New York History

The Brian Lehrer Show

From Churches to Condos

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As congregations shrink or disappear, some churches are becoming condos. DNAinfo has mapped historic churches that have been converted into condos in brownstone Brooklyn, and Janet Upadhye talks about what the trend says about the future and past of the borough.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reasons to Love NYC…In 1976

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An unearthed listicle from the pre-internet age reveals what's changed about the things we love and love to hate.

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Listeners' Favorite Movie Bands; Elijah Wald Remembers Dave Van Ronk

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Soundcheck listeners nominate a few of their favorite "movie bands." Then, Elijah Wald sheds light on Dave Van Ronk, the New York folk musician who served as a loose inspiration for the title character the latest Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remember Life in NYC, Circa 2009?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Choire Sicha, former editor of Gawker, founder of The Awl, and author of the new book Very Recent History (Harper, 2013) discusses his new non-fiction semi-novel about life and love in NYC, circa 2009. Listeners: What defines NYC's "very recent history"? Describe New York c.2009 in a few lines -- call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Prospect Park's Prospects

Monday, July 29, 2013

David Colley, author Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) and Elizabeth Keegin Colley, the book's photographer, talk about the "other" Olmsted and Vaux-designed park, its history, how it compares to Central Park and its future prospects.

Listeners: Have you seen Prospect Park change over the years?  Do you have a favorite memory?


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayoral History Smackdown

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As the Bloomberg era comes to a close, we look back at the history of the New York mayor's office and assess the accomplishments of those who've held the office. Which mayor transformed the city the most, and was Bloomberg just another mayor, or has he had a unique impact? Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and editor of America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Mason B. Williams, author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York, discuss. Listeners, who's the best mayor in NYC history in your estimation? Was Bloomberg just another mayor? Post here or call 212-433-9692...

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Filmmaker Ric Burns: New York Will Find a Way Out of Climate Disaster

Friday, November 09, 2012

Sandy has prompted wide-ranging conversations about how to better protect the city from more frequent and severe storms. Planners have spoken about levees and floodgates, marshlands, and other ways to keep the water from overtaking the region’s low-lying land.


Studio 360

A Glance at New York

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Studio 360 excerpts a play that floored audiences in 1848. Benjamin Baker, a young volunteer fireman and theater gadabout, wrote A Glance at New York to capture the tone and swagger of this teeming city. The play depicted Mose the Fireman — a rowdy, irreverent Bowery boy character.