Greatest/Most Influential New Yorkers of All Time.?

In your humble opinions, who are the greatest, most controversial, and/or influential movers and shakers in the history of New York City? I'd love to see all of you submit at least ten suggestions (I hate top ten lists, ha!). Feel free to offer any names from any realm: sports, politics, humanities, finance, entertainment, et al, but try to make it a mixed bag. I don't want to see a list of your top ten Yankees. And please try to think historically. I seriously doubt there are any truly landmark individuals from the last 25 years, excluding Rudy Giuliani, Al Sharpton, Joe Torre and Bernie Goetz. Thanks, and send in those submissions!

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    Aaliyah - (1979-2001), R&B singer, Dancer, Fashion Model and Actress

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - basketball player

    George Abernethy - (1807-1877), first provisional governor of Oregon

    Bella Abzug - feminist activist and politician

    Garnett Adrain, (1815-1878), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey

    Cornelius Rea Agnew, (1830-1888), noted ophthamologist

    Eliza Agnew, (1807-1883), noted American Presbyterian missionary

    Christina Aguilera - singer

    Danny Aiello - actor

    Marv Albert - sports announcer

    Anne Revere Aldrich - (1866-1892), noted poet and author

    Ira Aldridge - (1805-1867), stage actor

    William Alexander (aka Lord Stirling), (1726-1783), American major general in the American Revolutionary War

    Andrew Jackson Allan, (1776-1853), noted actor, theatre director, and costumer

    Woody Allen - film director

    Alexander Anderson - illustrator

    Charles Anthon, classical scholar

    Carmelo Anthony - basketball player

    Diane Arbus

    Kenneth J. Arrow - economist; Nobel laureate (Economics, 1972)

    Beatrice Arthur - actress

    William H. Aspinwall - railroad promoter

    William Backhouse Astor, Sr. - businessman and member of the Astor family

    Red Auerbach - basketball coach

    Hank Azaria - actor

    William Bliss Baker - painter

    Anne Bancroft - actress

    Jeff Barry - songwriter and record producer

    Harry Belafonte - actor and singer

    Pat Benatar - singer

    Moe Berg - baseball player and spy

    Des Bishop - comedian

    David Blaine - magician

    Yasmine Bleeth - actress

    Humphrey Bogart - film actor

    Margaret Bourke-White - photographer

    Clara Bow - actress

    Riddick Bowe - boxer

    Barbara Boxer - Senator from California

    James J. Braddock - boxer (aka 'Cinderella Man')

    Matthew Broderick - actor

    Mel Brooks - film director

    Julia Brown - madam and prostitute

    Larry Brown - basketball player and coach

    William F. Buckley, Jr. - author and conservative commentator

    Steve Buscemi - actor

    Lloyd Banks - rap artist

    James Caan - actor

    Joseph A. Califano - former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

    Maria Callas - opera singer

    Al Capone - gangster

    Benjamin Cardozo - Supreme Court Justice

    Hugh Carey - governor of New York

    George Carlin - comedian

    John Cassavetes - actor

    Jeff Chandler - actor

    Frank Chanfrau - actor

    Paddy Chayefsky - author

    Julie Chen - anchorwoman

    Edmund A. Chester - television executive & journalist

    Shirley Chisholm - politician

    Ebony Claxton - person

    Schuyler Colfax - Vice President of the United States

    Anderson Cooper - CNN anchorman

    Peter Cooper - inventor

    Aaron Copland - composer

    Bob Costas - sports announcer

    Bob Cousy - basketball player

    Ann Coulter - political pundit

    James Creighton, major league baseball player

    George Cukor - film director

    Mario Cuomo - governor of New York

    Tony Curtis - actor

    Claire Danes - actress

    Ron Dante - singer, songwriter, and record producer

    Bobby Darin - singer, entertainer, actor, songwriter

    Marion Davies - actress

    Sammy Davis, Jr. - singer and entertainer

    Rosario Dawson - actress

    Al D'Amato - politician

    Dorothy Day - Catholic social activist

    Robert De Niro - actor

    Eamon de Valera - Prime Minister of Ireland

    Samuel R. Delany - author and critic

    Don DeLillo - author

    Jerry Denny, major league baseball player

    Neil Diamond - singer and composer

    P. Diddy - rap artist

    Vin Diesel - actor

    Phoebe Doty - prostitute and madam

    Joseph Dunninger - mentalist

    Richard Dreyfuss - actor

    Gertrude Ederle - swimmer

    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - actor

    Louis Farrakhan - Leader of the nation of islam

    Morton Feldman - Composer

    Richard Feynman - Nobel Prize-winning physicist

    50 Cent - rap artist

    Harvey Fierstein - actor

    Hamilton Fish - governor of New York and Secretary of State

    Jane Fonda - actress

    Peter Fonda - actor

    Malcolm Forbes - publisher

    Davy Force - major league baseball player

    Anthony Franciosa - actor

    Al Franken - comedian and radio host, (actually born in New Jersey)

    Milton Friedman - economist

    John Frusciante - musician, artist

    Bobby Flay - Chef

    John Garfield - actor

    Art Garfunkel - songwriter

    Lou Gehrig - baseball player

    George Gershwin - composer

    Ira Gershwin - lyricist

    Vitas Gerulaitis - tennis player

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Supreme Court Justice

    Rudolph Giuliani - mayor of New York

    Jackie Gleason - comedian

    Whoopi Goldberg - comedian and actress

    Daniel S. Goldin - NASA director

    Cuba Gooding Jr. - actor

    Doris Kearns Goodwin - author

    Victor Gotbaum - labor leader

    Elliott Gould - actor

    Rocky Graziano - boxer (real name Thomas Rocco Barbella)

    Hank Greenberg - baseball player

    Alan Greenspan - economist, former Federal Reserve Chairman

    Melanie Griffith - actress

    Bob Guccione - publisher

    Peggy Guggenheim - art collector

    Maggie Gyllenhaal - actress

    Armand Hammer - industrialist and philanthropist

    Oscar Hammerstein II - composer

    Frank Hankinson - major league baseball player

    W. Averell Harriman - diplomat and governor of New York

    Francis L. Hawks, reverend

    Susan Hayward - actress

    Rita Hayworth - actress

    Anthony Hecht - poet

    Carol Heiss - Olympic figure skater (silver 1956, gold 1960)

    Joseph Heller - author

    Jim Hellwig - (Warrior) pro wrestler

    Lance Henriksen - actor

    Peter Cooper Hewitt - inventor

    Hildegarde - American cabaret singer

    Gregory Hines - dancer and actor

    Judd Hirsch - actor

    Lena Horne - singer

    Edward Everett Horton - actor

    Tab Hunter - actor

    Moe, Curly and Shemp Howard - the Three Stooges

    Washington Irving - author

    Wolfman Jack - radio personality

    Henry James - author

    William James - philosopher

    John Jay - governor of New York and Supreme Court Chief Justice

    Jay-Z - rap artist

    Billy Joel - singer

    David Johansen - singer, songwriter, actor

    Scarlett Johansson - actress

    Kimberly Denise Jones "Lil Kim" - rapper

    Nasir Jones - rap artist

    Norah Jones - singer

    Michael Jordan - basketball player

    William Joyce - Nazi broadcaster (Lord Haw-Haw)

