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by Grace Bonney

New Yorkers seem to endlessly debate how many years you have to live in New York until you’re officially a “New Yorker”. Some people say it’s seven years, others ten. Others insist you have to be born here to ever truly be a New Yorker. For me, I felt the shift towards “New Yorker” when I realized I’d grown to enjoy Woody Allen movies. I always loved Annie Hall, but it took me years and years to really get into the rest of his films. But when I passed the seven year mark of living in NYC something felt like it clicked inside me and I started having those thoughts that life-long New Yorkers have. The type that include, “Why would anyone ever leave?” and “Everything you need is right here in the city” and, my favorite, “You call that a bagel? The only good bagels come from [insert name of one of NYC’s many famous bagel shops]”. While I’m still able to fight it and keep one foot firmly planted in the south, I knew that when Woody Allen movies started feeling more like home and less like an annoying two-hour lesson in neuroses, New York was having its effect on me. So when I saw this Woody Allen print from Barcelona-based artist Judy Kaufmann I was hooked. To me it’s classic Woody Allen and classic Manhattan. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can get one in Judy’s etsy shop for $25. Here’s to NYC…. xo, grace

*Click here to check out Amy Merrick’s “Living In” take on Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters”.

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  • Oh yea, that’s what I’d hang in my home, a picture of a
    pedophile. I mean what else can you call him? I’ve seen it all now.
    This is ridiculous and disturbing all at the same time. I threw up
    in my my mouth a little. Artistic talent aside, he is clearly a man
    who knows no boundaries in his personal life. ugg and double

  • Woody Allen (the man and his movies) represents the essence
    of everything that is New York to me — the good, the bad, and
    every little thing that make this a city completely unlike any
    other. I’ve lived within the NYC area for my entire life, and a
    very real part of what makes me stop dead at the thought of moving
    somewhere else is the knowledge that I’d never again be able to
    watch a Woody Allen movie without bawling. As it is, I actually get
    a little “homesick” for NYC (even though I’m here!) when I’m
    watching the opening sequence of ‘Manhattan’. Viva Woody.

  • Objectively, I enjoy his movies, but I must say I agree with Mary Ann. I have an adopted daughter. Would it be OK for my husband (or sig. other as the case was) to become involved with then marry her? totally gross.

  • I have to agree with Mary Ann and Joanne. While his movies may be brilliant, I no sooner want a picture of him hanging in my house any more than I want a picture of Roman Polanski.

  • While I love the artwork, I have to agree with the other commenters about the man. We also have an adopted daughter, and the idea of incest remains true whether your children are yours by blood or commitment.

    I’m as liberal minded as the next, but to remain moral, judgements must sometimes be made. Woody Allan is a creep.

  • Its so true about New Yorkers! There is such a debate about when you are an official New Yorker. I’m only at the 4 1/2 year mark, but I’m still proud to call myself a Hoosier.

  • I very much appreciate Glenda’s comment. Yes, Woody Allen is a great filmmaker, but not supporting a perpetrator’s reputation or career is much more important to me than any aesthetically pleasing work of art – be it a movie or a print. As much as beauty is important, I cannot get past the ugliness of his behavior towards women.

  • viva woody indeed. love at first sight & affordable
    to boot. already have a great photo of him in office. i may just
    have to add this one to the collection! Love his work. not only is
    he ny personified, he is 1 of, if not the most beloved american
    filmmaker abroad (and with reason). sadly not always the case in
    the US. everyone’s entitled to their opinion & im pretty
    sure the world wide web is full of places/forums where people can
    comment (or bitch) all they want about his life. really dont think
    this is the appropriate place for it. #rolleyes again, great
    artwork, loving the frida kahlo print as well.

  • “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I cannot see him. I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent… I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.”

    Ronan Farrow

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