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New York State of Mind

A cache by J&D, with help from the gang Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 5/23/2009
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Geocache Description:

The cache is NOT at the listed coordinates,
 they simply point to the Great Lawn
 of Central Park, the site of many classic
 New York musical moments.

Everyone knows "New York, New York," but
 to find this cache you'll first need
 to check out some of our favorite, albeit 
 lesser known, songs about or
 inspired by New York.

Each clue will lead you first to an artist and
 then to a particular song in which
 you'll find a number (or variable) to plug into
 the equations below the clues.
Follow the steps until you have your final 
 coordinates - they will take you
 to a place where you can usually hear 
 music of some kind.

Please re-hide the cache carefully, as it can
 be seen by passersby quite
 easily if not covered properly. Check from all
 angles to make sure it can't
 be seen and looks somewhat natural. Also, make
sure the container is SNAPPED shut on all 
four corners.

One hint: Most of these songs have the
 words "New York" in their titles.

 A few don't.

 - The made-up artist who had a hit with this
   song on his first solo album in
   1978 wasn't playing with a full deck. 
   The 2 digit number in the second verse is 
   variable A. 

- This singer/songwriter relocated to NYC
  from his sweet Carolina and
  struck gold with a song that has a very 
  familiar title. It's not a remake of
  the Old Blue Eyes classic, however. The 2 
  digit street mentioned in the
  first verse is variable B.

 - As far as talent goes, Erasmus Hall has
   produced some gems, including
   this guy who wrote a tribute to the streets
   of his home borough. The number
   mentioned most in this song is variable C.

- This singer wandered the streets of the 
  Bronx as a teenager, but he
  didn't give NYC the royal treatment until this
  song some 30 years later.
  These lyrics are tough to find, but they're
  out there. The singer is reminiscing about
  being a certain age in this song.
  The age is variable D. 

- Although, by age, this singer/songwriter 
 falls between baby boomer
 and Gen X, he definitely was a member of 
 Generation D. He's from
 Queens, but the song you're looking for is
 set in, and named after, another
 borough. The numeric month of the holiday
 mentioned in the song is variable E. 

- This Islander wrote a famous song about 
  NY on his piano, but you're not
  looking for that one. The song you need 
  actually has another US city
  in its title, and paints a bleak portrait of 
  NYC's future. The year in which
  the song is set is variable F.

 - You might have danced to their tragedy of
  1979, but you certainly didn't
  dance to their tragedy of 1967, set in rural 
  NY of ????. The year in which
  the song is set is variable G.

- This song has a strange title, especially 
  since these guys from Queens
  are both still with us and feelin' groovy. The
  track number of this song, from
  the album (CD) on which it was originally 
  released, is variable H. 

- Most people don't visit NY for the sand and
  surf. Too many sedated punks
  from Queens around. The last digit of the
  zip code of the neighborhood that
  is the song title is variable J.

 - When you get right down to the heart of 
   the matter, even though his name
   suggests otherwise, this singer/drummer
   isn't the head of a mafia family.
   This song takes note of how quickly things 
   can change. The number of times
   the word "believe" appears in the lyrics is 
   variable K.

 - What does a Jersey guy know about NY?
   On second thought, he did
   witness an incident on 57th street about 7 
   minutes before the song you're
   looking for. The time of day (hour only) 
  mentioned in this song is variable L. 

- It's possible that these Irishmen had a 
  religious experience at Sylvia's
  restaurant. The street that sounds like a 
  symphony is variable M.

x = ( F - G ) * K + M + ( L * B ) 
y = ( A * H ) + J + D + ( E - C ) 

N  40 46.x 
W 073 58.y 

Feel free to send me a message if you're 
stuck somewhere. 
And many thanks to addisonbr for the help 
and inspiration!

Be sure to check out Parts II and III!

You can check your answers for this puzzle on

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur pbagnvare vf uvqqra haqre pnershyyl cynprq ebpxf.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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