Welcome to the  CITY BETWEEN Podcast!

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Hi Friends! Hello Explorers! We are excited to have you join our podcast community. Come along as we explore the city between the city and catch glimpses of New York’s lost, forgotten and unexpected history. It’s easy to listen (and it’s free!), simply download our podcast from the iTunes podcast store(click here!) or from your favorite podcast provider.

The City Between Podcast puts New York City and its history in your hands. Instead of another boring recitation of facts and dates, these exciting “steps” through New York’s streets brings the city’s history to life through storytelling and a close look at its often hidden features. Along the path of these episodes we will meet characters that left their mark on the city and make unexpected connections in the themes that weave through the life of this town.

Old New York and New Amsterdam (1.1 to 1.6)

Old New York and New Amsterdam Series

Ep 1.1 – Bowling Green Park Occupation – Step 1 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

Welcome to the first step of the Old New York & New Amsterdam series! Each episode will be a step through the streets of Old New York & New Amsterdam. We are going to be taking a deep look at some unexpected moments in New York’s oldest history and today we begin with a fence! We are going to topple into a New York in the midst of a city in the middle of a seven-year long military occupation and everyday people trying to make sense of a very uncertain future

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Ep 1.2 – Customs House Secrets – Step 2 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

Welcome to step two of our Old New York & New Amsterdam series. In this episode we explore the Customs House and its open secrets waiting to be read in the very materials and form of the building. We discuss just what messages were meant to be transmitted in to visitors and passersby and just what these strange statues of four giant women out front are trying to tell us. Join us!

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Ep 1.3 – Fraunces Tavern Ghosts – Step 3 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

Welcome to the third step of the Old New York & New Amsterdam series! Each episode is step through the streets of Old New York & New Amsterdam. Today we head to Fraunces Tavern to have a drink and talk about some famous history (George Washington) and some forgotten history (Slaves) as well as try to find out where the canals (yes canals!) once ran in New Amsterdam. Come join us!

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Ep 1.4 – The Lost City Hall – Step 4 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

Welcome friends! Welcome explorers! This is the fourth step in this first series where we step through Old New York and New Amsterdam.  In this episode we explore one of the hearts of New Amsterdam, the city’s first town hall, called the Stadthuys. We’ll talk about the drunken characters that stumbled through its doors (it was also a tavern) including the infamous Anthony Jansen van Sale, the “Troublesome Turk”, as well as the efforts and pitfalls in recent decades to search for its ruins of these old buildings beneath the skyscrapers.

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Ep 1.5 -Hanover Square Pirate Haven – Step 5 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

This episode is the fifth step in the series on Old New York and New Amsterdam. Today we are continuing our walk through Old New York and New Amsterdam and are going to delve into the days of New York as a pirate haven and its tony center, Hanover Square. We’ll talk about one of New York City’s most famous pirates, William Kidd, and his bad end. 

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Ep 1.6 – Wall Street Slave Market – Step 6 of the Old New York & New Amsterdam Series

This is the sixth and final step in the series. Today we are going to arrive at the edge of New Amsterdam on Wall Street. We will discover what happened to the wall that once stood here, as well as talk about what this street was famous for in the 1700s, though it wasn’t yet finance (we’ll save that for another day), but one of the great evils of history: slavery.

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Old Greenwich Village (2.1-2.6)

Ep 2.1 – Father Demo Square and Satan – Step 1 of the Old Greenwich Village Series

We’re so pleased that you’ve joined us in this series where we step through Old Greenwich Village. This is the first step in this series. In this series will explore one of the oldest neighborhoods on the island of Manhattan, going back four centuries. We are beginning at Father Demo Square, at the intersection of 6th Avenue, Carmine Street and Bleecker Street and we talk about the influence of Satanism (yes!) on this square. Join us! 

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Ep 2.2 – Grove Street Scandal – Step 2 of the Old Greenwich Village Series

This is a podcast about New York City history. This is the second step in a six episode series about Old Greenwich Village. Make sure to go listen to the first episode about Father Demo square. In this step that we will travel back in time to the late 19th century as we slowly make our way in this series of Old Greenwich Village in space and time to its beginnings 4 centuries ago. Today we’ll contemplate two doors, a scandal hidden behind one and the other concealing New York’s role in the assassination of an American President. Join us!

