Bowery Boys Archive: The Early Years (podcasts)
#60 Five Points Part Two: The Fate of Five Points In our second podcast on the notorious Five Points neighborhood, we see how the district changed with the influx of new immigrants and the valiant attempts to reform the seedier elements. With the new Italian and Chinese residents, the culture changed drastically, critical shifts that are still reflected in the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy today. Who was the man who helped clear Five Points from the landscape forever, and what famous park designer is associated with its replacement in the streets of downtown Manhattan?

Special 'illustrated edition; original show released August 30, 2008
Direct download: 60___Five_Points_Part_2__The_Fate_of_Five_Points.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

#59 Five Points: Wicked Slum

You've heard the legend of New York's most notorious neighborhood, heard the story of the seedy gangs of New York. 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.

Special illustrated version

Direct download: 59_Five_Points.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48pm 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, Delmonico's Restaurant Francais, which standardized everything you know about restaurants today. Find out about "menus", "fresh ingredients", "dining rooms for ladies" and other unusual and exotic Delmonico innovations.

Direct download: 58_Delmonicos_Restaurant.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28am 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, passed a symphonic rivalry, and into the 20th Century with some of the biggest names in classical and popular music. And forgive our pronunciation of Dunfermline!
Direct download: 57_Carnegie_Hall.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

#56 Randall's Island The smaller islands of the East River reveal fascinating secrets of the city'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, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, and Pearl Jam!
Direct download: 56_Randalls_Island.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm 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. Then the skyscrapers came. Also, how did all those playgrounds, a swanky nightclub, a theater troupe and all those hippies get here? NOTE: Please forgive my butcher pronounciation of the word Jagiello!
Direct download: 55_The_Evolution_of_Central_Park.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10pm 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. On the 151th year anniversary of the design of Central Park! NOTE: We pronounce the name Egbert Viele wrong. It should be pronounced Veal-E, not Vee-el Some pictures in this enhanced podcast courtesy New York Public Library collection Check out our website for more information on Central Park.
Direct download: 54_The_Creation_of_Central_Park.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41pm 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 it go from leather bars and transsexual prostitutes to high fashion stores and boutique hotels? Welcome to the Meatpacking District!
Direct download: 53_Meatpacking.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am 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.
Direct download: 52_DeWitt_Clinton_.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:52pm 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!
Direct download: 51_McSorleys_Old_Ale_House.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT