Sunday, December 17, 2017

Crystal Meth

"New York sucks. But it's kind of like crystal meth. Once you get a taste of it, however bad it is for you, you never want to live without it."
Mark Brennan Rosenberg, The Huffington Post

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tired New York

"New York is the city that never sleeps, but it does get tired. Its eyelids grow heavy and it wants to veg in front of the television."
Jennifer Echols, Love Story

Friday, December 15, 2017


"New York can be a crutch. Yes, your music career is stalled. Yes, your art remains unknown. Yeah, you've yet to be published or your startup is only hype. But you live in New York, and that makes you better than the people who don't (or so you reassure yourself). Where you live is not an accomplishment."
Ryan Holiday, Thought Catalog

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Lincoln Center (Pixabay)

"New York is an electrifyingly vibrant city with humanity plugged into life at super-high-octane speed."
Zara Cox, Black Sheep

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Candy Store

"New York is an enormous candy store filled with tantalizing things to buy, and at no time more than the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's, when love, you are told, means the purchase and giving of presents."
Rona Jaffe, After the Reunion

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


"There's only one place to go—New York City. That's where you have to go to get your ideas heard. Besides, it's hard to be a misfit there because that's where all the misfits flock to. Like ninety-eight percent of the population is made up of misfits. "
Tim Tharp, Badd

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pulse of the World

"New Yorkers make a choice to endure a unique set of hardships, all for the glory of living dead smack on the pulse of the world. Rent is astronomical, the weather is bipolar, and the cost of living would make more sense as a lottery winning. The streets are dirty, and the stench of scalding trash entwines with billowing fumes of pollution to perfume the air with a scent that is exclusively ours. We inhale the contaminates just so we can exhale hope. A prideful respiration that says, hey, we are here, and you are not."
Greg Dybec, Elite Daily

Sunday, December 10, 2017


"I think New York is a fabulous place. I think it ought to be investigated by a committee — the whole town, the twenty million people in it — for being jolly."
Brendan Behan, Brendan Behan: A Life

Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Snowfall

"The first fall of snow in New York is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. White and clean and crisp and clinging to shapes that nature never intended. I walked home through a white cubistic world that Braque would have given his left nut to paint, stopping only for an occasional traffic light."
Harold Robbins, The Inheritors

Friday, December 8, 2017

Corporate Bank

"I love New York, but it’s not a very inspiring place for creativity. It's very expensive, but not even in a Rome type of expensive. It's like corporate bank expensive."
Christopher Bollen, The Rumpus

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Virtues and Vices

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York, I thought, was a city defined by its flaws. In every possible way, its virtues were overwhelmed by its vices, as Jekyll was by Hyde. Yet it was these very vices that gave the city its characterlike tar in an oak barrel lending its flavor to Scotch."
Miles Watson, Cage Life

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No Time or Sunlight

"Rome, like Washington, gives you plenty of time and plenty of sunlight. In New York we have annihilated both."
Mary Elizabeth Wilson Sherwood, An Epistle to Posterity

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Black Hole

"There are places so dense that they seem to contract into themselves to save room. Harlem is one of them, like a black hole of great and flexible darkness hiding mass unseen."
Selin Thomas, The Village Voice

Monday, December 4, 2017

Chronic Amnesia

"Chronic amnesia is part of the New York condition. Here even colossal towers are merely placeholders, temporary arrangements of future debris."
Justin Davidson, Magnetic City

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Young and Old

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline (Pixabay)

"Far more than any other city, whether of the past or of the present, New York is one that is both young and old. Insistently young, vociferously young, obviously young, it at the same time displays all the qualities of maturity. It is a city of today, yet also a city of three centuries."
Robert Shackleton, The Book of New York

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lonely New York

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"What is so lonely as lonely New York 
With the people milling about. 
Drifting alone in the gathering crowds 
Hearing them laugh and shout."
Paul E. Pepe, Five Women I Love

Friday, December 1, 2017

New York Tribe

"I always urge the newcomer to surrender to the city's magic. Forget the irritations and the occasional rudeness; they bother many New Yorkers too. Instead, go down to the North River and the benches that run along the west side of Battery Park City. Watch the tides or the blocks of ice in winter; they have existed since the time when the island was empty of man. Gaze at the boats. Look across the water at the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, the place to which so many of the New York tribe came in order to truly live. Learn the tale of our tribe, because it's your tribe too, no matter where you were born."
Pete Hamill, Downtown

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Biggest Melting Pot

"I returned to Brooklyn because it's closest to my heart, and I have history here, which I wanted to share with my children. Let's face it, the world has changed everywhere, but NYC is still the biggest melting pot in the world. The diversity in culture is unmatched."
Debi Mazar, NYCGo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Self Worship

Central Park and Fifth Avenue (Pixabay)

"Rome and New York were impressive, but they knew they were. They had the beauty of a vain woman who had squeezed herself into her favourite dress after hours of careful self worship."
Leonardo D'Onofrio, Old Country

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Futurist City

Cornell Tech

"New York is the Futurist city, the Baden Baden of that dying stench called Europe, the ironic gargantuan offspring of the senility, the debilitating spirituality and black breath of the European succubus."
Benjamin De Casseres, Mirrors of New York

Monday, November 27, 2017

Noise, Trash and Rats

"I once said to someone that one doesn't come to New York for beauty. I said that's what Paris, or Iceland, is for. I said one comes to New York to live in New York, with all its noise and trash and rats in the subway and taxicabs stuck in crosstown traffic jams."
Bill Hayes, Insomniac City

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Now

"New York might be beautiful but if you stopped to admire it, you were cooked. Each new block was an island, each street a narrow ocean. As you put the last block behind you, each crossing washed you clean. Who had time to dwell on the then when the crush of bodies forced you to pay attention to the now?"
Brendan Mathews, The World of Tomorrow

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Riverside Park

"New York is a huge mass of scrambled humanity, — many races, creeds, colors, — but it is wistfully, pathetically human, after all."
Joseph Fort Newton, Preaching in New York

Friday, November 24, 2017


"To me, New York is Mama. Every time I've ever knocked on its door—no matter what time of day, no matter what condition I've found myself—New York City opens to me. Smacks me upside the head a little bit on my way in, like, 'What's the matter with you now, you big stupid dummy?' but always lets me in. Clears a space for me. Finds a bed for me. Makes room at the table."
Elizabeth Gilbert, Never Can Say Goodbye

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sense of Destiny

"The thing you have to understand about New Yorkers is that they tend to have a sense of destiny. By dint of their location they think they are invincible, indestructible. Impervious to pretty much anything and everything you care to throw at them."
Dylan Jones, The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Magic Name

"New York! How many bosoms have swelled with rapture, how many cheeks have blushed with shame, how many hearts have been filled with joy, and how many have sunk in despair, at the sound of the magic name of New York!"
Maturin Murray Ballou, The Turkish spies Ali Abubeker Kaled, and Zenobia Marrita

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


"New York is the last city in the world in which I would live. But then it is to be regarded merely as a vast hotel, a caravanserai both for America and Europe."
Fredrika Bremer, America of the Fifties

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sense of Humor

"New York is funny. It's the only city where you have to have a sense of humor to survive."
Alan King, New York Magazine

Sunday, November 19, 2017


"New York is very freeing, and, because of my insomnia, it's the only place that can really keep up with me.  When I find a city that can keep me busy until four in the morning without having anything to do with prostitution, I'm there."
Jamie Blake, Billboard

Saturday, November 18, 2017


"New York was the unbridled engine of the nation's progressive culture and creativity, sustaining a diversity of people, feeding the world with art, ideas, and ways of life that pushed the boundaries of convention. But now it seems this period has come to an end. The spirit of the city as we knew it has vanished in the shadow of luxury condo towers, rampant greed, and suburbanization."
Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York

Friday, November 17, 2017

No First Class

"When you're on the subway, there's no first class. Everyone's there together. I have kind of a joke I do when people ask 'why would you raise your kids in New York City?' And I say, 'So they don't end up like you.'"

Jim Gaffigan, NYCGo

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Concrete, Gridlock, Neighbors

"Miles of concrete, world-class gridlock, neighbors who won't even press the down button in the elevator for you: that's New York."
Dilys Winn, The New York Times

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mandatory or Forbidden

"New York is a funny place. Living here is either mandatory or forbidden, it seems; there's no middle way."
Amanda Cross, Honest Doubt

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sound and Fury

"New York is a state of mind, full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
Edward D. Hoch, City of Brass

Monday, November 13, 2017

Open City

"I do not exaggerate when I say that New York is unique in the history of human kindness. New York is not a problem. New York is a stroke of genius. From its earliest days, this city has been a lifeboat for the homeless, a larder for the hungry, a living library for the intellectually starved, a refuge not only for the oppressed but also for the creative. New York is and has been the most open city in the world, and that is its greatness."
Ed Koch, Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

Sunday, November 12, 2017

City of Love

"People say that Paris is the city of love, but for Raia, New York deserves the title more. It's impossible not to fall in love with the city like it's almost impossible not to fall in love in the city."
Ika Natassa, The Architecture of Love

