NYC History: Bowery Boys Archive
#25 The Original Bowery Boys  For our very special 25th episode, we give you all sorts of Bowery boys -- the cultural and fashion trends of the 1840s, the notorious enemy of the Five Points gangs, and that slapstick bunch of New York actors from the 1930s and 1940s. And of course, a little bit about us!
Direct download: 25_The_Original_Bowery_Boys.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46am EDT

#24 The Copacabana During the 1940s and 1950s, any celebrity worth their weight in fame either frequented or performed at the Copacabana, a swanky nightclub known for its showgirls, its Chinese food and its mafia ties. On this mini-podcast, we take you on a night on the town with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and a rowdy table of New York Yankees.
Direct download: 24_Copacabana.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

#23 Macy's : the Man, the Store, the Parade Did you know that the man whose name adorns one of the most successful department stores in the world was a sailor turned failed businessman? Or why Macy's Department Store ALMOST takes up an entire city block? Or how many clowns have been in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? The Bowery Boys let you in on those answers and lots of other fun facts about one of New York City's premier retailers.
Direct download: 23_Macys.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

#22 Staten Island The Bowery Boys take on the history of New York City's most 'forgotten' borough, from its beginnings as a British outpost during the Revolutionary War to the controversy over that big stinky landfill. And we do it all in exactly the time it takes for the Staten Island ferry to take you across the New York harbor! (No really, try it.)
Direct download: 22_Staten_Island.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

#21 The Astors and the Waldorf-Astoria We're going to the 'original' Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in this podcast to hang with the filthy rich. Our guides are the styling and eccentric Astor family, the centerpiece of 19th Century New York wealth and society. Come along as we weave through a family tree of Williams and John Jacobs, not to mention THE Mrs. Astor, the one and only (even if there were really two).
Direct download: 21_The_Astors_and_the_Waldorf-Astoria.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

#20 United Nations Headquarters It's the only area of Manhattan that actually belongs to the entire world (literally). Come along with the Bowery Boys as we cut the security line to uncover the true story about the unusual headquarters of the United Nations, and why they ended up in New York City in the first place.
Direct download: 20_United_Nations_Headquarters.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

#19 Washington Irving In this mini-podcast, we bring you New York City's first internationally famous writer Washington Irving and his creepy tale of the Headless Horseman. We'll tell you where you can go to celebrate his life and work, and what famous Irving landmark has nothing really to do with him.
Direct download: 19_Washington_Irving.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT

#18 Ghost Stories of New York City A city this size certainly has its share of ghosts, and the Bowery Boys spend the spooky season with some of the most famous -- a suicide showgirl, a grumpy landowner, a womanizer theater owner and a rich spinster.
Direct download: 18_Ghost_Stories_of_New_York.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

#17 New York Public Library The New York Public Library may be one of the most revered libraries in America, but it took a far flung combination of bookworms, millionaires and do-gooders to make it into the institution it is today. Also: find out why the architectural style of the Beaux Arts sometimes reminds me of an old French prostitute.
Direct download: 17_New_York_Public_Library.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

#16 Statue of Liberty Lady Liberty -- her torch may shine bright, but what story is she hiding under that copper-toned skin? The Bowery Boys bring you the story of the French dinner party that created an American icon.
Direct download: 16_Statue_of_Liberty.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT