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.
#400 Jacob Riis: 'The Other Half' of the Gilded Age
In 1890 Jacob Riis turned his eye-opening reporting about New York's tenement districts into a ground-breaking book called How The Other Half Lives, a book which awoke Americans to the plight of the poor and laid the groundwork for the Progressive Era.
#399 The Changing Lower East Side: A View From Seward Park
In this special episode, we look at the history of New York City as seen through one corner of the Lower East Side, best known for its landmark Seward Park. Created by the intersections of several streets, it's a place that has gone by many names -- in the past and even today.
#398 Marilyn Monroe in New York
In late December 1954 Marilyn Monroe came to New York City wearing a disguise. By then she was the biggest movie star in the world and she had come to the city to reinvent herself and her career. 1955 would be a year of discovery for Marilyn -- exploring the city, working on her craft and generally being the toast of the town.
Rewind: Birth of the Five Boroughs
The story of how two very big cities (New York and Brooklyn) and a whole bunch of small towns and villages — completely different in nature, from farmland to skyscraper — became the second largest city in the world on January 1, 1898.
#397 Ghost Stories of the Hudson River
Tales of mystery and the supernatural have possessed the villages and towns of the Hudson River Valley since ancient times. In this episode, Greg and Tom explore several of the region's spookiest legends.
Rewind: An Evening at Sardi's
In honor of the exciting new theater season, we're revisiting our 2011 episode on the history of Sardi's restaurant, the Theater District institution, updated to cover the trials and triumphs of the past decade.
One of my favorites
Each time I listen it makes me want to go to NYC and take their tour. I bought the book, and read it cover to cover. Enjoy their information and their personalities.
Visions of New York from small Midwestern town
Fascinating situates and way backs for this girl trapped in the Midwest with long forgotten dreams of a future in the big city ❤️
Informative and entertaining!
Excellent podcast. If you enjoy history podcasts, this one is for you. I also love their voices. Perfect podcast to listen to while falling asleep. I've been a listener for many years and I recommend it to anyone! Great job guys!