Bowery Boys Archive: The Early Years

F.W. Woolworth was the self-made king of retail’s newfangled ‘five and dime’ store and his pockets were overflowing with cash. Meanwhile, in New York, the contest to build the tallest building was well underway. The two combine to create one of Manhattan’s most handsome buildings, cutting a Gothic profile designed by America’s hottest architect of the early century. So what exactly does it all have to do with sneakers and gym clothes?

NOW WITH BONUS CONTENT! Details of the insane opening evening at the Woolworth Building. 

Originally released on February 12, 2009 

Direct download: 76_Woolworth_Building.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Williamsburg used to have an H at the end of its name, not to mention dozens of major industries that once made it the tenth wealthiest place in the world. How did Williamsburgh become a haven for New York's most well-known factories and how did it then become the wildly diverse neighborhood it is today? Find out how its history connects with whalebones, baseball, beer, and medicine for intestinal worms.


This show was originally recorded on January 29, 2009, so there are a few remarks that may seem startling today. The neighborhood has changed so much since then!

Direct download: 75_Williamsburgh_Brooklyn.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT