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The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan's Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters Paperback – June 21, 2016
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“Meyers and Young have become unofficial ambassadors of New York City history.” ―NPR
“Delightfully old-fashioned without feeling recondite.” ―The Observer
“Breezy and informative, crowded with the finest grifters, knickerbockers, spiritualists, and city-builders to stalk these streets since back when New Amsterdam was just some farms.” ―Village Voice
“The Bowery Boys weave stories on everything from Dutch forts to Gilded Age mansions, and provide opportunities to relook at familiar landmarks like Grand Central and Times Square.” ―City Guide NY
“Young and Meyers have an all-consuming curiosity to work out what happened in their city in years past, including the Newsboys Strike of 1899, the history of the Staten Island Ferry, and the real-life sites on which Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl is based.” ―The Guardian
About the Author
Tom Meyers is one of the co-founders of the incredibly popular New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. He lives in New York City.
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I'm now working my way through the book, but from back to front as I identify more with uptown.
Highly recommend to any amateur or experienced NYC historian- or any reader who wants a good insight into the history of the best city in the world.
It's also a bargain !
This book covers all of the different neighborhoods in Manhattan. I love all the history of New York in each area. The book flows easily and is very enjoyable to read, it like the guys are talking to you like in the podcast.
I love the point of interest “stand here” it’s would be just mind boggling to stand there and look around and think about all the history that just passed by.
The next time I go to New York I will take this book as a sight-seeing guide, just like a Rick Steve’s tour guide books. I highly recommend if you enjoy history or planning to head out to New York.
Just remember to read BEFORE you go--this thing is physically heavy enough that you do NOT want it in your backpack for your trip. The item info says 1.8 pounds but I think a lot of people don't have much context for how much books weigh, except that when they move house, the book boxes are the heaviest. Even librarians don't put that data in the bibliographic record. As it happens, 1.8 lbs is pretty heavy for a paperback book; just on my desk right now, I have a small "mass market paperback" that weighs 5.6 ounces (remember there are 16 ounces to a pound) and a library-bound (hardcover) graphic novel of about the size/thickness of this book that weighs 1.2 pounds. The weight of a book has as much to do with design choices (the weight/feel of the paper, the materials used in binding, etc.) as it does with the size and thickness.
Anyway. I read the Bowery Boys book lying on my belly on my bed so I didn't have to hold it. So don't bring it travelling--save your strength for the great stuff you'll buy in the city!
Also highly recommend the podcast.
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Where to go and what to see gems of Manhattan written with a sense of humor to boot!
It's a great book if you live in town, lots of historical quirks....Read more