After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalized. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 14 seed Alicia Keys; No. 12 seed Blondie will have it out with No. 3 seed Neil Diamond in Queens; No. 5 seed Sonic Youth will match Downtown bona fides with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground (No. 3); and No. 6 seed Rakim will take on No. 4 seed Wu-Tang Clan in Brooklyn. The polls will roll out at noon and close at midnight.
John Coltrane (1) vs. Alicia Keys (14)
Blondie (12) vs. Neil Diamond (3)
Sonic Youth (5) vs. Lou Reed/Velvet Underground (3)
Wu-Tang Clan (4) vs. Rakim (6)