14 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From New York

New York City is home to a lot of celebrities, from those who were born here to the ones who moved here because of the effortlessness of blending with New Yorkers, regardless of your celebrity status. Maybe it’s the stereotype that celebrities love to live in NYC because New Yorkers don’t care who is sharing a subway ride with them as long as they get to work on time. Some of New York City’s famous residents act just like the rest of us on subways, in grocery shops, and even while picking up after their dog on the streets. Here is a list of celebrities you probably didn’t know were from NYC.

1. Cynthia Nixon

Do you remember the beautiful red-head from Sex and the City? Well, Cynthia Nixon is the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on the popular TV and movie series Sex and the City. She is actually from New York City and still lives here!


2. Anne Hathaway

Les Misérables and the Devil Wears Prada actress Anne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn. When in New York City, she tends to stay in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, although she prefers neighborhoods like Dumbo where she recently owned an apartment.


3. Anderson Cooper

The CNN anchor and son of New York legend Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, was born in New York City. He presently lives in the West Village where you may run into him while he hoses down the front of his firehouse home.


4. Mariah Carey

As a product of Long Island, this multi-platinum winning artist still calls Manhattan home. Mariah Carey has previously shown off her swanky New York City duplex located in Tribeca on MTV cribs, leaving us all wanting to get invited there for a dinner with the diva.


5. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of Facebook, as well as one of the world’s youngest billionaires. He was born in New York but now he lives in California.


6. Lady Gaga

“Born this way” on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Lady Gaga attended NYU’s Tish School of Art before becoming the world-renowned pop star that we know today. She still spends the majority of her time in NYC with her family when she is not on tour.


7. Christina Aguilera

Singer-songwriter and The Voice star Christina Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York. The Grammy Award-winning artist is renowned for her powerful voice and such hit songs as ‘Genie in a Bottle’ and “Lady Marmalade.”


8. Robert De Niro

This legendary Oscar-winning actor is a native of Manhattan, New York City; Robert De Niro Jr has starred in many classic movies filmed in New York City  including Taxi Driver, The Godfather: Part II, and most recently ‘The Intern.’ He also owns famous NYC restaurants such as Tribeca Grill or Locanda Verde.


9. Scarlett Johansson

The actress, well recognized for her work in films like Lost in Translation, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, or The Avengers, is a New Yorker. Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City and lived in Manhattan until recently when she moved to Paris with her French husband.


10. Tom Cruise

Yes, this A-lister is also from New York. Tom Cruise is the star of many successful movies, counting box-office hits like Risky Business, A Few Good Men, Mission Impossible, The Firm, and Jerry Maguire.



11. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys was born and raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood; there is no denying that many of her songs are greatly influenced by the Big Apple. And, her SoHo penthouse reflects the “Empire State of Mind” that she sings about.


12. Ben Stiller

Actor and director Ben Stiller is responsible for funny films such as “There’s Something About Mary”, Zoolander, and Meet the Fockers. The comedian was born in New York City.


13. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is best known as one of the heiress of the Hilton Hotels and a reality star that regularly gets the entertainment industry’s attention for her socialite lifestyle. She was born in New York City but now lives in Los Angeles.


14. Lenny Kravitz

Maybe you’ve heard his song “New York City”. No doubt: this Grammy Award-winning rock star is a New Yorker! Lenny Kravitz usually stays in Soho when he is not writing or recording a new song on his private island.


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Perhaps you didn’t know that one of your favorite celebs was in fact a New Yorker! Whether they are natives or not, a lot of famous people love to live in New York City. And, on rare occasion you may actually run into one of them on the streets of Gotham City. Were you surprised to find any celebrity on this list?



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