An opinionated exploration of the greatest city in the world, starring historian, tour guide, and socialist agitator Daniel London
The Big Shut-In – Day 35 (Saturday, April 18th)
In this episode of our sister podcast "The Big Shut-In", Dan and David check in with each other from the depths of quarantine. You can hear more conversations like this at https://racecarradio.com/thebigshutin
Episode 8: Two Ugly Buildings
We can learn a lot from great architecture, but what can we learn from architecture that is, frankly, disastrous? In today's episode, Dan and David visit two miserable attempts at majesty: the David M. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building and the Surrogate's Courthouse, both on the corner of Centre and Chambers Streets, downtown, and in the process learn some interesting lessons about the ambitions and self-regard of New York in early 20th Century.
Episode 7: Brownstone Manhattan
What says New York City more than a street of Brownstones? It turns out, though, that this most beloved of city housing designs wasn't always so beloved, and they sit right on the front line of one of the most fundamental debates in urban architecture.
Today's episode brought to you by Audible.
Episode 6: Central Park
The most famous park in the world? Maybe. Inevitable stop on the Manhattan tourist trail? Absolutely. But Central Park is also an amazing laboratory for a 150-year-old experiment in urban planning and social identity, and the masterpiece of America's first (and probably only) superstar landscape architect. Scenic vistas! Hot dogs! Gentrification! Paternalism! This place really has it all.
Episode 5: Zuccotti Park
Seven years ago this week, this innocuous-looking downtown courtyard was taken over by Occupy Wall Street, and what resulted was one of the most exciting, chaotic, and controversial public protests ever held in New York. Our own Dan London was there in the thick of it.
In this episode Dan goes back to Zuccotti to remember how it became, for a moment, the most radical place in America.
Special thanks to Chris Rael (https://www.chrisrael.com/) for our closing music.
Episode 4: Sunnyside Gardens
Dan and David explore a largely unknown quasi-suburban corner of Queens - Sunnyside Gardens, a place so downright pleasant, it might be revolutionary.
A really enjoyable dive into history
Dan and David do a great job making the history of various landmarks throughout New York extremely tangible! Wonderful show!
Great series. Love the coverage of Sunnyside Gardens.
Liking the podcast.
Gem of a podcast
It’s been interesting and entertaining to hear about these places and why they’re significant. As a New Yorker it is fun to learn about these places I’ve heard about or walked by (even if I didn’t venture inside)!
Looking forward to more episodes and nuggets of wisdom.