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?
#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.

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

#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.
Direct download: Shea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

#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.
Direct download: 61__The_Pan_Am_Building.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

#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.
Direct download: five_points_two.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

#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.
Direct download: 59__Five_Points__Wicked_Slum.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

#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.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

#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.
Direct download: Carnegie_Hall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

#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!
Direct download: Randalls.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

#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?
Direct download: centralpark2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

#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.
Direct download: central_park_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:26pm EST