FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Paradise Garage

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here . There are few nightclubs in the modern history […]

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PODCAST: New York Public Library

The New York Public Library may be one of the most revered libraries in America, but it took a farflung combination of bookworms, millionaires and do-gooders to make it into the institution it is today. Also: find out why the architectural style of the Beaux Arts sometimes reminds us of an old French prostitute. Listen […]

Wild girls, rock music and the Plaza Hotel!

(picture courtesy the NY Post) Scandalous, I know, but I was out of town on Monday and missed the 100th anniversary party for The Plaza Hotel, the famous French Renaissance playground-lodge for the rich, very rich and famous. It seems wrong not to have had at least one Bowery Boy there. Oh well. The Plaza […]

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Young Griffo: New York’s first film, location shoot

The streets are getting particularly clogged these days with film crews in New York. According to the Mayor’s office, expect to see the following on your block: Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, What Happened In Vegas (Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher), Death In Love (Adam Brody and Josh Lucas), Burn After Reading (Brad Pitt and George […]

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History in the making – 9/29

The baby walrus at New York Aquarium makes his debut![New York Aquarium] I can’t believe I’m getting so choked up about the closing of a midtown porn house.[Vanishing New York] But the Domino Sugar Factory gets a reprieve — landmark status.[Lost City] Robert Moses nemesis Jane Jacobs, saviour of the New York ‘neighborhood’, gets a […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Bond International Casino

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here . Bond International Casino — save for fifteen days […]

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Big, big buildings and little, little kids

(Above: a boy delivers some very heavy looking hats through the city, circa 1910) Most photographers document history, but few actually change it. Lewis W. Hine entered the brand new field of photojournalism during the first decade of the new century but quickly found a use for it in social reform, particularly in documenting (and […]

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PODCAST: The Statue of Liberty

Her torch may shine bright, but what story is she hiding under that copper-toned skin? The Bowery Boys bring you the story of the dinner party that created an American icon.   Her official name is the Statue of Liberty Enlightening The World. You can find a full survey of her measures here. Two facts […]

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Happy birthday, Mark Rothko

Tomorrow’s podcast will intersect with the shiploads of European immigrants arriving into New York harbor, many as anxious to seek fortunes in the new world as they were to escape the drear misfortunes of the lands they just left. A 10 year old boy named Marcus Rothkovich was aboard a ship docking at Ellis Island […]

Worth Square: Madison Square’s cemetery for one

As you can tell from this lithograph of the Worth Monument dedication in 1857, it predates most of the development that surrounds it today. (NYPL)  Few Americans have been so honored by their country that their remains have been buried in the middle of the most famous street in America in their own personal cemetery. […]

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History in the making – 9/22

ABOVE: A detail from Childs Restaurant, on the boardwalk at Coney Island Never fear, it looks good that Astroland will be returning next year.[Lost City] But wha-wha-what? Will it really cost $200 million to fix the boardwalk?[Gowanus Lounge] Should four year olds be allowed to pee in the streets of New York without harrassment?![Dope on […]

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Rainbow Room

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here . For a change, I thought I’d feature a […]

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PODCAST: The Apollo Theater

Harlem’s jewel, the Apollo Theater, has more than lived up to its promise as a place “where stars are born and legends are made.” It’s been the cultural centerpiece of New York for more than seven decades, not bad for a former burlesque theater. And find out which icon made his name — and held […]

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Back to school, gargoyle stylin’

It’s the first day of school for some freshmen at City College of New York. President Gregory H. Williams speaks to the newbees today at the gorgeous Great Hall on the Harlem campus. What else will greet the new freshmen: almost six hundred ‘grotesques’ which decorate the corners of all the classical neo-Gothic halls. The […]

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Podcast delay!

We normally put up our new podcasts on Wednesday morning. However I am sick and completely lost my voice. I would do the podcast in sign language if I could, but well, I dont know sign language either. Either we’ll be back up with a new one on Thursday morning. Thanks for listening! -Greg