    Philip Mayer Kaiser -U.S. Diplomat

    Danny Kaye - actor and comedian

    Thomas Kean - governor of New Jersey

    Harvey Keitel - actor

    Jerome Kern - composer

    Alicia Keys - R&B singer

    Calvin Klein - fashion designer

    Ed Koch - mayor of New York City

    E. L. Konigsburg - author

    C. Everett Koop - physician

    Lenny Kravitz - singer

    Stanley Kubrick - film director

    William Kunstler - lawyer

    Tony Kushner - playwright

    Fiorello LaGuardia - mayor of New York

    Veronica Lake - actress

    Andrew Lalka - politician

    Jake LaMotta - boxer

    Martin Landau - actor

    Diane Lane - actress

    Cyndi Lauper - singer

    Ralph Lauren - fashion designer

    Emma Lazarus - author and poet

    Steve Lawrence - singer

    Madeleine L'Engle - author

    Joe E. Lewis - comedian

    Roy Lichtenstein - artist

    John Lindsay - mayor of New York

    Peggy Lipton - actress

    Robert R. Livingston - Founding Father and diplomat

    Vince Lombardi - football coach

    Lindsay Lohan - actress and singer

    Jennifer Lopez - singer and actress

    Lucky Luciano - gangster

    Sid Luckman - football player and coach

    Frankie Lyman - Singer

    Derek Lee - baseball player

    Frank McCourt - author

    Bernard Malamud - author

    Melissa Manchester - singer

    Barry Manilow - singer, songwriter, musician

    Mike Mansfield - Senator from Montana

    Stephon Marbury - professional basketball player

    Constantine Maroulis - American Idol finalist

    Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo Marx - the Marx Brothers

    Walter Matthau - actor

    Herman Melville - author

    Yehudi Menuhin - violinist

    Ethel Merman - singer and actress

    Adeline Miller - prostitute and madam

    Arthur Miller - playwright

    Sienna Miller - actress

    Sal Mineo - actor

    John Joseph Mitty - Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco

    Isaac Mizrahi - fashion designer

    Mary Tyler Moore - actress and producer

    Tom Morello - guitarist

    Gouverneur Morris - Founding Father and Senator

    Zero Mostel - actor and comedian

    Charlie and Eddie Murphy - actors and comedians

    Nordstrom Sisters - American sister act, international cabaret singers

    Dagmar Nordstrom - American composer, pianist, one of The Nordstrom Sisters

    Eugene O'Neill - playwright

    Robert Oppenheimer - physicist; 'father of the atomic bomb'

    Bill O'Reilly - Fox News anchor and journalist

    Al Pacino - actor

    Joe Paterno - football coach

    James Patterson - novelist

    Amanda Peet - actress

    Richard Pelham - blackface performer

    Claiborne Pell - Senator from Rhode Island

    Sam Perkins - basketball player

    John Petrucci- Guitarist, Dream Theater

    Lip Pike - major league baseball player

    Mike Portnoy- Drummer, Dream Theater

    Chaim Potok - author

    Bud Powell - jazz pianist

    Colin Powell - army general and Secretary of State

    Priscilla Presley - actress

    Tito Puente - band leader

    Mario Puzo - author

    Joey Ramone and Marky Ramone - punk rock musicians

    Lou Reed - rock musician, songwriter

    Christopher Reeve - actor

    Paul Reiser - actor

    Buddy Rich - jazz drummer

    Burton Richter - Nobel Prize-winning physicist

    Thelma Ritter - actress

    Laurance Rockefeller - conservationist and philanthropist

    Winthrop Rockefeller - governor of Arkansas

    Norman Rockwell - artist

    Alex Rodriguez - baseball player

    Sonny Rollins - jazz saxophonist

    Ray Romano - actor

    Mickey Rooney - actor

    Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady and human rights activist

    Theodore Roosevelt - President of the United States

    Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg - convicted spy

    Julius Rosenberg - convicted spy

    Mercedes Ruehl - actress

    Louis Rukeyser - business columnist; economic commentator

    Carl Sagan - physicist and astronomer

    J. D. Salinger - author

    Jonas Salk - medical researcher

    John Salley - basketball player

    Adam Sandler- actor, comedian

    Francesco Scavullo - photographer

    Dick Schaap - journalist

    Vincent Schiavelli - actor

    Sandra Schnur - Disability rights activist

    Rick Schroder - actor

    Charles Schumer - Senator

    Julius Schwartz - comic book editor

    Martin Scorsese - film director

    Vin Scully - sports radio announcer

    Jerry Seinfeld - comedian

    Maurice Sendak - author and illustrator

    Elizabeth Ann Seton - first American Catholic saint

    Tupac Shakur - rap artist

    Artie Shaw - band leader

    Judith Sheindlin - judge (aka 'Judge Judy')

