Sunday, June 25, 2017

Golden Eggs

"When you walked along Fifth Avenue and you looked up at those towers, you felt like any one of them might lead you to the hen that laid the golden eggs."
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Traumatized People

East New York (Wikipedia)

"Everyone here is broke. That's the norm here. Living in shitty Brooklyn is not the exception, you know? And here, no one really judges you. Maybe New York is good for traumatized, fucked-up people, because you don’t have time to think of yourself. There is always something going on."
Loubna Mrie, The Village Voice

Friday, June 23, 2017

No History

"This was a New York expression: not where did you meet, but how do you know. Histories don't matter, but connections do. Nobody in New York has a history. But you might be somebody important, right now."
Kelly Braffet, Josie and Jack

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Modern Babylon

Midtown (Photo: Pixabay)

"Once I had eaten of the Big Apple, there was no going back. New York was the modern Babylon, a whole new speed and attitude."
Peter Swales, quoted in Rolling Stone

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Brooklyn Patriot

"I am a patriot — of the 14th Ward in Brooklyn, where I was raised. The rest of the United States doesn't exist for me, except as idea, or history, or literature."
Henry Miller, The Henry Miller Reader

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fetid Richness

"It's what he loves about New York—you want it, it's there. The sweet, fetid richness of this city. He never really got it until he left his Irish-Italian blue-collar, cop-fireman Staten Island ghetto and moved to the city. You hear five languages walking a single street, smell six cultures, hear seven kinds of music, see a hundred kinds of people, a thousand stories and it's all New York."
Don Winslow, The Force

Monday, June 19, 2017

Shrines and Reenactments

"Maybe spending so much time at the Met had something to do with why the city also seemed like an exhibit, or maybe that's just what Manhattan is—a bunch of shrines and reenactments. I'd overhear conversations about what this building used to be or who used to live in that place or what it was before it was whatever it was. (It always used to be something better.)"
Catherine Lacey, The Answers

Sunday, June 18, 2017

One of Us

"Look, you know that New York City is tough—and I'm sure that any number of people with fewer advantages than this affluent white male could tell you just how tough it can be—but at the heart of it is an idea that's as American as it gets: If you can put up with this fucking town, then whatever else you are, you're one of us."
Owen King, Never Can Say Goodbye

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Why New York City is Not America

"Why New York City is not America: Because not everyone has a gun or thinks they need one, because the industrial smog that wafts over from New Jersey creates a sunset I want to lick off the sky, because people live in the subway, because some of the homeless live better than housed people in other cities.  Because people don't wish you 'God bless,' because God would feel uncomfortable among the godless skyscrapers of Manhattan."
Daniel Allen Cox, Shuck

Friday, June 16, 2017

Carnival of Stupidity

"New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign."
Alec Baldwin, quoted in People Magazine

Thursday, June 15, 2017


"Not everyone awake at this hour is an insomniac. The city is alive with doormen, delivery boys on bikes, street sweepers, homeless people, hustlers, prep cooks popping up out of trap doors in the sidewalk. I make a point of waving  or nodding hello when I can. I have come to believe that kindness is repaid in unexpected ways and that if you are lonely or bonetired or blue, you need only come down from your perch and step outside. New York—which is to say, New Yorkers—will take care of you.
Bill Hayes, Insomniac City

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New York Obsession

"She was obsessed with seeing other people's apartments in the way that every New Yorker was always obsessed with seeing other people's apartments. Sometimes it was reassuring to see places smaller than hers. In those cases she was always intrigued by the concessions New Yorkers made: garment racks instead of closets, a desk under a lofted bed, a fireplace that had been retrofitted as a bookcase. But she really lived for moments when she somehow ended up inside apartments that offered a vision of a New York that seemed like it would forever be completely out of her reach."
Doree Shafrir, Startup

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Living in New York City

"Here's the thing about living in New York City: There are people stretched around the block, ready to tell you what the thing is about living in New York City. But those people don't live here. They live in an idea of what they want the city to be. It ends up defining them before they have the chance to define their own experience."
Rob Hart, New Yorked

Monday, June 12, 2017

Low-Budget Production

"In New York, sometimes, to walk around the streets and the nightclubs feels like being in a movie. The same actors keep reappearing, in different locations. The whole business is a low-budget production."
Tama Janowitz, Slaves of New York

Sunday, June 11, 2017


"It wasn't until I got to New York that I became Kansan. Everyone there kept reminding me that they were Jewish or Irish, or whatever, so I kept reminding them that I was mid-western. Before I knew it, I actually began to brag about being from Kansas!"
William Inge, quoted in Contemporary Authors

