Sunday, July 31, 2011

Everyone's Dream

Battery Park

"He'd always dreamed of living in New York -- like every other person in the world."
Joanna Smith Rakoff, A Fortunate Age: A Novel

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Din and Glare

Madison Avenue

"I was getting tired of New York — of the city's din of cars and people, and the glare of lights blotting out the stars."
Patti Davis, A House of Secrets

Friday, July 29, 2011

For Masochists


"I like New York. Well, for very well balanced people, it's probably a bad place but for masochists like me, it's OK."
Joseph Brodsky, Joseph Brodsky: Conversations (Literary Conversations Series)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Boldness to Dream

West 40th

"The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from."
Moss Hart, Act One: An Autobiography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sprinter's City

Central Park Reservoir

"New York was a sprinter's city; one took a deep breath, held it, and ran as fast as one could. Not because there was always danger but because that was the pace."
Howard M. Katz, Love and Marriage

Monday, July 25, 2011

Seeking Anonymity

Willowdell Arch

"In Southern genealogies there is always a mention of a cousin who went to live in New York in 1922 and not another word. One hears that people go to New York to seek their fortunes, but many go to seek just the opposite."
Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman: A Novel

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Taxi and the City

Park Avenue

"Cabs hold a special allure for New Yorkers. Maybe it's the ease of settling into the backseat. Maybe it's the fact that tipsy couples are on their way home to have sex and think of the ride as foreplay."
Amy Braunschweiger, Taxi Confidential

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Oz

Manhattan skyline

"Even being in New York, the actual place, I found the idea of New York so wonderful that I could only imagine it as some other place, greater than any place that would let me sleep in it -- a distant constellation of lights I had not yet been allowed to visit. I had arrived in Oz only to think, Well, you don't live in Oz, do you?"
Adam Gopnik, Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York (Vintage)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Debonair City

East River

"When we entered New York harbor the lights were already coming on, glittering like jewels in the hard, clear buildings. The great, debonair city that was both young and old, and wise and innocent."
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rough Impersonality

Penn Station

"I like the rough impersonality of New York, where human relations are oiled by jokes, complaints, and confessions — all made with the assumption of never seeing the other person again."
Bill Bradley, Life on the Run

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Casual Exhibitionism

First Avenue

"One of the perks of living in New York City is the casual exhibitionism."
Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), White Collar, Scott Free

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Genius of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights

"The genius of Brooklyn has always been its homey atmosphere; it does not set out to awe or intimidate, like skyscraper Manhattan."
Phillip Lopate, Brooklyn Was Mine

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Classic Symbol

Empire State Building

"New York is the classic symbol for the modern city, with the Empire State Building, the ultimate icon, summing up all skyscrapers."
Matteo Pericoli, The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Akron

East River Plaza

"New York, once open and free, like a Paris (which she hated because it had so many French people) or a Vienna (her favorite by far) was now another Akron, Ohio. Repressed and boring, but clean."
Leslie Schnur, The Dog Walker: A Novel

Friday, July 15, 2011

Always Out

Turtle Bay

"New Yorkers are always out. So much to see, so much to do, it's always a disappointment to go back home to the apartment."
Jane Green, Babyville: A Novel

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Apocalyptic Future

West 113th St.

"This is New York City after all. This is the future the anti-utopians warned us about. This is the apocalyptic future in the disguise of the benumbed present."
Jonathan Baumbach, Seven Wives

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Olympics

Riverside Park

"Being in New York was as tiring as walking around with weights on the legs. It was obvious, even after one day, that living there required training. Making it through a month in New York would be the equivalent, for a person of my age and disposition, of competing in the decathlon, in the Olympics of city life."
Larry McMurtry, Somebody's Darling

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wild Life

Park Avenue

"I like to walk around Manhattan, catching glimpses of its wild life, the pigeons and cats and girls."
Rex Stout, Three Witnesses

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Walt Whitman

Conservatory Garden

"He who really touches the soil of Manhattan and the pavement of New York touches, whether he knows it or not, Walt Whitman."
Lewis Mumford, Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

A City that Seems Like Oz

17 State Street (center) 

"Every building in the city seemed to catch the sun and the glittering New York skyline made the city seem like Oz."
Holly Peterson, The Manny

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Greatest Show on Earth

Broadway

"Loved or hated, soul-destroying or life-giving, New York City concededly adds up to the greatest show on earth."
Alexander Klein, Empire City: A Treasury of New York (Essay Index Reprint Series)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Labyrinth

385 Fifth Avenue

"Is New York such a labyrinth? I thought it was all straight up and down like Fifth Avenue. All the cross streets numbered and big honest labels on everything."
Ellen Olenska, The Age of Innocence

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Worst Place to Date

Bowery

"New York was a big city, with lots of people, but it was probably the crappiest place in the world to date."
Beth Harbison, Hope in a Jar