Thursday, April 26, 2018

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 “The only problem with New York is that it is full of New Yorkers,” 

South Asian Immigration Stories: Indian Voices in America


"New York is like cocaine.  The only way to be done is to leave it."
Andrew McGinn, The Fremocentrist

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Liberty or Anarchy

"New York is a model of liberty, or perhaps anarchy, when it comes to political opinion, religion, clothing, body ornamentation, sexual proclivities and public etiquette."
Steve Chapman, Recalculating: Steve Chapman on a New Century

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

City of Neighborhoods

"New York was a city of neighborhoods, of buildings that rose tall and proud into the sky, of blaring cab horns, hissing steam and the never-ending noise of construction."
Sarah Morgan, Sunset in Central Park

Monday, April 23, 2018

Longing for New York

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pixabay)

"My love for New York, and my longing for it, simply grows year after year. The thing I love most about New York is the people. I find them to be the most friendly, tolerant, intelligent, considerate, interesting people in the world. I would consider it an absolute privilege to be able to live among them again."
Richard R. Schneider, The Cost of Courage

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mean Streets

"God, what an awful place New York is —look at itLook at all the dirt and the mindless people and the mean streets! What a junk heap!"
Susan Howatch, Sins of the Fathers

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Daydreams and Fairy Tales

"She watched with absolute wonder as they descended into New York. For her, it was as if they were about to land upon a newly discovered city, something reserved for daydreams and fairy tales."
Krista Lakes, Yours Royally

Friday, April 20, 2018

Wonderfully Alive

"New York is the same old place just one continual rip, tear in every conceivable direction but when one is rested and feels that he has a few dollars at the bottom of his pocket the old city is wonderfully alive and attractive."
William Carlos Williams, The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912

Thursday, April 19, 2018


"New York is so phony, all you need to make it here is a few good suits and real jewelry."
Bobby Short, quoted in New York magazine

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Living in Brooklyn

"Like many Americans, I fear living in a nowhere, in a place that is no-place; in Brooklyn, that doesn't trouble me at all. Everybody, it seems, is here."
Ian Frazier, Gone to New York

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jumping City

"You can say what you want about New York, but it's the only city that jumps. It jumps twenty-four hours a day. It jumps in the morning when everybody's rushing to get to work, it jumps at lunchtime when everybody's in the streets rushing around digging everything, it jumps all afternoon when the kids are out of school and playing stickball or riding their pushos or playing stoopball or just lounging with the girls; it jumps, it's the goddamned jumpingest town in the world. And at night, when the lights come on, they set the pace, man, they tell the world this is New York, come live, man, this is New York where everybody's alive, where everybody jumps!"
Ed McBain, Big Man

Monday, April 16, 2018

Manhattan Districts

"I saw that Manhattan had distinct districts, from the towering buildings of Midtown to the achingly cool cobbled roads around Crosby Street, where every second person looked like a model or as if they owned an Instagram feed devoted to clean eating."
Jojo Moyes, Still Me

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spontaneous Regeneration

"What Elena likes about New York is that most people have no past. It is as if they are the product of spontaneous regeneration—popping up from the soil without parents, siblings, hometowns, or the bad choices or rumors that followed them, the bullies who badgered them, and the lovers who betrayed them."
Mary Morris, Gateway to the Moon

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blood in the Veins

"New York is a living organism; the people who walk the city streets under the sprawling skeleton of endless scaffolding are the blood in its veins."
Peter Ferry, Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

Friday, April 13, 2018

New York Feeling

"New York is interesting in that even at the bottom of the skyscrapers' deepest trenches a good portion of its inhabitants tend to feel a little bigger, a little more consequential, than they are."
Laird Hunt, The Exquisite

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Struggling Mass

"Of course New York is the worst – a struggling mass of scheming, shallow sophisticates & the lowest kind of every race under the Sun. It is only when one gets away from the Eastern border that one can like America. "
Benjamin Britten, Letters from a Life Vol 2

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

True Metropolis

"Somebody once defined a true metropolis as a place where an individual can march down the street wearing a purple robe and a hat with bells on it, beating a drum and leading an elephant by the leash, and only get casual glances from passers-by. If so, then surely New York is the truest metropolis there is."
Peter L. Berger, American Culture: An Anthology

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Immigrant Ship

"The island of Manhattan is a gigantic metaphoric model of the compression of an immigrant ship that has moored and never left. Every apartment is like a berth. Every square metre of street is deck. The sky scraping offices are the bridge. Harlem and other areas are the hold."
John Berger, About Looking

Monday, April 9, 2018

New York Business

"Part of what’s interesting about living in New York is how much business you can choose to have with people who are absolutely none of your business. There’s something incongruous about how careful we are to set up boundaries, how ardent we are about maintaining them, and how quick we are to take a wrecking ball to them when it suits us."
Sloane Crosley, The New York Times

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Female Force

Allen Street

"New York is one of the biggest love stories of my life. The energy is this intense, female force, and I can't get enough.”

