The best New York monsters? Here are a few.

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New York is famous as a breeding ground for monsters. With the metropolis about to get ripped to shreds on Friday in giant monster flick Cloverfield, NY’s love affair with deadly, inhuman beasts is on our minds. HP Lovecraft wrote back in the 1920s that the Red Hook neighborhood was built over a vast, subterranean chamber where demons worshiped ancient monsters; and in 1933, the first King Kong movie gave the world an iconic view of a giant gorilla battling planes on top of the then-ultra-modern Empire State Building.

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