New York City Marathon Music Mix

Photo by Joris van Rooden

With only four days until the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, my excitement is ramping up exponentially. So I made a New York City mix—a love note to the city I adore, and love to run. These are my favorite songs about New York. There are lots of standards, some show tunes, rock songs, folk, rap and more. It seems everybody loves to sing about New York.

Happy listening, happy running, and when you’re facing the Queensboro Bridge at mile 15 of the marathon, just remember what Simon and Garfunkel sang in “The 59th Street Bridge Song” (another name New Yorkers use for the Queensboro): “Life—I love you. All is Groovy!”

If you have a favorite New York City song, list it below!

Karla’s New York City Marathon Mix

Theme From New York, New York by Frank Sinatra (the version played at the start of the marathon) or Liza Minnelli (the original)

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon and Garfunkel

Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

New York City by John Lennon

New York, New York by Ryan Adams

I Love New York by Madonna

An Open Letter to NYC by The Beastie Boys

Sunday in New York by Bobby Darin

Manhattan by Ella Fitzgerald

N.Y.C. from Annie (I’m partial to the original Broadway cast recording)

Autumn in New York by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, or Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, take your pick!

New York State of Mind by Billy Joel

And last but most certainly not least…

New York, New York from On the Town

If you’re an out-of-towner and want to get excited, please, please, please watch this clip from On the Town, a 1949 film about three sailors on leave in New York City starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (the team behind Singin’ in the Rain), this scene gives you a tour of the city in just 3 minutes, and the music by Leonard Bernstein is a knockout. I first fell in love with New York while watching this movie as a little girl, about 20 years ago.

Good luck, runners!

Karla Bruning is an award-winning journalist and running nerd. She has completed three marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning. To listen to an interview with Karla, check out The Marathon Show, available for streaming or download on BlogTalkRadio and iTunes, or listen to a panel of runners, including Karla, discuss the ING New York City Marathon.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


11 2010


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