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 →

Episode 28: Forgotten New York’s Kevin Walsh

We help Kevin Walsh celebrate 20 years of running his award-winning site Forgotten New York. Kevin has been documenting the changing and forgotten bits of the five boroughs with meticulous block-by-block dedication for two decades. In Episode 28 find out how a kid from Bay Ridge obsessed over street lamps and turned his hobby into a life-long passion and popular website. He is also an author of a book based on the site. We find Continue Reading →

Episode 27: Michelle Young & Augustin Pasquet of Untapped Cities

If you’re a fan of the unknown and hidden features of New York City, then you probably already are a fan of Untapped Cities. We are thrilled to welcome founder Michelle Young and CEO Augustin Pasquet to the Big Show. This month is the site’s 10th anniversary, and they have a lot to be proud of in their decade of exploring the hidden parts of the city. They also offer tours of hard-to-see spots, such Continue Reading →

GANYC Awards Second Apple Statue

Exactly a year ago I won my first Apple Award from the Guides Association of New York City for my book World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. So I was not expecting to win this year, in a new category, Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word), for our podcast. I was not trying to encourage Joanna Holliday, my partner in pod, to invite more Continue Reading →

Episode 26: We Win the Apple Award from GANYC

A short bonus episode recorded at the after party for the Guides Association for New York City (GANYC) Apple Awards. Why are we celebrating? Because we won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word). Long title for a cool honor to receive! In this episode we do a little celebrating as we wait for our drinks to arrive. Joanna brought along a few friends from the bar, and we were Continue Reading →

Episode 25: Dave McWater on bars, boxing, business

Listen to East Village legend Dave McWater, the ultimate city raconteur. Our guest explains how he left Oklahoma for NYU and achieved success by following his grandfather’s advice about working hard. Dave has owned Doc Hollidays for 25 years, and with savvy acumen has three more classic bars in his portfolio: D.B.A., Library Bar, and Milano’s. He has been involved in sports management since the ‘90s and now heads Split-T Management, which is managing rising Continue Reading →

Episode 24: Actress & Coach Kimberly Faye Greenberg

Our listeners get lucky with this episode of Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show because they get to meet Kimberly Faye Greenberg, a NYC based AEA/SAG-AFTRA actress. She’s a transplant from the Golden State who has worked in the city for 20 years. What’s great about talking to Kim is not only is she working as an actress, but she has a side business as a coach helping others. She tours her own one-woman show about Continue Reading →