#12: The Princess of 42nd Street

Caruso tipped her $5.

Fanny Gold ran her family’s 42nd Street newsstand as an eight-year-old girl in 1915. Living in poverty one block away, she was enchanted by Times Square’s aristocratic era. And was mugged six times there as an old lady.

 

About the music in #11: The Man Who Booked the Movies

The intro to this podcast uses Josh’s acoustic cover of “Theme From Shaft,” from his new album, Sixty Goddammit.

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast: Famous & PoorThe Worst!Blacks ’n’ JewsJosh Alan Band and Sixty Goddammit.

#11: The Man Who Booked the Movies

From Cagney to Kung Fu.

Martin Levine, president of Brandt Theaters, booked most of the movies across 42nd Street for 50 years. His office reflects the faded glamour of a once mighty theater empire now reduced to kung-fu, grindhouse and porn flicks.

 

About the music in #11: The Man Who Booked the Movies

The intro to this podcast uses Josh’s acoustic cover of “Theme From Shaft,” from his new album, Sixty Goddammit.

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast: Famous & PoorThe Worst!Blacks ’n’ JewsJosh Alan Band and Sixty Goddammit.

#10: Uncle Lou’s Scrapbook

Innocent victims of adversity.

That’s how Uncle Lou, a geologist turned chauffeur, saw many of the girls in Times Square, who affectionately called him Uncle. His scrapbook documents an era of burlesque queens and porn starlets, whom he remains loyal to decades after their careers ended.

 

About the music in #10: Uncle Lou’s Scrapbook

The intro to this podcast uses Josh’s acoustic cover of “Theme From Shaft,” from his new album, Sixty Goddammit.

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast: Famous & PoorThe Worst!Blacks ’n’ JewsJosh Alan Band and Sixty Goddammit.

#9: Oh Susanna!

Tales of Times Square

Copping a feel in Times Square.

Show girls, moonlighting nurses, pickpockets and members of a fake marriage ring. Live Nude Girls 25¢ was the neon community catchphrase, and it was all about fast cash.

About the music in #9: Oh Susanna!

The intro to this podcast uses Josh’s acoustic cover of “Theme From Shaft,” from his new album, Sixty Goddammit.

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast: Famous & PoorThe Worst!Blacks ’n’ JewsJosh Alan Band and Sixty Goddammit.

#8: Holy Cross

Josh Alan Friedman, Tales of Times Square

The Catholic Church Vs. Times Square.

Three priests of Holy Cross Church witnessed the rise and fall of Times Square. Father Robert Rappleyea, pastor during the era of porn, saw the human condition reach bottom. He put up a bold front.

About the music in #8: Holy Cross

The intro to this podcast uses Josh’s acoustic cover of “Theme From Shaft,” from his new album, Sixty Goddammit.

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast: Famous & PoorThe Worst!Blacks ’n’ JewsJosh Alan Band and Sixty Goddammit.