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast want to make sure that we are doing our part in providing you with the distraction and camaraderie you might be looking for. […]

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Why is there a statue of a boar on Sutton Place?

The Vanderbilts did more than dictate the fate of Park Avenue, the boulevard hovering above the old track path of the New York Central Railroad. The scions of this New York family also changed the fate of a little street called Sutton Place. Anne Harriman Vanderbilt—along with other society mavens—had mansions built there in 1920, […]

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The Story of Bayard’s Mount, Lower Manhattan’s Missing Mountain

Bayard’s Mount, one of the highest points in Manhattan, has been gone for more than two hundred years. Where other hills and high points have been incorporated into the modern topography New York, this old hill was wiped from the map. Bayard’s Mount used to sit at around where Mott and Grand Streets meet today, […]

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The Bowery Boys’ next book appearance — June 6 at EXIT 9

We’re happy to announce that our latest appearance relating to our book The Bowery Boys’ Adventures In Old New York will be on June 6, from 7-9 pm, at Exit9 Gift Emporium, one of the coolest places in the East Village. We’ll be at Exit9 reading some special passages from the book, giving you a […]

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The Pirate of Pearl Street: The All-True New York Adventures of Captain Kidd

PODCAST The tale of Captain William Kidd, a respectable New York citizen and landowner, and his transformation into the ruthless pirate of legend. The area of Lower Manhattan below Wall Street is today filled with investment bankers, business people and tourists. But did you know, over 300 years ago, that the same streets were once […]

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Cheers to the Free and Independent Republic of Greenwich Village!

There’s a spiral staircase inside the western half of the Washington Square Arch, which grants access to the rooftop and fabulous views straight up Fifth Avenue. Public entrance is prohibited, of course, although that didn’t stop six fearless malcontents (including the artists Marcel Duchamp and John Sloan) from breaking in to declare a bohemian revolution late […]

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Two new Bowery Boys live events — this December!

Come out and join us for two events that we are co-hosting this December in association with two terrific New York institutions. TRIVIA NIGHT WITH THE BOWERY BOYS TENEMENT MUSEUM — DECEMBER 14, 2016 “Hosts of the popular podcast The Bowery Boys: New York City History, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, test your wits with a […]

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Next Bowery Boys live appearance: the Skyscraper Museum!

This Tuesday, August 16,  join us at the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City. We’ll be doing a reading and book signing on promotion of our book Adventures In Old New York, in particular chatting out some of the more unusual skyscraper architecture of downtown New York. Here are more details about that event. It’s a free show […]

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The latest Bowery Boys appearances — WFUV, Curbed, Brooklyn Magazine and more

OUR LATEST LIVE APPEARANCE — We’ll be doing a reading and book signing on promotion of our book Adventures In Old New York on Tuesday, August 16 at the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City. Here are more details about that event. It’s a free show but you have to RSVP and it’ll fill up fast! […]

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PODCAST REWIND: Here’s Henry Hudson!

PODCAST REWIND We turn the clock back to the very beginnings of New York history — to the European discovery of Mannahatta and the voyages of Henry Hudson. Originally looking for a passage to Asia, Hudson fell upon New York Harbor and the Lenape inhabitants of lands that would later make up New York City. […]

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Join us for Curbed Facebook Live chat this Monday

Monday afternoon at 3pm, join us on the Curbed Facebook page for a live chat! It’s in the similar format as a Reddit AMA conversation but on video. We’ll be on there answering questions from our viewers about the podcast and New York City in general. We’re also featured in a new post over at Curbed written by […]

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It’s Trivia Night at Fraunces Tavern! New Bowery Boys event on July 26

Here’s the announcement of our latest live event — at historic Fraunces Tavern. If you’re reading this and interested in attending, you may want to consider getting your tickets now as space will be limited. Here are the details:   Fraunces Tavern Museum presents TRIVIA NIGHT Hosted by the Bowery Boys Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Doors […]