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New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?

The Bowery Boys: New York City History Bowery Boys Media

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New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?

    The Revolutionary Tavern of Samuel Fraunces

    The Revolutionary Tavern of Samuel Fraunces

    Fraunces Tavern is one of America’s most important historical sites of the Revolutionary War and a reminder of the great importance of taverns on the New York way of life during the Colonial era.

    This revered building at the corner of Pearl and Broad street was the location of George Washington‘s farewell address to his Continental Army officers and one of the first government buildings of the young United States of America. John Jay and Alexander Hamilton both used Fraunces as an office.

    As with many places connected to the country’s birth — where fact and legend intermingle — many mysteries still remain.

    Was the tavern owner Samuel Fraunces one of America’s first great black patriots? Did Samuel use his position here to spy upon the British during the years of occupation between 1776 and 1783? Was his daughter on hand to prevent an assassination attempt on the life of George Washington? And is it possible that the basement of Fraunces Tavern could have once housed a dungeon?

    ALSO: Learn about the two deadly attacks on Fraunces Tavern — one by a British war vessel in the 1770s, and another, more violent act of terror that occurred in its doorway 200 years later!

    PLUS: Where to find the ruins of Lovelace's Tavern, dating back to the days of New Amsterdam.

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    This is a re-presentation of a show originally released on March 18, 2011 with bonus material recorded in 2020. 

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    James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

    James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

    EPISODE #339: Interview with author Eric K. Washington, author of “Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal”. 

    The Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal were a workforce of hundreds of African-American men who were an essential part of the long-distance railroad experience. Passengers relied on Red caps for more than simply grabbing their bags -- they were navigators, they helped with taxis, offered advice, and provided a warm greeting.

    In his 2019 book, “Boss of the Grips: The Life  of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal”, author Eric K. Washington tells the remarkable story of Williams, “The Chief” of the Grand Central Red Caps. He was a boss to many, a friend to thousands of passengers, and a confidant to celebrities, politicians… even occupants of the White House.

    He also tells the story of Grand Central Terminal, and specifically, of the Red Caps who worked here, especially during the Terminal’s heyday in the first half of the 20th century. And along the way, the book chronicles how New York’s African-American enclaves and communities developed and moved around the city. 

    That huge story is told through the lens of this one, often underappreciated, and yet instrumental man -- James Williams. He was the chief of the Red Caps, but also an under-reported figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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    Dinosaurs and Diamonds: The American Museum of Natural History

    Dinosaurs and Diamonds: The American Museum of Natural History

    Ancient space rocks, dinosaur fossils, anthropological artifacts and biological specimens are housed in New York's world famous natural history complex on the Upper West Side -- the American Museum of Natural History!

    Throughout the 19th century, New Yorkers tried to establish a legitimate natural history venue in the city, including an aborted plan for a Central Park dinosaur pavilion. With the creation of the American Museum of Natural History, the city finally had a premier institution that celebrated science and sent expeditions to the four corners of the earth.

    Tune in to hear the stories of some of the museum's most treasured artifacts and the origins of its collection. But there's also a dark side to the museum's history, one that includes the tragic tale of Minik the Inughuit child, subject by museum directors to a bizarre and cruel lie.

    PLUS: How exactly do you display a 68,100 lb meteorite?

    AND: What will be the fate of that controversial Theodore Roosevelt monument? A 2020 update!

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    This is a re-presentation of a show originally released on November 24, 2010 with bonus material recorded in 2020. 

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    A New Deal for the Arts: Murals, Music and Theatrical Mayhem

    A New Deal for the Arts: Murals, Music and Theatrical Mayhem

    PART 2 of our two-part podcast series, "A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK"

    EPISODE 338 In this episode, we look at how one aspect of FDR's New Deal -- the WPA's Federal Project Number One -- was used to put the country's creative community back to work and lift the spirits of downtrodden Americans.

    Federal Project Number One -- the "artistic wing" of the Works Progress Administration -- inspired one of the most important and lasting cultural revolutions in the United States, an infusion of funds that put musicians, painters, writers and the theater community back to work, creating works that would promote and celebrate the American experience.

    The already-rich creative communities of New York City thrived during the program in several unique ways -- from the stages of Broadway to the art studios of Harlem. 

    In this episode we present several tales from the four main units of Federal One -- the Federal Music Project, the Federal Theatre Project, the Federal Art Project and the Federal Writers' Project

    Including the stories of these WPA creators -- 

    -- Juanita Hall: A future Tony-winning actress whose WPA-funded gospel chorus performed more than 5,000 times

    -- Orson Welles: A brilliant stage producer (not yet a filmmaker) whose bold stage inventions pressed the limits of government censorship.

    -- Jackson Pollock: A budding painter just finding his artistic voice, making a living working on murals and canvas

    -- Zora Neale Hurston: The Harlem Renaissance anthropologist and novelist who used the WPA program to explore folklore and traditions in Florida. 

    PLUS: The mural program, the WPA Guides and the contributions of WNYC and the New York Public Library

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    Robert Moses and the Art of the New Deal

    Robert Moses and the Art of the New Deal

    EPISODE 337 -- PART ONE of a two-part podcast series A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK. For Part One, we look at the impact FDR and New Deal funding had in shaping  New York City's bridges and parks -- thanks to an especially tenacious parks commissioner!

    New York City during the 1930s was defined by massive unemployment, long lines at the soup kitchens, Hoovervilles in Central Park.

    But this was also the decade of the Triborough Bridge and Orchard Beach, new swimming pools and playgrounds

    Faced with the nationwide financial crisis, newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose to boldly take the crisis on a series of transformative actions by the government that became known as the New Deal.

    No other American city would benefit more from the New Deal that New York City. At one point, one out of every seven dollars from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was being spent in New York.

    And the two men responsible for funneling federal funding to the city was Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and his new parks commissioner Robert Moses.

    Moses amassed a great amount of unchecked power, generating thousands of projects through out the city -- revitalizing the city landscape.

    How did Moses acquire so much power? And how did manage to funnel so much federal assistance into his own projects?

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    TESLA: The Inventor in Old New York

    TESLA: The Inventor in Old New York

    The Serbian immigrant Nikola Tesla was among the Gilded Age's brightest minds, a visionary thinker and inventor who gave the world innovations in electricity, radio and wireless communication.

    So why has Tesla garnered the mantle of cult status among many?

    Part of that has to do with his life in New York City, his shifting fortunes as he made his way (counting every step) along the city streets.

    Tesla lived in Manhattan for more than 50 years, and although he hated it when he first arrived, he quickly understood its importance to the development of his inventions.

    Travel with us to the many places Tesla worked and lived in Manhattan -- from the Little Italy roost where the Tesla Coil may have been invented to his doomed Greenwich Village laboratory. From his first job in the Lower East Side to his final home in one of Midtown Manhattan's most famous hotels.

    Nikola Tesla, thank you for bringing your genius to New York City.

    PLUS: The marvelous demonstration at Madison Square Garden in 1898 that proves that Tesla invented the drone!

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    This episode was originally released on April 29, 2016. Now including newly recorded bonus material for 2020! (And you might hear from David Bowie.)

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