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Rent it though, if you're a morbid person looking to sate your blood and flesh appetite. Avoid at all costs ProfessorPeach 31 July I just saw the DVD of this and I belive it to be the biggest waste of aluminium and polycarbonate issued in years. Now, let me get this straight: I love low-budget films. I love really gory, gross-out films. I love horror anthologies.

I also used to be a goth for several years. Sadly, this film does a grave disservice to all of the above no pun intended. The film was produced on DV and therefore looks home-made. The fact that the budget didn't extend to getting it transferred to film says a lot. Sure, there's nothing that says films can't be low-budget and many people have made some excellent pieces using little more than a home DV camera. The difference is that most people don't usually try and pass them off as feature films.

The plot attempts to tie four small stories into some kind of cohesive whole, but the fact is that most of these segments don't really make much sense. Only the "sick room" plot holds your attention and looks as if it might be going somewhere interesting, but then it spectacularly drops the ball with the sub-Twilight Zone predictability of its denouement.

The dialogue is a low point amongst a sea of low points. Expletives are clumsily dropped into scenes, giving the impression of the writer somehow trying to prove how grown-up the film is. Acting throughout is mostly appalling. I mean, really bad. The usual-suspect rent-a-goths Emily Booth and Eileen Daly give the type of performances that will see them typecast in this kind of tripe until they no longer look good semi-naked. As for Dani Filth, his virtually-silent role merely gives him the opportunity to carry over his stage persona and- if possible- look an even bigger berk than usual.

As for the effects- well, if indeed Creature FX really were involved, then I can't see that they got paid more than twenty quid for their contribution.

There is shocking gore, yes, but only shockingly bad. It almost made me laugh, but I was so depressed by the rest of the experience I couldn't raise a smile. Oh, and the CGI is truly, deeply, totally unspeakable. This is not one of those films that's so bad it's good, so don't get taken in by that line of reasoning.

If this describes you, you'll probably love this film. If it doesn't, then don't insult your own intelligence and just walk away Coventry 4 December First of all, it's a mess because of all the gruesome and extremely violent scenes. Your wildest imagination doesn't even come close to some of the explicitly shown scenes here. Entire parts of this movie are just plain sick, disgusting, offensive, brutal and they bring you close to puking your guts out. Now, I love horror movies and I am very 'pro-violence', but I do think that it has to lead somewhere!!

Is that too much to ask? Cradle of Fear is just a series of utterly sick and twisted thoughts. The "movie" contains out of four separate chapters connected by a wraparound story. This results in endless showing of torture, murder and sickness only to find out that the victims have something in common. Not very informative, if you ask me. And yet - it has to be said - the basic plot idea surely HAS potential. It's about a cannibalistic hypnotist who made a deal with the devil himself to avenge himself and cause misery and death to everyone who was involved in his trial.

Personally, I think that is an interesting topic, so they should have focused on that a little more instead of wanting to create the most disgusting movie ever. Secondly, the whole production of this movie was a mess. They didn't have much of a budget and they spent it all on fake blood and guts The acting performances are a joke and some of the worst I've ever seen.

Any other special effects besides the make-up looks very amateurish Like that attempt to a realistic car crash, for example. There's no tension or atmosphere to detect anywhere Cradle of Fear is a failure and a missed opportunity to say the least. With the presence of death-metal icon Danni Filth from the band Cradle of filth.. Troubled girls and boys who take pleasure in worrying their parents by watching crap like this. And then people keep complaining that the amount of suicides and juvenile delinquency is increasing I can imagine that this movie can cause a lot of damage when you're easily influenced or dispose of an unstable mind.

For every self-respecting horror fan, this movie is an insult. Not since Caligula have I considered turning off the movie half-way through Unfortunately, I did make it all the way through.

Make sure that you do not. It's not that Cradle of Fear is shocking or gory or scary or frightening or sexual. It's that it's not any of those things, yet it so desperately wants to be all of them. Instead, it's boring, trite, ordinary, predictable, and unexceptionally poorly executed shot on video, high school special effects, no sense of even basic visual storytelling, dialog barely audible This movie is proof for the argument that even the straight-to-video distributors need to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

Simscar 27 August This film is a very funny film. The violence is bad, the acting is Well Dani, stick to singing or screaming or whatever the hell it is you usually do. The random chicks wearing hardly anything is just to catch sexually-frustrated goth lads in. Personally, i think this movie really does suck. The story and characters COULD be very good, if say the directing, the actors and other little nibby things were made better.

But the film is just bad, the only reason why people like this piece of crap is because it has Danni in it.

This film is possibly the worst B-rate film ever. And, believe me that's hard to achieve, especially when you're competing with Def by Temptation and over crappy excuses for "serious" horror movies.

