Wednesday, June 30, 2010
"New York is so often publicly associated with creativity and innovation that outsiders actually come to believe it. The truth is that behavior here is as codified as the Latin Mass."
Anna Quindlen, RISE AND SHINE
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
"New York City is simply too big. I have lived in it too long to hate it, but I know it too well to love it."
Dennis Smith, Report From Engine Co. 82
Monday, June 28, 2010
|View from the High Line|
"I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New York is the world's great lie. New York is Senegal with machines.”
Federico García Lorca, Lorca: Obra Completa/ Lorca: Complete Work (Akal bolsillo) (Spanish Edition)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
"No one as yet has approached the management of New York in a proper spirit; that is to say, regarding it as the shiftless outcome of squalid barbarism and reckless extravagance."
Rudyard Kipling, Letters Of Travel - 1892-1913
Saturday, June 26, 2010
|St. James Theatre|
"Broadway is Trade and Vanity made flesh."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals Of Ralph Waldo Emerson, With Annotations - 1823-1835
Friday, June 25, 2010
"There's something hypocritical about a city that keeps half of its population underground half of the time; you can start believing that there's much more space than there really is."
Gloria Naylor, Mama Day
Thursday, June 24, 2010
"New York attracts the most talented people in the world in the arts and professions. It also attracts them in other fields. Even the bums are talented."
Edmund G. Love, Subways are for sleeping
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
|The Empire State Building and 5th Avenue|
"New Yorkers fell in love with the soaring structure and almost overnight, the Empire State Building became the most romantic and widely recognizable symbol of the city."
Ric Burns, James Sanders and Lisa Aldes, New York: An Illustrated History
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"Soon technology, too, will disintegrate. Buildings will collapse, power plants will stop generating electricity. Generals will drop atomic bombs on their own populations. Mad revolutionaries will run in the streets, crying fantastic slogans. I have often thought it would begin in New York. This metropolis has all the symptoms of a mind gone berserk."
Isaac Bashevis Singer, A Friend of Kafka
Monday, June 21, 2010
"New York is a Tourettic city, and this great communal scratching and counting and tearing is a definite symptom."
Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn
Sunday, June 20, 2010
"Other cities put on their best clothes in summer, but New York seems to sit in its shirt-sleeves."
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
Saturday, June 19, 2010
|Jim Kempner Fine Art|
"Roaming the streets of New York, we encountered many examples of this delightful quality of New Yorkers, forever on their toes, violently, restlessly involving themselves in the slightest situation brought to their attention, always posing alternatives, always ready with an answer or an argument."
Jessica Mitford, Hons and Rebels (New York Review Books Classics)
Friday, June 18, 2010
"When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake."
David Frost, World of New York. An Uncommon Guide to the City of Fantasies
Thursday, June 17, 2010
|"The High Line Zoo"|
"I miss the animal buoyancy in New York, and the animal vitality. I do not mind that it had no meaning and no depth."
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 2: 1934-1939
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
"New York was not a city but, on the colossal scale whose measure one can take only by setting foot in the New World, an agglomeration of villages. In each of these an inhabitant could have spent his life without ever leaving except to go to work."
Claude Levi-Strauss, The View from Afar
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real and I myself am not a dream."
Helen Keller, Midstream: My Later Life
Monday, June 14, 2010
"It's harder to find a good guy in New York than anywhere else. It's the cliché of single life in Manhattan, but only because it's true."
Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed
Sunday, June 13, 2010
"Manhattan has consistently inspired in its beholders ecstasy about architecture."
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
Saturday, June 12, 2010
|The Immigrants sculpture in Battery Park|
"One thing I love about living in New York is it's every different type of person piled one on top of the other. I am for open immigration, but that sign we have in the front of the Statue of Liberty, 'Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.' Can't we just say, 'Hey, the door's open. We'll take whoever you got.' Do we have to specify 'The wretched refuse?'"
Jerry Seinfeld, Seinlanguage
Friday, June 11, 2010
|"Love Me" street art by Curtis Kulig|
"I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it."
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's (Essential Penguin)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
|Moving truck on West 113th|
"There's a tangible sense of movement in New York: People are always moving up, moving on, moving toward something bigger, richer, better. So we never stop to fully embrace where we live because we know that circumstances might arise hat call us onward. A two-year lease feels like handcuffs; actual ownership is a prison sentence."
Allison Winn Scotch, The Department of Lost & Found
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
|The Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges|
"As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night."
Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?"
Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal
Monday, June 7, 2010
"New York is fast, how do I compare
It's 24 frames in every second of a movie
Can't see frame change but it's always moving."
Gil Scott-Heron, New York is Killing Me, I'm New Here
Sunday, June 6, 2010
|Museum of Sex|
"New York City is all about sex. People getting it, people trying to get it, people who can't get it. No wonder the city never sleeps. It's too busy trying to get laid."
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City
Saturday, June 5, 2010
"I... wonder what it is in the New York air that enables me to sit up till all hours of the night in an atmosphere which in London would make a horse dizzy, but here merely clears the brain."
James Agate, A SHORTER EGO
Friday, June 4, 2010
"Living in New York City gives people real incentives to want things that nobody else wants."