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Southern View

"New York City itself is full of beauty the view from Castle Garden would suffice to show ; and by night it is not less lovely than by day. The harbor is illuminated by the colored lanterns of a thousand boats, and the steam-whistles tell of a life that never sleeps. The paddles of the steamers seem not only to beat the water, but to stir the languid air and so provoke a breeze, and the lime-lights at the Fulton and Wall Street ferries burn so brightly that in  the warm glare the eye reaches through the still night to the feathery acacias in the streets of Brooklyn. The view is as southern as the people : we have not yet found America."
Charles Wentworth Dilke, Greater Britain

Friday, June 9, 2017


"To assure himself that New York is beautiful, the pedestrian must crane his neck in crowded streets, and perhaps doubt still remains. From the highest windows, New York can be seen at her most magical when, as James Pope-Hennessy has said, the lighted skyscrapers at night are like sticks of Elizabethan jewellery."
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of New York

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I Miss NY

"I saw a license plate yesterday that said 'I Miss New York,' so I smashed their window and stole their radio."
Craig Anton, Comedy Central

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


"New Yorkers are shockingly local—if it's not available within a three-block radius, it simply no longer exists. We like to walk everywhere, even subway rides are inconvenient. I once overheard a man in a coffee shop refer to his girlfriend as a “long-distance relationship” because she lived on the Upper East Side and he lived in the Village. There were just too many train connections. You can forget anyone who commutes in from Jersey. Brooklyn and Manhattan are like different states."
Kate Moretti, The Vanishing Year

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


"New York ain't got nothing Chicago ain't, except a bunch of hustling people all squeezed up together— being 'Eastern!'"
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Monday, June 5, 2017

New York Veins

"Everyone everywhere had already told me that it wasn't really New York anymore, that nothing was as good as it used to be and that it wouldn't ever be again. That all the magnetism and perfect ugliness had been sucked then squeezed out through over-tapped, collapsed veins, which were, in a slow panic, injected instead with money and inhumanity."
Selin Thomas, The Village Voice

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Place of Worship

"I whispered prayers of thanks that I was really and truly here in New York, beginning another life. I worshipped the place. I feasted on every beautiful inch of it—the crowds, the fruit and vegetable stands, the miles of pavement, the graffiti, even the garbage. All of it sent me into paroxysms of joy."
Siri Husvedt, A Plea for Eros

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Midtown (Photo: Pexels)

"It's the intimidation, the competition, the pace, struggle and ultimately the growing glimmer of success that make this city like no other drug out there. It isn't for everyone, and if it isn't for you, there is no point trying to explain New York. But for the rest of us who brave the streets and all the shit that comes along with it, there isn't a better place in the world."
Greg Jacobs, The Huffington Post

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hundreds of Personalities

"New York is confusing to me. I love the Velvet Underground's take, and Woody Allen's grainy Manhattan, the New York City of the seventies. That town can have hundreds of personalities—not the people, the town itself. I like it better from afar, but I'm always thankful it exists."
Jack White, quoted in Meet Me in the Bathroom

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Too Large

"The only trouble about this town is, that it is too large. You cannot accomplish anything in the way of business, you cannot even pay a friendly call, without devoting a whole day to it."
Mark Twain, The Quotable Mark Twain

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New York Irony

"Look, it's New York: you can do whatever the bleep you please. Ride your bike in a bikini with a snake as a necklace (it was hot that day, she was en route to the pet sitter, and he really likes to go for rides). The closer one is to the absurd, the more irony—a cultivated, intentional thing—looks kind of earnest. All that time put in to make an impression, all that care taken to seem not to care!"
Lia Purpura, Brief Encounters

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


The High Line (Photo: Pixabay)

"This is New York! Everyone and his mother has a shrink. You're a freak if you don't have one."
Leonard Simon, Dissociated States

Monday, May 29, 2017


"New York is more magnificent than ever. What a city! And how pleasant relations with people are! How easy everything is – even crossing the street!"
Simone de Beauvoir, Letters to Sartre

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New York Vendors

"Vendors unfold their wares of Chinese rabbit-fur hats, sunglasses, cheap leather gloves or scarves. Name a problem, they sell solutions. The vendors seem connected, by instant wire, to fate. If the oceans rise and New York is flooded one day, they'll produce at that moment rubber rafts and life jackets. Fishing line and hooks, to sell residents as they flee."
Ethan Black, The Broken Hearts Club

Saturday, May 27, 2017


"Brazenness is in itself not to be condemned. In New York it is a necessary ingredient of success. You see it in the face of the Tammany politician, the Wall-street broker, the hotel manager, the subway director. Brazenness has been evolved in the struggle for existence in this chaos called Manhattan and it sits there in our faces by divine right. It is an asset. It will cow the world in time."
Benjamin DeCasseres, New York is Hell

