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Alicia Keys to Gotham: 'I am New York'

Alicia Keys is everywhere promoting her new CD, 'Element of Freedom,' which could be one of her greatest to date. Think her collaboration with Jay-Z for 'Empire State of Mind' was the best she has to offer? Think again! Her single 'Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart' is amazing.

PHOTOS: Alicia Keys through the years.

She recently spoke with Gotham magazine about love, fashion, music and her beloved New York City.

Her thoughts on love:  "Love does play a prominent role in the album because I believe love is the most important thing in the world. It's the one thing we can all understand."

On growing up in Hell's Kitchen: "You know, it's amazing to see a neighborhood change. When I was growing up, it was way darker, way more dismal, way more like the place where all the outcasts lived. So now, to see it more of like a tourist destination is really interesting... But one thing it always had was those bright lights, and it did always have endless possibilities..."

How being a New Yorker influences her music:  "Of course you'll hear New York in it because, you know, I am New York. So it's definitely in there, and that's where I live and what I know and where I grew up, so that element is just natural."

About her style:  "I love very big, beautiful neck pieces. I love head wraps -- I'm a head-wrap fanatic!"  

PHOTOS: Alicia Keys through the years.

MORE: Alicia Keys, Stephen Colbert perform "Empire State of Mind"

The March issue of Gotham magazine featuring Alicia Keys will hit stands March 1.

Thanks to Wonderwall.msn.com for the sneak peek!

For more Alicia Keys, visit: www.aliciakeys.com

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