Tuesday, May 31, 2016
"New York is an absolutely glorious city. It's a jewel ... brilliant! The people, the buildings! The food, the drink! Why Rory, I never saw so many pubs in me life. And every time I walked into a pub in New York I learned something new, don't you know."
Susan Turlish, Lafferty's Wake
Monday, May 30, 2016
"Like any great love, it keeps you guessing
Like any real love, it's ever-changing
Like any true love, it drives you crazy
But you know you wouldn't change anything, anything, anything
Welcome to New York
It's been waitin' for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York."
Taylor Swift, Welcome to New York
Sunday, May 29, 2016
"As the days heat up, the sewage stench on the north side of Forty-second Street just west of Sixth Avenue—Eau de Bank of America—ripens, and the ruts of horse shit along Central Park South begin to sing. At certain subway stops, the odor of rotting flesh returns, as though from a winter in Arizona, and all over town you can enjoy the blossoming of that chief attribute of New York: the smell of urine."
Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker
Saturday, May 28, 2016
"Fact: Girls who are having a good sex thing stay in New York. The rest want to spend their summer vacations in Europe."
Gail Parent, Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York
Friday, May 27, 2016
"I loved any chance to drive through the filthy, bewildering streets of New York, see so many different types of people, marvel that so many noises could exist all at once—horns, sirens, human yells."
Lucy Grealy, Autography of a Face
Thursday, May 26, 2016
"New York is a city of contrast and tension—wearing a diamond watch in the subway with a Luger in your pocket while reading the Wall Street Journal."
Gay Talese, New York Magazine
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"New York is a sort of anthology of urban civilization. The song that any city sings she sings. All that anybody can seek for that can be housed in steel and cement is here, and with it, never lost in all the city's drabness, respect for the striving, combative beauty-loving spirit of man."
R. L. Duffus, Literature in America
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
"The grit and the everyday challenges that New York brings taught me that I'm okay. I'm okay just being myself and that's what New York City does."
Prabal Gurung, The Observer
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
"Apparently Brooklyn needn't always push itself to be something else, something conscious and anxious, something pointed toward Manhattan, as on Dean Street, on Bergen, on Pacific. Brooklyn might sometimes also be pleased, as here on Flatbush, to be its grubby, enduring self."
Jonathan Lethem, Fortress of Solitude
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Edith Fletcher Hayter, Behind the Scenes in Fashion Merchandising
Friday, May 20, 2016
"I miss being drunk in a cab and watching the flickering skyline zip past my window while I realize, I'm in fucking New York City."
Mira Ptacin, The Atlantic
Thursday, May 19, 2016
"The thing I love about it is its diversity. I never knew there were so many ways to say, 'f**k you.'"
Ardal O'Hanlon, Comedy Central
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
"I like New York in June, how about you? It is, of course, still May but I like New York in May too. In fact I like New York period."
Noël Coward, The Noël Coward Diaries
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
"New York is a mad city, an odd mixture of the most blatant vulgarity and the most surprising beauty in the buildings, and in the people of extraordinary callousness and great kindness."
Howard Ferguson, Letters of Gerald Finzi and Howard Ferguson
Monday, May 16, 2016
"New Yorkers are regularly reminded, and not always in the kindest tones, that New York is not America. They just as regularly, and happily, agree."
Richard John Neuhaus, New York Glory
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
"The people who inhabit this city, or infest it rather, because it can't be a habitation, what of them? Do they redeem it? No! dear readers, they do not. They are so busy trying to redeem the mortgages that the landlords of New York have placed upon their souls that they have no personality or personality left to redeem the city. It is beyond redemption, so far as they are concerned."
William Henry McMasters, Originality and Other Essays
Thursday, May 12, 2016
"So complete is each neighborhood, and so strong the sense of neighborhood, that many a New Yorker spends a lifetime within the confines of an area smaller than a country village. Let him walk two blocks from his corner and he is in a strange land and will feel uneasy till he gets back."
E.B. White, Here is New York
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
"America (or rather New York, which is something quite separate) is not the land of the unforeseen, but it is the land of the richness of life, of the fullness of every hour in the day, the country which gives you the sense of carrying out a huge amount of activity, even though in fact you achieve very little, the country where solitude is impossible."
Italo Calvino, Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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NY Daily Quote turns six today! Who knew people had so much to say about New York? To celebrate, here are our ten favorite quotes from the past year. We look forward to bringing you many more.
10. "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
9. "As soon as I left Manhattan behind, the beneficent, regal creature forgot me. It tolerated me when I was a student of eighteen, it gave me my chance, it celebrated me when I made it, and it forgot me the second I drove over the Henry Hudson Bridge. You're always just a foster child in the city that never sleeps. The second you go, someone else takes your room."
Kristan Higgins, If You Only Knew
8. "New York is simply a marvel! It is hard to believe it was build by humans, it appears like magic."
Frida Kalho, Frida Kahlo
7. "The thing about New York is everything you love about it changes, and you just have to learn to love that too."
Adam Janos, Our Town
6. "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
5. "Any real New Yorker is a you-name-it-we-have-it snob . . . whose heart brims with sympathy for the millions of unfortunates who through misfortune, misguidedness or pure stupidity live anywhere else in the world."
Russell Lynes, New York: The Big Apple Quote Book
4. "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
3. "New York is a wonderful, wonderful place to live if you don't know where your home is."
Elizabeth Strout, The Globe and Mail
2. "New Yorkers don't look up because they are too busy looking ahead."
Beverly Rose, Both Feet Off the Ground
1. "In my mind, life and New York are the same."
E.L. Doctorow, The New York Times
Monday, May 9, 2016
"In the third century since the British took Nieuw Amsterdam from the Dutch and renamed it New York, the worldly borough of Manhattan is still a sovereign place that radiates energy and sharpens the minds of her people. Everything about Manhattan is alive."
Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times
Sunday, May 8, 2016
"Night didn't fall in New York so much as rise, the saturation deepening, the volume lifting, the energy elevating and heightening people's consciousness of themselves, their sensations or their thoughts, depending on who they were."
Jane Mendelsohn, Burning Down the House
Saturday, May 7, 2016
"Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn't happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer?"
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Friday, May 6, 2016
Alirio Díaz Guerra, Lucas Guevara
Thursday, May 5, 2016
"One thing you have to remember about New York is that there are no natural resources here. The city has always been based on trade, and that means con men, money changing hands, and who can cheat who out of what."
Jim Jarmusch, Jim Jarmusch
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
"I like pavement. The sound of my shoes on pavement; stuffed windows; all-night restaurants; sirens in the night — sinister but alive; book and record shops that, on impulse, you can visit at midnight. And in that sense, New York is the world's only city city."
Truman Capote, Truman Capote: Conversations
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
"To grasp her charm, her alarm, her sometimes rotten scent and rancid underbelly along with her spectacular treasures, you must walk. New York is basically a gigantic, sophisticated carnival or freak show."
Michael K. Corbin, Art for the People
Monday, May 2, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
"You start to feel like you're speaking like a cliché, but it's really true that there's a kind of energy and a kind of rhythm to life in New York that you get kind of addicted to. Then, want to get back to. New York is my favorite drug."
Aasif Mandvi, amNY