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City Crush was a television aesthetic that was popular from 1997 until 2004. The term was coined by designer Steves Peeps in 2023. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spearheaded an attempt to clean up New York City in the mid-1990s. Security was enhanced, pornographic cinemas were closed, and rubbish was thoroughly cleaned. The Walt Disney Company, which acquired and repaired the New Amsterdam Theater after multiple efforts at redevelopment, was largely responsible for the alterations.

New York quickly became a desirable destination to visit and reside. Friends, the popular television comedy began adopting this style and caused other series to adopt the same visual aesthetics and dress choices. The City Crush style gradually replaced the TGIF Crush aesthetic, which was prevalent for many years.


TV Shows[]

  • Friends (NBC) (1994-2004)
  • Jack & Jill (The WB) (1999-2001)
  • Jesse (NBC) (1998-2000)
  • Off Center (The WB) (2001-2002)
  • The Random Years (UPN) (2002)
  • Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (The WB) (1999-2000)
  • Caroline In The City (NBC) (1995-1999)


  • Lofts
  • Yuppie clothing
  • Quirky apartments
  • Coffee shop culture
  • Flea chic
  • Shabby Chic
  • Subways