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Rediscovering New York is a weekly show that showcases New York City’s extraordinary neighborhoods. Each week we focus on a particular neighborhood; we explore its history, its vibe, its feel and its energy, really what makes the neighborhood special.

Rediscovering New York Jeff Goodman

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    • 4.9, 27 Ratings

Rediscovering New York is a weekly show that showcases New York City’s extraordinary neighborhoods. Each week we focus on a particular neighborhood; we explore its history, its vibe, its feel and its energy, really what makes the neighborhood special.

    New Yorkers and Our Bicycles Now More Than Ever

    New Yorkers and Our Bicycles Now More Than Ever

    Join me for a special episode on New York’s relationship with bicycles and cycling, past and present.

    Our guests will be Evan Friss, author of On Bicycles; A 200 Year History of Cycling in New York City, and co-curator of the current exhibition Cycling in the City at the Museum of the City of New York, and Laura Shepard of Bike New York, co-organizer of the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour taking place this Saturday.

    Segment 1
    Noting the recent amount of bicyclists on the streets of NYC despite the quarantine, Jeff re-runs a past special episode about NYC, bicycles, and cycling. The show opened with Jeff introducing the first guest for the night Evan Friss. Evan talks about his interest in city planning and how that spurred his interest in how people move through cities. He explains the sources that he used in researching and writing his book and discusses some of his favorite one in New York  and their historical significance and wonder. Evan explains the history of the design of bicycles and how it has changed over time.

    Segment 2
    Jeff and Evan talk about the arrival of bicycles to the streets of New York City.  Evan talks about an ordinance in the past that aimed to ban bicycles. He discusses the transition of bicycles from leisure activities to modes of transportation. Evan explains what bicycle row was and the significance of it. Jeff and Evan talk about the bicycles’ role in the women’s suffrage movement.

    Segment 3
    Jeff and Evan discuss Robert Moses, a highway planner, and his connection to bicycles. They talk about the 1929 Great Depression and how bicycles fared during that time. Evan explains why bicycles are considered the “stepchild of transportation.” Jeff and Evan talk about former Mayor Ed Koch and the change in his outlook on bicycles and how it set off protests from bike advocates.

    Segment 4
    Jeff introduces the second guest for the night Laura Shepard form Bike New York. Laura explains what Bike New York is and how she got involved with it. Laura explains how the Five Boro Bike Tour got started and the route it takes throughout New York City. She talks about the neighborhoods that people who have been doing the tour for decades have seen change. Laura talks about the expo coming up this week, the types of programs Bike New York does and biking safety for cyclists.

    • 1 hr
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    On this week’s show we will visit another great Brooklyn neighborhood, Williamsburg.

    My guests will be Jeremy Wilcox, Founder and Owner of Custom NYC Tours, and Elisa Seeger, real estate agent at Triplemint.

    Segment 1
    Jeff introduces the first guest of the show Jeremy Wilcox, who talks about his origins, his initial interest in his current profession and what he hopes to do with his NYC tours. The Williamsburg conversation begins with Jeremy explaining how the neighborhood got its name. They then talk about its Native American and Colonial history continuing into the Revolutionary War. Then punctuating it in the mid-nineteenth century when Williamsburg started to establish itself as a town, briefly touching on now-repurposed breweries previously built by German immigrants as well as the industrial development of the area.

    Segment 2
    Jeremy informs the audience about the different tours offered by Custom NYC Tours and the possibility of virtual tours in the near future. He continues the Williamsburg conversation talking about the various manufacturers and businesses established in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, immigrant communities that settled in the area’s early history, and how it came to be labeled at one point, the most densely populated neighborhood in New York City. Jeremy then closes the segment talking about the negative reputation Williamsburg earned before its reformation in recent years. 

    Segment 3
    Jeff introduces the second guest of the show Elisa Seeger, who talks about ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), which took the life of her son,  the passing of Aidan’s Law in the New York legislature and soon taking the case to Congress, and the establishment of the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, Jeff also inquiring about her career up to this point, specifically her real estate business.