I'm not a CoF fan, and so i just see this as another rubbish movie A really bad one. If Dani made this as a comedy then, good going him. Over than that though, i rate it low, for it's crappiness. Watch it when you're in a happy, happy, joy, joy mode so you can laugh at everything or if you're high on multiple different types of drugs.

Amateurish mess of a movie. The only thing this movie has going for it is 'some' well executed gore effects. Alex Chandon's directing skills haven't really improved from the days of Bad Karma. Even if it was all gore it's not , you'd still be wishing it was all over come the half way mark.

Fantastic knife through the cheek mouth effect - all in one shot. Cool Head popping at the end, the rest was either badly filmed or was just plain cheesy. Rumour has it the UK distributor not Chandon pre cut it, who cares.

Cradle of Fear This isn't a movie where intricate delicate little narrative nuances occupy our attention. This is not a film where the special effects are supposed to leave us slack-jacked uttering that sense of whoa. What it is though is a slice of lo-fi goth horror which leaves little to the imagination, created in the eyes of the director, Alex Chandon, as "a throwback to sleazy '70s and '80s horror".

This is a very visceral experience for 2 hours, where four plot lines are connected through lots of watery blood, reams of dismembered body parts and innards, tied by an intestinal thread of revenge. The purveyor of such horrific violence is Dani Filth, lead-singer of the metal band Cradle of Filth, executing a role he was destined to play. As other's have said, there is nothing new about wanting to carryout occultist revenge.

In this particular context a convicted sexual predator and murderer, Kemper, the father of our devilish avenging-angel, compels his son to exact retribution on those who are some how connected to convicting him to purgatory within an insane asylum. What this provides for the Chandon, who should be congratulated on also penning and editing this piece, is the opportunity to let his sick mind run free. He seems to take delight in the idea of splattering blood into the orifices of those on screen, and into every nook and cranny that can be reached.

We are also treated to close-ups of skull's being crushed, demonic rape, and other assorted imagery to engage those who relish getting up close and personal to their horror. And for some of those who closely follow these type of films, there is the odd sequence which may have you thinking, "Did I just see what I thought I did", because of course Pretty Woman this 'aint. It reminds me of some of the gore-fests created out of Italian horror some 20 to 30 years ago, and a number of other works where disgusting images have left their mark but not the context in which they were viewed.

Story 4 of the set is particularly intriguing where the idea of ones obsession can ultimately lead to death in the pursuit of internet violence through the "Sick Room", where the user is in control of how a life can be snuffed out. Further acknowledgements should also go out to a pounding soundtrack that allows Filth to exercise his daytime talent, and an effective use of drum and bass, often overlooked in film-making as a viable form of supporting visuals.

Using the city of London as a backdrop with real people as opposed to movie stand-ins also adds support to the commando feel of the film. OK, classic it may not be, but blood, guts, intestines, occult and demons in a slightly perverse unproblematic way it is. TheRich 21 January I expected of course violence and gore at its finest, as that is what Mr Filth can be portrayed as, amongst a plot line.

But dear god, I was oh so wrong. This movie seriously bites, big time. Nope, it's all one camera, bad angles, and bad blood scenes. Take for example when our star and violent fiend, Mr Filth, violently kills a mugger.

A grab at the throat, and blood spits out, but oh my, it looks like there's a juice packet filled with fake blood in the man's shirt. To you Cradle Of Filth fans: You'll hear two songs throughout the movie, but with the camera angles and shoddy filming, they drag the overall pleasure of the song DOWN.

Steer well away from it. It's blood, gore, breasts, and hey, even a shoddy story to go with it. So if you like appalling violence, near no voices yes, there's hardly any words in this movie , then by all means, buy it. But if shoddy movies isn't your thing, then avoid it. Don't waste your money. Systematicer 17 October I thought the camera wasn't bad at all for a cheap movie like this, and also the atmosphere wasn't too bad.

There is no real reason for most things people do and the way they react to what happens. Although I do think that about a lot of movies, in this case it was horrible, of course. It ripped off some movies SO badly just for single scenes.

The acting was bad but I've seen worse. The movie was bad but I've seen worse. Watching this film is an experience between boredom, laughing fits, death wish, sadism, horniness and entertainment on a low level. So if you like gory movies with stupid plots this one is the right film for you. Gaellyn 24 April Bad actors, terrible dialogue but got me some good laugh as it was so lame that I had no choice to laugh. Look like they put an add in the newspaper for get the actors?

Softly porn, most disgusting scene ever was when the girl lick the cropped leg of her partner but at least, most of the boobs were real LOL. I finally felt asleep on that movie I like slasher, gore and horror but that movie was not even entertaining enough for keep me laughing.

