Like the auditory version of a snow globe, Sounds of New York captures the character of the city through audio recordings of 25 Manhattan neighborhoods.

Eavesdrop on iconic locations like Rockefeller Center’s ice rink, Grand Central Terminal, to Madison Square Park. For something more local, tune in to the chatter of neighborhood favorites like East Village’s The Strand, Upper West Side’s Zabars, to SoHo’s popular brunch spot Jack’s Wife Freda. The recordings feel personal and candid; featuring sounds like subway announcements in Penn Station, foreign languages in Chinatown, to live jazz in Harlem.

The collection was produced by Breather which offers on demand, multi-use spaces in the U.S. and around the world. In comparison, Calling Thunder chronicles what 17th century Manhattan sounded like.

Head on over to Sounds of New York to try it out.

Also, keep your headphones on even longer with our list of the 10 Under the Radar tracks to discover this week.

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