Monday, June 30, 2014
"I remember being stunned at the New York skyline as I drove over this big freeway, coming across the flats in Secaucus. All of a sudden it was looming up in front of me and I almost lost control of the car. I thought it was a vision."
Hunter S. Thompson, Songs of the Doomed
Sunday, June 29, 2014
|Gay Pride March|
"I love New York, but sometimes everything is too gay, gay, gay."
Paul Rudnick, I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey
Saturday, June 28, 2014
|Fashion shoot at Flatiron Plaza|
"The people in New York are very beautiful, I am sure! And how can they help being wise, in such a big and complicated city?"
Frederic Prokosch, The Asiatics
Friday, June 27, 2014
"I love New York. How could I not love a city that contains both Gray's Papaya and the Brooklyn Bridge? But maybe I too have been stuck in this bad marriage too long, hopelessly in love not with the city, the hard economic realities of it, the years of being part of the crowd, but with the skyline, that suggestion in lights that this place is both unreachable and a goal. That it is, in short, poetry. That is the city that pulls me, the city I carry around in my head."
Elizabeth Gold, Goodbye to All That
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"The Manhattan landscape is like New England weather: If you don't like it, wait ten minutes—it'll change. All that can be said with certainty is: The best place in New York is the night; the worst place in New York is the morning."
Jay McInerney, New York Magazine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"The beauty of New York is sculptural and atmospheric. It's a city of shapes that bang together and rearrange themselves as if seen through a kaleidoscope. Move 20 yards and the view changes. Even if the foreground hardly shifts, the entire background may have vanished and been replaced."
Stephen Brook, New York Days, New York Nights
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
"New Yorkers are capable of riding a subway train without noticing a man shaving, an old woman undressing, or someone speaking in tongues right across the aisle. They do not act surprised or get caught up in the happenings around them, preferring to mind their own business on their way to work. They will ignore you, your problems, and your oddities unless you ask them to get involved. Then they jump in."
Claudia Osborn, Over My Head
Monday, June 23, 2014
"New Yorkers are a tough breed. They are easily identified in other places because the city is in their blood. They are fast on their feet and with their mouths."
Herbert London, The Broken Apple
Sunday, June 22, 2014
"New York looks as ever: stiff, machine-made, and against nature. Still it is more stimulating than Europe. It is so mechanical, there is not the sense of death."
D.H. Lawrence, The Letters of D. H. Lawrence
Saturday, June 21, 2014
"I love New York on summer afternoons when every one's away. There's something very sensuous about it — overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Friday, June 20, 2014
"The best thing about New York is that it's like being in Aladdin's cave. You walk four yards and you see an assemblage of oil paintings, then walk around the corner and see a dilapidated pizza parlor, then walk a little more and see magnificent jewels. It's a wonderful material compression of all the world's goodies."
Harold Evans, New York magazine
Thursday, June 19, 2014
"I also had a dim idea that if I walked the streets of New York by myself all night something of the city's mystery and magnificence might rub off on me at last.
But I gave it up."
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
|Intercom in NoMad|
"That was the thing about New York: you always knew more about your neighbors' business than you wanted to."
Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls
Monday, June 16, 2014
"There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe."
Don Herold, The Modern Handbook of Humor
Sunday, June 15, 2014
"New York City is like the appetizer table at a Jewish wedding, loaded with salt and spice and cholesterol and flavor, with a waiter holding out pleasure in his right hand and indigestion in his left."
Lenore Fleischer, The Fisher King
Saturday, June 14, 2014
"Seen flat on the ground from the point of length and width, New York is the most conformist city in the world. From Washington Square north, there is not a single oblique or curving street, with the exception of old Broadway."
Jean-Paul Sartre, Literary and Philosophical Essays
Friday, June 13, 2014
"New York is not the most unlikely place for a man to wind up with a shiv in his heart."
Nelson DeMille, The Talbot Odyssey
Thursday, June 12, 2014
"New York is not a Goliath that has become a David; it is a city that combines David and Goliath, and that doubleness is one of the things that draws us to New York. We come here not just or even primarily because we are drawn to power—King of the Hill. Top of the Heap, as they sing at Yankee Stadium—but also because we are intrigued by powerlessness. We come to the city of the overdog in order to have the thrill of feeling like an underdog."
Adam Gopnik, Through the Children's Gate
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
"New York is such a Darwinian place. In this fundamentally hostile environment, full of ruthless predators who'll stop at nothing to get to the top, people are constantly forming alliances for their own protection."
Toby Young, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
"I think what makes somebody a New Yorker is somebody who appreciates the melodic noise of the city. The city doesn't sleep, the city doesn't shut up, the city is melodic and harmonic and also discordant. I think anybody who's a New Yorker appreciates all the complexity and all the noise."
Jose Antonio Vargas, New York Magazine
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
|Puerto Rican Day Parade|
"New York is the city with more Jews than Tel Aviv, more Irish than Dublin, more Italians than Naples, and more Puerto Ricans than San Juan."
George J. Lankevich, Postcards from Manhattan
Saturday, June 7, 2014
"The city was supposed to be a disaster, but its flow of raw energy made me bounce again. I wanted it all: the smell of the oil fumes on the crosstown bus, the crowds piling out of the subways, the lofty buildings that were New York man's loftiest monument to himself."
Shirley MacLaine, You Can Get There From Here
Friday, June 6, 2014
"In New York I felt like an anonymous ant. If they stepped on me they would not even notice me."
Vartan Gregorian, quoted in On Second Thought: Essays Out of My Life
Thursday, June 5, 2014
"Anything and everything in New York is within an arm's reach. There's something very equalizing about a walking city. All classes have to mingle. It's a mix of wealth and race, and you never end up in an ivory tower."
Hal Rubenstein, My City, My New York
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
"I had never wanted to belong to anything more than to that shimmering landscape of office towers lit up against the dark New York sky. Each individual glittering box of light —like like gems strung along a necklace— seemed to me to be a tiny oblong window onto success, acceptance, respect, that is to say, a place in the world."
Helen Wan, The Partner Track
Sunday, June 1, 2014
"Everything in New York is for sale, including the honor of the City itself. To deny it would be considered dishonorable on the part of a New Yorker of the present day. Culture has been swallowed up by barter."
William Henry McMasters, Originality and other Essays