Friday, December 31, 2010
"The overrated free calendar year begins and ends with a gathering of thousand of non-New Yorkers, most of whose primary motivation in life is to get on television. All the good sidelines spots in Times Square are long gone by dusk. Add the extra buzz kills of high security, crushing crowds, brutal cold, and a ban on booze, and that's all the excuse you need to say at home with the remote control, marveling at how much younger Dick Clark looks now than he did in his '50s heyday."
Frommer's New York City for Free & Dirt Cheap
Thursday, December 30, 2010
"Tryin to find God in New York is like tryin to grow pot in a rock garden."
Clarence L. Cooper, Weed
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Jay McInerney, quoted in Empire City: New York Through the Centuries
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"New York is cold, glittering, malign. The buildings dominate. There is a sort of atomic frenzy to the activity going on; the more furious the pace, the more diminished the spirit."
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
Monday, December 27, 2010
"What makes New York so dreadful, I believe, is mainly the fact that the vast majority of its people have been forced to rid themselves of one of the oldest and most powerful of human instincts -- the instinct to make a permanent home."
H.L. Mencken, A Second Mencken Chrestomathy: A New Selection from the Writings of America's Legendary Editor, Critic, and Wit (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
|Madison and 42nd|
Jonathan Dee, The Privileges: A Novel
Saturday, December 25, 2010
"Christmastime in New York City really is magical, especially uptown. The air smells like falling snow and burning logs and Christmas cookies baking. From up in our penthouses, Central Park looks like a silvery wonderland, Park Avenue is a parade of Christmas lights, and the size of the tree in Rockefeller Center seems to promise that this is going to be he most amazing Christmas ever--although most of us will be drinking too much champagne to notice."
Cecily von Ziegesar, All I Want Is Everything (Gossip Girl, 3)
Friday, December 24, 2010
Meyer Berger, Meyer Berger's New York
Thursday, December 23, 2010
|Central Park Lake|
"The great big city's a wondrous toy Just made for a girl and boy. We'll turn Manhattan Into an isle of joy." Lorenz Hart (lyrics), "Manhattan," The Musicality of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"The avenues of New York do not lead anywhere. They are paved rivers which go on and on through various districts to lose themselves eventually in wildernesses, to be dried up in social deserts."
Stephen Graham, New York Nights
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"No other American city is so intensely American as New York."
Anthony Trollope, North America. By Anthony Trollope.
Monday, December 20, 2010
"That is what is so magnificent about New York — it is a place that makes you reach for the best in yourself or risk the consequences. New York is tough — if you don't help yourself, it won't help you."
S.B. Howard, Strange But True: New York City: Tales of the Big Apple
Sunday, December 19, 2010
"Life in New York is a costly and complicated business."
Ellen Olney Kirk, The Story of Margaret Kent: A Novel
Saturday, December 18, 2010
|Skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge|
"The skyline of New York is a monument, an outward symbol of an aggressive and once confident people, a technological achievement that is matchless in the history of the human race."
George H. Douglas, Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America
Friday, December 17, 2010
|Riverside Park South|
"Don't care if it's Chinatown or Riverside.
I don't have any reasons.
I've left them all behind.
I'm in a New York state of mind."
Billy Joel, New York State Of Mind
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|Strand Central Park Kiosk|
"In New York books are plentiful and easy to get. The music and the theatre are the best in the world. The great trouble with New York is that one feels uncomfortable while enjoying these things -- In the daytime a man should be making money."
Thomas Wolfe, Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth (Scribner Classics)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
|Manhattan Bridge Arch and Colonnade|
"The gateway of America, and the most dazzling expressing of its lingering diversity, is still the city of New York."
Jan Morris, Coast to Coast: A Journey Across 1950s America (Travelers' Tales Classics)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
"The first month in New York for a newcomer has this certain amazing magic about it that is indescribable. Incandescent lucidity. However long you stay in New York, you pretty much spent the rest of your time there trying to recapture that feeling. Chasing the Manhattan dragon."
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Monday, December 13, 2010
"In New York today, the face of the city, Manhattan, is proud and glittering. But Manhattan is not the city. New York really is a sprawl of neighborhoods, which pile into one another."
Jimmy Breslin, New York Stories: Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine
Sunday, December 12, 2010
"The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. "
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Saturday, December 11, 2010
"New Yorkers are like Brazil Nuts -- a hard shell outside, very hard to crack, but once they let you in, they are as soft as people anywhere else."
Debu Majumdar, From the Ganges to the Snake River: A East Indian in the American West
Friday, December 10, 2010
|London Terrace Towers|
"Though I love New Yorkers, I hate New York. I had thought it would be the other way around. I can't live somewhere where even when the sun does shine you don't get to see it -- I can't live in the shade of these buildings any longer."
Nick Alexander, 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye - A Novel
Thursday, December 9, 2010
|West 66th St.|
"New York was the nowhere he had built around himself, and he realized he had no intention of ever leaving it again."
Paul Auster, City of Glass (The New York Trilogy, Vol 1)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"New York is beginning to look like Paris when I was younger, when I was twenty-four and people were holding hands and kissing under bridges. It's happening again. People are dreaming again."
John Lennon, All We Are Saying The Last Major Interview with John Lennon&Yoko Ono
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"New York was a city where men made such incredible fortunes that a new word, 'millionaire,' was on everybody's lips."
Lloyd R. Morris, Incredible New York: High Life and Low Life from 1850 to 1950
Monday, December 6, 2010
|Central Park North|
"In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is."
Simon Hoggart, America a Users Guide