    Segment 4
    Elisa tells listeners the modern vibe of Williamsburg and what she loves the most about the community, also delving into the changes that she’s observed living there for the last eighteen years, going into specifics about what she likes and dislikes about these changes. She also remarks about a few certain landmarks of the neighborhood that she loves in particular and gives out advice for people hoping to open a business in Williamsburg.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Park Slope in Brooklyn

    Park Slope in Brooklyn

    On this week’s show we will visit Brooklyn’s own Park Slope.

    My guests will be Rediscovering New York regular and the program’s Special Consultant, David Griffin of Landmark Branding. And Life Coach Jose Franco, Founder and Owner of Stoop Juice.

    Segment 1
    Jeff introduces the first guest of the show, Rediscovering New York regular, David Griffin. The two begin their conversation on the early history of the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. They go back to its colonial history through the Revolutionary War, reaching the nineteenth century. David explains how the modern look and feel of the neighborhood started to come about with the introduction of street cars and other modes of transportation. He names a few notable land developers and locations along the way.

    Segment 2
    David talks about a few of his current projects he’s working on and leaves contact information for listeners if they are interested in any upcoming virtual tours. The conversation then continues on how the neighborhood received its name. David then lists a couple of important buildings from the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century. He pinpoints unique elements apart of their architecture. David talks about Park Slope’s history through the Great Depression and  first-half of the twentieth century all the way through the Brownstone Revival. 

    Segment 3
    Jeff introduces the second guest of the show, Jose Franco. Jose talks growing up in Brooklyn, living in and out of all of New York throughout his life. Jose lays out the journey of his many vocations, including his stints as a baseball coach and a life coach.

    Segment 4
    Jose talks about his current business, a juice bar, and goes into describing the look and feel of Park Slope today, focusing on the residents of the neighborhood and giving his own personal experience living there. Jose talks then talks about his business and its customers and a few struggles he has as a business owner, closing the show with an idea for another possible business.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Beaches of Rockaway

    The Beaches of Rockaway

    On this week’s show we will cross Jamaica Bay to Rockaway!

    My guests will be historian Jason Antos, President of the Queens Historical Society, & New York City Council Member Donovan Richards. Donovan represents the City's 31st District.

    Segment 1
    Jeff introduces the first guest of the show, Jason Antos, who talks growing up in New York. He talks about how he first became interested with the history of New York City, becoming involved with the Queens Historical Society. Jason then speaks about how Rockaway got its name, the two going over its colonial history. He highlights a few notable figures of importance to the area. They then jump to the nineteenth century and Jason discusses the area’s history as a place of leisure.

    Segment 2
    Jason talks about the subjects of his books and he gives out where the listeners could find and order them before talking about the development of residential spots in the area in the nineteenth century. He also touches on land disputes and how a few landmarks got introduced to the area, as well as more pioneering real estate developments. Jason closes the segment talking about the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Rockaways.

    Segment 3
    Jeff introduces the second guest of the show, Donovan Richards, who talks growing up in Queens and the tragic story on how he ended up on the New York City Council and how he assumed the responsibilities that he has today.

    Segment 4
    Richards talks about what they plan on doing in Queens and the Rockaway area in terms of new projects for the area, Richards also chiming in on his experience during Superstorm Sandy and giving his praises for the community. He also discusses a shift in the vibe of the neighborhood after the event. Donovan closes the show talking about what businesses he would like to see take up real estate in the complex they are opening.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    NYC's Greatest Parks, Central Park & Prospect Park

    NYC's Greatest Parks, Central Park & Prospect Park

    Join me this week as we explore New York City’s greatest urban park masterpieces, Central Park and Prospect Park.

    My guests will be two Rediscovering New York regulars: Joyce Gold, Founder of Joyce Gold History Tours, and David Griffin, Founder and CEO of Landmark Branding, who is also the program’s Special Consultant.

