Gary talks Real New York History and the Films You Need to See

A Conversation with Gary Dennis

Gary Dennis

Recorded at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, we chop it up with one of the best Tour Guides in NYC. Today’s guest on the show in Gary Dennis. In this episode we talk about the history of the Subway, film, architecture, cathedrals, theaters, old New York and the best places to find a restroom in the city.

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  1. New York Tours by Gary

The Cliff Notes

  1. Boroughs of New York (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island)
  2. Private Group Tour of Underground NYC (AKA The Empire Beneath The Streets)
  3. NewYorkToursbyGary.com
  4. #7 Train
  5. Transit Museum Annex
  6. Grand Central Terminal
  7. Bayside, Queens
  8. Hunts Point, Bronx
  9. Archer Avenue Lines
  10. R Train
  11. N Train
  12. W Train
  13. Ditmars Boulevard
  14. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  15. Charles T. Harvey
  16. The History of New York Rapid Transit
  17. Jay Gould
  18. Hudson River Railroad
  19. Metropolitan Railway
  20. August Belmont, Jr.
  21. IRT Third Avenue Line
  22. IRT Ninth Avenue Line
  23. Elevated Railway
  24. William Tweed
  25. Independent Subway System –IND
  26. Multiple Unit Control
  27. Frank Sprague
  28. Bill de Blasio– Mayor of New York City
  29. Red Hook, Brooklyn
  30. Upper West Side
  31. Harlem
  32. 103rd Street between Broadway and West End aka Humphrey Bogart Place
  33. William Burroughs – Writer
  34. Sara Roosevelt -mother of President of the United StatesFranklin Delano Roosevelt, her only child, and subsequently the mother-in-law of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  35. Office of Naval Intelligence and Lucky Luciano
  36. Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich
  37. New York City Housing Authority  (NYCHA)
  38. Ed Koch – Mayor New York 1977-1989
  39. Dark Shadows – Film
  40. King of Kings – Film
  41. Casablanca – Film
  42. Ten Commandments – Film
  43. The 4:30 Movie
  44. The Million Dollar Movie
  45. Night of the Hunter – Film
  46. The Warriors – Film 
  47. Blockbusters
  48. Movie Place
  49. Netflix
  50. Lincoln Square Movie Theater
  51. Betty Grable
  52. Director’s Cut
  53. Letterboxed
  54. Night of the Hunter – Film
  55. Sweet Smell of Success – Film 
  56. American Graffiti – Film
  57. Kings Row – Film 
  58. In a Lonely Place – Film 
  59. The French Connection – Film 
  60. Lauren Bacall – Actress
  61. West 103rd Street Block Association
  62. Riverside Park Conservancy – Riverside Fund
  63. Tino Hernandez
  64. Chico O’Farrill – Cuban Composer
  65. Humphrey Bogart
  66. Lost NY 1964
  67. The Columbia Encyclopedia to New York
  68. The Boulevard (Before it was Broadway)
  69. Great Blizzard of 1888
  70. Hippie
  71. Buddy Holly – American Musician and Composer
  72. Rick Rubin – American Record Producer
  73. Oh! Calcutta! – Film
  74. Richard Varick – 45 Mayor of New York City
  75. Times Square – 42nd Street
  76. New Amsterdam Theatre
  77. The Lion King – Musical
  78. Mary Poppins – Musical
  79. Aladdin – Musical  
  80. Transportation Security Administration – TSA
  81. Taxi Driver – Film
  82. All That Jazz – Film
  83. Fred Astaire – Dancer- Singer-Actor 
  84. Marx Brothers – Comedy Group
  85. The Cocoanuts – Film
  86. Animal Crackers – Film
  87. Vaudeville
  88. The Times Square Theater
  89. The Selwyn Theater
  90. American Airlines Theatre
  91. Apollo and Lyric Theaters
  92. Apollo – 125th 
  93. Simon and Herzig Music Hall
  94. Samuel Goldwyn
  95. Edgar Selwyn & Archibald Selwyn (Selwyn Brothers)
  96. Metro Goldwyn Mayer – MGM
  97. Empire Theatre – Originally opened as Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre in 1912
  98. Julian Eltinge – Actor – Female Impersonator
  99. Thomas W. Lamb – Architect – Madison Square Garden 1925
  100. Kaufman Astoria Studios
  101. The United Palace Theatre was the last of the Loew’s “Wonder Theaters” to be built in New York, Loew’s 175th Street
  102. Beacon Theatre 
  103. Roxy Theatre
  104. The Capital Theatre
  105. Radio City Music Hall
  106. Reverend Ike – American Minister
  107. Junior’s (Famous Cheesecake)
  108. New York Times
  109. Mark Hellinger Theatre – Home to Times Square Church
  110. Cort Theatre
  111. Washington Heights, Manhattan 
  112. First Corinthian Baptist Church
  113. Loew’s Valencia Theatre
  114. Regent Theater
  115. Dean Martin – American Singer
  116. Jerry Lewis – Comedian
  117. Sid Caeser – Actor
  118. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Film
  119. Richard Wayne Van Dyke – Actor
  120. Lin-Manuel Miranda – Playwright
  121. Sean Penn – Actor
  122. Casablanca – Film
  123. Ella Fitzgerald – American Jazz Singer
  124. Walkman– Tried to find the yellow Amon talks about in the episode.
  125. Penn Station

Special Content Alert – Where to take a poop in New York City – The Real New Yorker’s Bathroom List

  1. Columbus Circle
  2. Rocky’s Pizza Shop
  3. Starbucks (with Bathrooms)
  4. Brookfield Place
  5. Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
  6. National Museum of the American Indian
  7. Grand Central Terminal
  8. Bryant Park Public Restrooms
  9. JC Penny’s Manhattan Store
  10. Home Depot Manhattan
  11. Chelsea Market
  12. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
  13. Tony Bennet
  14. Brooklyn Bridge
  15. The Municipal Building
  16. Big Gulp
  17. Eataly
  18. Fred and Adele Astaire – Dancers
  19. Coney Island Wonder Wheel
  20. Nathan’s Famous
  21. Fulton Ferry Landing
  22. Coney Island Cyclone
  23. Coney Island Parachute Jump
  24. 1939 New York World’s Fair
  25. Brooklyn Cyclones
  26. Staten Island Yankees
  27. Minor League Baseball
  28. Eldorado bumper cars and Arcade
  29. Fred Trump and the Coney Island Funeral 
  30. Astroland Amusement Park
  31. Luna Park
  32. Coney Island
  33. The Godfather Part 3
  34. Dinosaur Playground in Riverside Park
  35. Robert Moses Playground 
  36. Spiderman Film Locations NYC
  37. Heins & LaFarge Architectural Firm

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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