Sunday, June 30, 2013

Old Town

Morningside Heights

"Old New York City is a friendly old town
From Washington Heights to Harlem on down
There’s a-mighty many people all millin’ all around
They’ll kick you when you’re up and knock you when you’re down
It’s hard times in the city
Livin’ down in New York Town."
Bob Dylan, Hard Times in New York Town

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ambition

590 Madison Avenue

"New York is a city where ambition is commonplace as fire hydrants. Elsewhere, the common denominator of conversation might be politics or children; here it is work."
Sally Platkin Koslow, Cue magazine

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Intolerable

Lucille Lortel Playwright Star Sidewalk

"New York was, of course, intolerable. I found that I was organizing my day around those times when it was possible—just possible—to get a cup of gourmet coffee without standing in line a half hour."
David Mamet, Inside the Ropes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Time to Leave


"We have a saying in New York: When you are the most happening person at the party, it is time to leave."
Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside

Monday, June 24, 2013

Crowded City


"I love how crowded this city's gotten. You can't even dump a body in private anymore."
Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), CSI: NY - The Fifth Season

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Subaltern Parent

Empire State Building

"New York is more than bricks and mortar to those who grow up here; it is a subaltern parent."
Leonard Kriegel, Voices from the Edge

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Flicker

Manhattan

"I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Naturally Interesting

Ludlow St.
"You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting."
Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), Girls

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seducer

Times Square

"New York itself was intent on seducing us, and the same way it will see your bad mood and raise you one, fortunately it performs equally well with euphoria."
Kristin McCloy, Hollywood Savage

Monday, June 17, 2013

Resplendent City

Downtown Manhattan (Photo: Eneas de Troya)

"New York is a resplendent city. Its high white towers are arrows of will: its streets are the plowings of passionate desire. A lofty, arrogant, lustful city, beaten through by an iron rhythm."
Waldo Frank, Our America

Sunday, June 16, 2013

How to Make It In New York

Central Park

"You want to make it in this town, Henry? You don't wait in line for your turn. There's no line.  You gotta take what you want."
Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn), 666 Park Avenue

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Don´t Know Much About Geography

Columbus Circle

"Geography isn't the long suit of most Apple dwellers. As they see it, the entire world revolves around New York City, and just about everything else in America, is somewhere south of the border."
B. Keith Jones, The Roomie Do Me Blues

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hypnotic

Midtown Manhattan (Photo: Hans Lienhart)

"What New York is for so many: that hypnotic place that binds those who cherish it in the same way."
Lorna Graham, The Ghost of Greenwich Village

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Great Days

South Street Seaport Museum

"The great days in New York were just before you got there."
Lewis Gannett, quoted in The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Particles in Motion

Seventh Avenue (Photo: Michael Danser)

"New York is a city of particles in motion. People everywhere, all kinds of people – moving; cars, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks – moving; and of course taxicabs, thousands of taxicabs – moving, moving, moving!"
Gene Salomon, Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Electricity

New York seen from space (Photo: NASA)

"New York is like electricity. The efficiency and vitality of all America is transmuted to me here."
Cecil Beaton, quoted in Popular Photography

Monday, June 10, 2013

Smell of Rain

West 40th

"The very smell of New York rain tracks you down in the heart of the most harmonious and familiar towns, to remind you there is at least one place of deliverance in he world, where you, together with a whole people and for as long as you want, can finally lose yourself forever."
Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

Sunday, June 9, 2013

MetroCard and Therapy

110th St. subway station

"It’s New York; you are required to have a metro card and access to therapy at all times."
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, Salon Magazine

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Eight Million People

Central Park North

"There is nothing distinctive about living in New York; over eight million other people are doing it."
Don Herold, New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom

Friday, June 7, 2013

Badge of Honor

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza

"People who live in New York, we wear that fact like a badge right on our sleeve, 'cause we know that fact impresses everybody. "I was in Vietnam." "So what? I live in New York."
Denis Leary, That’s Really Funny

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dodge City

Dumpster on Third Avenue

"New York is a trash heap of human garbage. It's as civilized as Dodge City."
Andrew Holleran, Nights in Aruba

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Beehive

Bleecker Street subway station

"New York is a granite beehive, where people jostle and whir like molecules in an overheated jar."
Nigel Gosling, quoted in New York: The City in More Than 500 Memorable Quotations

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Car Storage

Off the High Line

"Storing your car in New York is safer than entering it in a demolition derby. But not much."
Daniel S. Greenberg, quoted in Zany's New York City Apartment Guide, 2000

Monday, June 3, 2013

Many Cities

Long Island City

"New York is of course many cities, and an exile does not return to the one he left."
John Updike, quoted in Knopf Guide New York

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Different Perspectives

West 39th

"The thing about New York is that while you are in it, of it, it seems unequivocally the center of the universe. Your metabolism rises to meet it, so that your heart seems to beat faster, your mind to jump more quickly from one thing to another. The earth seems made of concrete all the way down to its core. But far enough away, it seems not only improbable but impossible."
Anna Quindlen, Rise and Shine: A Novel

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Coney Island

Coney Island boardwalk

"If Paris is France, then Coney Island, between June and September, is the World."
George Tilyou, Gravesend: The Home of Coney Island