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.
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.
#396 Samuel Tilden and the Presidential Election of 1876
You may have heard about the messy, chaotic and truly horrible presidential election of 1876 -- pitting Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B Hayes -- but did you know that New York City plays a huge role in this moment in American history?
#395 Jefferson Market and the Women's House of Detention
In the heart of Greenwich Village sits the Jefferson Market Library, a branch of the New York Public Library, But historically this space is more notoriously known for America's first night court (at the Jefferson Market Courthouse) and the Women's House of Detention, a facility which cast a gloom over the Village for over 40 years.
#394 New York Calling: A History of the Telephone
Ever since Alexander Graham Bell brought his first model telephone to Manhattan 145 years ago, the telephone has helped us make plans, share urgent news, and has even allowed people to move away from each other – but still feel close.
#393 Ric Burns and James Sanders on "New York: A Documentary Film"
In today's episode, Tom discusses the vast span of New York history with filmmakers and authors Ric Burns and James Sanders, creators of "New York: A Documentary Film".
Rewind: The Story of the Yellow Taxi Cab
The history of the New York City taxicab, from the handsome hansoms of old to the modern issues facing the modern taxi fleet today.
My favorite podcast
As a native New Yorker, urban planner, and history nerd, The Bowery Boys podcast absolutely feeds my soul with every episode. Greg and Tom and do an incredible job of diving deep into each topic they tackle, and have made me even more enthusiastic about the city I already love.
The first place I send visitors
I have loved the Bowery Boys for years. When friends tell me they’re coming to NY, I tell them to start listening to this podcast immediately! It’s a great way to enrich a visit
Love the show. The editing needs work
Discovered the show through the Gilded Age Podcast. Listened to every episode available through iTunes. Have enjoyed nearly every episode. The only issue I have is that the end of every episode the editing is clipped with periods of conversations repeated. It’s like they were rushed and didn’t bother to clean up the last 10 to 5 minutes of the podcast.