My mother had two small black & white photographs on her bedroom mirror when I was growing up: Mick Jagger and Woody Allen.
The idealized version of New York I was most familiar with was found in Allen's work. I grew up a liberal New York Jew, with highfalutin dinner conversations about Very Important Things like art and cinema and politics. I know it's trite, but that opening montage of Manhattan still knocks me out whenever I see it.
I still see his movies, even when I know they're probably gonna stink. I can't help myself.