Sunday, August 31, 2014

Present Tense


"He is a natural New Yorker, a native of the present tense."
V.S. Pritchett, New York Proclaimed

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Right to Become a New Yorker


"I myself have the right to become a New Yorker, if I am strong enough to cut a furrow in New York. I should not thereby become an American."
Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White

Friday, August 29, 2014

Spit


"I love New York. It's the only place where if you look at anyone long enough, they'll eventually spit."
Caroline Rhea, That’s Really Funny

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York Kids

School buses on Fifth Avenue

"New York kids, from penthouse to welfare hotel, from shtetl to ghetto, are little shock troops of contemporary urban life, taking for granted the extremes of the city into which they are born and dramatizing those extremes with their unquestioning adaptation."
Michele Landsberg, This is New York, Honey

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hubris

Trump Tower

"New York is our national endorsement for ego, hubris, for fully licensed, cross-promotional insanity."
Douglas McDaniel, William Blake in Cyberspace

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lab


"New York City is like a lab where there is constant testing and experimenting, enforcing the possibilities of humanity."
RubĂ©n Blades, New York Magazine


Monday, August 25, 2014

Lay it on the Line


"New Yorkers don't hold anything back—sitting in traffic or just walking down the street, we lay it on the line, and we don't whisper when we do it."
John McEnroe, You Cannot Be Serious

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friendship in Distress


"New Yorkers are famous for minding their own business, but deep down they know that neither personal nor collective urban survival is possible without some form of friendship-in-distress."
Donald W Shriver, On Second Thought

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharp Edges


"New York is not about being well rounded. It's all sharp edges."
Amy Gray, Spygirl

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pretense


"The only way to live in New York is to pretend it's someplace else. There are whole blocks filled with New Yorkers who believe they’re living in Montmartre, apartment buildings that belong properly to Bloomsbury, and even a street or two that reside, imaginatively, in the New York of 1945."
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bad to Cute


"That's another reason I love New York. Just like that, it can go from bad to cute."
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In the Midst of Life

Brooklyn Borough Hall

"In the midst of life we are in Brooklyn."
Oliver Herford, quoted in The City

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Direct and Impatient


"There’s the common characteristic of being direct. Also impatient. That’s a fundamentally New York trait. Nothing happens fast enough."
Julia Stiles, New York Magazine


Monday, August 18, 2014

City of Fire


"When night comes, a fantastic magic city, all of fire, suddenly blazes up from the ocean. Without consuming, it burns long against the dark background of the sky, its beauty mirrored in the broad, gleaming bosom of the sea."
Maxim Gorky, Writing New York

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scary


"Of course New York is scary. Would anyone want to come here if it weren't intimidating?"
Robert Hughes, Things I Didn't Know

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What the World Thinks

The New York Times Building

"New York is essentially responsible for what the rest of the country thinks — and for what the world thinks about America."
Jamake Highwater, New York Magazine


Friday, August 15, 2014

Seize the Moment

Bike in Prospect Park

"That's what I love about New York. It teaches you to live life the way it should be lived — moment to moment. Because every moment in New York could be your last. Every half moment could be your last half moment."
Denis Leary, No Cure for Cancer

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Apartment Slaves


"New Yorkers are now slaves to their apartments, obsessed with where they dwell. For everyone in this city knows that an apartment is everything. To be dislodged for whatever reason is to be thrown over the brink into an abyss of terror and unremitting uncertainty."
Herbert London, The Broken Apple

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lesson

East 14th St.

"I spent my childhood in New York, riding the subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you're a New Yorker? The world doesn't owe you a damn thing."
Lauren Bacall, quoted in The New York Times

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stuck Ego


"New York is a tough place, there aren’t so many pleasures. It’s expensive: very few people have trees in their backyard, like I do here, so your ego gets stuck in egotistic things."
Charlemagne Palestine, The Wire

Monday, August 11, 2014

Struck

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

"No matter how many times I visit this great city I'm always struck by the same thing: a yellow taxi cab."
Scott Adams, The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dog Days

Hillside Dog Park

"When it's hot, New Yorkers get hot under the collar. What pisses us off the most is being robbed of our urban cool. Step out of doors on any Manhattan dog day and no matter who or what you are, everything crisp and businesslike about you soon becomes damp, limp and clingy."
Lee Stringer, Grand Central Winter

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Five Feet


"To be a New Yorker meant you gave everybody five feet. You gave everybody their privacy."
Alec Baldwin, New York Magazine

Friday, August 8, 2014

Commandments


"New York is so full of opportunities that there are not enough commandments to break."
P.F. Murphy, New York Athletic Club Journal

Thursday, August 7, 2014

No Good-Breeding


"With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good-breeding to be found. We have been treated with an assiduous respect but I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town. At their entertainments there is no conversation that is agreeable; there is no modesty, no attention to one another. They talk very loud, very fast, and altogether."
John Adams, The Works of John Adams

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk


"The term New Yorker is as much a verb as a noun. Unlike most places that demand a certain elapsed time period before one is considered a native, New York is democratic. If you can talk the talk and walk the walk, you are a New Yorker."
Kenneth T. Jackson and David Dunbar, Empire City

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Like Being in a Movie


"I love that about New York: all the great Woody Allen scenes you can pretend you are part of."
Alison Pace, Pug Hill

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts


"The firmament that is New York is greater than the sum of its constituent parts. It is a city and it is also a creature, a mentality, a disease, a threat, an electromagnet, a cheap stage set, an accident corridor. It is an implausible character, a monstrous vortex of contradictions, an attraction-repulsion mechanism so extreme no one could have made it up."
Luc Sante, Low Life

Saturday, August 2, 2014

City of the Mind

Columbia University

"For the rest of the country New York is now largely a city of the mind — at best, a site for the voodoo transformation of image into flesh."
Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

Friday, August 1, 2014

Get the Hell Out

Third Avenue

"No sooner did I get to New York than I was informed that the only thing 'real' New Yorkers want to do in the summer is get the hell out of New York."
Kenneth M. Walsh, Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?