New York City, Manhattan  


A view of the Empire State Building behind some of the most expensive apartments in New York City, makes a classy subject for the picture observation game. In a way this view is all about class, for some of Manhattan’s residents are said to look down on the inhabitants of the city, calling them “tunnel-bridge people“ and branding them as “inferior“. Manhattan Island’s southern tip, the location of Fort Amsterdam in the 17th century, is generally recognised as the birthplace of NYC. It was a Dutch colony by 1626, having been ‘bought‘ from the Canarsee Indians fo 60 guilders, but was captured by the British in 1664. Nowadays Manhattan is often said to be the cultural and financial capital of the world: Wall Street is there, and the two most important stock exchanges in the world. Add to this Broadway and the headquarters of the United Nations, and you have one of the most significant boroughs anywhere on the planet.

Woody Allen’s 1979 film, Manhattan, was filmed on location in black and white, and the brilliant photography made this borough of New York effectively another character in the movie. The soundtrack to this romantic comedy drama was entirely George Gershwin music. Allen directed and starred in the film alongside Diane Keaton, and a young Meryl Streep made an early career appearance. Manhattan received critical acclaim and is often cited as among Allen’s best work. It was nominated for two Academy awards and won the BAFTA Best Film award. The film took $127m, making it Woody Allen’s second most popular film. Strange to think, then, that Allen was so unhappy with the film once he had finished it that he asked United Artists not to release it!