Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #14

The Sidewalks of New York by James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawlor

07 Sidewalks of New YorkIn 1894, Blake and Lawlor wrote this valentine to the neighborhood where they had grown up in gritty, bad old times of the tenements. As children, they somehow found a way to find joy, fun, games, and dancing, amid the strife and struggle of the Lower East Side. By the time the song was pubslished, the neighborhood had changed and so had they.

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