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In July 1886, Steve Brodie, a resident of the Bowery neighborhood of New York City, made a bet to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, into the river below, in exchange for the money to open a saloon. This was a 135 foot jump. He became legendary for the leap.

But, did it actually happen?  Listen and decide what you think! 

Also, on this episode, we present a short story from 1902 - Maude and Percy Visit the Bowery - which gives a humorous (?) glimpse into what happens when a naïve upper middle class young couple decide to experience the excitement and terrors of the Bowery.

Although the story is fiction, it contains many mentions of real places and people of the time period, including Steve Brodie (!) and McGurk’s saloon, which was depicted in detail on a recent episode of our podcast.  And, for the enjoyment of our listeners, the story of Maud and Percy is presented here, as an audio play. 

 

HISTORICAL REFERENCES

 

Steve Brodie:

New York Times, July 24, 1886.

New York Times, February 7, 1901.

New York Post, November 5, 2007.

The Day, Associated Press (AP), July 24, 1986.

Sante, Luc, Low Life (1990), pp. 122-25.

Haw, Richard, The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History (2006), pp. 145-150. 

McCullough, David, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (2012), p. 448.

Freeman, Morton, A New Dictionary of Eponyms (1997), pp. 33.

Steve Brodie: Find-a-Grave.

Bridget Brodie (wife): Find-a-Grave.

 

Maud and Percy:

Jarrold, Earnest (a.k.a. “Mickey Finn”), Maud and Percy Visit the Bowery,

Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 11, 1903 (reprint from New York Sun).

Earnest Jerrold – Wikipedia biography.

Earnest Jerrold – “Mickey Finn” is Dead (obituary), New York Times, March 21, 1912. 

 

GUEST VOICES.

Steve Brodie:

Steve Brodie - Andy Wang, the host of the Inspired Money podcast. 

Accomplice of Steve BrodieSam Kulper of the Breakers podcast.

Bowery Bus Tour Guide (Unidentified) - Pete Lutz from the Pulp Pourri podcast, the Jake Dimes podcast, the Range Detective podcast; and the Save the Last Word for Me podcast.

Maud & Percy:

MaudSara Stapleton of the Karen & Ellen Letters podcast.

PercyKevin Gallagher, the host of the Everything is Awesome podcast.

NYC Police officer (Unidentified) – Barney Black of Bloody Murder podcast.

Intoxicated Man (Unidentified) – Austin Beach of Audioblivious Productions.

Waiter (Unidentified) – Drew Profit of Audioblivious Productions.

Man on Street & Witness at McGurk’s (Unidentified) - Scott Phillips of Audioblivious Productions.

Sadie - Taylor Sadowski, listener and fan.

Sadie’s Friend (Unidentified) - Karen Wickiam, the host of Stat! Shocking Traumas and Treatments podcast.

Sailor (Unidentified) - Jeremy Hennessy of Audioblivious Productions.

Pick-Pocket Girl / Lady of the Evening (Unidentified) - Danielle Ries of Audioblivious Productions.

Narrator (story) - Sam Kulper of the Breakers podcast.

Miscellaneous:

Narrator, the story of Steve Brodie & Outro Aphorism (voice) – Kit Caren, co-host of the Forgotten News Podcast.

Host IntroNina Innsted, the host of the Already Gone podcast.

 

 

MUSIC

 

Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses / by 3.0

At Rest

I Knew A Guy

Confortable Mystery

 

Freesound:

Piano_Ending_Tune

organ grinder

chinese umbrella rag demo

 

Andy Wang:

My Pearl is a Bowery Girl (chorus)

The Bowery (chorus)

 

ABRF:

Short Ragtime Piano Thingy I Made

 

StarSheep4:

Swingin' The Alphabet - Childrens' Song Arrangement                (drum intro segment only).

 

SOUND EFFECTS

 

Freesound:

Male_crying_and_weeping

WestVillageNYC crowd

Horror_shrieks_woman

crowd-mob-riot-noise (voices only)

Splash

Medieval_Fanfare_tweaked

Clapping

Cheering

Applause

 

OUTRO APHORISM: 

Source: Chesterton, G.K., Heretics (1905),                                      in chapter “Omar and the Sacred Vine”, p. 108.

 

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