    Daniel Sickles - Civil War general

    Bugsy Siegel - gangster

    Beverly Sills - opera singer

    Robert Silverberg - author

    Carly Simon - singer, songwriter

    Neil Simon - playwright

    John Slidell - Senator from Louisiana and Confederate diplomat

    Al Smith - governor of New York and presidential candidate

    Phoebe Snow - singer, songwriter

    Stephen Sondheim - songwriter

    Mickey Spillane - author

    Eliot Spitzer - governor of New York State

    Sylvester Stallone - actor

    Barbara Stanwyck - actress

    Joe Start - major league baseball player

    Julia Stiles - actress

    Henry L. Stimson - politician and diplomat

    Oliver Stone - film director

    Susan Strasberg - actress

    Barbra Streisand - singer and actress

    Studs Terkel - author

    Irving Thalberg - film producer

    Johnny Thunders - rock musician

    Louis Comfort Tiffany - artist

    Joe Torre - baseball player and coach

    Donald Trump - businessman

    Barbara Tuchman - historian; author

    Gene Tunney - 1926-28 heavyweight boxing champion

    John V. Tunney - former U.S. Senator

    John Turturro - actor

    William Tweed - politician

    Mike Tyson - professional boxer

    Leslie Uggams - singer; actress

    Hikaru Utada - musician

    Andrew Vachss - lawyer and author

    Cornelius Vanderbilt - businessman

    Luther Vandross - singer

    Christopher Walken - actor

    Jimmy Walker - mayor of New York City

    Christopher Wallace - rapper

    Eli Wallach - actor

    Fats Waller - jazz pianist

    Vera Wang - fashion designer

    Sigourney Weaver - actor

    Steven Weinberg - Nobel Prize-winning physicist

    Eric West - actor, pop singer

    Leslie West - rock musician

    Nathanael West - author

    Edith Wharton - author

    Billy Whitlock - blackface performer

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney - sculptor and art patron

    Vanessa Lynn Williams - singer and actress

    Tony Yayo - rap artist

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    Milton Berle

    Humphrey Bogart

    James Cagney

    Eugene O'Neill

    Norman Rockwell

    Jonas Salk

    Lou Gehrig

    George Gershwin

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Jackie Gleason

    Washington Irving

    John Jay

    Roy Liechtenstein

    the Marx Brothers

    Arthur Miller

    Robert Oppenheimer

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    William Tweed

    Cornelius Vanderbilt

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    Donna Karan

    George Steinbriener (Spelling ?)

    Lou Reed

    Mike Piazza

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    John Lennon, Jackie Onasis & JFK, Jr. (Lived there before they died)

    Mayor Ed Koch

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    People born in New York City I heard of here in Europe :

    Bella Abzug - feminist activist and politician

    Danny Aiello - actor

    Woody Allen - film director

    Diane Arbus - photographer

    Beatrice Arthur - actress

    Hank Azaria - actor

    Anne Bancroft - actress

    Harry Belafonte - actor and singer

    Pat Benatar - singer

    Humphrey Bogart - film actor

    Margaret Bourke-White - photographer

    Clara Bow - actress

    Barbara Boxer - Senator from California

    Matthew Broderick - actor

    Mel Brooks - film director

    William F. Buckley, Jr. - author and conservative commentator

    Steve Buscemi - actor

    James Caan - actor

    Maria Callas - opera singer

    Al Capone - gangster

    John Cassavetes - actor

    Jeff Chandler - actor

    Paddy Chayefsky - author

    Aaron Copland - composer

    Bob Costas - sports announcer

    Ann Coulter - political pundit

    George Cukor - film director

    Mario Cuomo - governor of New York

    Tony Curtis - actor

    Bobby Darin - singer, entertainer, actor, songwriter

    Marion Davies - actress

    Sammy Davis, Jr. - singer and entertainer

    Dorothy Day - Catholic social activist

    Robert De Niro - actor

    Eamon de Valera - Prime Minister of Ireland

    Samuel R. Delany - author and critic

    Don DeLillo - author

    Neil Diamond - singer and composer

    P. Diddy - rap artist

    Vin Diesel - actor

    Richard Dreyfuss - actor

    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - actor

    Louis Farrakhan - Leader of the nation of islam

    Richard Feynman - Nobel Prize-winning physicist

    50 Cent - rap artist

    Harvey Fierstein - actor

    Jane Fonda - actress

    Peter Fonda - actor

    Malcolm Forbes - publisher

    Milton Friedman - economist

    Art Garfunkel - songwriter

    Lou Gehrig - baseball player

    George Gershwin - composer

    Ira Gershwin - lyricist

    Vitas Gerulaitis - tennis player

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Supreme Court Justice

    Rudolph Giuliani - mayor of New York

    Jackie Gleason - comedian

    Whoopi Goldberg - comedian and actress

    Daniel S. Goldin - NASA director

    Cuba Gooding Jr. - actor

    Elliott Gould - actor

    Rocky Graziano - boxer (real name Thomas Rocco Barbella)