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Ep 2.3 – Get Lost with H.P. Lovecraft and O. Henry at Grove Court – Step 3 of the Old Greenwich Village Series

In this episode we stroll further west on Grove Street to Grove Court, as we make our way to the forgotten heart of the Old Greenwich Village Quarter. We do so in some creative company of two famous writers who once wandered these streets and imagined what might be hidden behind its garden doors – O. Henry and H. P. Lovecraft. We hear a selection from each of them, the short stories they wrote hungry, tired, broke or drunk, that they wrote to pay the rent, to vent about broken dreams, in love or hate with New York and the village. Join us, won’t you?

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Ep 2.4 – St. Luke in the Fields and Santa – Step 4 of the Old Greenwich Village

This is step four in our Old Greenwich Village series. In this episode we find our selves in the forgotten heart of Old Greenwich and meet the father of Santa Claus and the enemy of the Grid Plan – one in the same man named Clement Clark Moore. He also was the leader of one of Manhattan’s most quiet and charming churches which we visit in this episode. 

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Ep 2.5 – Christopher Street Port – Step 5 in the Old Greenwich Village Series

This is the fourth stop on six step series through Old Greenwich Village where we explore the hidden histories of Christopher Street, from vanished Dutch Farms to a once infamous prison. Join us as we peek into this forgotten corner of the West Village.

 

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Ep. 2.6 Stonewall Inn & Riots – Step 6 in the Old Greenwich Village Series

This is the last step in the Old Greenwich Series and in this episode we visit the site of the Stonewall Riots, talk about Gay Liberation as well as the AIDS epidemic in New York. We also visit the Northern Dispensary, an ancient clinic that once treated Edgar Allen Poe and ponder the Village’s future.

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Old Seaport Tour (3.1-3.6)

Ep 3.1 – Water Street Rat Fights – Step 1 of Old Seaport Series

In this episode we begin a new adventure with a series exploring the old Seaport of Manhattan. This is where so much of the city’s lifeblood entered the city in the form of people, goods and capital. In this step we’ll visit the oldest remaining home in the neighborhood – built as a patrician’s home in the 1790s, a hundred years ago it became a den of vice – and rat fights!

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Ep 3.2 – Fulton Street – Step 2 of the Old Seaport Tour

In this episode we return to the question of New York’s shore and the long role water, for better and worse, has played in shaping the city. We tell the story of the East River here at the Seaport from sewage to Superstorm Sandy and everything in between. Join us!

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Ep 3.3 – South Street Oyster Tales – Part 3 of Old Seaport Series

In the third stop on our Old Seaport Series we visit the former Fulton Fish Market and South Street and remember the days of ships and oysters at the water front.

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Ep. 3.4 – John St. Opium Offices – Step Four of the Old Seaport Series

In this episode we visit the Low Shipping Offices at 167-171 John Street  – masters of the China trade, especially tea and… Opium! Learn how the Opium trade worked in New York and who got rich and how it benefited one of the city’s most prestigious universities. This is step four of the Old Seaport Series.

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Ep 3.5 – The Mystery of 211 Pearl Street – Step 5 of the Old Seaport Tour

In the fourth step of the Old Seaport Tour we stop at 211 Pearl Street. Pearl Street was once at the heart of New York’s shipping trade. One of the few remaining buildings contains a strange mystery, uncovered just before it was threatened to be torn down and replaced with a skyscraper.

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Inbetweener & Bonus Episodes

Bonus ep! – Santa was born in NYC – A City Between Christmas Special

Santa Claus in the City

We know, we know, this podcast has only begun and already a bonus episode. Today we explore the birth of Santa Claus in New York City in the early 1800s, the progeny of a prankster writer from downtown (Washington Irving) and a poet and father in Chelsea (C. C. Moore). We hope you enjoy!

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Inbetweener Ep 1 – Bars in Exile – Gottscheer Hall, Queens

In this episode we take a trip out to Queens to explore a bar in exile, a tavern of a country no longer there: the Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood. This is a episode is a standalone “inbetweener”. We will have one more of these inbetweeners next week before moving on to our next series on Old Greenwich Village.  I am joined by my friend Damian in this episode (Thanks Damian!).

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Inbetweener Ep 2 – Lost Kingdom of Ice – Rubel Coal and Ice Company

In the second  Inbetweener episode we travel to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn to a last sign of the Lost Kingdom of Ice, the Rubel Coal and Ice Corporation building. Once upon a time natural ice ruled, cut from the lakes of Upstate New York and New England, it shipped to the streets of New York City, where ice trucks clattered across the cobblestones to deliver the ice slivers and blocks to hot, thirsty. We remember the realm of natural ice, the weak artificial ice that’s replaced it, and the last relics of the Kingdom of Ice.

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