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Adventures of Old New York
THE BOWERY BOYS’ OFFICIAL COMPANION TO THEIR WILDLY POPULAR, AWARD-WINNING PODCAST
The Bowery Boys podcast is a phenomenon, thrilling audiences each month with one amazing story after the next. Now, in their first-ever book, the duo gives you an exclusive personal tour through New York’s old cobblestone streets and gas-lit back alleyways. Featuring fascinating guides to:
• Hell’s Kitchen and Columbus Circle
• The Bowery and Astor Place
• Tribeca and Foley Square
• Chinatown and Little Italy
• and all the rest of New York!
“The subtitle to The Bowery Boys sets high expectations… Happily, they are met by Greg Young and Tom Meyers, transplants from the Midwest.” —Sam Roberts,The New York TImes
“Meyers and Young have become unofficial ambassadors of New York City history.” —NPR
“Delightfully old-fashioned without feeling recondite.” —The Observer
“Breezy and informative, crowded with the finest grifters, knickerbockers, spiritualists, and city-builders to stalk these streets since back when New Amsterdam was just some farms.” —Village Voice
“The Bowery Boys weave stories on everything from Dutch forts to Gilded Age mansions, and provide opportunities to relook at familiar landmarks like Grand Central and Times Square.” —City Guide NY
“Young and Meyers have an all-consuming curiosity to work out what happened in their city in years past, including the Newsboys Strike of 1899, the history of the Staten Island Ferry, and the real-life sites on which Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl is based.” —The Guardian
Adventures in Old New York is a history book-tourist guide hybrid that’s something I haven’t seen before. Dividing Manhattan into neighborhoods from New York Harbor at the tip of the island to Washington Heights and Inwood at the top, authors Greg Young and Tom Meyers illuminate each area with a main article of special interest before highlighting many of their own favorite locations — complete with a map, addresses, photos and plenty of their trademark puns.
This book covers a lot of ground — literally and figuratively. Architecture. Food. Events. Social movements. Unusual personalities. And it won’t surprise anyone familiar with the podcast that there’s no shortage of oddities you’ll find only in New York City. (What about a statue of Vladimir Lenin hailing a cab atop the Red Square Apartments and next to a clock with numbers in random order?) It’s all here with a historical twist, so there’s surely something for everyone.
Those who have never visited will receive an engaging tour of old Manhattan that will feel like going through a time machine. This book is filled with a plethora of locations and history about this often visited city and those who call New York their home will likely gain a new appreciation for it.
Greg Young is one of the co-founders of the incredibly popular New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. He lives in New York City.
Tom Meyers is one of the co-founders of the incredibly popular New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. He lives in New York City.
I received this to give my honest opinion.