Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Latin Mass


"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

Too Big

Harlem

"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

Senegal

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

Squalid Barbarism

Centre Street

"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

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Hypocrisy of Underground

Union Square

"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

Talented Bums

Central Park

"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 Most Romantic Symbol

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

Mind Gone Berserk

Broome Street

"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

Tourette's

East Houston

"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

Casual Summer

Bryant Park

"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

On Their Toes

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)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Animal

"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."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Collection of Villages

Central Park

"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

Where Mankind is Real

Fifth Avenue

"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

The Cliché of Single Life

Harlem Meer

"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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wretched Refuse

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

It Doesn't Belong to Me

"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

A Sense of Movement

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

Twilight

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

Surviving Anywhere

Cranberry Street

"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

24 Frames


"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

Sex in the City

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

Clears the Brain

Eventi Plaza

"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