Monday, August 21, 2017


"Nothing, in New York, is really surprising, when you come to think about it — once you've got over your surprise."
William Boyd, Bamboo

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hell and New Jersey

"Living in New York is really like living in hell, but in hell at least you know there's a heaven somewhere, but when you live in New York, there's only Newark and Trenton to think about."
Christopher Durang, Naomi in the Living Room & Other Short Plays

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Andalusia Plains

"New York reveals itself only at a particular height, a particular distance, a particular speed. These are not the height, the distance, or the speed of the pedestrian. The city is strikingly like the great Andalusia plains—monotonous when you pass through on foot, superb and varying when crossed by car."
Jean-Paul Sartre, We Have Only This Life to Live

Friday, August 18, 2017

Most Desired, Least Beloved

"Few feel any huge affection for New York, that most desired but least beloved of cities."
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jagged Dragon

"The city always seemed alive to me, a great, jagged dragon sitting on its jewels—the unexpected alley garden on the Upper West Side, welcoming you to sit and rest; the homeless man on Madison Avenue who offered critiques of your outfits for five bucksthe brownstone on East Eighty-first street where no one lived, but which could be accessed by the garden door, so you could wander the empty rooms as if you owned the place. "
Kristan Higgins, If You Only Knew

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Glowing City

"He saw the skyline of New York. He did not know why, but there arose in him an exultation and a sense of power, and he ran up the hill like an engine, or a madman, willing to throw himself headlong into the city that glowed before him."
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Native Tongue

"I knew that New York City was my spiritual home from the age of twelve. I felt territorial from the first moment I glimpsed the city. The place knew who I was without me having to explain myself. I felt as if I'd been struggling to speak a foreign language my whole life and unexpectedly found myself dropped into the country of my native tongue."
Rosanne Cash, Never Can Say Goodbye

Monday, August 14, 2017

Petri Dish

"You'd go around the world and you'd have respect because you are from New York. 'Oh, you're from New York?' People who don't live in New York bow down to this mythic thing. Because you needed to have a certain courage to live here. Your exposure to everyone was full blast. If you could thrive in this little petri dish of intense humanity, that deserved a bit of honor."
Jaleel Bunton, quoted in Meet Me in the Bathroom

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Idea or Neurosis

"New York is less a place than an idea or perhaps a neurosis."
Peter Conrad, The Art of the City

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Forest of Glass, Steel and Cement

"In this forest of glass, steel and cement, in this extraordinary New York so difficult to define you will rediscover, O voyager, the gigantic masks of the antique gods, you will rediscover the eternal sadness of the plaster Antinous and the immense solitude of the Pantheon on summer nights, beneath the great sky all streaming with stars."
Giorgio de Chirico, Hebdomeros

Friday, August 11, 2017

Passion and Song

"The heart of New York is a heart of passion and of song. Her brain is incandescent. All motion in New York, whether physical, or mental, flashes. The total activity of New York resolved into abstract motion would become lightning."
Benjamin DeCasseres, Seven Seas Magazine

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New York Population

"New York is a city of eight million people, approximately seven million of whom will be furious when they hear you were in town and didn't meet them for an expensive dinner, five million furious you didn't visit their new baby, three million furious you didn't see their new show, one million furious you didn't call for sex, but only five actually available to meet you."
Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


"New York is a place for dreamers, but, more importantly, a place for dreamers to be sobered and made to feel inadequate."
Genna Rivieccio, Culled Culture

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


"Maybe I'm wrong to stay in the Village. It is so unlike the rest of New York, even though it's in the centre of the city. It is so like Paris, but deep down you realize that this is an unwitting similarity which does everything to make you believe it's deliberate."
Italo Calvino, Hermit in Paris

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fast Lane

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"To love New York is to love life in the fast lane, with a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam every five blocks."
Peter W. Kaplan, Single States

