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