Bowery Slang

Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

As David Mulkins demonstrated at this week’s Tenement Talks, the Bowery is singlehandedly responsible for some of the most significant contributions to American culture in the last two hundred years.  Notable examples include Yiddish Theater, Vaudeville, tap dancing, minstrel shows, and punk rock. However, there is one oft-overlooked, yet no less important contribution that still […]


Jonesin for Great Jones Street

Posted January 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

Pinpointing the exact etymology of certain words or phrases in the parlance of our time (to quote Big Lebowski) is a difficult task.  Indeed, much like a complicated game of telephone, explanations often change over time.  But some stick.  Take, for instance, the use of the verb “Jonesin.”  According to Urban Dictionary, Jonesin is  “a […]