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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Urgency and Beauty

"The way I feel about New York, I would go there just to stride about on its free stilts as other people would go to the seaside to be supine. There is urgency and beauty in every breath of it, from the showerbath humidity that drenches it in summer to the lovely murderous moment in winter when a taxi, its tyres humming through the night down the avenue, bursts through one of the pale spectres of steam from a subway grating and rushes on."
Hugh Johnson, Hugh Johnson on Wine

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Coney Island

"I can hear the Atlantic echo back roller coaster screams from summers past.
And everything was closed at Coney Island, and I could not help from smiling.
Brooklyn will fill in the beach eventually and everyone will go except me."
Death Cab for the Cutie, Coney Island

Monday, March 5, 2018

Someone Else's Drama

Met Museum (Pixabay)

"In New York, we are so frequently within earshot of strangers.  We constantly find ourselves smack in someone else's drama."
William Meyers, quoted in New York: The Big Apple Quote Book

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lump of Dough

Midtown Manhattan (Wikimedia Commons)

"New York is a lump of dough in the process of kneading. The yeast has been working for some time, but the mass has yet to rise."
Arwin van Dam, Travel magazine

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Humanity and Vice

"Fourteenth Street reminds us that it is impossible to love humanity and to hate vice at the same time. Not even Jesus could do that. If the city had only Times Square and Fourteenth Street, New York would be the greatest metropolis on earth. That's before we even start to take into account all the rest of the island of Manhattan."
Tristan Jones, Adrift

Friday, March 2, 2018

Scary Place

Manhattan skyline (Pixabay)

"New York is a pretty scary place. If you're going to depend on the kindness of the people in Manhattan, you're in big trouble."
"Leah," quoted in Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tapioca-Tasting Poop

"Oh, here we go: 'New York is the greatest city in the whole wide world. It's where dreams come true and pigeon poop tastes like tapioca.'"
Stella Zinman (Sarah Chalke), How I Met Your Mother: Season Four