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Poll: Most Iconic New York City Scene

Ah, the city that never sleeps... It's hard not to associate NYC with the movies. Many of which, and more specifically many scenes, are responsible for instilling this idea in our head that it is the perfect city, filled with dreams and allure. These scenes delved deep into our collective consciousness and reinforced the magic that we feel when we think of The Big Apple.

Which of these iconic New York movie scenes do you consider to be the greatest?

(Please Note: Since the majority of most of these films take place in New York, I have tried to pick the most iconic scene from each that most memorably depicts the city.)

After voting, you may wake up in a city that never sleeps here.

Make Your Choice

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    M. Monroe "The Seven Year Itch" © 1955

    The Girl and her white dress.

    From The Seven Year Itch (1955).

    Areas featured: 52nd St. and Lexington Ave.

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    Holly Golightly in front of Tiffany's window.

    From Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

    Areas featured: Tiffany's.

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    Fay Wray and King Kong in King Kong (1933)

    King Kong on the Empire State Building.

    From King Kong (1933).

    Areas featured: Empire State Building.

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    Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979)

    Isaac and Mary's romantic end to the day.

    From Manhattan (1979).

    Areas featured: Sutton Place, Below the Queensboro Bridge.

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    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

    The Boys walking in front of the Manhattan Bridge.

    From Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

    Areas featured: Intersection of Washington Street and Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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    Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, and Vera-Ellen in On the Town (1949)

    Chip, Gabey and Ozzie singing "New York, New York".

    From On the Town (1949).

    Areas featured: In front of the Prometheus statue outside 30 Rock.

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    Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black (1997)

    Agent K and Agent J coming across the first aliens' ships.

    From Men in Black (1997).

    Areas featured: Queens World Fair.

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    Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy (1969)

    Ratso screaming "I'm walkin' here!"

    From Midnight Cowboy (1969).

    Areas featured: Times Square.

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    Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

    Sonny Wortzik screaming "Attica! Attica".

    From Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

    Areas featured: Prospect Park West in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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    Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    Santa Claus greeting the excited children.

    From Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

    Areas featured: Macy's storefront on 34th Street.

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    Gene Hackman, William Friedkin, Roy Scheider, Eddie Egan, and Randy Jurgensen in The French Connection (1971)

    Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle chasing the assassin.

    From The French Connection (1971).

    Areas featured: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Elevated through Stillwell line from Bay 50th St. Station ending at 62nd St. station.

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    Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia in Big (1988)

    Josh Baskin's fancy footwork.

    From Big (1988).

    Areas featured: The Walking Piano at FAO Schwarz.

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    John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977)

    Tony Manero walking to "Staying Alive".

    From Saturday Night Fever (1977).

    Areas featured: Around Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn.

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    Travis Bickle's questionable choice for a first date.

    From Taxi Driver (1976).

    Areas featured: Times Square Adult Film Theatre.

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    Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, and Richard Edson in Do the Right Thing (1989)

    The race riot at Sal's Famous Pizzeria.

    From Do the Right Thing (1989).

    Areas featured: Stuyvesant Ave in Brooklyn.

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    Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

    Harry Goldfarb 'seeing' the emptiness in his life.

    From Requiem for a Dream (2000).

    Areas featured: Coney Island Boardwalk.

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    Christian Bale in American Psycho (2000)

    Patrick Bateman orders a steak without hashbrowns.

    From American Psycho (2000).

    Areas featured: Smith & Wollensky's on 797 Third Ave.

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    Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

    Kevin McCallister checking into suite 411.

    From Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).

    Areas featured: The Plaza Hotel.

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    Natalie Portman and Jean Reno in Léon: The Professional (1994)

    Léon and Mathilda carrying a houseplant and every possession they jointly own in two bags.

    From Léon: The Professional (1994).

    Areas featured: The middle of 7th Avenue.

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    Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas (1990)

    Henry and Karen enter the Copacabana through the back entrance, greeting their friends as they make their way to the best table in the house.

    From Goodfellas (1990).

    Areas featured: The Copacabana Night Club.

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    Billy Bryan in Ghostbusters (1984)

    Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston encountering the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

    From Ghostbusters (1984).

    Areas featured: Columbus Circle.

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    Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

    Ted Kramer reluctantly gives up his son to, and watches him run into the arms of, his wife Joanna.

    From Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

    Areas featured: Across the Mall at Central Park.

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    Dustin Hoffman and Charles Durning in Tootsie (1982)

    Michael Dorsey tries to salvage his acting career.

    From Tootsie (1982).

    Areas featured: Russian Tea Room on 150 W. 57th St..

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    James Remar, Michael Beck, David Harris, Tom McKitterick, Terry Michos, Marcelino Sánchez, Brian Tyler, and Thomas G. Waites in The Warriors (1979)

    The battle between the Warriors and the Rogues.

    From The Warriors (1979).

    Areas featured: Coney Island Boardwalk.

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    Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    Don Vito Corleone pays a visit to Fanucci.

    From The Godfather: Part II (1974).

    Areas featured: Feast of San Gennaro.

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    Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

    Sally Albright's spontaneous display of faux-pleasure.

    From When Harry Met Sally... (1989).

    Areas featured: Katz's Deli.

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    Jon Abrahams, Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick, Carisa Glucksman, Harold Hunter, Michele Lockwood, Yakira Peguero, and Justin Pierce in Kids (1995)

    Telly and Casper take a little stroll.

    From Kids (1995).

    Areas featured: Washington Square Park.

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    Barry Miller and Maureen Teefy in Fame (1980)

    The High School for Performing Arts stopping traffic to perform.

    From Fame (1980).

    Areas featured: 46th Street.

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    George Chakiris, David Winters, Eliot Feld, Tony Mordente, Tucker Smith, Russ Tamblyn, and Anthony 'Scooter' Teague in West Side Story (1961)

    The first rumble between the Jets and the Sharks.

    From West Side Story (1961).

    Areas featured: Playground on 110th between 2nd and 3rd.

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    Richard Roundtree in Shaft (1971)

    The opening credits of John Shaft walking through Times Square.

    From Shaft (1971).

    Areas featured: Times Square.

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    Anne Hathaway and Adrian Grenier in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    Andy Sachs and friends at Bubby's.

    From The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

    Areas featured: Bubby's Pie Company on 120 Hudson St.

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    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail (1998)

    Joe and Kathleen's first official meet.

    From You've Got Mail (1998).

    Areas featured: Cafe Lalo on 201 W. 83rd St.

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    Matthew Lillard, Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller, and Laurence Mason in Hackers (1995)

    Dade, Kate and friends rollerblade down the streets.

    From Hackers (1995).

    Areas featured: Park Avenue to Grand Central.

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    Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember (1957)

    Nickie Ferrante waiting in vain for Terry McKay.

    From An Affair to Remember (1957).

    Areas featured: Empire State Building.

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    Charlie Sheen in Wall Street (1987)

    Gordon Gekko and Bud Fox meet in the park, the latter of whom is wearing a wire.

    From Wall Street (1987).

    Areas featured: Central Park.

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