Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
"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
"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
|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
"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
"New York City is like a lab where there is constant testing and experimenting, enforcing the possibilities of humanity."
Rubén Blades, New York Magazine
Monday, August 25, 2014
"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
"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
Friday, August 22, 2014
"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
"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
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
"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
"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
Saturday, August 16, 2014
|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
|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
"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
|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
"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
|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
|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
Friday, August 8, 2014
"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
"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
"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
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
"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
"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
"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?