London's New York

An opinionated exploration of the greatest city in the world, starring historian, tour guide, and socialist agitator Daniel London

Episodes

Episode 6: Central Park

The most famous park in the world? Maybe. Inevitable stop on the Manhattan tourist trail? Absolutely. But Central Park is also an amazing laboratory for a 150-year-old experiment in urban planning and social identity, and the masterpiece of America’s first (and probably only) superstar landscape architect. Scenic vistas! Hot dogs! Gentrification! Paternalism! This place really … Continued

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Episode 5: Zuccotti Park

Seven years ago this week, this innocuous-looking downtown courtyard was taken over by Occupy Wall Street, and what resulted was one of the most exciting, chaotic, and controversial public protests ever held in New York. Our own Dan London was there in the thick of it. In this episode Dan goes back to Zuccotti to remember … Continued

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Episode 4: Sunnyside Gardens

Dan and David explore a largely unknown quasi-suburban corner of Queens – Sunnyside Gardens, a place so downright pleasant, it might be revolutionary.

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Episode 3: Roosevelt Island

A strange and unique spit of land in the middle of the East River, where we talk about the history of charity and looking to the future of the past.

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Episode 2: Lenny’s Grave

We trek to Green-Wood Cemetery to find the final resting place of one of the all-time most quintessential New Yorkers, and talk about the the power (and limitations) of his quest to use the performing arts as a force for social progress.

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Episode 1: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Our very first episode takes us uptown to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the strange pleasures of buildings designed to make you feel unimportant.

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Meet the Hosts

  • Daniel London

    Dan is a Ph.D. candidate in History at New York University. Jersey-born and Gotham-based, he has written about the class politics of bicycles, the political economy of post-war urban tourism, labor politics in the 1939 New York World’s Fair, notions of “public space” in the works of John Dewey, and the political effects of urban decentralization on Tammany Hall. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and leads tours New York City for Context Travel.

  • David Hoffman

    David is the founder and Creative Director of CitizenRacecar, and the Executive Producer of Racecar Radio.

    He lives in Queens with his wife and two kids, where he enjoys reading, cooking, birdwatching, 60’s soul music, and BBC detective shows.

Episodes

Episode 6: Central Park

The most famous park in the world? Maybe. Inevitable stop on the Manhattan tourist trail? Absolutely. But Central Park is also an amazing laboratory for a 150-year-old experiment in urban planning and social identity, and the masterpiece of America’s first (and probably only) superstar landscape architect. Scenic vistas! Hot dogs! Gentrification! Paternalism! This place really … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 5: Zuccotti Park

Seven years ago this week, this innocuous-looking downtown courtyard was taken over by Occupy Wall Street, and what resulted was one of the most exciting, chaotic, and controversial public protests ever held in New York. Our own Dan London was there in the thick of it. In this episode Dan goes back to Zuccotti to remember … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 4: Sunnyside Gardens

Dan and David explore a largely unknown quasi-suburban corner of Queens – Sunnyside Gardens, a place so downright pleasant, it might be revolutionary.

LISTEN →

Episode 3: Roosevelt Island

A strange and unique spit of land in the middle of the East River, where we talk about the history of charity and looking to the future of the past.

LISTEN →

Episode 2: Lenny’s Grave

We trek to Green-Wood Cemetery to find the final resting place of one of the all-time most quintessential New Yorkers, and talk about the the power (and limitations) of his quest to use the performing arts as a force for social progress.

LISTEN →

Episode 1: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Our very first episode takes us uptown to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the strange pleasures of buildings designed to make you feel unimportant.

LISTEN →