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What To Listen To, Read, And Watch If You Miss New York

Not to sound like an Instagram caption, but “~take me back~”.

Do you find yourself longing for New York? You’re not alone. Bwog Staff has compiled a list of our favorite songs, films, TV shows, and musicals that are in and about New York.

 

Songs: 

“New York” by St. Vincent

“Visions of Johanna” by Bob Dylan

“Empire State of Mind” by JAY-Z

“Theme from New York New York” by Frank Sinatra

“Lit Up” by The National

“New York Minute” by Don Henley

“New York” by Ed Sheeran

“Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift

“No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” by The Beastie Boys

“Chelsea Morning” by Joni Mitchell

“Upper West Side” by King Princess

“Lemonworld ”by The National

“Piazza, New York Catcher” by Belle and Sebastian

“New York City Cops” by The Strokes

“Train Under Water” by Bright Eyes

“The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel

“Manhattan” by Ella Fitzgerald

“2.25” by MICHELLE

“The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by The Magnetic Fields

“NYC” by Interpol

“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

“Paris Nights / New York Mornings” by Corinne Bailey Rae

“Downtown Train” by Tom Waits

“Lost in the City” by Lola Bates

“Dirty Blvd.” by Lou Reed

“Positively 4th St.” by Bob Dylan

“So Far Around the Bend” by The National

“New York Soul – Pt. ii” by Jon Bellion

 

TV Shows: 

30 Rock

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

Seinfeld

Friends

Saturday Night Live

Gossip Girl

Wizards of Waverly Place

How I Met Your Mother

Sex and the City

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Broad City

Mad Men

Brooklyn 99

Master of None

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

 

Films: 

The Apartment

The Devil Wears Prada

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Night at the Museum

Home Alone 2

Big

Rear Window

Someone Great

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Taxi Driver

After Hours

Shame

Frances Ha

Cruel Intentions

Ghostbusters (1984 by2016)

Enchanted

Paris is Burning

When Harry Met Sally

Uncut Gems

American Psycho

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Late Night

 

Books: 

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Open City by Teju Cole

Severance by Ling Ma

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

Eloise at the Plaza (similarly Eloise at Christmastime) by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

From The Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Barnard class of 2002!)

 

Musicals:

Annie

In the Heights

Newsies

Company

Hair

Falsettos

West Side Story

Hamilton

Rent

NYC Skyline via Wikimedia Commons

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3 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous For books, I’d also recommend “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara and “Weather” by Jenny Offill.

    Also, still not over how I went to middle school with King Princess where she made fun of me for having a blue mouth after eating a jolly rancher. Not sure what she said, exactly—she whispered the punchline about it to a friend of hers, and then got yelled at by our math teacher. Her music is great, though.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’ll never forget when King Princess in the middle school we went to together made fun of me for having mouth-stains from a blue jolly rancher and then got yelled at by our math teacher. Never knew it’d become a treasured memory.

  • andrew wang says:

    @andrew wang I would recommend CUNY professor William Helmreich’s “The New York Nobody Knows.” It’s a great work of urban sociology that was inspired by a game Helmreich played with his father called “last stop”–take any subway line to the last stop and learn as much as you can about that neighborhood. In writing the book, he made it his goal to walk all 120,000 blocks of NYC. Nine pairs of shoes later, he covered the distance from NYC to LA and back (plus another 900 miles). Two days ago he died of coronavirus at 74.

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