"Manhattan" by Ella Fitzgerald (VIDEO)
Listen to "Manhattan" by Ella Fitzgerald, No. 32 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
32. Ella Fitzgerald, "Manhattan" (1957)
The Great American Songbook team of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart had its first hit with this adorably clever 1925 ode to urban staycations, which finds gentle romance amid the bustle of city life: the "balmy breezes" of the subway, the "sweet pushcarts gently gliding by" on Mott Street. In her 1956 account, Ella wears the song's wit on her sleeve like a charm bracelet.