Seriously, even a low budget movie can do a good job and win some good point. I try hard to find something to say for redeem at least one thing for that movie and I can't think about nothing beside that the demon guy was kind of cute with his sharp eye and long hair; sad that he was not able to play for the sake of his own life.

I gave 1 since we can't give 0. I can genuinely say I've seen a lot of horror movies, classics and newer ones and I summarize this movie with 2 words: This piece of crap is without doubt one of the worst attempts at making a horror movie I have ever seen.

By all accounts, this could have been an interesting film. Featuring a score by the mighty Cradle Of Filth, starring their frontman Dani and being hyped up as "the future of British horror", I expected Alex Chandon's gore fest to live up to the hype.

Everything about this film is either cliche or inept. The short story anthology setup was done to death and much better in the seventies and eighties. Admittedly, the idea of 'the sick room' did send a chill down my spine, but as with most of the film was let down by bad script writing and acting. Chandon cannot write dialogue. Every sentence with the main police investigator is brim full with swearing and insolence the typical 'cop on the edge' formula.

No Chandon, you are not Tarantino. Add ludicrously OTT acting with very dodgy casting don't get me wrong, Dani Filth is a great singer and musician, but actor he ain't and the performances are beyond laughable to the vein burstingly cringing. Give me Bruce Campbell any day. The visual effects are on the whole poor, with some atrocious CGI, awful gore effects for goodness sakes, Peter Jackson did better and that was over ten years ago with less budget and editing filters that shriek OVER-USE!

As for the often mistimed use of Cradle Of Filth's score The fundamental problem with Cradle Of Fear is that it takes itself seriously, trying to build atmosphere and incite terror and repulsion within its audience. I hope Chandon can learn from this hideous ghoul of a film and go on to make some quality horror that actually scares.

Better luck next time. This movie was made for fans of Dani and Cradle of Filth. I am not one of them. I think he's just an imitator riding the black metal bandwagon still, I'm generally not a fan of black metal. But as I was carrying this DVD case to pay for it, I convinced myself, that the less authentic something is the more it tries to be convincing.

Thus I assumed I'm in for a roller-coaster ride of rubber gore and do-it-yourself splatter with a sinister background. Now, that is what I do like. I got home and popped it in. My patience lasted 15 minutes. And that was then , that it looked like it was shot using a Hi8 camcorder.

I left it on the shelf. Maybe a nice evening with beer and Bmovies would create a nice setting for this After a couple of months I got back to it in mentioned surroundings and saw half.

Then not only the mentioned aspects annoyed me. I noticed how funny Dani 1,65m; 5'5" height looked in his platform shoes ripping a head of a mugger apart. His head apparently had no skull. I also found that this movie may have no sense. Still, I haven't finished it yet, so I wasn't positive. After a couple more tries I finally managed to finish this flick - a couple of months back Yes, it took me 5,5 years. See our bad person employs Dani to do bad things. Well I guess he's just very, very bad.

As a matter of fact they both are and that is pretty much it. We have a couple of short stories joined by Dani's character. The CGI is the worst ever. The story has no sense. It was the worst of the worst, a dive where criminal activity thrived alongside bawdy can-can dancers and endless pours of putrid booze.

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This week, we celebrate the end of the year by sitting down with Roz Chast, who has been contributing cartoons to the New Yorker Magazine since Chast is out with a new book, "Going into Town: We discuss her childhood in Brooklyn, life on the Upper West Side in the '70s and '80s, her favorite diner which is still open! Clean Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Golden Age of Broadway. They have entertained millions of people with their unique and influential take on the Broadway musical -- serious, sincere, graceful and poignant.

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In this episode, the symbols of the Gilded Age are dismantled. During the late 19th century, New York's most esteemed families built extravagant mansions along Fifth Avenue, turning it into one of the most desired residential streets in the United States. The 'well-connected' families, along with the nouveau riche, planted their homes here, even as the realities of the city encroached around them.

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Edgar Allan Poe was a wanderer -- looking for work, for love, for meaning. That's why so many American cities can lay claim to a small aspect of his legacy. Baltimore, Boston, Richmond and Philadelphia all have their own stories to tell about the great writer. In this show, we spotlight the imprint Poe made upon New York City. Poe was in New York both on the year of his birth as the child of two stage actor and the year of his death fleeing his longtime home in Fordham.

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In May of , we recorded a podcast on the Stonewall Riots, an event that galvanized the LGBTQ community, giving birth to political organizations and a sense of unity and pride. So much has changed within the LGBTQ community -- and so much was left out of our original show -- that's we've decided to do something unique. In the first half, we present to you our original history on the Stonewall Riots, warts and all. In the second half, we present newly recorded material, exploring the effects of Stonewall on the crises that faced the gay community in the s and 90s.

