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New York City: A Mosaic of Music

Jan 07th 2014

The streets are alive with the sound of music!

Every year thousands of musicians move to New York, the music capital of the world. Known as the place where musicians are discovered and their careers are launched, some of the world’s biggest chart-topping artists started their careers in New York.

It’s the city that has influenced, cultivated and fine-tuned numerous genres. Laying claim as the birthplace for jazz and hip-hop, New York also gave a voice to punk and brought indie rock to light.

The city itself has become a muse for songwriters spanning decades and has produced some of the biggest names in music, past and present. Musicians such as Lady Gaga, Jay Z, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs often declare their love for the city through lyrics and call the city home.

NYC has an abundantly rich musical history and you never have to look far for the signs. In the subway, on the streets, cafes, dive bars, concert halls, and some of the country’s most iconic music venues such as Madison Square Garden and the Apollo Theatre, it’s everywhere you look! With so much going on, we’ve put together a guide to help you experience New York’s music scene.

Famous Music Venues:

  • Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • The Living Room
  • Union Hall
  • The Mercury Lounge
  • Bowery Ballroom
  • The Knitting Factory
  • Webster Hall
  • Irving Plaza
  • Lennox Lounge
  • Blue Note

Music Landmarks:

  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Ed Sullivan Theatre
  • Studio 54
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Washington Square Park
  • The Apollo Theatre

Some of our favorite music tours in the city include:

With music’s biggest award ceremony, The Grammys, coming up later this month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate music in the city that brought us some of the world’s best. You never know, that person performing in the subway could be the next big name topping the charts.