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.

 

 

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Direct download: stock_exchange.mp3
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#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 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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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! www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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? www.boweryboyspodcast.com
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. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: central_park_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

#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 EST

#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 EST

#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 EST

#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 EST