Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Every Conceivable Form of Delight


"In the evening light Manhattan, as always, looked miraculous — towers of light thrusting upwards into the suffused glow of the sky, and the freeways moving rivers of headlights. Here was a city that offered, in its brash and open-handed way, every conceivable form of delight."
Rosamunde Pilcher, September

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Black Woman's Town

Harriet Tubman Memorial

"If ever there was a black woman's town, New York was it."
Toni Morrison, Tar Baby

Monday, August 29, 2011

Enjoying New York

Central Park Reservoir

"The trick of enjoying New York is to not be so busy grinding your way to the center of the earth that you fail to notice the sparkle of the place, a scale and a kind of wonder that put all human endeavors in their proper place."
David Carr, The Night of the Gun

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Not Quite the Other-World

Fifth Avenue

"As I open my eyes, I'm afraid. And then I remember: this is not quite the other-world. It's New York."
Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

The New York Game


"The real purpose of the evening for most of the attendees was to play the New York game: to show off what they had and compare it to others who had as much or more."
Olivia Goldsmith, The First Wives Club

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On Location

Morningside Heights

"Living in New York was like being on location for a movie that never wrapped."
Jay McInerney, How It Ended

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Biggest Pond

The Pond in Central Park

"The gravitational pull of New York has drawn all of those desirous of being a big fish in the biggest pond."
Joshua David Stein and  Alice Twemlow, StyleCity New York

Monday, August 22, 2011

Driving Forces

Prince St.

"The driving forces in the making of New York remain essential parts of its character: greed, energy, tolerance, and optimism."
Pete Hamill, New York: City of Islands

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Too Much to Handle


"To me, New York is like a bitch of a woman, she's too much to handle, and I don't admire her lifestyle."
Danielle Steel, Going Home

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Women's College

Barnard College

"Sometimes she thought New York resembled a women's college in the way that it brought women together, in part because of a lack of decent men."
J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Construction Site

Bowery and Houston

"Nothing is impossible, especially in New York City. It is a never-ending construction site."
Isabel Gillies, A Year and Six Seconds

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Human Intensity


"New York was the only place she knew of where the sheer weight of the human intensity wore one down to fatigue, made you feel as though you had done a job."
Stanley Crouch, Don't the Moon Look Lonesome: A Novel in Blues and Swing

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Haunted

Christopher Park

“New York is definitely haunted. Old lovers, ex-boyfriends, anyone you have unresolved issues with you are bound to run into again and again until you resolve them.”
Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City - The Complete Series (Collector's Giftset)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obsessed with Light

Solow Building

"New York has never been a dark city, but never has it been so obsessed with light as now. The city has become brightly, intensely lit up -- every month, it seems, a new skyscraper top goes ablaze with floodlights, every season a new skyscraper top goes ablaze with light."
Paul Goldberger, New York Times World of New York: An Uncommon Guide to the City of Fantastics

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two Cities

View from The High Line

"New York is a nightmare and a paradise, the absolute image of what a city should be, magical. Everything is broken and modern at the same time, as if it were two cities in one."
Annette Messager, Annette Messager: The Messengers

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rabbit Holes

Anita's Way

"New York (and this is the source of its charm and its peculiar fascination) was then a city where anything seemed possible. Like the urban fabric, the social and cultural fabric was riddled with holes. All you had to do was pick one and slip through if, like Alice, you wanted to get to the other side of the looking glass and find worlds so enchanting that they seemed unreal."
Claude Levi-Strauss, The View from Afar

Sunday, August 7, 2011

No Signs of Weakness


"At the height of rush hour, people on the London underground actually say "excuse me." Imagine what would happen if you tried an insane stunt like that on the New York City subway. The other passengers would take it as a sign of weakness, and there'd be a fight over who got to keep your ears as a trophy."
Dave Barry, "It's Monday... So This Must Be My Tax Write-Off in London," in There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The History of America

Bloomberg L.P. headquarters

"The history of New York is, in many ways, the history of America."
Michael Bloomberg, New York 400

Friday, August 5, 2011

New York Acceptance

Washington Square Park

"Make yourself a New Yorker, declare yourself a New Yorker, and New York accepts you, and is glad to have you, and is the more glad the more you are worth the having. "
Robert Shackleton, The Book Of New York (1917)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Wedge of Life

Jane St.

"In New York you may have the greatest and most congenial friends, but it's extraordinary if you ever know anything about them except that little wedge of their life that you meet with the little wedge of your life."
Eudora Welty, Conversations with Eudora Welty (Literary Conversations Series)