Saturday, December 31, 2011
"Nothing beats New York on New Year's Eve."
Stan Harris (Robert DeNiro), New Year's Eve
Friday, December 30, 2011
"New York is a good place to be on the up-grade."
Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Duke Ellington, Music is My Mistress
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
"The holiday season in New York is magical, its shadowed, gray avenues suddenly burst into a Disney-like Technicolor, transforming even the most belligerent into bell-ringers."
Clay Cole, Sh-Boom!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
"Here we are Marv. New York City, the land of opportunity."
Harry (Joe Pesci), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Monday, December 26, 2011
"By day and by night the look of New York is different. You can stay there 10 years and never see the same thing the same way twice."
Sammy Davis Jr, "Favorite Vacation Photos of Famous Amateurs," Popular Mechanics - May 1961 - (Volume 115 Number 5)
Sunday, December 25, 2011
"Christmas in New York is as multicolored and as whimsical as a July fiesta in Mexico."
Robert L. Wallace, Soul Food
Saturday, December 24, 2011
"New York is a city that loves Christmas. It's their spiritual holiday—being, as it is, an orgy of capitalism—and they spare no effort or expense getting the city in shape."
Michael Harling, Postcards from across The Pond
Friday, December 23, 2011
|Jefferson Market Garden|
"This is what happens every year on the eve of Christmas eve. Most people leave Manhattan to go 'home,' whatever that may mean, or maybe to be anywhere else but here. The effect is a muffling of sound, as if all the distinct noises of New York, its sirens, its taxi horns, its footsteps, are being smothered by a large blanket."
Julie Buxbaum, The Opposite of Love
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Whitehall Staten Island ferry station|
"New York is a city where everyone has come to fulfill their dreams --sometimes the dream is simply to be here."
Alan Cumming, Tommy's Tale
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
"One night in New York is like a month in St. Louis time."Nancy Frankenburg (Gina Gershon), How to Make It In America
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
"You know how New York is. I don't need to list its qualities. It is the city of the dead. The noise of the crowds overwhelms the introspective mind. But in its incessant destruction of the old, it is a strange paradise of renewal."
Nathaniel Rich, Mayor's Tongue
Monday, December 19, 2011
|Free hugs on Union Square|
"Half the people in New York if they were anywhere else would be either interviewed or arrested."
Edmund White, City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and '70s
Sunday, December 18, 2011
"I love New York, but it is still the injustice, the poverty and suffering of so many in the midst of affluence that I see most. I can't help it, it hammers on my soul every day."
Manoucher Parvin, Cry for My Revolution, Iran
Saturday, December 17, 2011
François Weill, A History of New York (Columbia History of Urban Life)
Friday, December 16, 2011
|Roosevelt Island Tram|
"There was, rather, a tensile excitement in that air which made one think — made me think for many years — that time spent asleep in New York was somehow time wasted."
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
Thursday, December 15, 2011
|South Street Seaport|
"My imagination is incapable of conceiving any thing of the kind more beautiful than the harbour of New York."
Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans (Classic Reprint)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
|Madison Square Park fountain|
"What New York represents, perfectly and consistently, in literature and life alike, is the idea of Hope. Hope for a new life, for something big to happen, hope for a better life or a bigger apartment."
Adam Gopnik, Through the Children's Gate
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
|New York World's Fair New York State Pavilion|
"New York is where the future comes to audition."
Ed Koch, The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom
Monday, December 12, 2011
|59th Street subway station|
"lt's New York. Nothing is really new. They should change the name to 'Same York.'"
Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Sex and the City
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
"I'd never been to the Big Apple. Looking out the car windows during our drive into the city, my first impression was of the fullest graveyard I'd ever seen. It was packed, no room left. Where did they put the new bodies?"
Ginger "Sugar" Blymyer, Hairdresser to the Stars
Friday, December 9, 2011
"If New Yorkers are anything, they are 'up to speed.' In New York you can have a fascinating conversation with anyone you meet, from the street panhandler trying to sell you an original poem to the hot dog vendor, waiter, doorman, cabbie, shop owner, or even the person crammed in next to you on the packed subway. And not only are they all in the know, but they know they are in the know, and they are strongly opinionated about what they know."
Michael S. Durham, National Geographic Traveler
Thursday, December 8, 2011
"New York is a dangerous, sexy lover, out on the town, dancing the night away, and drinking you under the table."
Howard Jordan Jr., 101 Reasons to Leave New York
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
"New York City is as amazing in its own way as the Grand Canyon. As a matter of fact, you can't help thinking that maybe Nature would have made New York City look the way it does if it had had the money and the know-how."
Andy Rooney, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
|Tobacco Warehouse and Brooklyn Bridge|
"New York was always on the verge of greatness, always at the edge of disaster, and only booster will could turn the balance."
David M. Scobey, Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (Critical Perspectives on the Past)
Monday, December 5, 2011
|Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie filming "Sleeping with Other People"|
C.V.R. Thompson, I Lost My English Accent
Sunday, December 4, 2011
"Many New Yorkers are provincial, earnestly believing that life ceases west of the Hudson River, except for the occasional squeak to be noticed from Los Angeles. London has its theatre, Paris its fashion, Rome its pope, but New Yorkers truly believe their city is bigger or better or smarter or more sophisticated, or, in the case of the Catholic Church, more Catholic."
S.B. Howard, Strange But True: New York City: Tales of the Big Apple
Saturday, December 3, 2011
"New York is like that -- like some jagged mountain range, dizzy heights of extravagant wealth soaring right next to murky depths of depraved poverty, each seeming all the more extreme by the sudden contrast to its Opposite."
Natalie Wexler, A More Obedient Wife: A Novel of the Early Supreme Court
Friday, December 2, 2011
"More happens on any given day in a closet in New York than in an entire city anyplace in America."
Janet Neipris, "The Agreement," The Best Short Plays - 1986 (Best American Short Plays)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
|George Washington Bridge|
"My goodness, I miss New York. I miss it almost everyday and I definitely miss it right now. I can't really think of a particularly articulate way to put it. You know what I'm talking about, though. It's the sheer volume and rush and energy, the inescapable feeling that something is going on. I remember leaving NYC so clearly, thinking that I was going from somewhere to nowhere."
Matt Hern, Common Ground in a Liquid City
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"At night the white glow that fizzes upward from the city—an inverted electric Niagara—obscures the stars, and except for the Planetarium's windowless mimicry, New York is oblivious of the cosmos."
Cynthia Ozick, Quarrel & Quandary
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
|Times Square McDonald's|
"Everybody knows New York City. You don't have to live here to have an opinion about it -- you don't even have to visit."
Jonathan Scheff, New York City Icons: 50 Classic Slices of the Big Apple