Fredrik Eklund, New York Post

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Tangible Power

"I stood looking downtown
Sixth Avenue, the lights 
stretching out and rising 
upwards on the buildings 
emitting a real, a tangible 
power, and you can feel it 
standing there in New York."
Matthew Rohrer, The Others

Friday, April 6, 2018

Anytime, Anywhere, Anybody

"God, I love this city. Makes you feel like anything can happen anytime, anywhere . . . with anybody."
Carrie Fairchild (Mādchen Amick), Central Park West

Thursday, April 5, 2018


"New York is sort of the London of this century. There is Dickens's London, which is this potboiler of culture. New York seems to be the biggest cooker of them all."
Oscar Hijuelos, quoted in New York magazine

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sense of Recognition

"I think when people first come to New York they often experience a very strong sense of recognition, because we’ve all seen the movies and the TV shows and the photographs. We look for the landmarks and the clichés that we expect, and there they all are. There is the Chrysler Building, glinting, and there are all the yellow cabs surfing the green lights. We all feel as if it is our city. But that recognition proves—not untrustworthy, exactly, but to some extent a mistake. It is a different culture, and there are rules that you have to learn; you are, at first, a stranger. It takes time to adjust to the reality rather than the image."
Deborah Meyler, The Bookstore

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Almost Pleasant

Times Square (Pixabay)

"New York is a great, and withal a fine city, and if it were only kept clean, and had a tolerable system of street locomotion, and an efficient police, it would be the pleasantest residence in the New World."
Greville Chester, Chester's Transatlantic Sketches 

Monday, April 2, 2018


"The head of New York's MTA said yesterday that there's a good chance public transit fares will rise next year. Also coming next year? Your train."
Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Five-Borough Nation

"New Yorkers believe absolutely that any place that is not New York is by geographical definition inferior to the great five-borough nation. The Bronx has got better seafood than the Cote D'Azur. The beaches of Staten Island are far superior to anything Rio de Janeiro has to offer and it goes without saying that there isn't a commercial boulevard on the planet that can hold a candle to Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Therefore most New Yorkers do not travel—why the hell would they?"
Eoin Colfer, Screwed

Saturday, March 31, 2018


"Hell isn’t fire and brimstone. It's New York City." 
Karina Halle, Veiled

Friday, March 30, 2018


"The city is tricky. The highs are so much higher, but in the lows you drop straight down again to bedrock. It helps that streets are snapped to a grid. There are also psychic boutiques and sidewalk prophets, but until you contrive your own love story set in that city, even one as warped as mine, you remain outside it, looking for signals in the white smoke that rises from under, in the sudden hot laundry smells and the LED typos of street vendors donut easily becomes dount, ominously like don't, to my mind. There was a DOUNT sign on Second Avenue which more than once redirected my superstitious footsteps."
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Thursday, March 29, 2018

New York as an Idea

"We wrote a song called 'New York.' It was about New York as an idea. A place where anything is possible, a place where you can find complete artistic freedom. We wrote that song on a fucking Scottish island in the middle of nowhere, before we'd ever been to the city; that's how powerful it is."
Jimi Goodwin, quoted in Meet Me in the Bathroom

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Thing About Manhattan

"That's the thing about Manhattan. You can't park, you can't play tennis outdoors, you can't get into a movie without waiting in line, but it's really the only place where the people are worth watching." 
Marissa Piesman, Personal Effects

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Teeming Quality

"In New York, like Calcutta, there is a teeming quality to the streets that robs us of our separateness, forces us too close to one another. We succumb to the crowd, become part of it."
Noah Hawley, A Conspiracy of Tall Men

Monday, March 26, 2018


"New York is something that is alive to me. She breathes in her air and puffs steam back out again. She eats her bread from the big table spread out on three sides of her and all of your other towns eat off of this same table. She washes herself in the clean upper end of the river and uses the lower sides for the toilet and outhouse. She drinks her water from the mountain tops and pulls her brass chain and dumps her filth down her east river. New York is her name and she knows no stranger and if you call her by name she'll answer you by yours."
Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's Modern World Blues

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Springtime in New York

Central Park (Pixabay)
"New York is nice come springtime. All the muggers bloom in Central Park."
John C. Wright, Fugitives of Chaos

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Noise, Rudeness and Vitality

