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Perhaps only Paris can rival New York City as a place that has inspired more writers, filmmakers, documentarians and singer/songwriters. The city fuels the artists who in turn love and hate her, sometimes leave but always return to her. Before you go...


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

You might imagine you hear the sound of carriage-horses trotting over cobblestones along Fifth Avenue after reading this one. Edith Wharton's tale of Gilded Age New York paints a vivid picture of upper-class Manhattan in the 1870s.

Here is New York by E.B. White (1949)

E.B. White's classic is often referred to as the ultimate love letter to the city.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney (1984)

Sex, drugs and downward spirals – the 1980s characters in Jay McInerney's modern classic live fast and loose.

Forever by Pete Hamill (2002) 

Pete Hamill takes readers on a journey into New York's history through the eyes of its protagonist, Cormac O'Connor, who arrives in 1740 and never leaves.

Good Night New York City by Adam Gamble (2006)

Penned by Adam Gamble (with illustrations by Joe Veno), this is the ideal New York City gift for the kid in your life.

Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010)

Patti Smith's memoir details the punk poet laureate's relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the city where they met.

Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities by Vahram Muratyan (2011)

Vahram Muratyan's genius collection of illustrations comparing the two fabled cities. Coco vs Calvin, Deauville vs the Hamptons, brasserie vs diner, and much more. 

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton (2013)

Inspired by the hugely popular blog of the same name, Brandon Stanton chronicles the everyday people who inhabit the city. 

New York City Restaurants published by Zagat (updated annually)

Let your stomach lead the way and find inspiration in the pages of Zagat's annual guide to the best eats in the city.


Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly has inspired generations of young women to try their luck in New York City.

Manhattan (1979)

Having dedicated decades of his career to making films about New York, one of Woody Allen's best is Manhattan, shot in black and white.

Sex and the City (1998 - 2004)

Then, now and always. The TV series though, never the films. 

Law and Order: SVU (1999– )

Now in its seventeenth season, the writers pluck NYPD cases straight from the headlines and turns them into compelling television.

9/11 (2002)

One of the best films made about the shocking events of September, 2001. French brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet had been following a group of NYFD firefighters for a fly-on-the-wall documentary, when the unthinkable happened.

Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

Chronicles the life of the legendary New York Times photographer.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Insiders confirm that yes, there really was that much sex, booze and drugs in the world's financial capital during the reckless 1980s. Also, Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas.

Spike Lee's filmography...

The resident New York director's films cover racial tensions (Do the Right Thing), interracial relationships (Jungle Fever), poor choices (25th Hour) and much more.

Go 'old-school' New York...

For a little nostalgia, check out films like Rear Window, All About Eve and Miracle on 34th Street.

Rom-coms set in New York...

So many rom-com films have made New York City a character, it's impossible to list them all here. Start with When Harry Met Sally, Trainwreck, Working Girl and Keeping the Faith.

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