Tuesday, September 18, 2018


West 32nd

"New York is like one big potluck party to which everyone in the entire world was invited, and everyone showed up (bringing their favorite dish). It's a friggin great city."
Holly Jennings, Dowdy Corners Cookbook Club

Monday, September 17, 2018


"New York is a rather energetic city, so there's immediately that hum that's under everything you do that really energizes."
Nancy Allen, Wall Street Journal

Friday, September 14, 2018


"New York's supreme beauty, its truly unique quality, is its violence. Violence gives it nobility, excuses it, makes its vulgarity forgettable. For New York is vulgar; it is stronger, richer, newer than anything you like, but it is common."
Paul Morand, quoted in Mirror for Gotham

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Solid Rock

"It is almost impossible at any season of the year or in any quarter of the city to escape the sound of blasting, which reminds one that Manhattan, like the church of Rome, is built on solid rock."
Carl Van Vechten, quoted in Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Never Finished

"Modern New Yorkers have grown accustomed to the experience of going around the corner to what was last week's favorite delicatessen only to discover that, this week, it has become a wig shop; or finding, where the little place that sold handbags used to be, just off Lexington, that the entire block has disappeared to make room for an office tower. Faced with yet another example of the fact that New York is a restless, ever-changing, never-finished city, New Yorkers simply shrug and go on about their business."
Stephen Birmingham, Life at the Dakota

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Personal Insult

National September 11 Memorial

"To look at the new skyline of New York is a personal insult. As a native New Yorker, I have always felt that I owned part of that landscape, and I would often walk the campus of Queens College thinking proudly, my city, as I gazed toward the impressive structures in the distance stretching proudly for the clouds. Now, when I look at my city, I feel a sense of emptiness; a gaping wound in my heart reopens every time I seek out the place where the Twin Towers should be."
Molly O´Connor, Art of the Restless

Monday, September 10, 2018



"New York is a grinding place. I love it, but the only reason to live here is to get something done."
Toby Mott, New York Magazine

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Soviet Union

"New York, like the Soviet Union, has this universal usefulness: It makes you glad you live elsewhere."
John Updike, Architectural Digest

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fever Chart

Manhattan skyline (Dmitry Avdeev)

"The Manhattan skyline glowed like peaks and valleys of a fever chart set in glass and concrete."
Peter Blauner, Slipping into Darkness

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Winners of Winners

Madison Square Garden

"It was summer. She had forgotten that, too, that it was her favorite season, had forgotten the New York stickiness that had first made her love the city and its people, her people, because Manhattan was not just for the winners, but the winners of winners."
Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success

Monday, September 3, 2018


East 42nd

"New York is a constellation of magic moments. No city as complex as New York rebuilds itself so often, and often so well."
Robert A.M. Stern, quoted in 6sqft

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Real New York

Fifth Avenue

"The real New York is where little old ladies look the two hundred pounds of ol' linebacker that is me in the eye and smack into me like I'm not there — I was raised not to bump them back — where everyone is always yelling, ´Fugetaboutit, getouttamyway, and a whole array of indecipherable epithets that I think are in English and I'm sure aren't very nice."
Hal Rothman, The Culture of Tourism

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Living in New York

Kips Bay Towers

"Wasn't this what living in New York was supposed to be like, the skyline, the anonymity, coexistence without intimacy?"
Anna Quindlen, Alternate Side

Friday, August 31, 2018


Long Island City and Manhattan skyline

"There is always more to New York. More than you've seen or care to see."
Hari Kunzru, White Tears

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Melange of Sounds

Jefferson Market Garden

"If you're walking or driving through New York, it almost feels like you’re changing radio stations. One minute it's the siren of an ambulance; the next minute it's music coming out of a store, or the subway running, or children coming from school, or someone screaming at someone else. It's just a melange of sounds that I find interesting."
Andrew Dosunmu, The Village Voice