Friday, May 26, 2017

New York Feelings

"New York had never frightened her. Annoyed her, yes. Pissed her off, occasionally. Disgusted and amazed her on a regular basis. But never scared her."
Nevada Barr, Liberty Falling

Thursday, May 25, 2017


"The main thing I've noticed most about New York is that people who live here have no idea how anyone else in America lives, thinks or manages to survive. They seem to assume rural Americans mostly sit in barren 12x12 aluminum rooms and stare at mounted elk carcasses. However, it's worth noting that the rest of the country has the same confusion about New Yorkers, particularly in regard to their level of general rudeness (and cast members from the 1979 film ''The Warriors''). It has been my experience that strangers in New York are exceedingly friendly, almost to the point of being weirdly insecure."
Chuck Klosterman, The New York Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sodom and Gomorrah

"New York City is just another name for Sodom and Gomorrah. Why, when Jesus returns in the year 2000, just like Granddaddy Ellsworth says, he won't even stop to take a leak in New York City."
Vera Jane Cook, Dancing Backward in Paradise

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heart of the City

"A wild sky above great parallel rails—that, first and foremost, is New York. In the heart of the city, you are in the heart of nature."
Jean-Paul Sartre, We Have Only This Life to Live

Monday, May 22, 2017

Being Alone

"New York City is often thought to be such a lonely city and there's a lot to say on that subject, but there is much more to say on the subject that New York City is a city in which you can't be alone, in which you'd pay to be alone, from the morning crowded subways, to the elevators up the skyscrapers, and the crowded offices and cubicles and bank lines and post-office lines and lunch-counter lines and movie lines and sheer rubbing shoulders with the eleven million who use Manhattan every day, what you wouldn't give to be ALONE."
Wilton Barnhardt, Emma Who Saved My life

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New York Cartography

"Every New Yorker has his own idiosyncratic system of cartography, his personal method of charting the points of correspondence between the external city and the landmarks of his interior streetscape. No surveyor's equipment is necessary, just a wry acceptance of the ephemeral. For many of us, the resulting map is a distorted but truthful rendering of New York in which vanished buildings and storefronts are as present as surviving ones, even more so."
John Freeman Gill, The Gargoyle Hunters

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Midtown (Photo: Pixabay)

"New York is a hyperkinetic fishbowl anomaly of possibilities in and of itself; every other global metropolis is but lacking megawatt star power."
Tamara N. Houston, Waiting for Jules

Friday, May 19, 2017

Enchanted Kingdom

"His conscious mind could find no logical path between the Port Authority bus terminal and what had to be some kind of enchanted kingdom. New York, New York. It's a wonderful town. That was for damn sure."
Lee Child, High Heat

Thursday, May 18, 2017


"New York is a blight on my heart, lost, a street full of lights fading to a bonfire."
William Carlos Williams, The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: 1909-1939

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New York Pride

Bryant Park (Photo: Pixabay)

"New Yorkers are proud of New York. They are unwilling to permit strangers who merely move to the city to declare themselves New Yorkers until they have lived here sufficiently long to have achieved something or done their bit in adding to New York's prestige."
William Parker Chase, quotes in Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Unnatural Conditions

SoHo (Photo: Pixabay)

"The trouble with New York is that it imposes a set of unnatural conditions. Nobody knows anybody, even when they live next door to each other. You can make your home here for fifty years and still feel a stranger. I know I do."
Hamilton Basso, The View from Pompey's Head

Monday, May 15, 2017

Helpful New Yorkers

"If you are confused ask somebody. New Yorkers are very helpful. However, the first person you ask will give you the wrong answer. So ask loudly enough that others will overhear and make corrections. New Yorkers love to correct each other."
George Weller, quoted in New York: The Big Apple Quote Book

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Striving for Discomfort

"I love the city. I've spent my life here, and I don't think I could survive anywhere else. There's so much good here. I love how diverse it is. I love being exposed to so many different types of people and ideas. I love the competitiveness and energy (although that also gets exhausting as well, so it's love-hate). I love the culture, the weirdness, and the arts that are still here. People here are tough and it takes a lot to make them uncomfortable. I like making myself uncomfortable when I can and this city allows me to do that. I feel like in other places people strive to be comfortable, while here people strive to be uncomfortable."
James Maher, 6sqft

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Unforgiving Galaxy

"New York, that unforgiving galaxy of firelight, concrete, and shadow."
Darin Strauss, Chang and Eng