"The town was precisely what I knew it would be, what legend, fable, literature and Tin Pan Alley had long reported it to be, down to the clouds of steam blooming from the manholes, the boatlike wallow of the huge chequer cabs as they bounced and flipped their tyres on the great iron sheets that seemed to have been casually slung by a giant on to the surface of the street and the strange smoky whiff at every street corner that turned out, on inquiry, to be the smell of new-baked pretzel. Just what I had always known. Yet every five steps I took I could not but stop and grin and gasp and stretch my eyes at the theatre of it all, the noise and rudeness and vitality."
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

Friday, March 23, 2018

The New York Way

"That's the way New York is. You have to just keep tearing it down and building it up."
Frank O'Hara, In Memory of My Feelings

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Trick of Vision

"There is a moment when all that is manifestly ugly, noisy and expensive can suddenly appear beautiful, civilized and desirable. The moment New York plays that trick of vision on you, it's impossible to go back through the looking-glass again. The city has made you a New Yorker."
Robert MacNeil, quoted in The Bookstore

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Affront to the Senses

Times Square (Pixabay)

"Everything about New York is a complete affront to the senses, from being sandwiched on a subway multiple times a day and being inappropriately groped, to habitually stepping over trash and being heckled by street vendors, not to mention keeping the requisite pushcart near the door to transport laundry and groceries with no thought to how unnatural it is to be pushing a caged contraption in five-inch heels on any given day."
Tamara N. Houston, Waiting for Jules

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The Knotted Gun at the UN (Pixabay)

"Every New Yorker's a veteran. They know to take cover when shooting starts."
Frank CastleThe Punisher War Zone

Monday, March 19, 2018

Coming Out of Winter

"New York is coming out of winter. Not that it ever hibernated; the city had just pulled its collar up and put its head down against the winds that whipped through its canyons, freezing faces and numbing lips. New Yorkers push through winter like soldiers through gunfire."
Don Winslow, The Force

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New York Way of Life

"New York is so impressive. At first I was intimidated by the frantic pace, by the wealth, by the dynamic strength of the city. I felt so insignificant. Then I began to notice an informality which surprised me, but which I liked. For example, women think nothing of wearing expensive furs and boots and a kerchief covering their hair, sometimes barely hiding hairpins and rollers. An Italian woman would never do that. On the other hand, I find this way of life practical and intelligent." 
Renata Tibaldi, Renata Tribaldi

Saturday, March 17, 2018


St. Patrick's Day Parade (Pixabay)

"St. Patrick's Day in New York is the expression of everything Irish — at least if by 'Irish' you mean green beer, fake leprechauns, and giant Styrofoam shamrocks."
DK, Off the Tourist Trail

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hustle and Bustle

"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"
George W. Crawford, Three Crawford Brothers

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Modern Myth

"New York City seems almost like a modern myth, an urban landscape of ever-growing skyscrapers populated by larger-than-life characters real and fictional, the 'greatest city in the world' and the ultimate symbol of success."
Eva Kis, Metro

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Across 110th Street

"Across 110th Street
Pimps trying to catch a woman that's weak
Across 110th Street
Pushers won't let the junkie go free
Across 110th Street
Woman trying to catch a trick on the street
Across 110th Street
You can find it all in the street."
Bobby Womack, Across 110th Street.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Emptiest Place

Battery Park (Pexels)

"New York is the only place I know that is surrounded by rivers but isn't defined by them. At the Battery, where the waters connect, you could live a lifetime and not see a heron in flight, a trout on a line. Instead, you've got Hong Kongers in photo flashes. Wealthy ones in tuxes and mammoth bridal gowns, posed before the towers of the World Financial Center, bringing home mementos, replica buildings on chains, the emptiest place on earth."
Larry O'Connor, Penalty Box

Monday, March 12, 2018

Best Sight

"All the definite images of New York City she'd accumulated were views from a distance. This was a place best seen from bridges and water and sky."
Hermione Hoby, Neon in Daylight

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Of Mice and Rats

"New York, New York, the city of dreams. No, it is vile! Out on the streets, rats run this town à la Rihanna and Jay-Z; the mice here are far more insidious. They invade your apartment, and so they invade your life. "
Cat Marnell, How to Murder Your Life

Saturday, March 10, 2018


"Spoken like a true New Yorker," said Ruthie. "Which is to say, like a snob."
Susan Rebecca White, A Soft Place to Land

Friday, March 9, 2018


"New York is a lot like Disneyworld. Everything is much more intense than normal, and it costs five times as much."
Rod Dreher, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Subway Fantasy

"Who, standing on a trash-strewn platform in a far corner of Brooklyn after midnight, has not had the sensation that if they let the 3 pass them by, the next train would offer passage to some strange and foreign existence? Who hasn't waited until right before the door closed, only to see their conviction dissipate in the face of reality's cold waters, and the certainty that the next train won't roll past for another half hour?"
Daniel Polansky, A City Dreaming