Now an official U. And please forgive us in advance for being extra personal in this show near the end. Listen anytime, anywhere to an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original premium podcasts and more. Clean Before Harlem: New York's Forgotten Black Communities. Today we sometimes define New York City's African-American culture by place — Harlem, of course, and also Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, neighborhoods that developed for groups of black residents in the 20th century.

But by no means were these the first in New York City. Other centers of black and African-American life existed long before then. This is the story of a few of those places. From Little Africa -- the Greenwich Village sector for the black working class in the late 19th century -- to Sandy Ground, a rural escape in Staten Island with deep roots in the neighborhood today. Clean Live in Brooklyn!

Ten Years of Podcasting. New York City History Podcast. For ten years the Bowery Boys podcast has brought the history of this extraordinary city to life -- the people, places and events which have helped shape our modern metropolis.

An unexpected guest arrives to present the Bowery Boys with a special gift. Clean The Pirate of Pearl Street: The area of Lower Manhattan below Wall Street is today filled with investment bankers, business people and tourists.

But did you know, over years ago, that the same streets were once crawling with pirates? In the early decades of the British colony of New York, the city was quite an appealing destination for pirates and their ships filled with stolen treasure. Captain William Kidd is a figure of legend, the most ruthless and bloodthirsty pirate on the planet. And yet, for many years, he was a respectable New York gentleman, with connected friends, a wealthy wife and a sumptuous home on Pearl Street near the original wall of Wall Street.

But Kidd sought adventure as a privateer and made a deal with prominent New Yorkers to scour British trading routes for pirates. This is the tale of how a dashing New York sea captain became branded perhaps unfairly as one of the most evil men of the ocean. From the final section — it is Blackbeard the pirate, not Bluebeard the pirate, who is made an example of by the English in On the afternoon of May 6, , New Yorkers looked overhead at an astonishing sight -- the arrival of the Hindenburg, the largest airship in the world, drifting calmly across the sky.

New York City was already in the throes of "Zeppelin mania" by then. These rigid gas-filled airships, largely manufactured by Germany, were experiencing a Jazz Age rediscovery thanks in part to the Graf Zeppelin, a glamorous commercial airship which first crossed the ocean in Its commander and crew even received two ticker-tape parades through lower Manhattan.

It was the Concorde of its day, providing luxurious transatlantic travel for the rich and famous. But dreams of Zeppelin-filled skies were quickly vanquished in the early evening hours of May 6, , over a landing field in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Its destruction would be one of the most widely seen disasters in the world, marking an end to this particular vision of the future. But a mark of the Zeppelin age still exists on the New York City skyline, atop the city's most famous building!

On the forefront of this transformation were two women from very different backgrounds. Elizabeth Arden was a Canadian entrepreneur, looking to establish her business in the growing city of New York. Helena Rubinstein, from Poland by way of Australia, already owned an established company and looked to Manhattan as a way to anchor her business in America. Their products -- beauty! Creams, lotions, ointments and cleansers.

And it's in large part thanks to these two extraordinary businesswomen, crafting two parallel empires in a corporate framework usually reserved for men. Barnum and the Greatest Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages -- the Bowery Boys present to you the tale of P. Barnum and his "Greatest Show on Earth," the world's most famous circus!

But in fact, he only entered the circus business in his later years, after decades of success with bizarre museums, traveling curiosities, touring opera divas and all manner of fabricated 'humbugs'.

Tune in to find out how New York institutions owned by Barnum became imprinted on the basic structure of the classic American circus. Clean The Arrival of the Irish: You don't have a New York City without the Irish. In fact, you don't have a United States of America as we know it today. This diverse and misunderstood immigrant group began coming over in significant numbers starting in the Colonial era, mostly as indentured servants.

In the early 19th century, these Irish arrivals, both Protestants and Catholics, were already consolidating -- via organizations like the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and in places like St. But starting in the s, with a terrible blight wiping out Ireland's potato crops, a mass wave of Irish immigration would dwarf all that came before, hundreds of thousands of weary, sometimes desperate newcomers who entered New York to live in its most squalid neighborhoods. Irish women comprised most of the hired domestic help by the mid 19th century.

The arrival of the Irish and their assimilation into American life is a story repeated in many cities. Here in New York City, it is essential in our understanding of the importance of modern immigrant communities to the life of the Big Apple. The origins of New York's St. Clean The Algonquin Round Table. One June afternoon in the spring of , a group of writers and theatrical folk got together at the Algonquin Hotel to roast the inimitable Alexander Woollcott, the trenchant theater critic for the New York Times who had just returned from World War I, brimming with dramatically overbaked stories.

The affair was so rollicking, so engaging, that somebody suggested -- "Why don't we do this every day? The Algonquin Round Table is the stuff of legends, a regular lunch date for the cream of New York's cultural elite.

