Saturday, January 20, 2018


Wall Street Bull (Pixabay)

"Being from New York is currency; people automatically think you're interesting."
Douglas Marshall, Bravo TV

Friday, January 19, 2018


"New York is swell. It is swell on a cold wet night and it is swell on a cold clear dawn. It is swell with the cars coming fast toward you and it is swell down by the subway tracks, where the people come to gather and watch each other and wait. It is swell with the attractive denizens and with those who are not, including those, like you, who might once have been. It is swell with the shop lights and it is swell with its skyscrapers and acres of rubble and brilliant glass-strewn streets with everyone loving everything and moving through the haze of airborne particles saying fuck you."
Laird Hunt, The Exquisite

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Giant Sculpture

"New York is a giant sculpture where the streets are chiseled from rock, just like Michelangelo carving out a block of marble, and every human being is part of this sculpture."
Timothy Levitch, Getting the Whole Story

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


"New York is one big contradiction . . . the hustle and bustle of Times Square at mid-day . . . then the voiceless whisperings of young lovers as they clip-clop through Central Park in the moonlight. Horse drawn cabs being screamed at by blaring taxis."
Ian Cullen and Catherine Arley, Tantalus

Tuesday, January 16, 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

First Home

"New York is my first home and always will be. Today it's dirty, squalid, and still more exhilarating than suicide."
George Baxt, quoted in The Murder Mystique

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sequined Skyline

"Brooklyn was wide open beneath them, Manhattan a visible fairy tale. And tonight the city was going for it, putting on a show like this was its last, the sky outdoing itself in flamingo pinks, all the tiny squares of steel and glass lit into glittering tiles, as if the whole skyline were sequined and shimmying."
Hermione Hoby, Neon in Daylight

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New York Pace

"The pace in New York is just a bit faster than anywhere else; there is an extra charge in the atmosphere, the horizons are broader."
Dilys Winn, Murderess Ink

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Place for Solitude

"I wanted to be alone, and there is no better, and no worse, place for solitude than Manhattan. I loved every stupid street, every ugly face, every disgusting high-rise apartment building. I loved the old New York erupting from the past. I loved the New York pointing toward the future."
Jarett Kobek, The Future Won't Be Long

Friday, January 12, 2018

Familiar Sight

"I looked up through gritty eyes and there it was across the Brooklyn Bridge—Manhattan—shining like a million jagged shards of light; awe-inspiring, glossy, impossibly condensed and beautiful, a sight that was so familiar from television and films that I couldn't quite accept I was seeing it for real."
Jojo Moyes, Still Me

Thursday, January 11, 2018


New York Stock Exchange (Pixabay)

"What I found when I came to New York was an atmosphere of corruption. The only friend you have here is the money in your pocket."
Victor Martinez, quoted in Alicia Patterson Foundation Reporter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Magnificent and Maddening

One World Trade Center (John DiLiberto / Pixabay)

"Visiting New York is supposed to not be an emotional experience, right? Manhattan doesn't 'do' feelings and yet, somehow, when you momentarily lose yourself in the crowded sidewalks or look up from your slice of damn-is-that-good pizza to see the mirrored mass of the Freedom Tower you do feel different than you would almost anyplace else. You may not be a movie star, but being in that New York state of mind means being a part of the most magnificent and maddening metropolis in the world and your provisional participation is part and parcel of the magic."
Anthony Grant, The Malibu Times

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Plodding and Busy

"New York appears to me outwardly a plodding and busy city, without beauty and interest. There are beautiful and quiet parts, with beautiful streets and dwellings ; but there the life in the streets is dead. On Broadway, again, there is an endless tumult and stir, crowd and bustle, and in the city proper people crowd as if for dear life, and the most detestable fumes poison the air."
Fredrika Bremer, The Homes of the New World

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Whole Point

"I thought the whole point of New York City was not that if you made it here you could make it anywhere, but the tautology of making it, just existing in New York, meant you got to stay."
Zachary Lipez, Vice

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Good Name

"The privilege of leaving a good name is for villagers only. In a city like New York, a person's name often dies before him."
Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New York Types

"Man with goatee. Man who looked like a Beatle. All the Beatles at once. Woman wearing newspaper hat. I'd grown used to how weird New Yorkers were, and I could fit them into types."
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Friday, January 5, 2018

All the Cities

"New York is all the cities. The opinion city. The style city. The financial city. The radio city. The TV city. The cultural city. The immigrant's city. If, post-Copernicus, the geocentrist view could persist anywhere in the enlightened face of heliocentrism, it would be in cynosural New York, the dog's tail containing the North Star that is Manhattan Island."
Philip Kerr, The Shot

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Good Idea

Store in Chinatown

"One of the great delights of New York is its embrace of a good idea. You show up with a good idea or a talent, and New York will find a use for both."
Mary Ann Tighe, The Women Who Made New York

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Movie Extras

"It was a city of iconic landmarks: The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, The Flatiron Building. The ultimate dream destination for many, and he understood that. Tourists arrived and immediately felt as if they were extras on a movie set. You saw them pointing it out. That's where they filmed Spiderman, or that's where Harry met Sally."
Sarah Morgan, Sunset in Central Park

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Chaotic Bigness

"One loves in New York its baroque difference from the classic cities, the blind chaotic surging of bigness of expression."
Claude McKay, A Long Way From Home

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Thing of Beauty

"The city itself, with its sharp edges and fiery colors, is a thing of beauty; especially seen from above, with Central Park startlingly green among the skyscrapers, with the tall towers of Wall Street hazy in the distance, with the two waterways blue and sunny and the long line of an Atlantic liner slipping away to sea. It is a majestic sight, with no Wordsworth at hand to honour it, only a man with a loudspeaker or a fifty-cent guide book."
Jan Morris, Coast to Coast