Signs of the City: New York

Take a look at the signs from the Big Apple, including the billboards and signs in Times Square, Coney Island and NYC subway system.

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Taraji P. Henson, Katrina Bowden, Linda Gray, Diana Ramirez and Eve (L-R) line up to walk the runway in New York City. The women get dolled up in their best red dress for the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Julianne Hough, Ann Curry, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves and Gayle King (L-R) pose for a picture at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011, an annual fashion show to encourage woman to lower their risk for heart disease. February is American Heart Month. 960 1280

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Project Runway Season 4 winner, Christian Siriano (center), poses with friends after his fall collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. 960 1280

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Rapper and actress Eve attends the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 show at The Theater at Lincoln Center. 960 1280

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Fashion journalist Louise Roe, Lo Bosworth from MTV's The Hills, and model Agyness Deyn (L-R) check out women walking the runway to show off Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2010 Collection. 960 1280

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From the TV show Real Housewives of New York, Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord pose for a picture with their friend Patrick McDonald before the Academy of Art University's Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Designer Tinsley Mortimer, Becca Diamond, musician Alexa Ray Joel, TV personality Olivia Munn, actress Mena Suvari and photographer Nigel Barker (L-R) attend the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Model Petra Nemkova (fourth from L), actress Rosario Dawson, actress Rose Byrne, and actress Bella Heathcote watch the models walk the runway to show off the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011Women's Collection. 960 1280

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Model Veronica Webb, celebrity stylist June Ambrose and actress Julia Stiles sit in the front row to see the Tracy Reese Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Actress Gabrielle Union and TV news personality Natalie Morales are all smiles at the Tracey Reese Fall fashion show. 960 1280

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Paparazzi surround reality TV star Kim Kardashian taking her seat before the fashion show for Charlotte Ronson's Fall/Winter 2011 Collection. 960 1280

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Singer Fergie watches a model present a creation at the Diane Von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2011 collection during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Ramona Singer (center), of The Real Housewives of New York City, reacts to a model wearing an interesting creation at the Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Musician Wyclef Jean stands for a quick photo op with the paparazzi before the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Olivia Palermo (L), and actress Vanessa Hudgens smile for the camera at the Tibi Fall/Winter 2011 collection fashion show during Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Illusionist David Blaine is suspended and shackled in a 3-ringed gyroscope above New York's Times Square on November 21, 2006. 960 1280


David Blaine's hands after submerging himself into a sphere of water at Lincoln Center in New York, May 1, 2006. Blaine's 7-day endurance challenge ended with an attempt to set a world record for holding his breath. 960 1280

Illusionists Siegfried (L) and Roy, carrying Titan, a 5-month-old white Siberian tiger, make an appearance at a USO benefit in Las Vegas on November 11, 2001. Roy survived severe injuries when he was attacked by a white tiger during a show in 2003. 960 1280


Harry Houdini, perhaps the greatest escape artist ever, was renowned for his ability to break free from handcuffs, straitjackets, milk cans, water-filled tanks and wooden crates. 960 1280

Penn Jillette (L) and his partner Teller strike a pose as they arrive at New York's Studio 54 nightclub on December 9, 2003. 960 1280


Illusionist Criss Angel looks out from a box that's being filled with wet cement during a stunt in New York on June 4, 2007. 960 1280


Lance Burton, pictured here at the 2006 Rose Bowl Parade, has twice been awarded "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts. 960 1280


French magician Robert Houdin (1805'1871) is internationally recognized as the father of modern magic. Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz) adopted his stage name in honor of Houdin. 960 1280


American illusionist David Copperfield "flies" through the air during one of his performances. Copperfield, best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, has sold 40 million tickets and grossed over $1 billion during his career. 960 1280


David Copperfield performs a trick behind a screen during a show in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on July 11, 2001. 960 1280


Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, co-founders of Kiss, spent their teenage years in Queens, New York (shown here: the Town Hall in Flushing, Queens) and formed a band named Wicked Lester. Their career quickly took off when they recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973. 960 1280

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Kiss achieved its breakthrough hit with the release of their live album Alive! in 1975. Now sporting their iconic costumes and makeup, Kiss began a hugely successful world tour. (L to R: Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss). 960 1280

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Kiss pose on Westminster Bridge in London at the start of their first-ever European tour in 1976. 960 1280

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Kiss released 3 platinum albums between 1976 and '77 -- Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun and Alive II -- and were named the most popular band in America in a Gallup poll. In Japan, Kiss performed 5 sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall (shown here), breaking the previous record held by The Beatles. 960 1280

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Despite declining record sales in the 1980s and '90s and a brief stint without the makeup, Kiss remained a hugely popular touring band. Here they are shown performing at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, FL, on January 31, 1999. 960 1280

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Gene Simmons plays with fire at the party following the premiere of the film Detroit Rock City on August 9, 1999, in Los Angeles. The film, set in 1978, follows 4 teenagers who set out on an adventure to attend a Kiss concert. 960 1280


Kiss was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11, 1999. Pictured (L to R) Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley. 960 1280

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(L to R) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of Kiss at the sixth annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Heroes Award 2001 Gala at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York City. 960 1280

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Kiss start their set with pyrotechnics at the Rockin' the Corps concert at Camp Pendleton in California on April 1, 2005. More than 40,000 Marines and their families attended the concert, which was held to thank US Marines who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 960 1280


Customers drink in front of the Kiss Coffeehouse, which opened in 2006 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Besides drinks and food (such as Demon Dark Roast, Rockuccino and deep-fried Twinkies) the coffeehouse features displays of instruments, costumes, set lists and makeup used by the band on several of their tours. 960 1280

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