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Forward Motion

Lexington Avenue

"The warm humid air of New York clung to the night, unwilling to relinquish its suffocating hold. And yet to Eva, the city had an underlying hum of possibility; a constant forward motion that promised, no matter what, that change was on its way."
Kathleen Tessaro, The Perfume Collector

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August in Manhattan

NYPL in Morningside Heights

"It was August, and hot and humid as only August in Manhattan can be; the city lay enclosed in a monstrous bowl of airless, evil-smelling gray-yellow stud that might be air but would kill most Amazonian Indians."
Judith Krantz, I'll Take Manhattan

Monday, August 27, 2018

Best Place in New York

Park Avenue South

"All that can be said with certainty is: The best place in New York is the night; the worst place in New York is the morning."
Jay McInerney, New York Magazine

Sunday, August 26, 2018

New York Identity

"I liked not losing my New York identity and my New York way of saying 'wintuh' in February and 'waituh' in restaurants. When I walked the streets of New York, cops in police cars would call out, 'Hey, Neil. How you doin'?'  with just enough of the sound of Little Italy or a hint of an Irish brogue passed on down through their family of patrolmen. It made New York seem like a small town to me."
Neil Simon, The Play Goes On

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gossip and Friendship

"New York is a city that runs on gossip and friendship, a predatory mix that is, of course, best cultivated on the street and through skimming the pages of The New York Post."
Michelle Berry, Shippy First Drafts

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Burying New York

Office of Chief Medical Examiner

"They've been burying New York for decades now. They've tried to say New York is dead, but they've never produced a body . . . and they never will."
Timothy Healy, quoted in A Mayor's Life

Monday, August 20, 2018

Stone Heard

Midtown West

"I looked down in ravishment. So you didn't have to see New York stiff-necked, from below, I thought. The skyscrapers looked different too, from alongside, as though as though they belonged there, a stone herd of zebras, gazelles, rhinos and giant tortoises."
Erich Maria Remarque, The Promised Land

Sunday, August 19, 2018

New York Burden

Eleventh Avnue

"Guys on the sidewalk said lots of things, most of them vile. It was part of the burden of living in New York, and also part of the reason why Caroline couldn't imagine living anywhere else."
Kyle Smith, A Christmas Caroline

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Special Place

Riverside Drive

"New York is a very special place. It's very hard to live in and very hard to live away from too."
Sami Shalom Chetrit, Doll's Eye

Friday, August 17, 2018


Broadway (Pexels)

"Europe lies at one end of Broadway, America at the other. In a few miles Broadway unrolls a continent for us to see."
Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, Travels on the Lower Mississippi

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New York Style

Macy's window

"When I moved to the city, I figured everyone stepped out in fashion-blogger-worthy outfits every single day, perfect down to the last statement pinkie ring. But in reality, New York is less about over-the-top splash and more about low-key style."
Georgia Clark, The Bucket List

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Theme Park

"Compared with Baltimore, New York feels like a city-themed theme park. The difference between the two places is the difference between affectation and insanity, the eccentric and the grotesque."
Tim Kreider, The New York Times

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New York Hum

East 23rd Street

"I should've heard the noise of.of the city—millions of people bustling around, thousands of cars and machines—the hum of a huge metropolis. You don't think about it when you live in New York, but it's always there. Even in the dead of night, New York is never silent."
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

Monday, August 13, 2018


East 42nd and Grand Central Terminal

"New York was always so beautiful in the very crux of parting with it."
Hannah Lillith Assadi, Sonora

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Worth Fighting For

"I stay for the unexpected spectacle and the chance encounter. And for those tough seagulls gliding inland on rainy days to remind us that Manhattan is an island, a potential space both separate and connected. Most of all, I stay because I need New York. I can't live anywhere else. So I hold on to what remains. We've lost a lot, but there's so much left worth fighting for. And while I stay, I fight."
Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York

Saturday, August 11, 2018


"Does anyone come to New York clean? I'm afraid not. But crossing the Hudson I thought of crossing Lethe, milky river of forgetting."
Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter

