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Odds and Ends: Washington Irving, Modern Ruin, Tourist Advice, The Slide

Irving Place is the remarkably pretty street that travels from the south side of Gramercy Park to the less charming ruckus of 14th Street.  It was named for the great writer Washington Irving during his lifetime by developer Samuel Ruggles.  The house at East 17th Street and Irving Place purports to be the former home […]

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The Bowery Boys blog — upgrade underway!

As you can tell, the Bowery Boys: New York City History blog is going through some big changes.  We’ve moved to a new platform and new URL (boweryboyshistory.com).  However it will take us a few days to readjust everything and get it all up and running.  All the content will be available, but it may […]

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Goodbye 2014! The top stories on the Bowery Boys blog

Happy 2015 to everyone! We want to thank you for listening to the show this year, checking in with the blog and following along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Lots of incredible things in store for the next year so we hope to see you throughout the next year. For a look back […]

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The Bowery Boys and Marvel Comics! Plus: Guardian Angels and a special holiday surprise on Christmas

THIS WEEK IN MARVEL The Bowery Boys are guest stars on this week’s official Marvel Comics podcast This Week In Marvel hosted by those virtual Avengers and Marvel editors Ryan Penagos and Ben Morse.  We had an absolute blast recording this, talking about how New York City has implanted itself into the fabric of the […]

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A Special Year-End Podcast: Ask the Bowery Boys!

For the end of the year, we’re going to try a new experiment — a year-end question show, where we ‘unplug’ for a bit and answer reader’s mail. Give you a true behind-the-scenes of how we produce the show and what our personal thoughts are about New York City and history in general.  This is […]

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Help us pick new topics for the Bowery Boys podcast!

Thanks for voting! The poll is now closed.  We’re off to turn your opinions into future Bowery Boys podcasts.  Top results: More neighborhood-centric history, true crime and law enforcement, and shows on early history.  Previously: We’ve got our podcasts planned out for the next few months, but we need your help in determining the types […]

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The Bowery Boys podcast started 7 years ago today!

Seven years ago this evening, Tom and I recorded the first Bowery Boys podcast.  The topic was Canal Street and Collect Pond, a subject we re-recorded for our 50th episode.  Maybe, one day, we’ll let you all hear that original show!  It was very bad, but it does linger on a laptop somewhere, and there […]

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Follow the Bowery Boys on Instagram!

The Bowery Boys are now on the photo-sharing service Instagram, traipsing through the city streets in search of quirky places and historic oddities. Follow up as we wander through all five boroughs this spring and summer, looking for surprising and stunning details hidden among the city’s avenues, parks and coastlines.  If you have an account, just […]

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Three interviews with the Bowery Boys — up close and personal!

Looking up Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1910.  This is the corner with the gigantic glass H&M Store on it today. (Cleaned up photograph courtesy Shorpy) Over the past couple months, Tom and I have been guests on other people’s podcasts, talking a lot about what it takes to build a podcast (and talking a […]

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Hey new listeners! The Bowery Boys podcast F.A.Q.

Are you a new listener to the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast? Here are some answers to a few questions you might have: Where can you listen to the Bowery Boys? You can download us through traditional podcast aggregators like iTunes or you can stream our shows directly from such services as Stitcher, […]

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The Bowery Boys Year In Review: Our 2013 podcasts

Here’s a recap of all the Bowery Boys podcasts from 2013 — from the most shocking art show of all time to the weirdest mayoral election in history, from the corridors of New York’s scariest psychiatric ward to the altar of the city’s most transformed church.  From colonial America to Sesame Street, through several feet […]

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New Bowery Boys podcast artwork. How do we look?

Our designer is the exceptionally talented Thomas Cabus.  You can take a look at some of his other work — including the design of the award-winning Circle of 6 app — at this link.

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History on television: new Boardwalk Empire, Copper petition, PLUS: Bowery Boys improvements on the way!

Frank and Al Capone, with Nelson Van Alden (played by Michael Shannon), at Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works in Cicero, although I suspect this was actually filmed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Courtesy HBO)BOARDWALK EMPIRE: I’ve been up to my regular Sunday Tweet-alongs with historical-based television shows, this time around following the newest season of Boardwalk […]

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The 2013 Podcast Awards nominations are open!

Street life at Oak Street and New Chambers Street, 1935. This is in today’s neighborhood of Two Bridges.  Neither of these streets exist today, swept away by grand housing projects.  Sepiatown has the approximate location of where this photograph was taken. (Pic by Berenice Abbott, courtesy NYPL) The nominations for the 2013 Podcast Awards are […]

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The Bowery Boys podcast started six years ago today! Here’s every single topic, in reverse order, from #152 to #2

Six years ago today, Tom and I sat down to record our first episode of what would become The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast.   We’ve recorded 152 episodes over that time, covering a broad spectrum of the city’s history. Here’s the intros from every single one of those shows (with a couple exceptions). […]