The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast strives to take the listener back in time. It seeks to introduce them to the place beneath the trendy, never-sleeping metropolitan.
New York is a city in constant change and development, which might make it hard to remember its past. Where an old synagogue once stood, there's often a trendy restaurant now instead. A district that used to be home to immigrants, today houses high-rises and higher rents. This city might not be the best at preserving its history. But it doesn't mean history didn't have an impact. The two hosts of The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast are all about exploring that impact.
Tom Meyers and Greg Young are not NYC natives. The podcast hosts both moved to the city in 1993, but that doesn't make them less qualified for this role. The pair both studied journalism in college. This helped them with the research aspect of the podcast. But more than that, both are major history buffs. Granted, when they started the show in 2007, it wasn't easy. They recorded it on GarageBand and even bought Podcasting for Dummies to try to improve.
But today, The Bowery Boys: New York City History is one of the most popular history podcasts. The hosts have a unique style that attracts many listeners. Before they record each episode, the two research a specific topic. They don't script anything or tell each other what they found. When recording, they reveal their findings and create a natural conversation flow. They have quick, witty banter that is fun to listen to. They always stay positive and keep things light. Most of all, they anchor their information with articles, quotes, and interesting anecdotes. The show title comes from both a 19th-century NYC gang and a 20th-century comedy team.
The Bowery Boys: New York City History is a great podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about the city. Or for people planning a visit. But it's even better for people who already live in NYC and may have become accustomed to it. It may make them rediscover their lost love for this wonderful place.