FEBRUARY 5, 2024

Elton John’s New York City: a Guide

Are you planning a trip to New York City this month to see the Christie’s auction sale and public exhibition of Elton items, Goodbye Peachtree Road (February 9-21)?

We got you.

Fans can use the interactive map below the visit some of the notable NYC locations associated with Elton and his songs over the years.

You can click on the icons or use the legend on the left-hand side (click on the box to the left of “ELTON JOHN’S NYC” to reveal) to learn details and exact locations for each site. You can also make the map full-screen by clicking the icon in the upper right of the frame.

As a bonus, below is every New York City reference in Elton’s song catalogue, so you can sing along as you stroll the city!

Levon (1971)
★ The New York Times

Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (1972)
★ Spanish Harlem (also in the words “rose trees”, which references the 1960 Ben E. King song Spanish Harlem).
★ Broadway

You’re So Static (1974)
★ Park Lane Hotel (36 Central Park South)

Ticking (1974)
★ St. Patrick’s (Cathedral on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st)
★ Queens
★ “A bar they called the Kicking Mule” – a fictional establishment

Island Girl (1975)
“Down where Lexington cross 47th Street…”

Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) (1982)
★ The lyric refers to Madison Square Garden, where John Lennon joined Elton on stage on November 28, 1974. This would turn out to be the former Beatle’s last concert appearance before his death in 1980.

Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters II (1988)
★ Central Park
★ Miss Liberty (Statue of Liberty)
★ West Side (of Manhattan)
★ Little Italy

Wouldn’t Have You Any Other Way (NYC) (2006)
★ “Where Joey Gallo died”: Umbertos Clam House at 132 Mulberry Street in Little Italy.
★ Studio 54: former famous nightclub at 254 West 54th Street.

My Kind Of Hell (2010)
★ Times Square

Oscar Wilde Gets Out (2013)
★ “A golden boy in velveteen landed in New York”

5th Avenue (2013)
★ Avenue running north and south, with upscale shopping and other notable locations in the midtown area.