Ep 4 – A Vanished Mohawk Village in Brooklyn


In this episode of the City Between Podcast–a show where we explore New York City’s uncommon history–we seek out the lost village of the Mohawk Indians near downtown Brooklyn. We search for the traces of this neighborhood known today as Boerum Hill, but whose past its residents called Downtown Kahnawake, after their reservation in Quebec. We’ll visit one of its last echoes, a saloon called Hank’s – come join us! [Update: Hank’s closed its doors in December 2018 – we will miss you!]


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Here is the Google Street view of Hank’s Saloon:



Ep 5 – Fernet Branca: Made in NYC

This is a very special episode of City Between, a podcast about the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City’s history.Today we are going hunting for a lost and forgotten bottling factory in Tribeca, a neighborhood on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Though the factory is forgotten, its chief spirit it bottled is not. In fact it is still produced in its home city, Milan, Italy and has made a big come back in the United States in recent years. What I am talking about is nothing less than the the king of Amaro, Fernet Branca. Besides a visit to the old New York factory building, will also be doing a tasting of Fernet with my intrepid inbetweener companion, Damian. I’ll be discussing with him a trying time for Fernet Branca in the US in the 1940s, when the Federal Trade Commission pursued them for false advertising claims. I’ll be reading some of those old claims and ads to Damian as we try out their various drinking suggestions.


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Ep 3 – The Kingdom of Ice

In this 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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Here’s the Rubel Coal and Ice Company on Google Street View:

Rubel Coal & Ice Corporation:



Watch the Ice Worker’s song from ‘Frozen’:

Grieg on guitar:


The Knickerbocker Ice Festival here!


Ep 2 – A Tavern in Exile

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, Queens  I am joined by my friend Damian in this episode (Thanks Damian!).



Map of old Gotschee


Hat Check sign


Gottscheer Folk Dance Group


Gottscheer Newspaper clippings


Go check out the Gottscheer Hall webpage, see the menu, events and how to get there.
Listen to more of the Gottsheer Choir.

Ep 1 – Santa Claus is From New York City

Santa Claus in the City

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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The featured photo above is of Santa overseeing dim sum in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. Here’s a photo from Clement Clark Moore Park about their annual recitation.



Further reading:

NYC Parks page on Clement Clark Moore Park.

Some background on Clement Clark Moore from the Museum of the City of New York.

Washington Irving’s “History of New York”.


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For non-US iTunes user City Between Tours are available in most iTunes stores internationally. Open the iTunes store app on your smart phone or computer and search for “City Between Burnside” and the tour should appear. Follow the instructions to purchase. Here are some of international links:

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Welcome to City Between! On these tours we show you the city between the city.

It is a history that is hidden from us but with the slight change in perspective the city’s ghosts and its strange traces can be revealed.

Even with something as simple as the line of the street, we can delve into a past world hundreds of years old.