Episode 39: The Bowery Boys

The stars aligned and we were able to bring New York’s favorite podcast heroes on the Big Show: Greg Young and Tom Meyers. They are best known as The Bowery Boys, and for more than 300 episodes they have delivered New York City history with equal doses of knowledge and fun. In this show we learned about the roots of the show and their rock-solid friendship that goes back to the early 90s in NYC. Continue Reading →

Episode 38: The Bronxer, Alex Rivera

We meet one of the rising stars in the city, Alex Rivera, aka The Bronxer. He’s part of the driving creative energy coming out of The Bronx as a visual artist and creative, with his photographs gaining wide appeal, his projects at El Fogón and borough hotspots, to his brand Section 8 Entrepreneur. Alex has a lot of plates spinning the air, and it’s a pleasure to meet someone so focused. He’s got new books Continue Reading →

Episode 37: Baker & Burlesque Star Dandy Dillinger

Alcohol plays a big part in our host’s history, so we of course need to celebrate Repeal Day on December 5. Joining us today is Dandy Dillinger, the co-host of the Repeal Society. She is a baker and burlesque star, and for four years has helped host the annual party to mark when booze was legal again after the disaster of Prohibition. She is a dancer, model, and pastry chef. Dandy is also Miss Art Continue Reading →

Episode 36: Raconteur and Poker Star Steve Zolotow

The show this week has a guest with stories about growing up where Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor dropped into his life as the son of famous writer parents. Today Steve Zolotow is more known for his poker tournament appearances and sage wisdom on everything from bridge, chess, pool, and poker. He regales us with tales about playing cards at the legendary Mayfair Club, at Larry Flynt’s house, and among card cheats. We never know Continue Reading →

Episode 35: Composer-Singer Julian Fleisher

We have an excellent show with East Village composer-singer Julian Fleisher, who also gave us a new song he produced to include on the show. It is “Nothing Rhymes With Christmas” that he wrote and is performed by the great Ana Gasteyer. It’s included to hear in its entirety courtesy of them on the show! Julian wears a lot of hats, but he likes being on the stage the most. In this episode, we chat Continue Reading →

Episode 34: Season 2 Kickoff Show

After a break of a few months, we are back with a new season of shows. Joanna and Kevin catch up on what has been happening during the break. Joanna played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, and gave a talk about poker to a crowd at the Algonquin Hotel. Kevin promoted his newest book 111 Places In The Bronx That You Must Not Miss. Plus had a trip to meet some Continue Reading →

Episode 32: Bronx Native entrepreneur Amaurys Grullon

The show moves to The Bronx for a special episode tied to the launch of 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss. We recorded the show in Bronx Native, the store run by Amaurys Grullon and his sister, Roselyn, that is wildly popular in the borough. Amaurys tells how they launched the brand just a few years ago because there was a dearth in any merchandise that promoted the Bronx, or spoke Continue Reading →

Episode 31: 5 Guests at the Docs anniversary party

Sitting in the window seat on Avenue A and East 9th Street, we record a live show before the big 25th anniversary party at Doc Holliday’s. While there is just a little bit of reminiscing–by Joanna Holliday who has worked here the entire stretch since 1994–the party gives us the chance to briefly meet quite a cast of regulars and bring them on the show. It’s a really great mix of the kind of folks Continue Reading →

Episode 30: Painter Sonya Sklaroff

We are back in the studio at The Lambs with contemporary painter Sonya Sklaroff. It is a good show for a few reasons: Not only is it Joanna’s birthday, but she went to elementary school with Sonya, and they haven’t seen each other in years. It’s a great conversation about art and painting, and how Sonya went from wage slave working at Saks, to successful painter for more than 27 years. Bonus is Sonya put Continue Reading →

Episode 29: Tips, Tricks, & Hacks From Your Hosts

What if you’re in a hotel and the ice bucket is too small? How do you get a book deal? These and more questions are answered as we tackle a lot of fun topics, in the wake of our winning the Apple Award from the Guides Association for New York City. Kevin gets asked how to get a book to market. Jo kicks around ideas for podcast conventions and trade shows to attend. We want Continue Reading →