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Streets of New York (2006) is the sixth studio album by New York City based singer/songwriter Willie Nile. This is Nile's tribute to the city that gave him international exposure to the music world through the critical eyes and ears of the New York Times. The album is a tour book of City images; The tourists, the subway, the West Side, Rivington Street, a circus at Washington Square where one meets Bo Diddley, a Broadway night out with Annie, where we encounter a saddened aging actress whose best years are far behind her. A protest and a chilling reminder of the modern dangers we all face in today's world. The album is a portrait of the maze of iron, stone, and people that makes New York so unique, while mocking its opulence; still Nile always finds his way back home to the "Streets of New York".

Streets of New York
Willie Nile Streets of NY.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)
RecordedNew York City
LabelReincarnate Music
ProducerWillie Nile, Rich Pagano, Andy York, Brad Albetta
Willie Nile chronology
Beautiful Wreck of the World
Streets of New York
House of a Thousand Guitars
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Uncut8/10 stars[2]
Popmatters7/10 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]

Luke Torn of Uncut magazine wrote: "Streets of New York is the New-Normal, post-9/11 album no-one else dared write - epic and prophetic."[2]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Welcome to My Head" – 3:22 (W. Nile)
  2. "Asking Annie Out" – 3:11 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  3. "Game of Fools" – 4:10 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  4. "Back Home" – 6:24 (W. Nile)
  5. "The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square" – 4:46 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  6. "Best Friends Money Can Buy" – 3:17 (W. Nile)
  7. "Faded Flower of Broadway" – 5:12 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  8. "When One Stands" – 4:46 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  9. "Whole World With You" – 4:10 (W. Nile)
  10. "On Some Rainy Day" – 5:10 (W. Nile, F. Lee)
  11. "Cell Phones Ringing (In The Pockets Of The Dead" – 5:13 (W. Nile)
  12. "Lonesome Dark-Eyed Beauty" – 5:47 (W. Nile)
  13. "Police On My Back" – 3:33 (E. Grant)
  14. "Streets Of New York" – 5:20 (W. Nile)


  • Willie Nileguitar, vocals, piano, organ, rhodes
  • Andy York – Guitar, Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Tambourine, Backing vocals
  • Brad Albetta – Electric & Acoustic Bass
  • Rich Pagano – Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals
  • Frankie Lee – Drums, Percussion, Congas, Backing vocals

Guest musiciansEdit

  • Bruce Brody – Hammond B3
  • Andy Burton – String box, Organ, Piano
  • Larry Campbell – Mandolin, Fiddle, Citttern
  • Jakob Dylan – Backing vocals
  • Rob Hyman – Hammond B3, Toy piano, Keyboards
  • Rami Jaffee – Hammond B3
  • Stewart Lerman – Electric Guitar
  • Brian Mitchell - Wurlitzer
  • Eddy Nystrom – Acoustic Guitar
  • Fred Parcels – Tin Whistle, Trombone
  • Jeff Tuel - Backing Vocals


  • Executive Producer: George Hecksher
  • Producers: Willie Nile, Rich Pagano, Andy York, Brad Albetta, Frankie Lee
  • Engineering: Brian Fulk, Brad Albetta, Rich Lamb, Rich Pagano, Stewart Lerman, Michael Golub
  • Remixing: Rich Pagano, Jamey Staub, Stewart Lerman
  • Mastering: Fred Kevorkian
  • Cover photo: Jeff Fasano
  • Photography: Godis, Jeff Fasano, Luke Noonan, Bourdeau Brothers, Judy Finelly,
  • Art Direction: Victoria Collier, Deborah Maniaci


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Streets of New York - Willie NIle". Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Streets Of New York" 00:02.59, 2006, UNCUT, March 2015, pg 78.
  3. ^ Cibula, Matt (February 28, 2006). "Willie Nile: Streets of New York". PopMatters. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (2006-03-06). "A.V. Club Review". Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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