Thursday, December 31, 2015
"New Yorkers have long responded to New Year's as if a cinematic plague is about to descend and it's time to a) leave or b) stock up on batteries/water/the-complete-first-season-of-everything."
Sloane Crosley, The New York Times
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
"New York is like an Island, a big Rikers Island
The cops be out wilding, all I hear is sirens
It's all about surviving, same old two-step
Try to stay alive when they be out robbing."
Nas, The Don
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
"Some people are proud of where they are from; New Yorkers are proud of where they have chosen to live."
Ricky Gervais, Time Out New York
Monday, December 28, 2015
"I was at the library today. The guys are very rude. I said, 'I'd like a card.' He says, 'You have to prove you're a citizen of New York.' So I stabbed him."
Emo Philips, quoted in Man Walks into a Bar
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
"They really have the Christmas spirit in New York. I was in the subway and a sign said: MERRY NO SMOKING AND SPITTING."
Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs for All Occasions
Thursday, December 24, 2015
"We arrived in New York, by rail, the day before Christmas. Everything looked bright and gay in our streets. It seemed to me that the sky was clearer, the air more refreshing, and the sunlight more brilliant than in any other land!"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton as Revealed in Her Letters, Diary and Reminescences
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
"If we think of choosing a city to live in as a kind of marriage, then New York is the partner who can always surprise you."
Sarah Hepola, As Cold as Ice
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards. New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen."
Carter Burwell, Soundtrack
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
"As New Yorkers, we generate new theories about the city on a monthly basis. My current theory is that New York doesn’t really exist. That it's not actually a physical place; it's just a bunch of ideas crammed together."
Christopher Bollen, The Rumpus
Saturday, December 19, 2015
"New York is a bastard. New York is a bitch. New York is poison. New York values competition over community. New York is about making money, not making friends. In New York everybody lives in an unreal world where you are a star and no one else exists."
Don Shewey, Sam Shepherd
Friday, December 18, 2015
"The thing about New York is you can never get used to it. You go three blocks from wherever you are, and you're in a different galaxy."
Richard Price, The New York Times
Thursday, December 17, 2015
"New York is such a sensory explosion, visually, mentally. It's so much to absorb. So many different people, so many different walks of life."
Trevor Noah, The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
"Maybe what she saw in those women wasn't entitlement, maybe all it is really is an act of faith. Which in New York even stepping out onto the street is, technically."
Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
"All cities are superb at night because their hideous corners are devoured in darkness. But Manhattan can survive the daylight test. By day, it has the bizarre beauty of something that could not be imagined if the energy of a working community had not created it out of necessity."
Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times
Monday, December 14, 2015
"I'm one with New York and New York is one with me. I grew up there; there's no escaping it. We're like Siamese twins, if you separate us, I'll die."
Adrian Grenier, RTE
Sunday, December 13, 2015
"New York is a city of museums: together with the banks, they are its real cathedrals, its true places of worship."
Mario Maffi, New York City: An Outsider's Inside View
Saturday, December 12, 2015
"All of everything is concentrated here, population, theater, art, writing, publishing, importing, business, murder, mugging, luxury, poverty. It is all of everything. It goes all right. It is tireless and its air is charged with energy. I can work longer and harder without weariness in New York than any place else."
John Steinbeck, America and Americans
Friday, December 11, 2015
"Before it is anything else, New York is a city of power, a place where the ability to assert one's will becomes the ultimate level of human achievement. Money counts, physical attractiveness remains a significant asset, but the acquisition and use of power is the name of The City's game."
Clayton Riley, Ebony
Thursday, December 10, 2015
"It feels like New York is getting more vanilla at a higher frequency. I know people like to talk at length about the 'good old days,' but to me the changing of New York is in a way totally disorienting. Just as I grasp to feel like I’m a part of something special, creative or artistic, it becomes another pub, or worse, chain store."
Lori Zimmer, Art Nerd
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
"New York is full of people on this kind of leave of absence, of people with a feeling for the tangential adventure, the risky adventure, the interlude that's not likely to end in any double-ring ceremony."
Joan Didion, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions
Monday, December 7, 2015
"Manhattan is an island. Of course, everyone knows that, but it's so smooshed with buildings and people and police sirens and street fairs and restaurants that it's easy to forget it. You think it's the center of the universe when you're in it. From the boat, though, you can't believe how puny it all is."
Ellen Potter, Slob
Sunday, December 6, 2015
"Going into New York from some other city is not like, we'll say, going from St. Louis to Cincinnati. New York is like no other city... The psychology of New York is entirely different... You've got to make good!"
Miller Huggins, The Colonel and Hug
Saturday, December 5, 2015
"New York is different though. Living here basically entails being humiliated on a daily basis. It's like being served a slice of humble pie over and over. So even if you do develop an ego and start to think you're the shit, there will always be something waiting to bring you back down to Earth."
Ryan O'Connell, How to Live in New York City
Friday, December 4, 2015
"I am incredibly excited by the city. Really thrilled by it. The spontaneity of not knowing what each day will bring. You can walk out and grab a cup of coffee and realize you're just out for the entire day. You actually exist with real people. I love it."
Emily Blunt, The Guardian
Thursday, December 3, 2015
"What I love about New York is that it just grew up wildly. Everyone tried to make a bigger building than the guy before him, there was no design, it just happened.''
Rudy Burckhardt, Taking Pictures
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
"I knew New York intimately. And yet I didn't know it at all because New York is always in the process of being rebuilt. The city constantly shifts under our feet. It's like a primal planet with lava flows and storms and cacophonous noises."
Erica Jong, Fear of Dying
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
"Growing up in New York is like living in a horror museum because there are so many strange people walking the streets and riding the subways. You learn to develop a tough front if you live here, just in case you get into any kind of trouble and you need to talk your way out of it."
Christopher Walken, Christopher Walken A to Z
Monday, November 30, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
"I came to love New York; I had a sentiment about the people, the business, the politics, and the streets of the great city which cared neither for me nor for itself."
Lincoln Steffens, The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
"For me, Manhattan is the city on the hill. The place where dreams are made."
Soledad O'Brien, The Next Big Story
Thursday, November 26, 2015
"New York, to that tall skyline, I come
Flying in from London to your door
New York, looking down on Central Park
Where they say you should not wander after dark
New York, like a scene from all those movies
But you're real enough to me
For there's a heart
A heart that lives in New York."
Art Garfunkel, A Heart in New York
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
|Financial District (Photo: Pexels)|
"The general aspect of New York is unquestionably pleasing. It is full, even to overflow, of business and bustle, and crowded with a population devoting their whole energies, to the arts of money-getting."
Thomas Hamilton, Men and Manners in America
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
"People who live in Brooklyn can now rightfully snicker at people who live in Manhattan. To them, Manhattan is like Beverly Hills now. Like, 'oh, you live in Manhattan, you live in the village, how quaint'. And Queens is next, and the Bronx is next."
Alec Baldwin, WWD
Monday, November 23, 2015
"There isn't a neighborhood in New York that is free of the poor, the raffish, the unwanted. Social fluidity in the city means no one gets away from no one."
Vivian Gornick, Approaching Eye Level
Sunday, November 22, 2015
"A lot of New Yorkers have this dream where they open a cabinet and find a room they didn't know they had, or look under the sink and find a garage."
Camryn Manheim, The New York Times
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
"New York is not just the capital of the world but also the capital of that conglomerate of people that come with the promise of freedom, liberty, wealth, and the pursuit of happiness."
Fernando Briceño, Memoirs of an Illegal Alien
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"It's a fickle town, a tough town. They getcha boy. They don't let you escape with minor scratches and bruises. They put scars on you."
Reggie Jackson, quoted in Babe Ruth Slept Here
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"You're going there, darlin', going to the land of the corrupt and the compassionate, going to the land of the chosen, going to laugh and to weep and to dance with the lighthearted. You are going there to love and you are going there to grieve. You are going for the euphoria of an evening under the streetlamps of New York City where everything you touch is blessed, and everything you desire is a heavy weight on your back. There is your heaven, daughter. There is your wondrous hell."
Vera Jane Cook, Dancing Backward in Paradise
Monday, November 16, 2015
"There is something about New York that gets into one's bones. When I am away miss the thrill of the crowds, the thrill of Broadway, the thrill of the buildings, the thrill of business—in short, the thrill of New York."
W.B. Ruthrauff, The Literary Digest
Sunday, November 15, 2015
|Metropolitan Opera House (Photo: Paul Masck / Wikimedia Commons)|
"Gotham is a verbal city; people are always talking. And they do not make the usual separations between public and private conversation. Intermission at the Metropolitan Opera seems to be almost designed to reveal scores of individuals' relationship with their therapist."
Kenneth T. Jackson, David S. Dunbar, Empire City
Saturday, November 14, 2015
"If you get New Yorkers out of the city for two weeks to detox, they are like everybody else."
Pat Schroeder, The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
"New Yorkers are willing to sacrifice and they just accept the hardships of being there by purely just being there because there is just this expectation that it will pay back. And that the harder it is, the bigger the payback will be. It’s kind of like the same sentiment behind some religions: The worse you have it, the bigger the reward will be."
Mira Ptacin, The Atlantic