In this show, we present you with some notable members of the guest list -- including the wonderful droll Dorothy Parker, the glibly observant Franklin Pierce Adams and the charming Robert Benchley, to name but a few.

But you can't celebrate the Round Table from a recording studio so we head to the Algonquin to soak in the ambience and interview author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick about the Jazz Age's most famous networking circle. Are you ready for a good time? Clean Who Killed Helen Jewett?

A Mystery By Gaslight. This was not a normal crime. Young single men with a little change in their pocket hit the streets of New York after dark, looking for a good time. For some single young women struggling to survive, the sex industry -- from the 'high end' brothels to the grimy upper tiers of the theater -- allowed them to live comfortable, if secretive, lives.

But it placed many in great danger. The prime suspect for Helen's murder was a young Connecticut man who worked at a respectable New York firm. His trial would captivate New Yorkers and even interest newspaper readers around the country. But would justice be served? Find out how this incident helped shape the nature of American journalism itself. Meet more than one person named Ogden! Stories of Inventions and their Consequences.

You can find it the same place you found this show. Clean New York: Capital City of the United States. They needed to not only construct the tools and offices of a brand new government, they were also tasked with defining the basic rights of American citizens via a set of amendments to the U. Constitution -- the Bill of Rights.

It was here that the Bill of Rights was introduced, debated and voted upon. But those weren't the only monumental decisions being made in the city. We live today with the critical decisions made by these three men on that night over food and wine.

The story of New York City's role in the birth of American government is sometimes forgotten. Most of the buildings important to the first U. Congress, which met here from the spring of to the late summer of , have long been demolished. There's little to remind us that our modern form of government was, in part, invented here on these city streets. Riding high on the victories of the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers organized a makeshift Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

After an unfortunate crisis in Philadelphia, that early group of politicians from the 13 states eventually drifted up to New York specifically to New York's City Hall, to be called Federal Hall to meet. But they were an organization without much power or respect. The fate of the young nation lay on the shoulders of George Washington who arrived in New York in the spring of to be inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

His swearing-in would finally unite Americans around their government and would imbue the port city of New York with a new urgency. This is Part One of a two part celebration of these years, featuring cantankerous vice presidents, festive cannonades, and burning plumage!

Part Two arrives in two weeks. In the show we accidentally say 'Yorkville' once when we meant 'Yorktown'. Clean Newsies on Strike! We're in the mood for a good old-fashioned Gilded Age story so we're replaying one of our favorite Bowery Boys episodes ever -- Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst vs. It was pandemonium in the streets. One hot summer in July , thousands of corner newsboys and girls went on strike against the New York Journal and the New York World.

Throngs filled the streets of downtown Manhattan for two weeks and prevented the two largest papers in the country from getting distributed. In this episode, we look at the development of the sensationalist New York press -- the birth of yellow journalism -- from its very earliest days, and how sensationalism's two famous purveyors were held at ransom by the poorest, scrappiest residents of the city.

The conflict put a light to the child labor crisis and became a dramatic example of the need for reform. Bonus material featuring a closer look at the Brooklyn Newsboys Strike and a moment with the newsies during the holidays.

Warm up the orchestra, lace up your dance slippers, and bring the diva to the stage! Lincoln Center was created out of an urgent necessity, bringing together the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Juilliard School of Music and other august fine-arts companies as a way of providing a permanent home for American culture.

The campus sits on the site of a former neighborhood named San Juan Hill, home to thousands of African American and Puerto Rican families in the mid 20th century. No trace of this neighborhood exists today. San Juan Hill exists, at least briefly, with a part of classic American cinema.

The Oscar-winning film West Side Story, based on the celebrated musical, was partially filmed here. Truman Capote is a true New York character, a Southern boy who wielded his immense writing talents to secure a place within Manhattan high society.

Elegant, witty, compact, gay -- Capote was a fixture of swanky nightclubs and arm candy to wealthy, well-connected women. Retreating from his many years of research, Truman decided to throw a party. But this wasn't ANY party.

An invite to the ball was the true golden ticket, coveted by every celebrity and social climber in America. Come with us as we give you a tour of the planning of the Black and White Ball and a few glamorous details from that strange, glorious evening. Edwin Booth and the Players Club. Edwin Booth was the greatest actor of the Gilded Age, a superstar of the theater who entertained millions over his long career. In this podcast, we present his extraordinary career, the tragedies that shaped his life on stage and off , and the legacy of his cherished Players Club, the fabulous Stanford White-designed Gramercy Park social club for actors, artists and their admirers.

The Booths were a precursor to the Barrymores, an acting family who were as famous for their personal lives as they were for their dramatic roles. Younger brother John Wilkes Booth would horrify the nation in , and Edwin would briefly retire from the stage. But an outpouring of love would bring him back to the spotlight and the greasepaint. Edwin Booth would give back to the theatrical community for the formation of the Players Club in Clean 01 The Wheel: That it did, but unfortunately, its inventor paid a horrible price.

