1. Olivia Wilde (New York City)
Born into a family of journalists, actress Olivia Wilde hails from the Big Apple. You may recognize her from HBO's
Vinyl, the show House, Cowboys & Aliens, or Tron: Legacy.
2. Jimmy Fallon (Bay Bridge)
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is from New York! Born in Bay Bridge and raised in Saugerties, the host has always spoken highly about living in our state. Fallon even went back to his roots in 2009 and visited the college he attended, giving the commencement speech for the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
3. Christina Aguilera (Staten Island)
If you lived through the '90s, you are definitely familiar with pop music sensation Christian Aguilera. She was born in Staten Island, but her father's military service meant that her afmily moved around a lot. She didn't stay in the Empire State for very long. She has recently regained fame as a judge on NBC's hit show
4. Mark Zuckerberg (White Plains)
Zuckerberg is one of the most famous businessmen in the world, and definitely one of the most famous people from New York. He's the chairman and founder of Facebook, and was born in the city of White Plains, but was raised in Dobbs Ferry.
5. Claire Danes (Manhattan)
Star of Showtime's hit
Homeland , Claire Danes was born in the big city of Manhattan. The actress grew up in the city, attending many art schools until she landed her breakout role on My So-Called Life.
6. Tom Cruise (Syracuse)
Depending on which age group you fall in, you probably think of several different things when you see Tom Cruise. Some of us may hear the actors name and suddenly be thrown back into 1983 with nothing but a white button-up shirt on. Others may hear the name Tom Cruise and picture a Scientologist jumping all over Oprah's yellow couch. Regardless of what it is you recognize the star for, this world famous actor is one of the greatest celebrities in New York.
7. Christine Baranski (Buffalo)
Born in Buffalo, actress Christine Baranski studied at Juilliard School in the 1970's. The Western New York native is known best for role on CBS's
The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
8. Kyle Chandler (Buffalo)
Don't let your southern hearts break, our beloved Coach Taylor was born up north in Buffalo, New York! If you're one of the few who are reading this and don't recognize this man as Coach Taylor, then we'll let you in on a little secret, he's best known for his role on
Friday Night Lights. The super-popular show centered around a Texas high school football team and won several Emmy awards. He also had a starring role in the recent Godzilla and Godzilla v. Kong.
9. Lady Gaga (Manhattan)
Musician and actress Lady Gaga was born in Manhattan (though she was then called Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta). Whether you love her for her roles in hits like
American Horror Story and A Star Is Born, or you'd just prefer to dance along to her music, there's no denying that she carries New York's funky fashion sense with her always.
10. Ben Stiller (New York City)
Born in New York City, Ben Stiller's parents were entertainers as well. Recently reviving his famed character
Zoolander, the actor is also known for his roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. He's one of the top comedy actors of recent years and his resume is truly too long to name!
11. Robert Downey, Jr. (Manhattan)
Another famous star born from the city of Manhattan, actor Robert Downey Jr. was raised right in Greenwich Village. You've seen him in Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, and Tropic Thunder.
12. Barbra Streisand (Brooklyn)
Born in Brooklyn and raised in the big city, female superstar Barbra Streisand is best known for being one of the best-selling musicians of all time. She's certainly closely associated with the Empire State and is one of the best-known famous people from New York.
13. Christopher Reeve (New York City)
While Superman may have been born on the fictional planet of Krypton, the actor that gained fame for portraying him, is from the Empire State. Christopher Reeve was born right here in New York City. He was paralyzed after a horse riding accident and in his later years, was an activist for rights of the disabled.
14. Michael Jordan (Brooklyn)
While everyone may know Michael Jordan to be the face of North Carolina, he was actually born up north in Brooklyn, moving south when he was just a toddler. You may know Michael Jordan for being well...Michael Jordan. One of the greatest basketball players of all time, it goes without saying that he's one of the greatest celebrities in New York. Now, who's in the mood to watch Space Jam?
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New York Trivia
July 13, 2021
What are some fun facts about New York?
We’ve got some undeniably weird laws here! Did you know it’s illegal to sell dog or cat hair? Or take a selfie with a tiger? We imagine those don’t come up in day to day life very frequently, but if you find yourself in that situation, be aware that it is actually against the law!
What are some memes and jokes about New York?
Here’s a list of great (and accurate) memes about New York. Things like our weather and out-of-towners’ constant confusion of NYC with the rest of the state certainly make for great humor. There’s some things you never unlearn if you’ve lived in the Empire State for any length of time. And there’s a lot of foods that you’ll miss for the rest of your life if you ever leave here.
What are some good historical photos from New York?
New York is so full of history and thankfully, a lot of it was documented!
Here’s some really fun historic photos from Buffalo’s history. It’s amazing how many of the buildings are still there today! These from the 1920s in New York City are really cool as well!