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New York icons/characters who are still alive

Which personalities truly embody NYC in all its glory (besides Michael Musto)? And Fran L?

I'm thinking people like the late Jerry Orbach, or Warhol.

by Anonymousreply 125January 17, 2022 11:17 PM

Lady Bunny

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by Anonymousreply 2January 14, 2022 11:01 PM

Strapping heterosexual news icon David Tyler Muir.

by Anonymousreply 3January 14, 2022 11:02 PM

Yoko Ono

by Anonymousreply 4January 14, 2022 11:02 PM

The guy with the bottles on his fingers who said, "waaarrrrriors, come out and playay"

by Anonymousreply 5January 14, 2022 11:03 PM

Debbie Harry

by Anonymousreply 6January 14, 2022 11:14 PM

Donald Trump

Howard Stern

Barbara Walters

Rudy Giuliani

Alan Dershowitz

by Anonymousreply 7January 14, 2022 11:15 PM

Martin S

by Anonymousreply 8January 14, 2022 11:15 PM

Cindy Adams

by Anonymousreply 9January 14, 2022 11:16 PM

Dan Abrams

by Anonymousreply 10January 14, 2022 11:21 PM

Iris Apfel, even though I can’t stand the old cunt

by Anonymousreply 11January 14, 2022 11:25 PM

Sarah Jessica Parker

by Anonymousreply 12January 14, 2022 11:27 PM

Ramona Singer

David Berkowitz

Ruth Madoff

Martin Shkreli

The Trump Crime Family

by Anonymousreply 13January 14, 2022 11:30 PM

Warhol was a Pittsburgh icon.

by Anonymousreply 14January 14, 2022 11:31 PM

The Naked Cowboy

by Anonymousreply 15January 14, 2022 11:33 PM

Amanda LePore

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by Anonymousreply 16January 14, 2022 11:33 PM

Raymond the Bagel Man (up by City College)

by Anonymousreply 17January 14, 2022 11:35 PM

oh, Raymond may no longer be alive -- sorry

by Anonymousreply 18January 14, 2022 11:35 PM

R14 the Factory was in Union Square NY and Warhol lived and was surrounded by New Yorkers most of his life.

by Anonymousreply 19January 14, 2022 11:36 PM

Michael Musto

Woody Allen

Elliott Offen

by Anonymousreply 20January 14, 2022 11:40 PM

Adam Purple

How about the lady with the crazy long curled fingernails who used to sell socks on St. Mark’s Place?

Or the guy who would ride the R train and make a hellacious racket and yell “I am a space alien. Money makes me go away”

There used to be a guy who rode the 4 train who had no nose. Just a bandaid where a nose should be.

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by Anonymousreply 22January 14, 2022 11:46 PM

Sorry to turn this to microcosm, but I love the regular neighborhood characters, too, not just the famous ones.

There’s a woman in the East 80s who wears coordinated outfits in a sort of 1940s style. She’ll wear things like a leopard coat and ankle socks and old-style high heels and a leopard beret. Some days it’s plaid. I think her name is Janice. She’s got style.

There’s also an old guy who looks like Rod Stewart. He has dyed black hair and wears shit like shambled smoking jackets with pocket squares and velvet loafers without socks and he waved a cigarette around. A character.

by Anonymousreply 23January 14, 2022 11:48 PM

Fran Lebowitz

Used to see Elaine Stritch storming around, but she’s dead now.

by Anonymousreply 24January 14, 2022 11:49 PM

[quote] [R14] the Factory was in Union Square NY and Warhol lived and was surrounded by New Yorkers most of his life.

That's nice. He's dead.

by Anonymousreply 25January 14, 2022 11:54 PM

King Kong

by Anonymousreply 26January 15, 2022 12:05 AM

Elegant Elliot Offen.

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by Anonymousreply 28January 15, 2022 12:16 AM

Burt Bacharach

by Anonymousreply 29January 15, 2022 12:23 AM

Be honest, we have to add the Cuomos.

And that guy married to a Hillaryite who got kicked out of Congress.

That woman who takes photos of the Queen and other famous people.

Ivana, of course.

Whoever keeps the Strand going.

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by Anonymousreply 31January 15, 2022 12:31 AM

R25 you do know that was is past tense and I was responding to R14 who you misquoted? That's careless!

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by Anonymousreply 33January 15, 2022 12:38 AM

King Kong is dead, killed by New York in several iterations. The final nail in the coffin was the piece of shit musical.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 15, 2022 12:39 AM

Channel J’s Robin Byrd!

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by Anonymousreply 35January 15, 2022 12:44 AM

Mariska Hargitay

by Anonymousreply 36January 15, 2022 12:44 AM

How you say....Hiaria?

