The music of New York City is a diverse and essential activity in the world of music. It has long been a thriving home for popular genres such as jazz, rock and the blues, as well as classical and art music. It's the birthplace of hip hop, freestyle, doo wop, doo woo, bebop, disco, punk, and new wave.

It's also the birthplace of Salsa music, born from a fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican influences that came together in New York's Latino neighborhoods in the 1960s. Enjoy those diversity at a glance.

Beats and Paces of New York

Video selection by Lucas Compan, a guest storyteller

The city's culture, a melting pot of nations from around the world, has produced vital folk music scenes such as Irish-American music and Jewish klezmer. Beginning with the rise of popular sheet music in the early 20th century, New York's Broadway musical theater and Tin Pan Alley's song craft, New York has a major part of the American music industry.

When you mix it all up with images, the result is astounding and compelling. Check out this selection of videos and escape from yourself for a few moments.

A Year in New York

By Andy Clancy

As a filmmaker living in New York for the first time, Andy Clancy grabs his Canon 7D and shoots footage of what was going on around him. He tried and took in all that was happening, capturing the sense of community he felt in a place so large and diverse.

Andy says, "It seemed like a never ending project, and you could stay filming life in New York for a long time. But eventually I put my camera down and started to edit. Here's the result, it's a bit rough and tumble but that's life in the Big Apple I guess."

Turn up the volume or put your in earphones for the beautiful song 'We Don't Eat' by Irishman James Vincent McMorrow.

The Beat of New York

By Tim Hahne

Thomas Noesner, Director of Photography, was in New York for a Mercedes shoot. Right after the job, he took his camera and strolled through the bustling street of the city. While screening the pictures of a drummer in the tube station, Tim Hahne had the idea of creating a remix of the recorded drum sequence to use it as a soundtrack of the film.

"That's when our sound designer Toussaint came into play. We simply composed a track around the drum beat of this guy. Some of the clips have also been used for the opening titles of Brad Pitt's "World War Z", Tim Hahne explains.

So watch and listen to The Beat of New York.

Streets of New York City

By Tim Sessler


Enjoy this calm and relaxing beautiful sequence of shots of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn -- greatly edited by Tim Sessler.

Manhattan In Motion

By Mindrelic

Mindrelic spent a little over a month hotel hopping in Manhattan, shooting time lapse. These clips were pulled from hours worth of footage.

Music is "Lights Dim" from New York City-based group called 'The American Dollar'. You can download a free compilation of 9 of their best tracks here.

Now, click on the video below and just enjoy these beautiful 3:57 minutes of joy.