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Sunday In the Park With George (Washington)

While winding through the financial district in lower Manhattan on Sunday (Sept 2), I made my way down Stone Street (one of the city’s oldest paths) and found this scene outside of Ulysses bar: About 40 people, in various Colonial and period garments, were carousing in character and loudly carrying on like Revolutionary War heroes. […]

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History in the making

Heather Graham produces a movie about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a tragedy on Washington Square Park that killed 146 women [Gothamist] Save Coney Island! prepares to rally the troops to save their beloved old amusement land from developers.[Kinetic Carnival] What porn shops must resort to on 8th Avenue.[Forgotton NY] Hilly Kristal, the cantankerous but […]

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Back on Wednesday!

Sorry the blog’s been a little dormant. Its been a tad insane here in Bowery land. We’ll be back up and running on Wednesday morning, with an “in pictures” segment of this week’s podcast. Thanks for listening!

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The Headless Horseman and the New York elite

Another colorful New Yorker died earlier this week, the Cruella Deville of real estate, Leona Helmsley, the Queen of Mean. With her passes a dynasty of wealth and power derived from her husband Herman, whose properties included the Empire State Building, the Flatiron building and more than 30 hotels. Brooke Astor, elder survivor of the […]

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UNUSUAL NYC MUSEUMS: History Underground

Our tribute to an off-the-beaten-path museum or landmark that you may not know about. Instead of MoMa, why not try out one of these places? Past entries in this series can be found here. Okay, I know I’m stretching when I call the NYC Transit Museum ‘off the beaten path’. Its advertised in every available […]

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The street of the Ancient Hibernians

In this week’s podcast, we briefly touched on a pivotal moment in the history of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. They assisted in the defense of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral during a raid by anti-Catholic, anti-Irish rioters. The Ancient Order of the Hibernians are essentially the Irish-Catholic version of the Freemasons. The Pope had […]

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PODCAST: The Dakota Apartments

Angels and Demons Part 1: New York’s most famous horror movie and the fascinating story behind its insidious setting. Plus: Lauren Bacall, Connie Chung and some dumb waiters! Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it HERE

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PODCAST: Washington Square Park

Something’s afoot in Washington Square Park. Join the Bowery Boys this week on an expedition through one of New York’s quirkiest (and most beloved) parks — from Hangman’s Elm to Bob Dylan. You’ll be moved… fifteen feet! Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to […]

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New York’s most maligned public servants?

New York City is a terrible place for horses, or for that matter, any animal bigger than a rat. However, the animal has been instrumental to New York’s history. Today you can see them trotting through Central Park, looking lobotomized, carting around tourists in frilly carts. Already a rather demeaning usage, the horses are also […]

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PODCAST: Governors Island

New York’s most underappreciated treasure gets the Bowery Boys treatment. Its Governors Island: a fort, a small town, a prison and a Burger King … all bought for one dollar. Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it HERE

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No really, your studio apartment isn’t so bad

In our last podcast, we referred to the New York city prison not-so-affectionately nicknamed ‘the Tombs’ as being ‘beneath City Hall’. In fact its a couple blocks away from current City Hall. Today its officially called Manhattan House of Detention. It was monickered the The Bernard B. Kerik Complex before being stripped of that name […]

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PODCAST: The Blackout of 1977

Flash back to the summer of 1977, when Star Wars and the Yankees ruled, gas prices were high, a serial killer roamed the streets, and the city experienced a little inconvenience called the New York Blackout. Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it […]

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Dominos falling down?

New York’s robust and often scary gentrification drive into Condo Land, already ripping through neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, threatens another unusual city landmark – the Dominos Sugar factory, a cluster of important buildings just near the Williamsburg bridge on the Brooklyn side. While it might seem weird to get all angsty about a […]

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Man(hattan)’s Best Friend: The Pictures

As a supplement to this week’s podcast, here’s a few pictures of the furry friends featured in our review of New York’s most famous pups. You can listen to this week’s podcast a few postings below. Or if you’ve just stumbled into the site, go to iTunes and subscribe to our weekly podcast for free! […]

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PODCAST: Alexander Hamilton

It’s Independence Day and we’re spending it with our favorite New York Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. The Bowery Boys visit his life, his hangouts, and his New York. Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it HERE