"New York Tendaberry" by Laura Nyro (VIDEO)

Listen to "New York Tendaberry" by Laura Nyro, No. 56 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

56. Laura Nyro, "New York Tendaberry" (1969)

On the stark title track of Nyro's third album, the singer-songwriter offers a dark hymn of urban self-renewal. Accompanying herself on piano, she begins in a bleak space ("the past is a blue note inside me"), but builds to an impassioned swell: "Sidewalk and pigeon/You look like a city/But you feel like religion to me."

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