Friday, May 12, 2017

Part of Humanity

"The thing I love about New York is that I feel I'm part of humanity here. In L.A., everyone is in the same business. Here, you can't go on a subway or walk the streets without bumping into people who are of a different race, religion, or socioeconomic level. It makes me feel small in a way that feels healthy."
Debra Messing, Haute Living

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nostalgia and Cupcakes

"A defining characteristic of the true New Yorker is enthusiastic complaining about how the city has changed for the worse since its former days of glory. My idealized New York is that of the Lower East Side in the mid seventies–early punk, bohemia, drugs and danger. I knew that things had changed a lot since then, but was still surprised–is it really necessary to have such widespread access to cupcakes?"
Conor Horgan, Narratively

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Seventh Birthday

Mets-Willets Point station

NY Daily Quote turns seven! Which in blog years is probably... well, old. So we're taking the day off and instead of bringing you a new quote, we're looking back and some of the funniest things people have said, and written, about NYC.

1. "I can be a true New Yorker. I'll go to the gym, and then I'll eat a bagel, and then... I'll shoot someone, maybe?"
Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

2. "New Yorkers take pride in living in the city that never sleeps—unfortunately, it's also the city that never showers, brushes its teeth, or has good aim when it pees."
Bill Maher, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?

3. "New York: the only city where people make radio requests like 'This is for Tina — I'm sorry I stabbed you.'"
Carol Leifer, The Great American Bathroom Reader

4. "New York is very rough. They write themes on: 'What I stole over my summer vacation.'"
Joan Rivers, quoted in The City

5. "Being a New Yorker is never having to say you are sorry."
Lily Tomlin, quoted in That's Funny!

6. "People who live in New York, we wear that fact like a badge right on our sleeve, 'cause we know that fact impresses everybody. "I was in Vietnam." "So what? I live in New York."
Denis Leary, That’s Really Funny

7. "I like New York. This is the only city where you actually have to say things like, 'Hey, that's mine. Don't pee on that.'"
Louis C.K., Comedy Central

8. "We may well point the finger of scorn at those who taunt us with being devoted to the gratification of our senses. New York devoted to the senses! Why, it is not even courteous to the senses: it does not so much as hold its nose!"
Josiah Gilbert Holland, Every-day Topics

9. "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right."
The Mayor (David Margulies), Ghostbusters 2

10. "Tourism in New York is a multi-billion-dollar industry partly predicated on a kind of safari model. They're going to be disappointed if they don't get close to the lions and tigers, but really disappointed if one of them eats them. It's a fine line."
Garrett Moore (Gregory Jbara), Blue Bloods

11. "I moved to New York for health reasons. I'm paranoid and New York is the only place where my fears are justified."
Anita Weiss, quoted in Words from the Wise

12. "The Bronx? No thonx."
Ogden Nash, quoted in 2320 Funniest Quotes

13. "New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?"
Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

14. "Living in New York is like being at some terrible late-night party. You're tired, you've had a headache since you arrived, but you can't leave because then you'd miss the party."
Simon Hoggart, America: A User’s Guide

15. "One thing I love about living in New York is it's every different type of person piled one on top of the other. I am for open immigration, but that sign we have in the front of the Statue of Liberty, 'Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.' Can't we just say, 'Hey, the door's open. We'll take whoever you got.' Do we have to specify 'The wretched refuse?'"
Jerry Seinfeld, Seinlanguage

16. "It's so loud. All the time. Yes, it's the city that never sleeps. Well, guess what? I like to sleep! I've been tired for eight years!"
Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), How I Met Your Mother

17. "The reason New Yorkers are depressed is because the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey."
Garrison Keillor,  Pretty Good Joke Book

18. "Living in California adds ten years to a man's life. And those extra ten years I'd like to spend in New York."
Harry Ruby, quoted in The Traveling Curmedgeon

Thanks for reading NY Daily Quote, for your comments and friendship. Here's to the next seven years!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


"I really think New York is exquisite.
It isn't all right just for a visit
But by God's Grace
I'd live in it and like it even better if you gave me the place."
Ogden Nash, I Speak of the City: Poems of New York

Monday, May 8, 2017

Keeping Up with the Rothschilds

Fifth Avenue (Photo: Pixabay)

"The trouble with New York is, we're not keeping up with the Joneses; we're keeping up with the Rothschilds."
"Tom," quoted in New York Magazine

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Collective Love

"The mysteriously human element about this place can make you fall in love and break your heart at the same time. When you hear her sound, when you breathe in her scent, you share it with all the people walking beside you on the street, in the subway, or gazing from a tall building across Central Park. You know at once that you are alive, and that life is beautiful, precious, and fleeting. I think that's why people in New York feel so connected to each other; the city harnesses this collective love and admiration."
Renee Carlino, Before We Were Strangers