The Bowery Boys: New York City History

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The Bowery Boys: New York City History is a travel and history podcast that was launched in June 2007 by Thomas Meyers and Gregory Young. Podcast episodes focus on the history of one person, place, or event in New York City history. As of January 2018, the Bowery Boys have produced 249 episodes.

Name[edit | edit source]

Meyers and Young named their show for the notorious 19th-century gang the Bowery Boys, although on an interview with Brian Lehrer on November 2010, they also mention the comedic Hollywood acting troupe The Bowery Boys.[1]

Format[edit | edit source]

Most Bowery Boys episodes frequently take the form of a conversation between the two hosts and are often centered on a particular place or person. For instance, their 50th episode concerns the history of Collect Pond, while their 100th episodes regards the life of Robert Moses.[2] They are also known for their annual Halloween episode, which usually focuses on New York City ghost stories, sometimes dating as far back as the 17th century. There are also shorter episodes featuring Young alone, expounding on smaller topics.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

The Bowery Boys: New York City History was awarded the Guides Association of New York City ("GANYC") 2014 Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts".[3]

The podcast was nominated for best travel podcast in the 2009 and 2011 Podcast Awards.[4] The UK Daily Telegraph named the program among its list of best travel podcasts in 2009.[5] NPR also featured the pair on their "Morning Edition" program in 2013.[6]

Meyers and Young have also hosted events with the Municipal Art Society and LitCrawl New York. Their new book Adventures In Old New York was released in June 2016.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Interview with Brian Lehrer on BrianLehrer.TV, November 8, 2010
  2. "New York City History: The Bowery Boys". 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  3. "Last Night in NYC: GANYC Awards Ceremony".  External link in |website= (help);
  4. One Technologies, LLC. "". Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  5. Strachan, Donald (2009-08-03). "The best travel podcasts: Now listen up..." Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  6. "Bowery Boys' Are Amateur But Beloved New York Historians" NPR Last modified 08/08/2013 11:15:03. (accessed 8/8/2013).

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