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New York Subways

"I miss New York. I miss the subways, believe it or not. So, what I do is I have a tape recording of just the sound of the subway, and every morning, I get up, I go into my closet, I close the door, I put the tape on, and I just hang there with my clothes for a while. Then I turn to my overcoat, and I go, 'No, you shut up, pal, alright?' Then I stab myself a few times, and I feel like I'm home."
Gary Lazer, Comedy Central

Friday, November 10, 2017


"New Yorkers have a reputation for skin so thick it feels like rock so we adore anything that undermines this idea and confirms our secret view of ourselves as neighborly and congenial. It's the social equivalent of owning a really docile Rottweiler."
Sloane Crosley, The New York Times

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"New York is quite a place. Never saw so much hustle and bustle, pushing and crowding, noise and uproar in my life. This is one place where the devil takes the hindermost -- everyone else is too buy rushing to worry about it"

Most Wonderful Street

"The most wonderful street in the universe is Broadway. It is a world within itself. High and low, rich and poor, pass along at a rate peculiar to New York, and positively bewildering to a stranger."
Frank Rich, quoted in Historic Landmarks of Old New York

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Snow Summit

"Leaving Manhattan is like retreating from a snow summit. The very air seems to relax about you. The electric atmosphere softens, the noise stills, the colours blur and fade, the pressure eases, the traffic thins. Soon you are out of the city's spell."
Jan Morris, Coast to Coast

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Electric Undercurrent

Midtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"Sex. Power. Culture. Success. New York City thrives on this heady cocktail like no other place in the world, fueling its legendary energy with an electric undercurrent of our collective hopes, dreams, and fantasies."
Heather Stimmler-Hall, Naughty New York

Monday, November 6, 2017

Urban Poetry

"This is New York. We live in one great ugly town. Not being too hung up on beauty is what makes life here possible, even thrilling. In exchange for surrendering refinement, we get a kind of urban poetry that is the envy of the world. Sometimes it takes outsiders to see it. Often, outsiders introduce new rhymes. The beauty resides, in some sense, in staying an outsider."
Herbert Muschamp, Hearts of the City

Sunday, November 5, 2017

New York City Marathon

(Photo: Steven Pisano / Wikimedia Commons)

"I do love the New York City Marathon, though. That's really exciting when the world's fastest anorexics come to town."
Jonathan Corbett, Comedy Central

Saturday, November 4, 2017

New York Addiction

"The city's lure to rewrite a life, the addiction to 'anything is possible if your game is strong enough' is swift. Either you do whatever is necessary to maintain the high or you nearly OD and in a fitful moment of clarity decide to go cleanleaving it forever and relegating the experience to a 'when I was younger I lived in New York' story to be dusted off."
Tamara N. Houston, Waiting for Jules

Friday, November 3, 2017

Witch's Brew

Manhattan (Photo: Pixabasy)

"The configuration of the street grid, and the sordid tangle of streets below 14th Street, and the insanity of millions crammed into a small space, and the weekday surge when millions more poured in from the surrounding area. The weird angle of the Empire State Building from Bowery. Everyone desperate to bilk the last dollar. These are the ingredients of a witch's brew, the undeniable black magic of Manna-hatta."
Jarett Kobek, The Future Won't Be Long

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Shining City of Our Dreams

"The romance of New York is always something that has recently passed away; so vast and clamorous is the actual city that enchantment kicks in only over a distance of time and space. From Henry James to Dos Passos and Fitzgerald to the present, the shining city of our dreams is always located a decade, or an ocean, away."
Jay McInerney, New York Magazine

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Visualization of the Universe

"New York, to me, is the visualization of the entire universe. Paris is Paris, it's not the world. Italy is Italy. New York is the world. It is the bridge. It's the spot that expresses the world."
Donna Karan, The Great Fashion Designers

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tunnel Vision

"I like now that weird tunnel vision you get when you're in New York. The constant running into people you know, no matter where you are and no matter what time it is; it's a performance of Our Town that never ends, complete with ever-present death and an omniscient narrator who will eventually turn out to be James Franco."
Zachary Lipez, Vice

Monday, October 30, 2017


"New York is a teacher, a sage teaching life lessons. For instance, I've learned to notice carefully. The city is only persecuting those who try to control it. To enjoy life in New York is to be an associate of chaos."
Timothy Levitch, Getting the Whole Story

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Plague

"New York seemed older than the cities of Europe, a sadistic gift of the sixteenth century, ever on the verge of plague."
Don DeLillo, Great Jones Street