Arts & Culture

An Ode to Jewish New York

If you’re a fan of the New York Yankees, enjoy rap music, or own a radio, you’ve probably heard Jay-Z’s "Empire State of Mind" about a million times. The hit single, which features Alicia Keys singing the hook, has already … Read More

By / January 19, 2010

If you’re a fan of the New York Yankees, enjoy rap music, or own a radio, you’ve probably heard Jay-Z’s "Empire State of Mind" about a million times. The hit single, which features Alicia Keys singing the hook, has already been bandied about as a modern replacement for Frank Sinatra’s "New York, New York" as the Big Apple’s unofficial anthem.

However, comedian Billy Eichner thought that the song left out some elements of the New York City he grew up in – specifically, the Jewish neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens. He teamed up with Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch for this (NSFW) parody video: