Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spectacle



"New York provides not only a continuing excitation but also a spectacle that is continuing."
E.B. White, Here is New York

Monday, June 29, 2015

Safe Haven


"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 Ideology


"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

Anodyne


"You know what New York is for me, it's an anodyne. And how many places are that?"
Al Pacino, Al Pacino: The Authorized Biography

Friday, June 26, 2015

Great Equalizer


"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

Up and Down


"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

Wholly Different


"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


"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

Serendipity


"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


"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

Entire World



"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

Jewels


"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

A Real New Yorker


"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

Luxury Product



"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

Novelty



"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

The Lord



"New York is a lot like the Lord in that it helps those who help themselves."
Gavin McInnes, The Death of Cool

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Anything Can Happen


"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

Nostalgic


"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

Acceleration


"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

Dazzing Mosaic


Astor Place

"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

A Thousand Nationalities


"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

Intense


"Nothing lasts in New York. The life that is lived there, however, is as intense as it gets."
Edmund White, City Boy

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ghettos


"New York was an archipelago of ghettos seething with aliens."
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ravenous


"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

Love and Hate


"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

Ancient Rome


"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

New York Look


"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

Twenty-One

21 Club

"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

Manhattan Quadrants



"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

Modern Thought


"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