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City Between - A New York History Podcast
44 minutes | a month ago
Ep 23 - Streets of Cairo in Coney Island
The City Between Podcast takes curiosity and adventure as its guiding principles in searching for unexpected corners of New York City history and culture. In today's episode we meet the "Turks of Coney Island", an off-season troupe of performers who worked at the "Streets of Cairo" in Coney Island in 1896 and 1897. This finishes our current series on the Moorish influences in New York. Find more information at www.citybetween.com. You can find our more about Dylan Thurston, who composed our theme music at www.dylanthurson.com.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 22 - An Omani Ship in NYC - 1840
This is the City Between podcast where we explore the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City's history. In this episode we go in search of the Sultanah, an Omani ship that reached New York's harbor in 1840 on a mission to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties between the Republic and the (then) expansive Omani Sultanate. It was an unforgettable summer for all in Manhattan and then Brooklyn, where we go visit the (still-standing) house that hosted the Omani guests. More information can be found at www.citybetween.com and more about our amazing theme music from Dylan Thurston at www.dylanthurston.com.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Bonus In-Between Ep: King Cuomo Sandwiches
The City Between Podcast explores the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City history. This is a bonus episode reviewing "King Cuomo Sandwiches", the food required to go without alcoholic beverages in outdoor dining during pandemic and its historic connections. Bon Appetit! Theme music by Dylan Thurston (www.dylanthurston.com) and more info and our free Newsletter at (www.citybetween.com).
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 21 - Kismet Temple - In Search of Moorish New York
This is the City Between Podcast where we explore the hidden and forgotten corners of New York City history. In this episode we travel into Crown Heights Brooklyn in search of a lost civilization devoted to elaborate Moorish fantasy: The Shriners and their beautiful Kismet Temple. Join us as we search for their beginnings from the Arabian Peninsula to the Knickerbocker Cottage in Chelsea. Our excellent theme songs is by Dylan Thurston (more at: www.dylanthurson.com) and you can find more about this episode at www.citybetween.com.
28 minutes | 5 months 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 9 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 | a year 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 | a year 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 | a year 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 | a year 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 | a year 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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.
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