The tides of American history lead through the streets of New York City — from the huddled masses on Ellis Island to the sleazy theaters of 1970s Times Square. The elevated railroad to the Underground Railroad. Hamilton to Hammerstein! Greg and Tom explore more than 400 years of action-packed stories, featuring both classic and forgotten figures who have shaped the world.
#426 Behind the Domino Sign: Brooklyn's Bittersweet Empire
Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, built in 1882, was more than a factory. During the Gilded Age and into the 20th century, this New York landmark was the center of America's sugar manufacturing, helping to fuel the country's hunger for sweet delights.
#425 It Happened at Madison Square Park
A look at 200 years of history and culture in and surrounding Madison Square Park, one of America's most famous parks thanks to the performing venue which bears its name.
Rewind: Truman Capote and the Black and White Ball
Truman Capote's 1966 masquerade ball at the Plaza Hotel would bring together a most outrageous collection of famous folks -- movie stars, socialites, politicians, publishing icons. An invite to the ball was the true golden ticket, coveted by every celebrity and social climber in America.
#424 Kosciuszko! The Man. The Bridge. The Legend.
Why is the Kosciuszko Bridge, one of New York City's most essential pieces of infrastructure, named for the Polish national hero Tadeusz Kościuszko, a man who spent little time in New York City?
#423 Leonard Bernstein's New York, New York
Maestro Leonard Bernstein is one of New York’s most influential cultural figures. He spent most of his life in the city, and that’s the focus of today’s story. The creator and his urban inspiration – Leonard Bernstein’s New York.
#422 Grace Church: A Most Fashionable History
Grace Church was one of the most fashionable churches in New York City for several decades in the 19th century. The fashionable weddings and funerals hosted at Grace sometimes drew thousands of onlookers, and a few celebrated ceremonies were as raucous and chaotic as rock concerts.
Came for the Black & White Ball episode. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
if you love new york city this is a lovely set of stories about the people, neighborhoods and forces that created and move the city. well researched and good humored and enthusiastic, it focuses on the magic and energy of this city
My favorite podcast is Bowery Boys. Your interaction is natural, your knowledge is spot on and your topics are always interesting.
I love love your shows.
I’m so interesting at dinner bc you teach me so much. ❤️