    Alan Greenspan - economist, former Federal Reserve Chairman

    Melanie Griffith - actress

    Bob Guccione - publisher

    Peggy Guggenheim - art collector

    Armand Hammer - industrialist and philanthropist

    Oscar Hammerstein II - composer

    W. Averell Harriman - diplomat and governor of New York

    Susan Hayward - actress

    Rita Hayworth - actress

    Joseph Heller - author

    Peter Cooper Hewitt - inventor

    Judd Hirsch - actor

    Lena Horne - singer

    Tab Hunter - actor

    Moe, Curly and Shemp Howard - the Three Stooges

    Washington Irving - author

    Wolfman Jack - radio personality

    Henry James - author

    Billy Joel - singer

    Scarlett Johansson - actress

    Kimberly Denise Jones "Lil Kim" - rapper

    Norah Jones - singer

    Michael Jordan - basketball player

    William Joyce - Nazi broadcaster (Lord Haw-Haw)

    Danny Kaye - actor and comedian

    Harvey Keitel - actor

    Jerome Kern - composer

    Calvin Klein - fashion designer

    Ed Koch - mayor of New York City

    C. Everett Koop - physician

    Lenny Kravitz - singer

    Stanley Kubrick - film director

    Fiorella LaGuardia, Mayor

    Veronica Lake - actress

    Jake LaMotta - boxer

    Martin Landau - actor

    Diane Lane - actress

    Cyndi Lauper - singer

    Ralph Lauren - fashion designer

    Roy Lichtenstein - artist

    Vince Lombardi - football coach

    Lindsay Lohan - actress and singer

    Jennifer Lopez - singer and actress

    Lucky Luciano - gangster

    Bernard Malamud - author

    Barry Manilow - singer, songwriter, musician

    Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo Marx - the Marx Brothers

    Walter Matthau - actor

    Herman Melville - author

    Yehudi Menuhin - violinist

    Ethel Merman - singer and actress

    Arthur Miller - playwright

    Sal Mineo - actor

    Mary Tyler Moore - actress and producer

    Zero Mostel - actor and comedian

    Eddie Murphy - actor and comedian

    Nordstrom Sisters - American sister act, international cabaret singers

    Eugene O'Neill - playwright

    Robert Oppenheimer - physicist; 'father of the atomic bomb'

    Al Pacino - actor

    Chaim Potok - author

    Bud Powell - jazz pianist

    Colin Powell - army general and Secretary of State

    Priscilla Presley - actress

    Tito Puente - band leader

    Mario Puzo - author

    Joey Ramone and Marky Ramone - punk rock musicians

    Lou Reed - rock musician, songwriter

    Christopher Reeve - actor

    Paul Reiser - actor

    Norman Rockwell - artist

    Mickey Rooney - actor

    Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady and human rights activist

    Theodore Roosevelt - President of the United States

    Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg - convicted spy

    Julius Rosenberg - convicted spy

    Carl Sagan - physicist and astronomer

    J. D. Salinger - author

    Jonas Salk - medical researcher

    Martin Scorsese - film director

    Jerry Seinfeld - comedian

    Maurice Sendak - author and illustrator

    Tupac Shakur - rap artist

    Artie Shaw - band leader

    Bugsy Siegel - gangster

    Beverly Sills - opera singer

    Robert Silverberg - author

    Carly Simon - singer, songwriter

    Neil Simon - playwright

    Mickey Spillane - author

    Sylvester Stallone - actor

    Barbara Stanwyck - actress

    Oliver Stone - film director

    Susan Strasberg - actress

    Barbra Streisand - singer and actress

    Studs Terkel - author

    Irving Thalberg - film producer

    Johnny Thunders - rock musician

    Louis Comfort Tiffany - artist

    Donald Trump - businessman

    Barbara Tuchman - historian; author

    John Turturro - actor

    William Tweed - politician

    Mike Tyson - professional boxer

    Cornelius Vanderbilt - businessman

    Luther Vandross - singer

    Christopher Walken - actor

    Jimmy Walker - mayor of New York City

    Eli Wallach - actor

    Fats Waller - jazz pianist

    Sigourney Weaver - actor

    Nathanael West - author

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney - sculptor and art patron

    Vanessa Lynn Williams - singer and actress

    Source(s): "List of people from New York City" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_N...
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