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Ep 15 – Bethesda Terrace – A Moorish Paradise in Central Park

In the City Between podcast explore the unexpected corners of New York City history. In this episode we go in search of traces of the Moorish palace, the Alhambra, in NYC’s Central Park. We are on the trail of the iconic American writer Washington Irving who lived in the Alhambra in the 1820s and who would inspire generations of Americans to attempt to recreate … Read More Ep 15 – Bethesda Terrace – A Moorish Paradise in Central Park

Ep 14 – Matilda Hoffman and theTomb of Washington Irving’s Fiancé – St. Mark’s in the Bowery

In this episode we go in search of the tomb of Matilda Hoffman, the fiancé of New York’s first great writer, Washington Irving. She died in 1809 at the age of 17 just as Irving was finishing his History of New York. Join us as we search the East Village’s St. Mark’s in the Bowery church for the source of this tragic turn in … Read More Ep 14 – Matilda Hoffman and theTomb of Washington Irving’s Fiancé – St. Mark’s in the Bowery

Ep 13 – In Search of New York’s Pompeii – Communipaw

In this episode of City Between we go in search of New York’s ur-city, its ancient origin… in New Jersey. Just across the bay once lied the small village of Communipaw where the first Dutch in habitants made their home. Made into a legend 200 years later by Washington Irving, we follow in his footsteps another 200 years along to explore the lost village’s … Read More Ep 13 – In Search of New York’s Pompeii – Communipaw

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Ottoman New York

In 2017 I had a chance to serve as a guest host on the excellent Ottoman History Podcast alongside Sam Dolbee. While their normal focus is in the former Ottoman lands of the Near East, Sam and I explored the connections the Ottomans and their history had to New York City. In the episode I take Sam all over the city from a walk-up … Read More Ottoman New York

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Visit New York – Eat Tiny Ancient Gods

Quick note: If you’d like to receive a monthly newsletter with my newest writing, NYC history book and podcast reviews, and current recommendations for my favorite things happening in the city you can sign up here. You will also instantly receive a pdf of my four-step guide to visiting NYC – it includes this key piece of advice below! I’ve been writing  about how … Read More Visit New York – Eat Tiny Ancient Gods

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Ep 12 – A Hanging on the Lower East Side – Betrayal in the Rebel Ranks

  In this episode we are going in search of the execution ground of one of George Washington’s personal guards—Thomas Hickey—tried, convicted and executed for mutiny and sedition just one day before the King’s Army’s flotilla arrived in New York City to put down the rebellion of the colonies once and for all in June of 1776. Come join us through the iTunes podcast … Read More Ep 12 – A Hanging on the Lower East Side – Betrayal in the Rebel Ranks

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Live New York History: Get a Drink

If you have been following this loose “guide” to visiting New York, you already know how to avoid Museum Headache and to Ride the Subway. Now you have earned a third piece of wisdom about traveling to New York and how to honor its four centuries of history: go get a drink. It may not be obvious, but New York City loves its history. … Read More Live New York History: Get a Drink

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Ride the Subway

Ride the subway. The New York subway system is unforgivable. This ancient warren of tunnels, bridges, and elevated rails has not aged well over the last one hundred years. As you descend to the depths of the New York subway all kinds of smells—human, animal and chemical—assault the senses. Screeching train wheels, synthesizers of subway musicians turned up to 10, incomprehensible intercom announcements, and irate … Read More Ride the Subway

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Ep 9 -To Kidnap a Prince – Hanover Square

In this episode of the City Between we travel to the heart of the Anti-Revolutionary War – New York City in 1781. This city teeming with Loyalists and the headquarters of the British in their campaign against the Rebels received a visit from the Royal Family, a 16-year old prince looking for a good time in war time. We follow his adventures in Manhattan and … Read More Ep 9 -To Kidnap a Prince – Hanover Square

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Museum Headache – CURED!

For a long time, I have been working on the diagnosis of an affliction I and many others I know have experienced: Museum Headache. But I also have been hard at work on a cure, which I am pleased to finally share with you, at no cost. Enjoy! New York City is full to the brim of world-class museums—we all know that. By some … Read More Museum Headache – CURED!

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Ep 8 – Conspiracy Afoot – A Walk in the Village

In this episode of the City Between podcast we go on a walk in Greenwich Village in the cold winter of 1864 with two men – one who was contemplating the worst treachery – as they took a walk around the neighborhood, stopping to drink for the courage to lay bare the plan. LISTEN: Listen to the episode right now, just here to open player. … Read More Ep 8 – Conspiracy Afoot – A Walk in the Village

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Ep 6 – A Pirate Farm in Brooklyn – The Turk’s Plantation

In this episode of City Between – the podcast of New York History’s forgotten and mysterious corners – we go on a slightly Quixotic hunt in Brooklyn for a remanent of the farm of Anthony Jansen van Sale, New York’s first documented Muslim. This farm dates from 1639 and to make our journey 400 years into the past we follow old Indian and Colonial … Read More Ep 6 – A Pirate Farm in Brooklyn – The Turk’s Plantation