Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
"You may discover that the very aspects which make it most unendurable are what gives New York its meaning. Its inconsistencies and anonymity, its seeming indifference to you and every other individual is really what makes it a safe haven for individuals everywhere."
Maeve Brennan, quoted in Pain, Parties, Work
Sunday, June 28, 2015
"New York was still New York. The whole culture was dominated by the ideology of shopping and fucking."
Bernard Henri Lévy, American Vertigo
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
"New York is the great equalizer. If you know how to cross a street, you can make it in New York. If you can cross a street without getting hit by a car in New York you can make it."
Audra McDonald, New York
Thursday, June 25, 2015
"New York City, you're everything my heart and soul inside
New York City, oh, I'm stuck here, stuck inside of
New York City, I been with ya up and I been with ya down
New York City, I can't get myself outa this town."
Al Kooper, New York City (You're a Woman)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
"New York is a kaleidoscope. I myself can remember it a wholly different thing. One passes down a street one day, and the next there is a great gap where some building is being torn down ; a few days later, as one fancies, a tall structure of some sort is touching the sky. It is wonderful, but it does not tend to calm of mind."
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
"New York friendship is an education in the struggle between devotion to the melancholy and attraction to the expressive."
Vivian Gornick, Approaching Eye Level
Monday, June 22, 2015
"It's very hard to stay separate and above in New York. I also tend to suffer from inertia and don't constantly look for ways to surprise myself. New York, by its very definition, does that. All you have to do is walk 20 blocks in any direction, and you'll see something or meet someone you hadn't counted on. The serendipity of New York is something I treasure."
Susan Sarandon, Time Out
Sunday, June 21, 2015
"Summer in New York City is a little bit like dying and going to purgatory. You know you'll get out someday, but you find that hard to believe."
Maureen Stapleton, New York Magazine
Saturday, June 20, 2015
"New York is a city that represents the entire world, I think. You got a whole lot crammed into a small space here in New York City, on this tiny little island, and I feel like the world could learn from that. If everyone in this city can co-exist, then why can't we do that as a planet?"
Dave Grohl, 101 WRIF
Friday, June 19, 2015
"New York standing up above Manhattan is like a rose-colored stone in the blue of a maritime sky; New York at night is like a limitless cluster of jewels."
Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White
Thursday, June 18, 2015
"You're not a real New Yorker until you've stolen a cab from someone who needs it more than you do."
Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Sixth Season
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
"If New York City is a business, it isn't Wal-Mart—it isn't trying to be the lowest-priced product in the market. It's a high-end product, maybe even a luxury product."
Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg's New York
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
"New York is a queer city. I have the theory that novelty, not luck or ability is what gets by there. New York doesn't care about merit so much as it does about something new to tickle its eyes, its palate or its ears."
Paul Whiteman, Jazz
Monday, June 15, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
"The most riveting thing about New York is that anything can happen there. Only the week before, a woman had been eaten by an escalator. Can you beat that?"
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent
Saturday, June 13, 2015
"New York has always been the one place where people are nostalgic for when it used to be worse."
Sloane Crosley, How Did You Get This Number
Friday, June 12, 2015
"I always have the impression, landing at JFK Airport, that I'm moving into a higher class. What I like about New York is that it is Paris under acceleration. A city is a speed. New York is an acceleration: it is the second derivative of the modern city."
Yann Moix, What Good Are Intellectuals?
Thursday, June 11, 2015
"New York is unruly, tangled. The city woos first, then mangles, then pastes back together in a fresh, dazzling mosaic."
Elizabeth Winder, Pain, Parties, Work
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
"William is mesmerized by the sights and smells of the New York subway system, the only place where you can mingle with a thousand nationalities simultaneously passing gas."
Elaine Szewczyk, I'm With Stupid
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
"New Yorkers are a ravenous people. Every hundred feet is a restaurant, coffee shop, or frozen yogurt stand, with bales of cardboard and mounds of garbage bags at the curb as proof of the appetites of the clientele."
Garrison Keillor, Wobegon Boy
Saturday, June 6, 2015
"New York is like the boyfriend you love and hate at the same time. It’s the relationship you stay in far longer than you should, based on the idea of how good it could be."
Carola Lovering, Elite Daily
Friday, June 5, 2015
"New York is a good place to dream. I love Buenos Aires, where I live, and London and Paris, but New York is like ancient Rome, the capital of the world."
Jorge Luis Borges, New York Magazine
Thursday, June 4, 2015
"Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them. 'Yeah, it's a Yeojin Bae Lydia Sunray Pleat Dress,' the brunette's cold eyes seem to say. 'Now let me sample the Burnt Sugar Tasti-D and get the hell out of my life.'"
Ellie Kemper, The Huffington Post
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
"Living in New York was also starting to lose its luster. No one tells you this, but the city is only a fun place to live if you are twenty-one or have twenty-one million dollars."
Ryan O'Connell, I'm Special
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"The island is organized, in the minds of island dwellers, into four quadrants: Up, Down, Right, and Left. The 'Up' and 'Down' areas are believed to be markedly distinct—with Up being preferable for raising children and Down being considered primarily a place for pre-reproductives, cultural 'outsiders,' feasting, and ecstatic nighttime rites."
Wednesday Martin, Primates of Park Avenue
Monday, June 1, 2015
"New York is the cubist, the futurist city. It expresses in its architecture, its life, its spirit, the modern thought."
Francis Picabia, quoted in Charles Sheeler and the Cult of the Machine