Strand and Deliver

We forgot to wish the Strand Bookstore a happy 80th birthday on June 2nd. Sorry, Strand, we didnt exist then! As the Barnes & Nobles and Borders of the world become clogged with eager bookbuyers (purchasing the new Harry Potter book, natch), its very refreshing that this independent bookseller is still going strong, with a […]

Hottest in the City

Its gonna get hot this summer in New York City. Pretty obviously July is the worst month for those in business suits, but as bad as it gonna get, consider this: The hottest day in New York City history was on July 9, 1936, where it reached a staggering 106 degrees. Pair that with the […]

The Summer Blockbuster of 1928

On this day, 79 years ago in 1928… The first ever all-talking movie, “The Lights of New York” debuted in New York’s Strand Theatre at midnight, to an enrapt audience. (It would release nationally on July 28) “Lights of New York” was a precursor to the great crime films of the 30s that would make […]

A classic Village dive, but not for five

If the Soup Nazi and Kenny Shopsin were to cage fight, who would leave the ring victorious? My money’s on Kenny. While the Seinfeld-minted icon Soup Nazi — er, make that The Original Soup Man — turns his grizzled, stubborn formula of delicious soups into a city-wide franchise, the far more eccentric owner of Shopsin’s […]

I’ll have Founding Fabulons for $800, Alex.

Alexander Hamilton is the granddaddy of New Yorkers. Others may have had more influence on the city itself, but no other NYCer has had as much influence on the nation. He is to the Founding Fathers what James Dean is to Hollywood : a live fast, die young revolutionary rebel with a cause. Before being […]

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Bowery Boys #2: What’s in a name

In our first REAL episode, Greg and Tom explain their name and talk about the first Bowery Boys (not to mention the “Bowery Boys” of stage and screen). Also, a quick discussion of the origins of the names of all five boroughs. And a couple bad jokes.

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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