    Segment 1
    Jeff introduces the first guest of the show Joyce Gold who talks about her upbringing and how she entered her line of business, the two then jumping right to the conception of Central Park in the nineteenth century and sifting through the history of parks in New York before it was constructed. They discuss the two founders of Central Park and what concepts and factors were considered in its inception. Joyce outlines a few of the problems during the construction of the park and a few examples of ingenuity and outsourcing. She discusses some of the earlier uses of the park and a few policies in place at the time and its expansion into public use.

    Segment 2
    Joyce Gold talks about the many tours her organization offers and what listeners can look forward to once they are open again. The talk continues with the presence of water in the area before and after the construction of Central Park as well as communities that were involved or affected by its placement in the area and the cultivated gardens in the northern part of the park. They talk about a few present fixtures in the park and the history of some of its current attractions. 

    Segment 3
    Jeff introduces the second guest of the show David Griffin and how he got into his current line of work and how he gained an interest in the history of architecture. They get into the history of the area of Prospect Park starting all the way back in the Revolutionary War and outlined a few landmark events, people, places and projects in its journey leading up to the conception of Prospect Park.

    Segment 4
    David talks about the functions of his organization Landmark Branding and continues talking about the allure of Prospect Park and goes through the construction and a few features of the park that separates it from Central Park. David talks about the park’s initial reception in the nineteenth century and how it attracted all walks of life as compared to Central Park in its inception, also discussing a few popular pastimes, adding in a tidbit of the park’s littering problem and the lack of lighting. They talk about a few notable constructions started in the early twentieth century and end the segment with the military history of Prospect Park during WWII.

    • 1 hr
    Parkchester The Bronx

    Parkchester The Bronx

    Join me this week as we visit Parkchester, in the Bronx.

    My guests will be historian Jeffrey Gurock, Professor of American Jewish History at Yeshiva University, and John Bonizio, Chief Operating Officer of Metro Optics Eyewear.

    Segment 1
    Jeff introduces the first guest of the show, Jeffrey Gurock who outlines his journey moving throughout New York City. He talks about the importance of the neighborhood to him and reflects on a view of memories growing up, giving his motivations for writing his book. Jeffrey goes back to the early history of the area back when it was owned by the Catholic Church, leading us through the story into the twentieth century and how it was constructed into what it was today.

    Segment 2
    Jeffrey continues the conversation, talking about the housing opportunities setup and the ethinic history of the area in the postwar era. Jeffrey also goes over a history of racism in the neighborhood in the fifties and sixties on a real estate front and the influx of African-Americans residents that came flooding into the area after the segregation in the late sixties.

    Segment 3
    Jeff introduces the second guest of the show, John Bonizio, who talks about growing up in the Bronx and how that’s shaped his life. John talks about the transition out of segregation in the neighborhood and shines some light on a notable resident, Claudette Colvin. He thinks back to a few memories of modern Parkchester. 

    Segment 4
    John talks how he got into his current line of work and his journey to where he is today and how it ties in to the history of hip-hop through innovating the style of hip-hop musicians. He then finishes the conversation by talking about Parkchester today and what he loves about the community, as well as changes he’s observed in the area over the years.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Shanebaker ,

Everyone should tune into this!

Started listening to this podcast and I LOVE it. Living in the city since 2012 after immigrating from Ireland, and I'm always interested in the history of this great wonderland! Keep up the great work, and I'm looking forward to going through all the episodes !

tommery29 ,

Great show, great host

I thoroughly enjoy this show. Sure I’m a sponsor, but it’s not just that! Jeff is a wealth of information and really lets his guests shine. The result is the weaving of a tapestry as rich and stories as the neighborhoods he features weekly. Bravo!

MusicManDC ,

Great history, with a current twist

I was born and raised here, so like every NYer, I thought I new it all. Then I discovered this podcast. What's most interesting to me is that along with the history you learn current events, what the neigborhood is like, and what it's like to live there. Fun show.

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