Lou Reed's Guide to New York City

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Lou Reed, Your Most Honest Tour Guide for Almost 50 Years

If there's one common sentiment shared by all the Lou Reed tributes that have sprung up in the past few dats, it's how Reed's music felt like the sound of New York. Whether the subject matter, the ambiance or outright namedropping geography, his almost 50 years of output chronicled and reflected an ever-changing city that he loved, or that at least loved him back enough to inspire him. When I first moved to New York nine years ago, I used Reed's referencing of different locations to aid my own navigation around the city. It is with the cathartic chance to walk his streets once more that we proudly bring you Lou Reed's Guide to New York City.

See also: The Voice's 1989 Review of Lou Reed's New York

1) "I'm Waiting For the Man" 1967
"Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive."

2) "Run Run Run" 1967
"Teenage Mary said to Uncle Dave
'I sold my soul, must be saved.
Gonna take a walk down to Union Square,
You never know who you're gonna find there.'"

3) "Walk on the Wildside" 1972
"Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
Looking for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo."

4) "Sally Can't Dance" 1974
"Sally is losing her face, she lives on St. Marks Place /
In a rent-controlled apartment, eighty dollars a month."

5) "Ooohhh Baby" 1975
"But now you are a topless dancer working out of a bar on Times Square."

6) "All Through the Night" 1979
"My best friend Sally, she got sick and I'm feeling mighty ill myself it happens all the time
and all through the night I went to Saint Vincent's and I'm watching the ceiling
fall down on her body as she's lying round on the ground."

See also: Voice Columnist Richard Nusser Was There When Lou Reed Wrote "Sunday Morning"

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Lex and 125th has a McDonalds on one Corner and Chain Grocery across the street. Ain't no PR shoes or Straw Hats up datta way...

Greg Watson
Greg Watson

wish I could visit every one today !!!

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