Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra battle for best New York theme song

Daily news: Frank or Jay-Z? Jay-Z or Frank?

MSG Network programmers are setting out to answer that question with an online poll and a night that pits Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z in a head-to-head battle over the best New York theme song.

Sinatra’s “New York, New York” had been the de facto theme song for all things good in the city until Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” hit.

The new song, which features Alicia Keys, became sort of a musical background for the Yankees’ championship.

Friday at 10:30 p.m., MSG will re-air “Fuse Presents Jay-Z, Live From Madison Square Garden,” a concert that aired live on Sept. 11, 2009. That telecast will be followed by “Frank Sinatra: The Main Event, Live at Madison Square Garden,” a classic October 1974 concert.

To help decide the debate, MSG is asking viewers to vote at msg.com/sinatra. The polls will be open until Dec. 7 at noon.

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