And her equally odious husband.

by Anonymousreply 37January 15, 2022 12:49 AM

Jerry Seinfeld

by Anonymousreply 38January 15, 2022 1:09 AM

David Letterman

by Anonymousreply 39January 15, 2022 1:09 AM

Gilbert Gottfried

by Anonymousreply 40January 15, 2022 1:33 AM

Muffie Potter Aston

Robert DeNiro

Graydon Carter

by Anonymousreply 41January 15, 2022 1:35 AM

New York icons/ characters should be limited to native New Yorkers. No transplants.

by Anonymousreply 42January 15, 2022 1:46 AM

New Yorkers despise flyovers, so you cannot claim them as yours when a famous one moves into the city. You can't have it both ways.

by Anonymousreply 43January 15, 2022 1:55 AM

This is the guy I meant in R5.

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by Anonymousreply 44January 15, 2022 2:03 AM

This is the guy I meant in R5.

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by Anonymousreply 45January 15, 2022 2:03 AM

R42, NYC is made of many erstwhile outliers. Even Fran Lebowitz was born and raised in Morristown, NJ.

But here's a native son: Cousin Brucie. Even we 60s teens in Eastern PA listened to him on WABC.

by Anonymousreply 46January 15, 2022 2:04 AM

btw, the men in the Warriors were hot af.

by Anonymousreply 47January 15, 2022 2:04 AM

Bette Midler

by Anonymousreply 48January 15, 2022 2:08 AM

Tom Stewart the announcer on WNET

Patrick Ewing

Philippe de Montebello

by Anonymousreply 49January 15, 2022 2:28 AM

Patrick Ewing? Then one better add Willis Reed and Walt Frazier!

by Anonymousreply 50January 15, 2022 2:46 AM

Dianne Brill, Queen of the Night

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by Anonymousreply 51January 15, 2022 2:47 AM

Vivi von Cuntington, the New York Social Diary Whisperer.

by Anonymousreply 52January 15, 2022 2:49 AM

Giorgio DeLuca. (Joel Dean is deceased.)

by Anonymousreply 53January 15, 2022 3:03 AM

Ian Schrager

by Anonymousreply 54January 15, 2022 3:09 AM

Dick Cavett.

An icon in his own mind, perhaps, but he qualifies due to longevity.

by Anonymousreply 55January 15, 2022 3:18 AM

AC and AC!!

by Anonymousreply 56January 15, 2022 3:34 AM

Dan Smith is still alive and he will still teach you guitar.

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by Anonymousreply 58January 15, 2022 3:55 AM

The spirit of Disco Sally Lives on !!!! My Mentor !!! Here she is with Lawrence Welk !!!

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by Anonymousreply 60January 15, 2022 4:29 AM

New York born Timothée Chalamet and Larry David.

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by Anonymousreply 61January 15, 2022 5:20 AM

Grace Jones

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by Anonymousreply 62January 15, 2022 5:38 AM

Robert Chambers

Bernhard Goetz

by Anonymousreply 63January 15, 2022 5:42 AM

Diane Von Furstenberg

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by Anonymousreply 64January 15, 2022 5:48 AM

Betsey Johnson, Jerry Hall, Brett Easton Ellis

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by Anonymousreply 68January 15, 2022 6:04 AM

All the good ones are dead: Joan Rivers, Bacall, Jackie Onassis, Brooke Astor, Nan Kempner, Lee Radziwill, Babe Paley, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anne SLater, those type of people.

by Anonymousreply 69January 15, 2022 6:09 AM

Anna Wintour?

by Anonymousreply 70January 15, 2022 6:11 AM

Lesbian lollapalooza Cynthia Nixon

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by Anonymousreply 71January 15, 2022 6:12 AM

Sandra Bernhard

by Anonymousreply 72January 15, 2022 6:54 AM

Has no one mention Iris yet? She’s even managed to outlive Betty White!

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by Anonymousreply 73January 15, 2022 8:37 AM

The indomitable Patty Smith.

by Anonymousreply 74January 15, 2022 8:38 AM

Susan Lucci (ppl who have never even watched All My Children or any other soaps knew her). Looks great too at 75.

by Anonymousreply 75January 15, 2022 9:41 AM

JP Dimon.

by Anonymousreply 76January 15, 2022 10:31 AM

Rupert Murdoch? Never been clear just where his home is.

by Anonymousreply 77January 15, 2022 10:33 AM

Has no one mentioned Sue Simmons yet? I mean I didn’t know she was still alive until I checked, but apparently she is.

by Anonymousreply 78January 15, 2022 10:39 AM

Philippe Petit

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by Anonymousreply 79January 15, 2022 10:44 AM