Friday, August 10, 2018

Encountering New York

"New York's the city where among other words God
can only be screamed. you encounter New York
driving from New York to New York. or
out of Neon into the Bronx."
Ron Winkler, Since It's New York

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New York Types

East 25th

"There were three types of people in New York: people like Nora, who had found their home there; people who talked about how much they hated it and would always live and eventually die there; and people who always had one foot over the border, to Scarsdale or Roslyn or Boca Raton."
Anna Quindlen, Alternate Side

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Granite Ocean

"I love the buildings. They're called skyscrapers. They're the closest thing to an ocean here. But it's an ocean that goes straight up, not flat out. They say that the body of water stretching away to the east of Manhattan is the ocean but it isn't. Not my ocean, anyway. It's weird because back home I just took it for granted, my grey-green sea. Now I have a granite ocean. It gives me the same happy-sad feeling I need sometimes. When I look straight up at the buildings I can feel alone in a good way. Not in that horrible way of no one knows me."
Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New York Flavor

"New York is it. The constant motion, the oceans of people, the roar of traffic and the all- night action of downtown Manhattan have a distinct, fascinating flavor all their own."
John Mitchum, Them Ornery Mitchum Boys

Monday, August 6, 2018

Everything Under the Sun

Top of the Rock

"My dear child, New York is the third city of the world in size,—not quite so large as London, but approaching it. It is a great, brilliant, gay place, where everything under the sun can be bought and seen and done." 
Susan Coolidge, In the High Valley

Saturday, August 4, 2018

City of Survivors

"New Yorkers have learned to cope with life's worst vicissitudes, and this nil admirari attitude, they say, is one reason why New York considers itself a city of survivors. Only the fittest make it here. The unfit, having tried and failed, go home to Peoria, where they do just fine."
Stephen Birmingham, Life at the Dakota

Friday, August 3, 2018

New York Mix

"In L. A., the problem is the wealth is so huge, and there are so many poor people, too, and they don't mix. They have the places where the white people hang out, the black people hang out, the Korean people hang out — and they don't cross over. In New York, they all mix, and nobody seems that different; they all have a hard time getting a cab. You can't tell who's got the money."
John Leguizamo, Los Angeles Magazine

Thursday, August 2, 2018

From Unattainable to Commonplace

"New York is famously tough on its newcomers. For most of us -- whether born in Lubbock or Laos -- it is, at first glance, a source of endless intimidation, as indecipherable and unattainable as a well-bred East Coast lover. But time somehow collapses in New York, and within a decade the unattainable becomes commonplace, the love you feel for an impossible mistress turns into something like the love of a middle-aged child for an ailing parent."
Gary Shteyngart, The New York Times

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Badge of Honor

"Anyone who has spent a typical August in New York has often been confronted with the penetratingly pungent odor of roasting garbage, overripe in the ninety-plus degree noonday sun.  It's an odor you don't soon forget and a kind of badge of honor for those with enough temerity to spend time in New York during that stygian month."
Richard Goodman, A New York Memoir

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hidden Gems

Flatiron Building

"What never ceases to amaze me about New York is how much there is to see if you take the time to look. Every street has a hidden gem or two: remnants of a bygone era, beautiful architectural flourishes, an interesting oddity or quirk. And yet, I find that most of it goes unnoticed by the hundreds, if not thousands, of daily passersby in too much of a hurry to pay attention."
Nick Carr, New York Post

Sunday, July 29, 2018

White African City

"Below me lay New York, looking like a white African city with skyscrapers, no trees, only concrete and steel, not an organically grown city over centuries, but determined and rapid, and impatiently built by people who weren't impeded by tradition and whose watchword wasn't security but function."
Erich Maria Remarque, The Promised Land

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Little Italy

"L.A. is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of whacky comradeship somewhere in some streets."
Jack Kerouac, On the Road