Wednesday, September 30, 2015
"Slowly I was drifting into that shadowy category of New Yorkers who live in the city because living in New York is something and they have nothing else."
Stephen Marche, Hunger of the Wolf
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
"New York is the only city on earth in which you have arrived where you're going when people either kick you out of town or give you a standing ovation."
John Heilpern, New York Magazine
Monday, September 28, 2015
"A marriage, to be happy, needs an exterior threat. New York provides that threat."
Garrison Keillor, quoted in The Great American Bathroom Reader
Sunday, September 27, 2015
"The beauty of New York is that it allows you to own a piece of it. It readily shares itself to those of us, crazy enough, to believe we deserve to take it."
Alyssa Grace Magsano, Here is New York
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
"New York City can really drive you bonkers—I say that as somebody who lives in this madcave and loves it. New York always sees itself as the most important place in the solar system, even when it’s not. We have no humility, no chill, no sense of proportion about ourselves, and our 4 p.m. traffic will make you weep. Also two bedroom apartments here cost more than small tropical islands."
Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 24, 2015
"The feeling in New York in the autumn is what you'd expect elsewhere in the spring. Renewal. Locals are happy to be outside again. The subways have cooled, the humid stench of summer has passed. Celebrations and festivals are everywhere."
Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"It's always struck me as hilarious that friends who tout their taste in undiscovered music and underground supper clubs were so loyal to the most popular city in America. New York is the prom king. He knows he's great, and he's gonna make it really, really hard on you if you decide you want to love him."
Ann Friedman, New York Magazine
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
"Being a New Yorker simply isn't impressive in and of itself. But try telling that to some New Yorkers."
Sean Glennon, This Pats Year
Monday, September 21, 2015
"All of this—the shared apartment in the Village, the illicit relationship, the Friday-night train to a country house—was what he had imagined life in New York to be, and he was intensely happy."
John Cheever, John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings
Sunday, September 20, 2015
"One of the few charms that Manhattan has for me is its nearly complete freedom from one of the most annoying of American habits: impertinent curiosity about other people's affairs."
Denis Brogan, Patterns of Power
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
"A writer in New York is a little bit like a tree falling in a forest. You're never sure if somebody's going to hear you."
Lucinda Franks, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About New York
Thursday, September 17, 2015
"When it is good, New York is very, very good, which is why New Yorkers put up with so much that is bad. When it is good, this is a city of fantastic strength, sophistication and beauty. It is like no other city in time or place."
Ada Louise Huxtable, New York: An Illustrated Anthology
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"New York is the nightmare turned into a horror show. No one dares change the channel."
Marita Golden, Migrations of the Heart
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
"We try to fix the city in place, remember it as it was, doing to the city what we would never allow to be done to ourselves. The kid on the uptown No. 1 train, the new arrival stepping out of Grand Central, the jerk at the intersection who doesn't know east from west: those people don't exist anymore, ceased to be a couple of apartments ago, and we wouldn't have it any other way. New York City does not hold our former selves against us. Perhaps we can extend the same courtesy."
Colson Whitehead, The New York Times
Monday, September 14, 2015
"I feel about New York as a child whose father is a bank robber. Not perfect, but I still love him."
Woody Allen, quoted in Dick Enberg's Humorous Quotes for All Occasions
Sunday, September 13, 2015
"While Paris gets to your heart, London to your mind, and Jerusalem to your soul, New York gets into your veins, a lifeline that becomes part of you more than you become part of it."
Uri Savir, America in Quotations
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
"It is true that residents of the New York area wake up every morning and turn on their radios to find out if the bridges to Manhattan are still standing. This is certainly no treat. But at least they do so knowing that if the bridges are still standing they can go across them and look at the Vermeers. Or the van Goghs. Or the Yankees. In Raleigh, if the bridges are still standing, the only thing you can do is go across them to Durham."
Joe Queenan, New York Times
Thursday, September 10, 2015
"The city felt more exciting, flashier, cleaner, shinier, but it was also somehow less than the city he loved. Maybe that was the truth about New Yorkers; one was full of nostalgia for the New York one had known."
Melissa de la Cruz, Vampires of Manhattan
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
"You don't know what it means to be alone until you're alone in New York."
Billy Epstein (Billy Eichner), Difficult People
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
"I love New York City. Because everything, everything in New York is bigger. We've got the tallest buildings, the richest bankers, the racist-est cabbies. In no other city do the drivers even know the proper ethnic slur for people from Malta."
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
Monday, September 7, 2015
"You learn what the city is when you come back after a vacation. It's a shock. You have to tighten your reflexes, tighten your act. You have to regalvanize yourself into the city's tempo. You've got to rally."
Bradley Cunningham, New York: The Big Apple Quote Book
Sunday, September 6, 2015
"New York is a city of almost electric connections. People move and think faster there than any other place in North America, perhaps the world."
Marlene Christian, Angel of the Tsar
Saturday, September 5, 2015
"It's kind of an interesting thought that New York is now the safety place where people park money for when it all falls apart. What do they think it's going to do here in New York? Not fall apart?"
Colin Quinn, Irish Central
Friday, September 4, 2015
"Every man Jack when he first sets foot on the stones of Manhattan has got to fight. He has got to fight at once until either he or his adversary wins. There is no resting between rounds, for there are no rounds. It is slugging from the first. It is a fight to a finish. Your opponent is the City. You must do battle with it from the time the ferry-boat lands you on the island until either it is yours or it has conquered you."
O. Henry, The Complete Works of O. Henry
Thursday, September 3, 2015
"If you want to see a cosmopolitan city, go to New York. If you want to see the best, the most alert, the most energetic examples of American liberty, go to the City of New York."
Elbert Hubbard, Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
"They say this is a big, rich town
I just come from the poorest part
Bright lights, city life, I gotta make it
This is where it goes down."
50 Cent, Big Rich Town