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