The five boroughs are rich with history, passion and stories of people who have experienced so much in the place they call home. “Street Level from NY1” invites you to get to know our city through the tales of those who’ve lived it. Curated by trusted reporter and New Yorker Josh Robin, episodes on 7th Ave, Northern Boulevard, the Bowery and more highlight the people and the moments that make NYC what it is today.
Manhattan’s 7th Avenue is like an artery that runs through landmarks rich with LGBTQ history - in particular, a 6 block section of the road as it flows through the West Village, which has long been one of New York's most bohemian and progressive neighborhoods. Among the many streets that crisscross New York City, few — if any — encapsulate its DNA of inclusivity, community, creativity, and compassion as well as this portion of 7th Avenue.
Every true New Yorker knows, it’s not Bowery Street or Bowery Avenue. It’s the Bowery. This mile-long stretch in Lower Manhattan was home to the city’s original performing arts scene. From vaudeville to punk rock, the Bowery has played host to New York’s edgiest acts. Down on the Bowery, far from the bright lights uptown, the art was bawdy. It was eccentric. At times it was offensive. This was entertainment for the masses, the misfits, and the misunderstood. But with all that’s changed since, has the Bowery lost its artistic soul?
Running right through the heart of Flushing, Queens, Northern Boulevard houses one of the most diverse communities on planet Earth—and its diversity is no accident. In fact, historians say you can trace the tolerance enshrined in the U.S. Constitution to one block in the center of Flushing—located between Main Street and Union Street. Today, this block is lined with a cultural kaleidoscope of bustling businesses, owned and operated by immigrants hailing from just about every corner of the world.