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!

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 (CLICK “MORE” TO SEE PHOTOS):

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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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Inbetweener Ep 3 – Mohawks in Brooklyn – Hank’s Bar in Exile

 

In this inbetweener 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!

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Inbetweener Ep 4 – Bitter Search – Fernet Branca Lost and Found

This is a very special episode of City Between, a podcast about the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City’s history. This is an inbetweener episode where we will focus on a single site. 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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