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"Do you realize that one can't look in any direction in Manhattan without seeing water at the end of the street: the Harbor, the Hudson and East Rivers, the Narrows, and even the Atlantic. Here we are entering the age of Aquarius, the age of water, with New York the wateriest city in the entire world. Yet we, who could be beachcombers on a dozen exciting waterfronts, live here as if we were in the middle of the Sahara!"
Helen Hayes and Anita Loos, Twice Over Lightly

Saturday, August 5, 2017


"That is New York as I know it: the city that sets about erasing itself the moment you take it out of the box."
John Freeman Gill, The Gargoyle Hunters

Friday, August 4, 2017

Den of Hustlers

"As usual, he marvels at the drive and frantic energy of this city. New York is a den of hustlers in pursuit of the quick buck."
Lawrence Sanders, Capital Crimes

Thursday, August 3, 2017


"I think of all the powerful or semi-powerful men and women throughout the world, toiling at one task or another—a store, a mine, a bank, a profession—somewhere outside of New York, whose one ambition is to reach the place where their wealth will permit them to enter and remain in New York, dominant above the mass, luxuriating in what they consider luxury."
Theodore Dreiser, The Color of a Great City

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chelsea Morning

"Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window and the traffic wrote the words
It came ringing up like Christmas bells and rapping up like pipes and drums."
Joni Mitchell, Chelsea Morning

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


"Reasonable people flee the city in August because New York in August is like a hangover without aspirin."
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, A Dangerous Age

Monday, July 31, 2017

Place of Unrest

"New York considered in itself is primarily a place of unrest, and those who sincerely love it, as many do, love it for the romance of its restlessness. A man almost looks at a building as he passes to wonder whether it will be there when he comes back from his walk."
G. K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

Sunday, July 30, 2017


"In New York, you're only allowed to be an asshole if you're interesting. You have to earn the privilege of behaving like a dick."
Ryan O'Connell, Thought Catalog

Saturday, July 29, 2017


"Outside the convent's doors was New York City, with its dirty streets and omnipresent cacophony that sounded like an orchestra endlessly tuning its instruments. It crackled with the aggressive energy of people rushing everywhere and nowhere, and the humid air reeked of garbage, urine, and meat frying on food carts."
Misty Copeland, Life in Motion

Friday, July 28, 2017


"New York is safer and richer but less like itself, an old lover who has gone for a face-lift and come out looking like no one in particular. The wrinkles are gone, but so is the face."
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Thursday, July 27, 2017


"Comparing the Brooklyn that I know with Manhattan is like comparing a comfortable and complacent duenna to her more brilliant and neurotic sister."
Carson McCullers, The Mortgaged Heart

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who Is a New Yorker

Washington Square Park (Pexels)

"A New Yorker is a person who steals a seat on the bus and a place on the movie line, crosses on the red and, if male, believes he can win at three-card monte. (The female New Yorker knows better.)"
The New York Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Black Outfits

"Maybe New Yorkers are all so busy rushing from place to place, talking at light speed, that they don't have time to coordinate outfits in the morning and rely on black because it's easy."
Lila Dare, Tressed to Kill

Monday, July 24, 2017

Money and Ideas

"That's why New York is the center of the universe. Because we use money to fashion reality out of ideas." 
William Martin, City of Dreams

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I Dig New York

"London is a fun town
Paris has its charms
But there is only one town
That takes me in its arms…
The lights of Broadway flicker
And suddenly my heart beats quicker
What can I say?
I dig New York."
Barry Manilow, I Dig New York

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Manhattan Lights

"Manhattan at the beginning of the twenty-first century is a place of possible lights, at all times competing with other lights for brightness, sometimes winning for a second or even a minute—but then just as easily extinguished or outshone by other competing light. Manhattan is never a place without light. The only matter of interest is: whose light tonight? And for how long?"
Russell Bittner, Trompe-l'oeil

Friday, July 21, 2017


Times Square (Pixabay)

"It may be chauvinistic to say New York is the world's capital city, but New Yorkers are chauvinistic."
Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Miserable Summer

"You wait all winter for summer in New York, and then it comes and that's miserable too."
Rebecca Serle, The Edge of Falling

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can't see the place. This is true of Manhattan, but even the outer boroughs, too, be it Flushing Meadows in Queens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They come looking for magic, whether evil or good, and nothing will convince them it isn't here."
Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Not Raw

"New York was raw and now it's just… not. It just seems like some of the reasons people came to New York are now a crime. Such chaotic beautiful energy is penalized with a ticket."
Michael Alan, Crudo

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shedding Skins

"That was one thing about New York. It always changed, like a snake shedding skins. If your favorite area vanished or turned into something you didn't like, there was always another one that'd suit you."
Jeffery Deaver, Manhattan Is My Beat

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sold on NYC

I go years without you
Then I can't get enough
Enough of cab drivers answering back
In language far from pure
Enough of frankfurters answering back.
Brother, you know you're in NYC
Too busy, too crazy
Too hot, too cold, too late
I'm sold again on NYC

NYC, Annie (Lyrics by Martin Charnin)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

New York 24-7

Empire State Building (Pixabay)

"I really wouldn't like being in the city 24-7. New York, New York can run a man crazy."
Damon Murphy, Sons Like Me

Friday, July 14, 2017

Smiling in New York

"She smiled at everyone in the street, which in New York signifies 'tourist' or 'bonkers.'"
Erica Abeel, Wild Girls

Thursday, July 13, 2017


"'No one in New York has parents,' William replied. 'Or families for that matter. We're all pretty much immigrants taking shelter here.'"
Christopher Bollen, Lightning People

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


"I was free to observe the city, uninhibited because no one was observing me. I'd been slow to appreciate the invisibility New York grants. No one cares what you do, and that's a good thing."
Anna Pitoniak, The Futures

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

World's Money

"Being in New York means you're competing with the world's money: Every Eurotrash dickhead, every Russian oligarch, every Chinese industrialist. They're all there to drop PILES of cash. You don't stand a chance."
Drew Magary, Deadspin

Monday, July 10, 2017

New York Charms

"New York dangles its spangly charms like a tennis bracelet in a Tiffany window but then snatches its magic back like a homeless guy peeing underneath a Tiffany window."
Amy Dickinson, Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Charge

"New York is like the charge. New York is like the crucible and the energy."
Eileen Myles, We The People

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Midtown (Pixabay)

"Over and over I said to myself: this is New York, where I thought life would be large and free. This is New York, and I'm a stranger in a nightmare."
Carl van Doren, New York: The Big Apple Quote Book

Friday, July 7, 2017

What New York Stands For

"People move to New York from all over the world, drawn to what it stands for: work, success, freedom, acceptance, glamour: give me your tired, your poor, your ambitious, your determined."
Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Big Mouths

"People in New York can't keep their big mouths shut. If they're not sexually harassing you or ordering you to smile, they're evaluating the use of your umbrella. Then, there's running. Try running really quickly through the streets of New York one day, and see if some guy doesn't yell 'Run! Run!' within five seconds. I'll bet my right kidney on it. "
Caren Lissner, Carrie Pilby

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sheer World

"The way I saw it, the West Side was one long rectangle of apartment houses filled with artists and intellectuals; this richness, mirrored on the East Side by money and social standing, made the city glamorous, and painfully exciting. I could taste in my mouth world, sheer world. All I had to do was get old enough and New York would be mine."
Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beginning of the World

"One hears eternally that New York is not America ; it obviously is not Europe; the Atlantic lies between. Or is it the outer fringe of America — or the end of Europe? Perhaps, the one here overlapping the other, it is really the beginning of the world."
Ford Madox Ford, New York Essays

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Effect of Living in NYC

"I've lived in New York City way too long. I realized this 'cause I was on the subway the other day and I heard a meow moewwww and I’m like, Oh great, here comes some frickin’ guy pretending he's a cat. And I turned around and it was a cat. In a bag. That’s what New York City's done to me. I’m like, Cat noise? Can't be the animal that makes that noise. It's gotta be some weird cat guy. Like I was gonna turn around and there was going to be some guy with like cat ears and a unitard and felt whiskers."
Dan St. Germain, Time Out New York