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Best in History Online: The Bowery Boys Podcast

From time to time, we like to take a moment to highlight fantastic history sites from around the web. These are websites that – much like Origins – seek to bring history into public conversation.

This month, our Best in History Online highlights a podcast exploring the rich history of New York City.

The Bowery Boys Podcast is run by Greg Young and Tom Meyers, brothers who live in, and love the Big Apple. The program takes the name “Bowery Boys” from a 19th century NYC street gang based in the Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan, and features  lively, conversational discussions about all things New York history.

Since their start in 2007, the brothers have produced over 200 episodes on the history of some of the city’s most iconic places, people, and events. Among the subjects they've covered are the American Museum of Natural History, Penn Station, and the Great Blizzard of 1888. They also produced thematic programs exploring topics like New York’s television history, famous ghost stories, and the history of Broadway musicals.

Most episodes, released roughly once a month, feature conversations between co-hosts Greg and Tom, though they also periodically invite guest hosts onto the program as well. The show is designed for “anyone interested in New York’s fascinating history, from native New Yorkers to those who hope to visit one day.”

You can find recent Bowery Boys Podcast episodes here. (For older shows, visit “The Bowery Boys Archive: The Early Years” on iTunes.) The Bowery Boys Podcast also maintains a blog at, which serves as an additional resource for listeners, but also offers independent stories, notifications on NYC history and culture-related events, and links to websites and other resources for more information on their program.

Fans can also connect with The Bowery Boys Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

--Posted September 23, 2016