This is a special preview for the new Bowery Boys spin-off podcast series The First: Clean Ghosts of the Gilded Age. For this year's 10th annual Bowery Boys Halloween special, we're highlighting haunted tales from the period just after the Civil War when New York City became one of the richest cities in the world -- rich in wealth and in ghosts!

We go to four boroughs in this one sorry Brooklyn! Stay tuned until the end to hear the trailer for the new Bowery Boys podcast series -- The First: The Bronx was burning. The Bronx is now rising.

In the third and final part of our Bronx history series, we tackle the most difficult period in the life of this borough -- the late 20th century and the days and nights of urban blight.

The focus of this show is the South Bronx, once the tranquil farmlands of the Morris family and the location of the first commuter towns, situated along the new railroad. By the s, however, a great number of socio-economic forces and physical changes were conspiring to make life in this area very, very challenging.

Poverty and high crime rendered the neighborhood so undesirable that buildings were abandoned and even burned. Mainstream attention from notable television broadcasts to visits by the President of the United States did not seem to immediately change things here.

In the second part of the Bowery Boys' Bronx Trilogy -- recounting the entire history of New York City's northernmost borough -- we focus on the years between and , a time of great evolution and growth for the former pastoral areas of Westchester County. New York considered the newly annexed region to be of great service to the over-crowded city in Manhattan, a blank canvas for visionary urban planners. Soon great parks and mass transit transformed these northern areas of New York into a sibling or, perhaps more accurately, a step-child of the densely packed city to the south.

The Grand Concourse embodied the promise of a new life for thousands of new residents -- mostly first and second-generation immigrants, many of them Jewish newcomers. But the first time that many outside New York became aware of the Bronx may have been the arrival in of New York's most victorious baseball team, arriving via a spectacular new stadium where sports history would frequently be made. By the s Parks Commissioner Robert Moses began looking at the borough as a major factor in his grand urban development plans.

In some cases, this involved the creation of vital public recreations like Orchard Beach. Other decisions would mark the beginning of new troubles for the Bronx. The story of the Bronx is so large, so spectacular, that we had to spread it out over three separate podcasts! Settlers during the Dutch era faced grave turmoil. Those that came afterwards managed to tame the land with varying results.

Speculators were everyone; City Island was born from the promise of a relationship with the city down south. During the Revolutionary War, prominent families were faced with a dire choice -- stay with the English or side with George Washington's Continental Army?

One prominent family would help shape the fate of the young nation and leave their name forever attached to one of the Bronx's oldest neighborhoods.

Sadly that family's legacy is under-appreciated today. By the s, Westchester County was at last connected to New York via a new railroad line. It was a prosperous decade with the development of the area's first college, a row of elegant homes and some of its very first 'depot towns'. Two decades later, the future borough would even cater to the dead -- both the forgotten at Hart Island and the wealthy Woodlawn Cemetery. Thanks to Angel Hernandez from the Bronx Historical Society, not as per our slip of the tongue in an older version of this show the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Clean The Notorious Madame Restell: The Abortionist of Fifth Avenue. Ann Lohman, aka Madame Restell, was one of the most vilified women of the 19th century, an abortion practitioner that dodged the law to become one of the wealthiest self-made women in the Gilded Age.

But is her reputation justified? Thoughts on abortion and birth control were quite different in the s, the era in which Madame Restell got her start. It was society and marital morality -- not science and religion -- that played a substantial role in New Yorkers' views on the termination of pregnancy.

Restell and countless imitators offers a wide range of potions, pills and powders to customers, provided in veiled wording in newspaper advertisements. By the s Restell was insulated from serious interrogation and flaunted her unique position in society by planting her Fifth Avenue mansion in a very controversial place. But she soon became a target of New York's most dogged reformer, a man who considered her pure evil and the source of society's most illicit sins.

Clean Digital City: New York and the World of Video Games. So are you ready Player One? Grab your quarters and log in to this New York adventure through the world of video games. You might think you know this tale, but do we have surprises for you.

But the history of the current incarnation on Park Avenue contains the twists and turns of world events, from World War II to recent diplomatic dramas. In essence, the Waldorf Astoria has become the world's convention center. Step past the extraordinary Art Deco trappings, and you'll find rooms which have hosted a plethora of important gatherings, not to mention the frequent homes to Hollywood movie stars. But its those very trappings -- some of it well over a century old -- that finds itself in danger today as recent changes threaten to wipe away its glamorous interiors entirely.

But they can, at times, also be easily fooled. In this episode, we explore two of the wackiest stories in early New York City history, two instances of tall tales that got quite out of hand. While both of these stories are almost two centuries old, they both have certain parallels to modern-day hucksterism.

In the s, the Erie Canal would completely change the fortunes of the young United States, turning the port city of New York into one of the most important in the world.

But an even greater engineering challenge was necessary to prevent the entire southern part of Manhattan from sinking into the harbor. You read that right -- New York was sinking! That is, if you believed a certain charlatan hanging out at the market In the summer of the New York Sun reported on startling discoveries from one of the world's most famous astronomers. Life on the moon!

Indeed, vivid moon forests populated with a menagerie of bizarre creatures and winged men with behaviors similar to that of men on Earth. Clean The First Subway: The first subway in New York -- the first in the United States!

And yet Alfred Ely Beach's marvelous pneumatic transit system provides us today with one of the most enchanting stories of New York during the Gilded Age. But the state charter only gave him permission to build a pneumatic tube to deliver mail, not people. How did Beach build such an ambitious project under secretive circumstances?

What was it like to ride a pneumatic passenger car? And why don't we have pneumatic power operating our subways today? Boss Tweed at his most bossiness, piano tunes under Broadway and something called a centrifugal bowling alley! Clean The Lenape: The Real Native New Yorkers. This is the story of their first contact with European explorers and settlers and their gradual banishment from their ancestral land.

Fur trading changed the lifestyles of the Lenape well before any permanent European settlers stepped foot in this region. Early explorers had a series of mostly positive experiences with early native people. But relations between New Amsterdam and the surrounding native population worsened with the arrival of Director-General William Kieft, leading to bloody attacks and vicious reprisals, killing hundreds of Lenape and colonists alike. Peter Stuyvesant arrives to salvage the situation, but further attacks threatened any treaties of peace.

But the time of English occupation, the Lenape were decimated and without their land. And yet, descendants of the Lenape live on today in various parts of the United States and Canada. All that and more in this tragic but important tale of New York City history. And I was doing so well too! Clean The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold.

The young socialite Dorothy Arnold seemingly led a charmed and privileged life. The niece of a Supreme Court justice, Dorothy was the belle of s New York, an attractive and vibrant young woman living on the Upper East Side with her family. She hoped to become a published magazine writer and perhaps someday live by herself in Greenwich Village. But on December 12, , while running errands in the neighborhood of Madison Square Park, Dorothy Arnold -- simply vanished. In this investigative new podcast, we look at the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, from the mysterious clues left in her fireplace to the suspicious behavior exhibited by her family.

This mystery captivated New Yorkers for decades as revelations and twists to the story continued to emerge. As one newspaper described it: What secrets lurk in the infamous Pennsylvania "House of Mystery"?

And could a sacred object found in Texas hold the key to solving the crime? Clean The Cotton Club: The Aristocrat of Harlem. That the Cotton Club was owned by Prohibition's most ruthless mob boss was just the beginning. The club enshrined the segregationist policies of the day, placing black talent on the stage for the pleasure of white patrons alone.

This is the tale of Harlem late night -- of hot jazz and illegal booze, of great music and very bad mobsters. The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Clean Nikola Tesla in New York. The Serbian immigrant Nikola Tesla was among the Gilded Age's brightest minds, a visionary thinker and inventor who gave the world innovations in electricity, radio and wireless communication. So why has Tesla garnered the mantle of cult status among many? Part of that has to do with his life in New York City, his shifting fortunes as he made his way counting every step along the city streets.

From his first job in the Lower East Side to his final home in one of Midtown Manhattan's most famous hotels. Nikola Tesla, thank you for bringing your genius to New York City. Pre-order now at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or at your local bookstore. Clean The Lower East Side: Join us as we experience the tastes of another era by visiting some of the oldest culinary institutions of the Lower East Side. Join us as we taste our way through the history of the Lower East Side! This is the dirtiest Bowery Boys podcast ever.

By coincidence, it also happens to be among its most polluted, shrouded in frightening tales of dead animals and a few unfortunate humans floating along its canal shores. Its toxic mix is the stuff of urban legends most of which are actually true. How does a neighborhood go from a canal of deadly constitution to a Whole Foods, condos and shuffleboard courts? Brooklyn's Curious Canal', bringing his expertise to help me wade through the most toxic portion of the show.

Clean Jane Jacobs: Washington Square Park torn in two. The West Village erased and re-written. Jane Jacobs is one of the most important urban thinkers of the 20th century. As a young woman, she fell in love with Greenwich Village and met her husband there which contained a unique alchemy of life and culture that one could only find in an urban area. As an adroit and intuitive architectural writer, she formed ideas about urban development that flew in the face of mainstream city planning.

Her legacy is fascinating, often radical and not always positive for cities in But she is an extraordinary New Yorker, and for our th episode, we had to celebrate this remarkable woman on the th anniversary of her birth.

