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

The Bowery Boys, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, have lived in New York for the last fifteen years and have been curious about the city since the day they arrived. Join them for a fun take on history, a "romp down the back alleys of New York City."

Each week, they look into another fascinating aspect of the Big Apple -- the people, the places, its beginnings and effects on American culture.

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Included here are the Bowery Boys back catalog of shows from our first year. If you'd like to hear our new episodes, simply search for New York City History: The Bowery Boys and subscribe.

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

The Bowery Boys, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, have lived in New York for the last fifteen years and have been curious about the city since the day they arrived. Join them for a fun take on history, a "romp down the back alleys of New York City."

Each week, they look into another fascinating aspect of the Big Apple -- the people, the places, its beginnings and effects on American culture.

    #89 Chelsea Hotel

    #89 Chelsea Hotel

    Arguably New York's least conventional hotel, the Chelsea Hotel (or rather, the Hotel Chelsea) is the one of New York's counter-culture centers, a glamorous, art-filled Tower of Babel for both creativity and debauchery. From Mark Twain to Andy Warhol, it's been both inspiration and location for artistic wonder. We wind back the clock to the beginnings of Chelsea and to the hotel's early years as one of the city's cooperative apartment buildings. What made the Chelsea so different? And why are people still fighting over this storied structure today? 
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    THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON AUGUST 14, 2009. A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN. CHECK OUT THE BLOG 'LIVING WITH LEGENDS: HOTEL CHELSEA BLOG' FOR MORE INFORMATION
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    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST -- Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)

    • 38 min
    #88 Ellis Island: The Immigrant Story

    #88 Ellis Island: The Immigrant Story

    For millions of Americans, Ellis Island is the symbol of introduction, the immigrant depot that processed their ancestors and offered an opening into a new American life.
    But for some, it would truly be an 'Island of Tears', a place where they would be excluded from that life.
    How did an island with such humble beginnings -- 'Little Oyster Island', barely a sliver of land in the New York harbor -- become so crucial? Who is the 'Ellis' of Ellis Island?
    And how did it survive decades of neglect to become one of New York's most famous tourist attractions? 
    FEATURING our special guest Tanya Bielski-Braham who walks us through her own family immigration experience -- from Poland to America.
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    THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON JULY 31, 2009
    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST -- Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)

    • 35 min
    #87 Kings of New York Pizza

    #87 Kings of New York Pizza

    New Yorkers are serious about their pizza, and it all started with a tiny grocery store in today's Little Italy and a group of young men who became the masters of pizza making.
    In this podcast, you'll find out all about the city's oldest and most revered pizzerias -- Lombardi's, Totonno's, John's, Grimaldi's and Patsy's in all its variations.
    But if those are the greatest names in New York-style pizza, then who the heck is Ray -- Original, Famous or otherwise? 
    NOW with several minutes of new pizza history -- including an update on Totonno's in Coney Island, the pizza war firing up underneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the story of Sbarro's mall pizza domination.
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    THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON JULY 17, 2009
    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST -- Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)

    • 25 min
    #86 Boss Tweed and the Glory Days of Tammany Hall

    #86 Boss Tweed and the Glory Days of Tammany Hall

    You cannot understand New York without understanding its most corrupt politician -- William 'Boss' Tweed, a larger than life personality with lofty ambitions to steal millions of dollars from the city.
    With the help of his 'Tweed Ring', the former chair-maker had complete control over the city -- what was being built, how much it would cost and who was being paid.
    How do you bring down a corrupt government when it seems almost everybody's in on it? We reveal the downfall of the Tweed Ring and the end to one of the biggest political scandal in New York history. It begins with a sleigh ride.
    ALSO: Find out how Tammany Hall, the dominant political machine of the 19th century, got its start -- as a rather innocent social club that required men to dress up and pretend they're Native Americans.
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    THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON JULY 2, 2009
    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST -- Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)
     

    • 38 min
    #85 Moses vs. Papp! A History of Shakespeare In The Park

    #85 Moses vs. Papp! A History of Shakespeare In The Park

    What started in a tiny East Village basement grew to become one of New York's most enduring summer traditions, Shakespeare in the Park, featuring world class actors performing the greatest dramas of the age. But another drama was brewing just as things were getting started. It's Robert Moses vs. Shakespeare! Joseph Papp vs. the city!
    ALSO: Learn how the Public Theater got off the ground and helped save an Astor landmark in the process.
    THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON JUNE 18, 2009 -- MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND 'HAMILTON' HIT THE PUBLIC STAGE!
    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST -- Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)
     
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    • 16 min
    #84 Prospect Park: Brooklyn's Natural Work of Art

    #84 Prospect Park: Brooklyn's Natural Work of Art

    Prospect Park, Brooklyn's biggest public space and home to the borough's only natural forest, was a sequel for Olmsted and Vaux after their revolutionary creation Central Park. But can these two landscape architects still work together or will their egos get in the way? And what happens to their dream when McKim, Mead and White and Robert Moses get to it?
    ALSO: what classic Hollywood movie actor is buried here?
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    ORIGINALLY RELEASED JUNE 5, 2009
    THIS IS A SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED PODCAST!  Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up.  The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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364 Ratings

BenPike ,

Hey It's the Bowery Boys! Hey!

This is a fun and entertaining podcast. I can listen one after the other. I live in NJ and visit often. I know there is tons of stuff of interest in the City and listening to this brings some of those right up close. The times are ok, short and sweet. Thanks

scander66 ,

My new favorite podcast

Although I am a proud Philadelphian I am enjoying learning about New York City’s rich history. The Boys bring the people, places and their stories to life.

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Adore this poddy and the boys. Chock full of info and thoughtful commentary. Well done!

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