Bobo Rockefeller, the NY socialite extraordinaire.

by Anonymousreply 80January 15, 2022 10:47 AM

Truman Capote, he was a NYC character.

by Anonymousreply 81January 15, 2022 10:49 AM

Until they recently died Didion and Sondheim.

by Anonymousreply 82January 15, 2022 10:49 AM

Simon Doonan is our modern day Englishman in New York.

by Anonymousreply 83January 15, 2022 10:53 AM

All the black guys who beat and punch old ladies. Every neighborhood in NY has one.

by Anonymousreply 84January 15, 2022 10:56 AM

Patti Smith.

by Anonymousreply 85January 15, 2022 11:05 AM

With the recent death of Chuck Close, I guess Philip Pearlstein and Alex Katz are the most prominent living NYC artists.

by Anonymousreply 86January 15, 2022 11:05 AM

Rex Reed.

by Anonymousreply 87January 15, 2022 11:05 AM

Trump should return to Queens and just be a New York guy. Better for everyone all around.

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by Anonymousreply 89January 15, 2022 11:07 AM

I’m willing to give Amy Sedaris iconic New Yorker status.

by Anonymousreply 90January 15, 2022 11:09 AM

Richard Meier

by Anonymousreply 91January 15, 2022 11:13 AM

Fran Lebowitz

by Anonymousreply 92January 15, 2022 11:14 AM

Woody Allen

by Anonymousreply 93January 15, 2022 11:18 AM

Penny Arcade.

by Anonymousreply 94January 15, 2022 11:22 AM

Laurie Anderson

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by Anonymousreply 95January 15, 2022 11:26 AM

Scratch Letterman. He never claimed he was from New York, but from Indiana.

by Anonymousreply 96January 15, 2022 11:31 AM

Pussy Galore

by Anonymousreply 97January 15, 2022 11:34 AM

R42 New Yorkers are made not born.

by Anonymousreply 98January 15, 2022 11:36 AM

Woody and Mia

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by Anonymousreply 100January 15, 2022 11:48 AM

Nathan Lane

by Anonymousreply 101January 15, 2022 11:53 AM

Robert Caro

by Anonymousreply 102January 15, 2022 11:55 AM

Getting to the bottom of things in NYC

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by Anonymousreply 103January 15, 2022 11:57 AM

Seinfeld was born in New York but his show was filmed in LA, R38.

by Anonymousreply 104January 15, 2022 12:43 PM

Yes to Amy Sedaris. Not quite an icon but a NYC character. She has assimilated fully.

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Mario Cantone.

by Anonymousreply 107January 15, 2022 1:32 PM

Patti Smith

by Anonymousreply 108January 15, 2022 2:06 PM

Fran Drescher

by Anonymousreply 109January 15, 2022 2:07 PM

Jocelyn Wildenstein

by Anonymousreply 110January 15, 2022 2:11 PM

For better or worse Bloomberg and Gulianni.

by Anonymousreply 111January 15, 2022 2:14 PM

Patti LuPone

by Anonymousreply 112January 15, 2022 2:15 PM

R73, Yes, at R11.

by Anonymousreply 113January 15, 2022 3:28 PM

Somers Farkas

by Anonymousreply 114January 15, 2022 3:38 PM

Jill Zarin—she’s got sass and style!

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by Anonymousreply 115January 15, 2022 3:44 PM

The Taleses.

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by Anonymousreply 117January 17, 2022 10:44 AM

Glenn Plaskin

by Anonymousreply 118January 17, 2022 10:51 AM

"Sign the Petition!"

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by Anonymousreply 119January 17, 2022 10:56 AM

R119 did she take up residence on the UWS in the 80s/90s outside of Zabar's or is that another kook?

by Anonymousreply 120January 17, 2022 3:13 PM

Susan "It's So Expensive Being Rich" Gutfreund.

by Anonymousreply 121January 17, 2022 3:58 PM

The C.H.U.D.s

by Anonymousreply 122January 17, 2022 4:06 PM

[quote] did she take up residence on the UWS in the 80s/90s outside of Zabar's or is that another kook?

Yes. She had several locations throughout the city. For awhile she was in front of Zabars and for several weeks also at Broadway and West 79th. And I saw her several times in the Village.

I once sat near her on a crosstown bus. She was talking very loudly to another woman. A man turned around to look at her and she screamed out, “You have no right to look at me.”

by Anonymousreply 123January 17, 2022 5:14 PM

NYC icon Muffie Potter Aston.

by Anonymousreply 124January 17, 2022 6:28 PM

Pizza Rat

by Anonymousreply 125January 17, 2022 11:17 PM
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