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City Between - A New York History Podcast
28 minutes | 12 days ago
Ep 20 - In Search of the Gowanus Oyster
The City Between Podcast explores the hidden and unexpected corners (and canals) of New York history. Come with us in search of a rare specimen: the Gowanus oyster as we travel down the filthy canal and back in time... Theme music by Dylan Thurston (www.dylanthurston.com) and more information about the episode at www.citybetween.com.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
Bonus In-Between Ep - A Vision of St. Nick at The Battery - An Irving Reading
In the City Between Podcast we explore the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City's history. In this bonus episode we visit part of a chapter of Washington Irving's "A History of New York" (read aloud) where the early Dutch settlers are washed ashore in Manhattan for the first time, eat oysters, pass out and dream of St. Nicholas flying over the trees. Our theme music is composed by Dylan Thurston (dylanthurston.com) and you can find out more about what we do at citybetween.com.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 19 - Oyster Night Life in NYC - Toujours de la gaîté
The City Between Podcast explores the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City history. Come join us as we go in search of the secret origin of New York City's night life... the oyster? Of course we mention Washington Irving and even a young partying George Washington and lots more... Find out more about this episode and others at www.citybetween.com. Our amazing theme music is by Dylan Thurston, find out more at www.dylanthurson.com.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 18 - Sandy Ground - The African American Oyster Community
The City Between Podcast explores the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City history. In this episode we go in search of Sandy Ground, a disappeared oystering community on Staten Island. Settled by Free African Americans it grew into one of the most remarkable villages in the New York bay and owed its long existence to one of our most remarkable co-species: the oyster. You can find out more about this episode at www.citybetween.com and more about the composer of this episode's music, Dylan Thurston, at www.dylanthurston.com.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 17 - In Search of Lost Oysters - Dobbs Ferry Midden
City Between is the podcast that explores the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City history. In this episode we solve a mystery of the oldest relic of our region's civilization - the ancient oyster. Our amazing music was composed by Dylan Thurston (find our more at dylanthurston.com) and more about the episode at citybetween.com.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Bonus In-Between Episode - Rip Van Winkle Read Aloud
In the City Between Podcast we explore the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City's history. This bonus episode builds on the previous regular episode about Rip Van Winkle and the Little Church Around the Corner. I read Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle aloud for you. Enjoy! Find out more at www.citybetween.com and find out more about the amazing theme music at www.dylanthurston.com.
15 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 16 - Rip Van Winkle and the Little Church Around the Corner
Welcome to City Between, a podcast about New York City's history. In this episode we go in search of one of the most beautiful tributes to Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, hidden away in the Little Church Around the Corner. Join us, won't you for as we search out a magical corner of the English countryside right in the middle of Manhattan. Our theme music is composed by Dylan Thurston (find out more at dylanthurston.com). You can find more episodes and about our walking tours at citybetween.com.
22 minutes | 9 months ago
Bonus In-between Episode - The Mailbag
This is the City Between podcast where we explore the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City history. In this In-between episode today I take on the mailbag and answer listener questions about oysters, our first Moorish pirate, hoodies, dive bars and Melania. We will return with a regular episode soon! Find out more about us at city between.com.
30 minutes | 10 months ago
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 that Moorish paradise right here in New York. We uncover the inspiration behind Calvert Vaux's and Jacob Wrey Mould's Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park. Join us! Find out more about our podcast, tours and more at www.citybetween.com.
18 minutes | a year ago
Ep 14 - Matilda Hoffman and the Tomb of Washington Irving's Fiance - 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 a young couple's love. Find more about this episode at www.citybetween.com. As always, our amazing theme music was composed by Dylan Thurston.
27 minutes | a year ago
Ep 13 - In Search of New York's Pompeii - A Voyage to 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 legends and look for its remains. The City Between podcast explores the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City history. Find out more about this episode and others at www.citybetween.com. The music for this episode was composed by Dylan Thurston. Learn more about his music at www.dylanthurston.com.
15 minutes | a year ago
Ep 12 - A Hanging on the Lower East Side - Betrayal in the Rebel Ranks
Welcome to the City Between podcast, a podcast about many of the forgotten and neglected corners of New York City history. Today we are going in search of the execution ground of one of George Washington’s personal guards—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.
