Big Lights Will Inspire You: Help Map Musical NYC

by BILLY GRAY · November 13, 2009

Although every other movie and TV show seems to be set in New York, many of these representations of the city are filmed on Hollywood backlots 3,000 miles away from a decent slice of pizza. But songs about New York are usually written by true blue New Yorkers taking their inspiration from the mean streets. The Huffington Post has kicked off the New York Music Project to identify and map specific locations mentioned in the myriad tunes that pay homage to the City That Never Sleeps. And they need your help.

There are 40 songs on the list so far, including timeworn anthems ("No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn") by New York institutions (Lou Reed, Jay Z) and lesser known tracks from awestruck out-of-towners ("Washington Square" by The Counting Crows). As is appropriate for the big city and its diversity of experience, subjects range from theater district appreciations ("Give My Regards To Broadway") and getting your AM coffee fix ("Tom's Diner") to scoring drugs ("Waiting for my Man") and scoring with hustlers ("53rd and 3rd"). Bottom line: in the end, everybody seems satisfied.

New Yorkers are famously outspoken, so check out the list for yourself and give your own suggestions.