NYC on Page and Screen

Here are some books, films, and tv shows to delve into and get to know your summer home before you become a New Yorker yourself.

Lunch on Fifth Avenue

New York in Print
Some of the most famous stories take place in New York City– fiction and nonfiction alike! Curl up with a classic or challenge yourself with a new favorite from the list below:

Historical New York Novels:
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Washington Square by Henry James
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Modern New York Novels:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Present-Day New York Novels:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Never Can Say Goodbye edited by Sara Botti
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Nonfiction New York:
Here is New York by E.B. White
The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows

We also recommend checking out the New York Times and New York Magazine, of course.

New York on the Big Screen
New York City is the backdrop for countless films; once you’ve lived here, you’ll soon to be able to identify neighborhoods, restaurants, and other settings when you watch movies set in the Big Apple.

  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Black Swan
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • Rent
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • West Side Story
  • Annie Hall
  • Manhattan
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Men in Black
  • I am Legend
  • Hitch
  • Ghostbusters


New York Binge-Watching
Finally, if you’re looking for some great NYC shows, you can’t go wrong with these classics:

  • Seinfeld
  • 30 Rock
  • Friends
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Gossip Girl
  • Daredevil
  • Jessica Jones

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