5 minutes | a year ago
BONUS: Anti-Revolutionary War Walking Tour announcement!
Announcing The Anti-Revolutionary War Walking Tour Sunday, AUGUST 25! Tour starts at 11am. Tickets here! PODCAST PROMO CODE FOR %50 off: citybetween It is rare to hear the whole truth about New York City’s role in the Revolutionary War. It’s embarrassing. It’s problematic. It’s mostly forgotten—and for good reason. Even when it is mentioned by the occasional tour guide or random sign, it is still glossed over, finessed, and given the best possible spin, which isn’t much. The truth is that many, many New Yorkers supported the losing side. They didn’t necessarily approve of the way things had been going in the colony, but definitely didn’t want a revolution… and they were prepared to give everything to stop it. Join Bruce for a walking tour on Sunday, August 25 (just days before the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn Anniversary) through lower Manhattan of the Revolutionary War--from the Loyalist perspective: an Anti-Revolutionary War Tour. It will tell the story of those who signed up to fight against Washington and the Rebels, of those who hoped for change through other means, of those who found their freedom by siding with the British. We will also tell the story of New York’s role as the as the Headquarters for British forces for the seven long years of the War and as the center of Loyalist support in America. We will walk through lower Manhattan and talk about the sites and people and stories from this often untold or hurried-over perspective and understand how precarious and precious the eventual rebel victory actually was.
30 minutes | a year ago
Ep 11 - Behind Enemy Lines - The Unguarded Jamaica Pass
Welcome to the City Between Podcast where we explore the unexpected and forgotten corners of New York City's History. In the last few episodes we have explored the Revolutionary War in New York, but from what we might think of as the “other side”, those who supported the King and Crown, the Loyalists. As war arrived, these men in women, for a wide variety of reasons, sided with their King and his army. Convinced they had the most powerful military on earth on their side, they hoped they could help put a swift end to the rebel agitation and chaos and press for reconciliation. Today’s episode tells the story of how this almost came to be, how the King’s Army with a plan from a Loyalist New Yorker, a general in its rank’s, led them into the Revolution’s first real battle and served an almost total- war-ending victory for the Crown. Find out more about this episode at www.citybetween.com.
13 minutes | a year ago
Ep 10 - Rise up and Fight Washington! - A Vision on Water Street
In this episode of the City Between we continue our exploration of New York in war time, as the city’s residents endured seven long years of war against Rebel forces from 1776-1783. We are going in search of a disembodied voice, that called out to a soldier in barrack on Water Street in 1781, giving a vision of Americans rising up to fight George Washington and his rebel armies… for their freedom. You can find more information about this episode at www.citybetween.com. The music for the episode was composed by the talented Dylan Thurston.
18 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 9 - To Kidnap a Prince - Hanover Square
In this episode we travel to the heart of the Anti-Revolutionary War - New York City in 1781. A 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. City Between is a podcast about the unusual corners of New York History - Join us! More information is at www.citybetween.com and find more from the excellent music composed for us by Dylan Thurston at www.dylanthurston.com.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 8 - A 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. Music provided by the amazing Dylan Thurston - check him out at www.dylanthurston.com. Find more about this episode at www.citybetween.com.
18 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 7 - The Lost Moorish Tower of Coney Island - A Mirage
City Between is a podcast about the unusual corners and nooks of New York City history. In this episode we go in search of a medieval Moorish tower built on the sands of Coney Island. Find more info at www.citybetween.com.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
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 roads whose ghosts can be traced in the modern city. We begin in New Utrecht – once a Dutch Village – and head south in search of the old bowery. For more information, references and images of the maps referenced in the episode, go to www.citybetween.com.
23 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 5 - Fernet Branca: Made in NYC
This is the City Between Podcast where we find and explore unusual stories about New York City that gives us fresh and unexpected perspective on this amazing town. In this episode we go looking for a forgotten factory that once made an iconic Italian spirit: Fernet Branca. We uncover the wild story of how the company managed to make an alcoholic beverage in the middle of Manhattan during Prohibition and also how they got busted. Find more information at www.citybetween.com. Join us! Note: This episode is from our archive.
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