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Greg Young
Greg Young writes for the blog The Bowery Boys: New York City History and produces a podcast on New York history with Tom Meyers. The podcast is free to listen and download and is available on iTunes.

Entries by Greg Young

Manhattan's Forgotten Graveyards, Under Public Parks, Famous Hotels and Supermarkets

(37) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Here's a chilling thought for the Halloween season: If you're visiting one of New York's many amazing parks and squares, it's likely that you're standing on land that was formerly used as a cemetery or potter's field.

Manhattan is still dotted with several interesting historic cemeteries, such as the...

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The Many Civil War Draft Riots: Violence From 150 Years Ago, in New York and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 4:04 PM


This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of some of the darkest, most violent days in New York City history.

The Civil War Draft Riots set the city aflame for an entire week, starting on July 13, 1863. The weariness of a lingering war,...

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A Forgotten Thanksgiving Custom: Masks, Mischief and Cross-dressing

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 5:09 PM

The scariest thing about the modern American Thanksgiving is the bounty of leftovers that will haunt the nation's refrigerators for days to come -- the lingering decay of gravy, the ghosts of turkeys past.

But an old custom from over a hundred years ago, especially popular among poor New...

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The 8 Most Haunted Houses in New York (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:36 PM

New York is a city of eight million stories, and many of them are about ghosts.

You can't stroll down a sidewalk in New York without tripping over an old ghost story, whether it be the restless spirit of Peter Stuyvesant over at St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, Gilded Age-era spirits roaming...

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Copper, Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men: Getting New York City History Right on Cable's Hottest Night

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 5:28 PM

Many of the most acclaimed television dramas on Sunday nights are historical in subject matter, award-garnering period centerpieces with all the sexuality and bloody mayhem you've come to expect from premium cable -- all the details left out of your high school textbooks.

But it isn't enough anymore just to...

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