New York City as Inspiration

As New York symbolizes liberty, liberalism, freedom, and advancement, it was a natural location for the creation and inspiration of important personas that acted there over the years.

The list of all of them will be too long, so here are some of the outstanding and most influential ones:
Poetry and Literature: the activists and poets Dorothy Parker and Audre Lorde, the writer Fran Lebowitz, the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edith Wharton, a writer and the first woman who won the Pulitzer prize for literacy.

Press and Journalism: Jane Jacobs, Nellie Bly, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Schiff.

Health: Margaret Sanger, who opened the first birth control clinic.

Political and Social Activists: Lillian Wald, a nurse and an activist, founded the Henry Street Settlement in 1893, the activist Ella Baker, Eleanor RooseveltJacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sophie Irene LoebCharlotte Wilbour, and Shirley Chisholm.
Also should be remembered Verna Small from Greenwich Village, and Margot Gayle from SOHO, who fought for the preservation of their neighborhoods.

Academy: Susan Sontag, Mary McCarthy, and Hannah Arendt, all were part of the New York Intellectuals group.



Arts and Performance: the painters Helen Frankenthaler, Grandma Moses, Judith Eisler, Charline von Heyl, and Ethel Myers; the sculptors Louise Bourgeois, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who is also the founder of the Whitney Museum; the dancer Martha Graham; the photographer Alice Austen; the singers Marcella Sembrich (Soprano singer), Alicia KeysLady Gaga, Billie HolidayCarole King, Suzanne Vega, and Cyndi Lauper, who is also a LGBT rights activist; and the actresses Katharine Hepburn, Whoopi GoldbergSarah Jessica Parker, and Scarlett Johansson.

Philanthropists and Art collectors: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Peggy Guggenheim, Brooke Astor.

Up until today, the city is a central cultural hub, and different creations are born and inspired by its special ambiance. A famous example of the city as a star of a show is in the important and pioneering story of the female friendship in “Sex and the City”, which raised issues regarding women’s singlehood, ageism, relationships, sexuality, and friendship, all together with a hymn of praise to this city and the things it enables.

In this regard, you should check out a beautiful project of commemorating “extraordinary women who have, since the beginning, been shapers and heroes” of New York City, is the City of Women Poster Map, made by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro.

The city was an inspiration for many other movies and TV shows, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Working Girl (1988), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Girls, Gossip Girl, Inside Amy Schumer, Nurse Jackie, The Wendy Williams Show, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and many more.



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