Bowery Boys - Behind the Scenes. As we prepare for our th episode -- and the release of the first-ever Bowery Boys book -- we've decided to take a look back at our last shows, at some of the highlights of the past six or so years.

What were some of our favorite episodes? The most controversial episode? We give you a little insight into its development and what history you can expect to find in it.

Clean Battle For The Skyline: How High Can It Go? This year is the one hundred anniversary of one of the most important laws ever passed in New York City -- the Zoning Law which dictated the rules for building big and tall in the city. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to ponder on the many changes to New York's beautiful skyline via the unique technical changes to construction rules.

This is a layman's history of building tall -- our apologizes to architects for simplifying such sophisticated concepts -- and the important laws that changed the face of NYC forever. This is our craziest podcast yet! We've decided -- as our th episode -- to hit the road! This entire show is recorded outside in front of the very spots that have most affected the city's decision. Clean Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has a surprising history of bucolic green pastures and rancid oil patches.

Before the 19th century this corner of Brooklyn was owned by only a few families with farms and slaves tending them. But with the future borough of Brooklyn expanding at a great rate, Greenpoint or Green Point, as they used to call it could no longer remain private.

By the late 19th century, Polish immigrants would move on the major avenues, developing a 'Little Poland' that still characterizes the neighborhood. But big changes are coming to Greenpoint thanks to new housing developments. How will these new arrivals fare next to the notoriously toxic Newtown Creek, a body of water heavily abused by industry? Clean Danger In The Harbor: The Black Tom Explosion of Thousands of windows were shattered in the region, and millions woke up wondering what horrible thing had just happened.

The terrifying disaster was no accident; this was the sabotage of German agents, bent on eliminating tons of munitions that were being sent to the Allied powers during World War I. Although America had not yet entered the war, the United States was considered an enemy combatant thanks to weapons manufactures in the New York region and around the country. But the surprising epicenter of German spy activity was in a simple townhouse in the neighborhood of Chelsea. Clean Ready to Wear: A History of the Garment District.

The Garment District in Midtown Manhattan has been the center for all things American fashion for almost one hundred years. The lofts and office buildings here still buzz with industry of making clothing -- from design to distribution.

New York's long history with the ready-to-wear apparel industry has an ugly beginning -- the manufacture of clothing for Southern slaves. Garment production thrived here by the middle of the 19th century thanks to thousands of arriving immigrants, skilled in the production of making clothes. By , most of the clothes in the United States were made below 14th Street, in the tenement neighborhoods of New York. And so, by the mid 20th century, hardly a stitch was sold in the United States without it coming through the blocks between 34th Street and 42nd Street west of Sixth Avenue.

This show is bursting at the seams with clothing puns! Clean Midnight in Times Square: In this episode, we look back on the one day of the year that New Yorkers look forward. New Years Eve is the one night that millions of people around the world focus their attentions on New York City -- or more specifically, on the wedge shaped building in Times Square wearing a bright, illuminated ball on its rooftop. In the 19th century, the ringing-in of the New Year was celebrated with gatherings near Trinity Church and a pleasant New Years Day custom of visiting young women in their parlors.

But when the New York Times decided to celebrate the opening of their new offices -- in the plaza that would take the name Times Square -- a new tradition was born.

Tens of millions have visited Times Square over the years, gazing up to watch the electric ball drop, a time-telling mechanism taken from the maritime tradition. The event has been affected by world events -- from Prohibition to World War II -- and changed by the introduction of radio and television broadcasts. What happened to the celebration which it reached the gritty s and a Times Square with a surly reputation?

A few tips for those of you heading to the New Years Eve celebration this year! Clean Nellie Bly: Undercover in the Madhouse. Nellie Bly was a determined and fearless journalist ahead of her time, known for the spectacular lengths she would go to get a good story. Her reputation was built on the events of late September-early October -- the ten days she spent in an insane asylum. Since the s Blackwell's Island had been the destination for New York's public institutions of an undesirable nature -- hospitals for grave diseases, a penitentiary, an almshouse, even a quarantine for smallpox.

There was also a mental institution -- an insane or lunatic asylum -- rumored to treat its patients most cruelly. The ambitious young reporter decided to see for herself -- by acting like a woman who had lost her mind.

Her ten days in this particular madhouse -- the basis of her newspaper articles and a book -- would expose the world to the sinister treatment of the mentally ill and the loathsome conditions of New York institutions meant to care for the most needy. But would the process of getting this important story lead Nellie herself to go a little mad? And once she got inside the asylum, how would she get out?

Not only is a vestige of the asylum still around today, you can live in it! Party in the East Village! Mark's Place may be named for a saint but it's been a street full of sinners for much of its history.

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