The Bowery Boys: New York City History
New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?
#72 Rockefeller Center

JD Rockefeller Sr. may have earned his money is some rather unscrupulous ways, but his son Junior made good by giving midtown a towering city-within-a-city, a complex of Art Deco buildings that serves as New York's beating heart. We take a compact look at the complicated lineage of Rockefeller Center, from its controversial artwork to its famous Christmas tree.

 

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Direct download: rockefeller_center.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

#71 Saks Fifth Avenue A podcast that's "very Saks Fifth Avenue," we get to the origins of the famous upscale retailer, follow its path from Washington D.C. to Heralds Square and then to "the most expensive street in the world," and tell you a little about a glamorous milliner named Tatiana. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 71_Saks_Fifth_Avenue.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

#70 The Bowery Files

This is our "potpourri" episode with a little bit of everything in it. We open up some of our favorite readers mail, we take you behind the scenes of how we put together an episode, and we describe three of our very favorite history-related websites that you should check out.

But it wouldn't be a podcast without some history, right? So we take a brief stroll down the Bowery, with over 200 years of history of this famous street. But has anything really changed?

 

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Direct download: bowery_files.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

#69 The Plaza Hotel It got off to a rocky start, but the Plaza Hotel has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in New York City. We take a look at its kooky history, from its days as an upper class 'transient hotel' to a party place for celebrities. Starring: Henry Hardenberg, Eloise, Truman Capote and of course the unsinkable Mrs. Patrick Campbell. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 69_Plaza_Hotel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42am EDT

#68 New York City Marathon A true five-borough episode! The New York City Marathon hosts thousands of runners from all over the world, the dream project of the New York Road Runners and in particular one Fred Lebow, an employee of the Fashion District turned athletic icon. Find out how he launched a massive race in the midst of bankrupt New York. Also -- our guest host Tanya Bielski-Braham takes us on a speedy tour of the course, from the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge to Tavern on the Green. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 68_New_York_City_Marathon_1.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

#67 Guggenheim Museum The spiral-ramped wonder that is the Guggenheim Museum began as the dream of two colorful characters -- a severe German artist and her rich patron art-lover. So how did they convince the most famous architect in the world to sign on to their dream for a modern art "museum temple"? Come meander with us through the Guggenheim's quirky history. Co-starring Robert Moses!

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Direct download: guggenheim.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

#66 Who Killed Mary Rogers? The most desirable woman in downtown Manhattan -- the 'beautiful cigar girl' Mary Rogers -- is found horribly murdered along the Hoboken shore. Hear some of the stories of the murder's prime suspects and marvel at the excessive attentions of the penny press. Also: the deductive Edgar Allen Poe writes one of the first detective stories, and the notorious Madame Restell, who has a surprising connection to the murder. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Who_killed_Mary_Rogers.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

#65 Spooky Stories of New York By popular demand, we return to the creepier tales of New York City history, ghost tales and stories of murder and mayhem, all of them at some point involving great American icons -- Alexander Hamilton, P.T. Barnum, Dorothy Parker and Mark Twain.

Our older shows will be available on iTunes next week! Just look for the show called Bowery Boys Archives for our first year of shows, remastered and re-edited.

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Direct download: 01_Track_01_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18am EDT

#64 Green-Wood Cemetery Green-wood Cemetery is one of New York's oldest burial grounds, but its development reaches back all the way to the beginning of Brooklyn's surprising history -- in fact, to the founder of Brooklyn Heights.  Find out why it took an inventive city planner with a funny name, a dead New York icon, and a few errant parakeets to make this place a beautiful, richly historical place to visit today.

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Direct download: Greenwood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

#63 New York Stock Exchange

We tackle the New York Stock Exchange in this episode, beginning with Alexander Hamilton, some pushy auctioneers, a coffee house and a sycamore tree. And find how this seminal financial institution ended up in its latest home -- that beautiful, classically designed George Post building, with a marble goddess on top who was almost too heavy for her own good.

 

 

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Direct download: stock_exchange.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

#62 Shea Stadium The Mets are movin' out to Citi Field, but we can't overlook the great stories contained in their own home, Shea Stadium, a Robert Moses project took years to get off the ground. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Shea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

#61 The Pan Am Building Today it's the Met Life Building. It's been called the ugliest building in New York City. It sits like a monolith behind one of the city's most enduring icons Grand Central Terminal. But it's got some secrets you may not know about. In this podcast, we scale the heights of this misunderstood marvel of modern architecture. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 61__The_Pan_Am_Building.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

#60 Five Points: The Fate of Five Points Part two of our "Five Points" podcast. Join us as we explore the "wicked" neighborhood's clean up, fall from grace, and eventual destruction. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: five_points_two.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

#59 Five Points: Wicked Slum You've heard the legend of New York's most notorious neighborhood. Now come with us as we hit the streets of Five Points and dig up some of the nitty, gritty details of its birth, its first residents and its most scandalous pastimes. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 59__Five_Points__Wicked_Slum.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

#58 Delmonico's Restaurant Before Delmonico's, New Yorkers ate in taverns or oyster houses. But the city caught the fine dining bug at this family-owned business, which standardized everything you know about restaurants today. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

#57 Carnegie Hall How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Well, we can at least show you the way through its tumultuous history, from a fortunate meeting on a Norwegian cruise ship, past a symphonic rivalry, and into the 20th Century with some of the biggest names in classical and popular music. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Carnegie_Hall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

#56 Randall's Island and the 1936 Olympic Trials Small islands reveal fascinating secrets of New York's past, and Randall's and Ward's Islands are no exceptions. Found out how these former potter's fields are related to the most important Olympics-related event New York City has ever seen. The cast includes a swashbuckling British engineer, Jesse Owens, Tony Bennett, FDR, Othmar Ammann, Robert Moses, and Pearl Jam! www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Randalls.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

#55 The Evolution of Central Park When last we left Central Park, it was the embodiment of Olmstead and Vaux's naturalistic Greensward Plan. So how did all those playgrounds, a swanky nightclub, a theater troupe and all those hippies get here? www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: centralpark2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

#54 The Creation of Central Park Come with us to the beginnings of New York's most popular and most ambitious park -- from the inkling of an idea to the arduous construction. Learn who got uprooted and find out who the park was REALLY intended for. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: central_park_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

#53 Meatpacking District How did the land surrounding an old 19th century fortress develop into the city's mainline distributor for produce and meat? And how did that once bustling place transform itself from the dilapidated home of leather bars and transsexual prostitutes to a hot spot of high fashion stores and boutique hotels? Welcome to the Meatpacking District, one of Manhattan's strangest neighborhoods. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Meatpacking.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT

#52 DeWitt Clinton and the Erie Canal Meet former mayor, governor, senator and privileged son DeWitt Clinton, one of New York's most successful politicians and champion of the Erie Canal. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: Dewitt_Clinton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

#51 McSorley's Old Ale House Grab yourself a couple mugs of dark ale and learn about the history of one of New York City's oldest bars, serving everyone from Abraham Lincoln to John Lennon --- and eventually even women! www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: McSorleys.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

#50 Canal Street and Collect Pond We celebrate a year of New York City history podcasting by re-visiting the topic of our very first show. Downtown Civic Center used to have a big ole pond in the middle of it which provided drinking water for the island's first inhabitants. What happened to it, why is it important today and how did it give rise to Canal Street, New York's biggest traffic thoroughfare? www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 50__Canal_Street_and_Collect_Pond.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT