Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
"The Brooklyn Bridge is so meaningful to me in so many ways. You get to the other side in Brooklyn and there's so much great food. But it's such a statement about what New York is. Gutsy hard work built that thing."
Rachael Ray, New York
Thursday, May 28, 2015
"New York is a destination spot if your soul is too pointy and unwieldy to fit in your hometown, a place where you can let your freak flag, your ambition, your vestigial tail, and your terrible inability to ever shut up, really and truly fly."
Zachary Lipez, Vice
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
"At last I was here, in New York City, a city like a web too intricate to understand and I wasn't going to try."
Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Volume 1
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
"Etiquette in New York is all about time management. In other places, you seem rude if you see someone and don't talk to them long enough. But here, it's all about speed. And people are fine with that. It's like, 'Hello. It’s nice to see you. Thank you for giving me your kidney. I gotta go.'"
Amy Poehler, New York Magazine
Monday, May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
"Manhattan at night is among the most beautiful and dramatic spectacles on earth. Nothing I have ever seen in nature begins to match it, with the possible exception of the Grand Canyon."
August Kleinzahler, Cutty, One Rock
Saturday, May 23, 2015
"My favorite city in the world is New York. Sure it's dirty—but like a beautiful lady smoking a cigar."
Joan Rivers, quoted in The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
"New York is a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there — the tourists jamming midtown have no idea how relatively gracious life can be on the Upper West Side."
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
"Interesting survey in the current Journal of Abnormal Psychology: New York City has a higher percentage of people you shouldn't make any sudden moves around than any other city in the world."
David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman: The Book
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
"He said to check out Brooklyn. But who wanted to go to Brooklyn? I didn't come all the way to New York City to live out in the middle of nowhere."
Stacy Wakefield, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory
Monday, May 18, 2015
"I love New York it's true America like Wyoming
is true west, only more so.
I love New York with its beautiful symmetry
of Manhattan street grids, the neat criss-cross of east and west
like threads in a fishnet stocking."
Tsaurah Litzky, Baby on the Water
Sunday, May 17, 2015
"A new culture (the Machine Age?) selected Manhattan as a laboratory: a mythical island where the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle and its attendant architecture could be pursued as a collective experiment in which the entire city became a factory of man-made experience, where the real and the natural ceased to exist."
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Rob Grader, The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City
Friday, May 15, 2015
"In the glittering gossamer of its fantastic buildings, tens of thousands of gray people, like patches on the ragged clothes of a beggar, creep along with weary faces and colorless eyes."
Maxim Gorky, quoted in Major Problems in American Popular Culture
Thursday, May 14, 2015
"First New York was a sort of provincial capital, bigger and richer than Manchester or Marseilles, but not much different in its essential spirit. Then, after the war, it became one among a half a dozen world cities. Today it has the appearance of standing alone, as the center of culture in the part of the world that still tries to be civilized."
Malcolm Cowley, Think Back on Us
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
"It is a fact of big cities that one girl's darkest hour is always another's moment of shining triumph, and New York is the biggest and cruelest city of them all."
Anna Godbersen, Beautiful Days
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
"I love how New York adopts people. It’s a bit like London, actually. A bit of a cultural mosaic. Partly that's our history of trying to imperialize the entire world. But the whole thing about Ellis Island, people getting dropped off there and really, unless you're a dick, they'll go "Cool, glad you’re here!"
Matthew Goode, The New York Observer
Monday, May 11, 2015
"There's a spot in Central Park, the Bethesda Fountain, where if you sit there long enough, the entire city walks by."
Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry), Fools Rush In
Sunday, May 10, 2015
"To step from a train platform into Grand Central's extraordinary concourse, one of the greatest interior spaces of the 20th century, is to feel in every fiber that you have arrived someplace important, to know that you have come into a great city and that that great city has greeted you properly. There may be disappointment ahead, but between the train track and the street there is only glory."
Paul Goldberger, The New York Times
Saturday, May 9, 2015
"New York is essentially the same now that it was then. The spirit of the place has not changed; it is as it was, splendidly and sordidly commercial."
William Dean Howells, The Complete Works of William Dean Howells
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
"New York simply feels like the present: glittering, breathtaking, with its back to the past, its horizons heaped too high to see far."
Glyn Maxwell, The New York Times
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"There is really only one forum where the unique New York confluence of power, money, celebrity and controversy is dissected on a daily basis: the city's gossip columns. That's where the agenda is set."
Frank DiGiacomo, The Kingdom of New York
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
"Most New Yorkers spent their lives somewhere between the fruit cart and the fifth floor. To see the city from a few hundred feet above the riffraff was pretty celestial."
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility
Monday, May 4, 2015
"I'm a westerner, New York is my natural enemy. Many a boy a lot purer than me had been corrupted by that stinking cesspool on the Hudson."
Ed Dinger, A Prince at First