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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 www.boweryboyspodcast.com for more information on Central Park.
Direct download: 54_The_Creation_of_Central_Park.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41 AM

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! www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 53_Meatpacking.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:21 AM

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: 52_DeWitt_Clinton_.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52 AM

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: 51_McSorleys_Old_Ale_House.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49 AM

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 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.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28 AM

We embark on the tale of the birth of New York City flight -- featuring a Wright brother on Governor's Island, the site of a glue factory turned Brooklyn air strip, Queens' forgotten first airport, and finally to the pet project of mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 49_LaGuardia_Airport.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13 PM

It's the summer of 1969, and the police have raided the Stonewall, a popular gay bar in the West Village. Join us as we look at the raid, the riots, and their significance today.

www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 48_Stonewall_Riots_.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04 AM

What's buried in Grant's Tomb? A quirky history that includes an ambitious architect, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, lots of ugly raspberry paint, and charges of prostitution and animal sacrifice! Oh yeah, and that Civil War guy's buried here too.... www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 47_Grants_Tomb.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03 PM

You know PT Barnum from his circus, but he was bringing the freakshow to New York long before then. Come take a tour with us of the craziest museum to ever hit New York City. Co-starring the Fejee Mermaid, the Witch of Staten Island, Tom Thumb, the original Siamese twins, some unfortunate whales, and the strange and mortally offensive What IS It? www.boweryboyspodcast.com
Direct download: 46_Barnums_American_Museum.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 PM

Join the Bowery Boys for a commute through the history of Grand Central -- the depot, the station, and the terminal. www.boweryboyspodcast.com

Direct download: 45_Grand_Central.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02 AM