Thursday, October 19, 2017

 only New York itself can write and understand its history. Biographies are failures. There is enough happening in any one person in five minutes of his day to occupy a biographer an entire lifetime. One would have to exist longer than Methuselah to describe and understand what happens one noon hour in New York.
jean toomer
Come on along and listen to
The lullaby of Broadway.
The hip hooray and bally hoo,
The lullaby of Broadway.
The rumble of the subway train,
The rattle of the taxis.
The daffy-dills who entertain
Until the dawn:
Lullaby of Broadway

Brooklyn Smell

"Brooklyn smells like a combination of an ocean breeze, Calvin Klein Eternity, and weed. It might be my favorite smell ever."
Jillian Dodd, The Keatyn Chronicles

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Endless City

"New York, New York looked like a city with no end, a city that threw a haze into the night sky, making the low clouds golden and the water shimmer like colored smoke."
Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Castle Williams

"New York is a self-imposed prison where people convince themselves to live in rat-infested shoeboxes that each cost more than a mansion in the Poconos. Then they spend every summer getting on overheated, nonfunctional trains to vacation where every other New Yorker is vacationing."
Drew Magary, Deadspin

Monday, October 16, 2017

Poise and Purpose

"He could see the city skyline in its entirety - the whole staggered assembly of townhouses and warehouses and skyscrapers stretching from Washington Heights to the Battery. Nearly every light in every window in every building seemed to be shimmering and tenuous - as if powered by the animal spirits within - by the arguments and endeavours, the whims and elisions. But here and there, scattered across mosaic, were also the isolated windows that seemed to burn a little brighter and more constant - the windows lit by those few who acted with poise and purpose."
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

Sunday, October 15, 2017

So Many Ways to Die

"There are so many ways to die in New York City, c'mon! Subway crashes, drive-by shootings, race riots, construction cranes collapsing on the sidewalks, manhole covers blowing up and asbestos shooting into the sky."
Denis Leary, No Cure for Cancer

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Happy Heart

"It is strange that Americans have never adopted the English habit of carrying umbrellas, for New York is quite able to produce a cloud-burst out of the sky on the most clement day. When, however, the sun shines in New York, be it warm or cold, the heart is happy, and it is probable that the sun shines more often there than in any other capital of the world."
Carl van Vechten, Parties: Scenes from Contemporary New York Life

Friday, October 13, 2017

Money Drain

"New York is an aching scum hole, a never-closing maw always willing to let anyone—no matter how corrupt, or illiterate, or evil— call it home and hang up their shingle. It is a giant con, a government owned-and-operated money drain, constantly sucking the life and joy and wealth out of its inhabitants the way a dying man sucks oxygen—greedily, as if each breath were the last."
C.J. Henderson, Bread Ahead

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hub of America

"I always have a positive reaction to Times Square—you've got so many people passing through here, so many cultures, and so many people merging into the central community of New York City. This is the hub of America."
Dhani Jones, Men's Health

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm Embrace

"I am here as a speck, but I don't feel scared or about to be blown away, I feel like all New York is a warm embrace just waiting to enfold me. "
Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Shared Landscape

"New York has a thousand universes in it that don't always connect but we do all walk the same streets, hear the same sirens, ride the same subways, see the same headlines in the Post, read the same writings on the walls. That shared landscape gets inside of all of us and, in some small way, unites us, makes us think we know each other even when we don't."
Jay-Z, Decoded

Monday, October 9, 2017

Little Sailboats

"New Yorkers have a special way of moving. They advance ever forward. By gliding. Little sailboats catching the wind."
Sarah Schulman, The Cosmopolitans

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Handsome Man

"New York was like a wealthy, handsome, intensely artistic, complex, slightly manic man who, for some inexplicable reason, was enthralled with me. Not that I ever met a man like that. Who needed men anyway? I'll take Manhattan."
Kim Addonizio, Bukowski in a Sundress

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fitting In

"I will always feel gratitude and astonishment that Manhattan allowed me to make my home there. It's still the only place I've been where I feel, in some strange way, that I fit in. Or maybe, that it's the place where I least feel that I don't fit it."
Roz Chast, Going into Town

Friday, October 6, 2017


"We ain't scared of no terrorists, man. This is New York City. We ain't scared of no anthrax. Anthrax? Please. I get on the A train."
Sherrod Small, Comedy Central

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Disappeared and Found

"I discovered this was the best thing about New York: you could run away every day if you wanted to and still find yourself in a newly incarnated version of the city. You never had to be the same person. You could disappear and be found all at once."
Patricia Engel, Never Can Say Goodbye

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fast Track

"Life in New York is life on the fast track, and, sadly, friendship, however treasured, sometimes appears like an obstacle smack in the middle of the course."
Linda Wolfe, New York magazine

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


"New York is the easiest city in the world to get out of; and in the perfect weather of the fall, an interlude of exquisite peace and beauty between summer heat and winter frost, it is a city surrounded by temptations to get out of it."
Iza Duffus Hardy. Between Two Oceans

Monday, October 2, 2017

Autumn in New York City

"I love autumn in New York City: The yellows, the browns, and the rustand that's just the drinking water... Here in New York City, the leaves turnand run."
David Letterman, Stand Up Comedy Portal

Sunday, October 1, 2017


"New York was populated by the ambitious. It was often the only thing that everyone here had in common."
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life