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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). […]

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#FF: Here’s a few of our favorite history blogs

Above: The new Superman movie might be great, who knows? But it doesn’t have Linda Lavin in it, like the 1966 Broadway musical ‘It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman’ which played at the Alvin Theatre (today’s Neil Simon Theatre).  Encores! recently did a revival of this forgotten musical gem earlier this year.  We […]

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Geek Love: Literature, trivia and a Bowery Boy in Brooklyn

This Monday, April 1st, in support of Lit Crawl NYC, I’ll be appearing at the literature event ‘Geek Love‘ at The powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. I’ve done a reading with Lit Crawl NYC in the past, and it’s a terrific (and intense) way to enjoy local literary stars under the guise of visiting a […]

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New listeners to the Bowery Boys podcast? Here’s some highlights of the last 149 episodes — and a hint for no. 150

Thanks to the profile on the Bowery Boys podcast which ran on NPR:Morning Edition a couple weeks ago, we’ve seen a lot of new listeners to the show.  Welcome aboard!  We’re grateful to have you join this amazing community of history lovers interested in the story of New York City. If you’ve just discovered the […]

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The Bowery Boys on NPR: Morning Edition!

The Bowery Boys were featured in a profile this morning on NPR’s Morning Edition!  You can give the segment a listen here.  You can also download the segment from that site. Our sincere thanks to NPR and to Caitlin Dickerson for featuring us on the show. If you’re interested in any of the particular episodes […]

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Networked New York: This Friday at NYU!

What are the challenges of presenting the history of New York in a digital landscape? How does technology make New York history richer? The Project on New York Writing, the Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, and the Workshop in Archival Practice at New York University is presenting an all-day conference this Friday, March 9, […]

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The Bowery Boys back catalog — fully illustrated!

Above: How people used to listen to podcasts in the 1930s.  If you’ve been listening to our latest podcasts and want to take a dip into our history, episodes #3-#50 are available on a second podcast RSS feed: NYC History: Bowery Boys Archive. You can subscribe to that feed at the link or go to […]

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The Bowery Boys — now on Australian radio!

At the New York World’s Fair 1939-40: Australia makes a stylish, woolen debut, thanks to renown designer Douglas Annand. (Photo by Robert Coates, courtesy the Powerhouse Museum. You can check out other images of this curious pavilion here.)  After many years as a mere podcast, The Bowery Boys: New York City History will be making […]