Episode 173: The Bowery Boys and the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909

Posted 15 March 2021 by


We have been talking with our friends Greg Young and Tom Meyers, The Bowery Boys, for years about doing a project together. This isn’t that, but it is a subject that a lot (A LOT) of people have requested of us. Because it’s a bit out of our focus, we thought there’s no one better than Greg and Tom, experts in New York City history, to tell you about the city’s early 1900s women’s protest movements and how they are tragically tied to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire.

And, bonus! They interviewed Valery Paley, co-curator and director of New York’s Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History!

The Bowery Boys, New York City History podcast has been around since the olden days of podcasting, 2007, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing one of their New York City history episodes, you really are in for a treat. (And you should probably go and subscribe to the podcast.) Greg and Tom kindly loaned us this episode to share with you as we near the 110th anniversary of the tragedy. To read their shownotes CLICK THIS LINK TO THE FABULOUS BOWERY BOYS.

If you would like to listen to their episode specifically about the fire, check it out HERE, or look for it in the Bowery Boys archives in your favorite podcatcher waaaay back with their other episodes from 2008. Parents may want to preview it before letting littles listen.

The four of us are still talking about our combined project. Greg was traveling through Kansas City in January of 2020, right before the pandemic, and we (and the handsome, Mr. Graham) had dinner and drinks. Ideas for this were flowing (as ideas often do when cocktails are involved) and the one we were working on from that “meeting” got canceled. Hopefully, we can all put it back on our calendars and make it a reality.