The 400

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York and for their book NEW YORK 400: A Visual History of America’s Greatest City with Images from The Museum of the City of New York, and Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, go through the list of 400 influential New Yorkers.

Did they leave anyone out? Comment below.


Sarah Henry and Sam Roberts

Comments [15]

Charlie Haviland from Detroit

What Annah Perch said.

Diddy Combs, Walt Frazier, and Patti Smith?

Lois and Bill Wilson brought unprecedented solutions and changes to society at which humanity tried and failed for thousands of years.

I loved the Knicks and I love rock and roll, but...

Sep. 09 2009 02:25 PM
Connie from nj

Most certainly Brian Lehrer.

Sep. 09 2009 11:14 AM
Bjorn from brooklyn

+1 on Bill Wilson

Sep. 09 2009 11:06 AM
RLewis from The Bowery

How about Eleanor Campbell, founder of the Judson Health Center now on Spring St.

Sep. 09 2009 10:59 AM
Suki from Williamsburg

Definitely Brian Lehrer

Sep. 09 2009 10:59 AM
hjs from 11211

bill clinton - brought money back to harlem

Sep. 09 2009 10:58 AM
Caitlin from Jersey City

Alfred Ely Beach! He built (secretly!) the first underground subway in the city, in 1870. It was one block long, and powered by pneumatics.

Sep. 09 2009 10:57 AM
Robert from NYC

Well, I would NOT put Michael Bloomberg on the list. I WOULD put on the list those who have broken their backs to have made and continue to make the city grow and progress to magnificence it is, those who built the subways, the Empire State Building, the roads, and on and on.

Sep. 09 2009 10:57 AM
Bjorn from brooklyn

Nikola Tesla

Sep. 09 2009 10:56 AM
Annah Perch from New York

This list left out two incredibly important New Yorkers; Bill and Lois Wilson, repsective co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups. Lois Wilson was born and raised at 182 Clinton Street in Brooklyn and Bill Wilson lived in NYC after marrying Lois in 1918 until 1941 when he moved to Westchester County.

Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the 20th Century's most successful social and spiritual movements, was founded by Bill Wilson when he lived at 182 Clinton Street. Bill Wilson was named one of the 20th Century's most important individuals by Time and Life Magazines.

Annah Perch
Executive Director
Stepping Stones, the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson
(914) 232-4822

Sep. 09 2009 10:56 AM
frank from brooklyn


Sep. 09 2009 10:56 AM
Nick from NYC

"The Unknown Cabbie"... or should that be "The Wreck of the Unknown Cabbie"?

Sep. 09 2009 10:56 AM
ben rubin from brooklyn

duke ellington!

Sep. 09 2009 10:55 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

Brian Lehrer, for sure!

Sep. 09 2009 10:55 AM
Katherine Jackson from Manhattan

SO MANY MEN!! HOW ABOUT WOMEN!!!!!! Is WNYC's selsction representative of the whole list? I'm totally shocked!!

Sep. 09 2009 10:55 AM

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