Friday, February 15, 2019

Navel of the Universe

Unisphere (Pixabay)

"Living as you do in New York, the navel of the universe, it is easy to confuse the Midwest and the South."
John Fleischman, quoted in Zany's New York City Apartment Guide

Thursday, February 14, 2019

City of Freaks

"New York is a city of freaks; there is always room for one of everything."
Francis Ogilvy, quoted in The King of Madison Avenue

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Running Behind

"Getting pissed that someone is slowing me downdon't they know I have somewhere to be?!instead of getting mad at myself for not leaving home ten minutes earlier is not only ridiculous but also very New York. We're always running behind, overbooked, and missing the train all because some idiot (not us) made us late."
Phoebe Robinson, You Can't Touch My Hair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Huge Factory

"I told you that New York is like a huge factory, full of tall crates with people running in and out of them. I can tell you now that in the months I've been here, I've seen the twinkliest of fairies and the queenliest of queens on earth."
Reinaldo Arenas, The Color of Summer

Monday, February 11, 2019

Drinks in Hell

"Many believe that a day in New York is a guided tour of the Garden of Eden. I believe that it is like having a few drinks in hell."
Alejandro Kuropatwa, Kuropatwa en Technicolor

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Best

"Lots of people say New York is the greatest city in the world, because it is. It's a pretty no-nonsense place, too, because people aren't shy about telling you what they think. When you rub elbows with ten million people, there's a lot of aggressiveness going on. But competition always brings out the best, and New York  has the best theater, the best restaurants, the best museums, the best diversity anywhere."
Yogi Berra, What Time Is It? You Mean Now?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Return to New York

"It was equally exquisite to return to New York. The city—yes, even the old, crummy, loud, chaotic city—had become new, especially the parts of it that I hadn't experienced much before. Saint Marks was like being transported to another world, to a smattering of weirdness that looked like it belonged in Tokyo. It was a strip of neon lights, the awnings cluttered next to one another, the colorful signs selling psychic readings, comics, socks, records, piercings, wigs, foot massages. And yet, I was walking through it with such euphoria. Escaping the city is easy, but there is no known cure for how good it feels to come back."
Leslie Cohen, This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Insular City

"There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs—commerce surrounds it with her surf. Right and left, the streets take you waterward. Its extreme downtown is the battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land."
Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Makes Everyone Better

"New York is the capital of the world; it's the best place on the planet. New York makes everyone better."
Bobby Cannavale, AOL TV

Monday, February 4, 2019

New York Neighborhoods

"I miss specific years in specific New York neighborhoods the way amputees miss limbs. I'm so nostalgic for the West Village in 1997 that it literally hurts, you know? Or Williamsburg in 2000. Or Bushwick in 2004. It's the most bittersweet thing in the world."
Barbara Bourland, I'll Eat When I'm Dead

Friday, February 1, 2019

New York Voices

"Since I arrived in New York yesterday, it's like my voice is in a rush to join all the other voices, all the other sounds: I haven't talked so freely or so much in my whole life. Somehow, it feels so much easier to speak when everyone else is fighting to be heard, too."
Lauren Oliver, Broken Things

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Trumps

"New York absorbs almost anything. Even the Trumps. They're ours, unfortunately, but they're just another blip, a blemish, in the great panorama."
Jonathan Galassi, Words Without Borders

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Asian or African Town

"New York was getting worse than Naples or Salonika. It was like an Asian, an African town, from this standpoint. The opulent sections of the city were not immune. You opened a jeweled door into degradation, from hypercivilized  Byzantine luxury straight into the state of nature, the barbarous world of color erupting from beneath."
Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler's Planet

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

When It Rains...

"When New York rains, it pours. When the first few snowflakes fall the city is a snowglobe palace…until the following morning when all the cars and boots and doggy paws have turned it all to slush. When New York is warm, it is stifling hot except for that one everyone's got one where they go to beat the heat. And New York at sunsetwell, it’s the perfect setting for falling in love. Or saying goodbye. Or all too oftenboth, at the same time."
Rebecca Serle, Tumblr

Monday, January 28, 2019

Success in New York

"New York was a tough town, full of ruthless types waiting to rip you to shreds if they could. Success here could be brutal."
Fannie Flagg, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

Friday, January 25, 2019


"The lights of Manhattan and Brooklyn twinkled like wildfire, sending specks of gold dancing across the dark water."
Rachel Heng, Suicide Club

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ugly Winter

"New York in winter is ugly—monstrously so. The snow reduces to slush on contact, immediately shot through with the gray and black of the city's soot and grime. Grease from the town's million and one restaurant cooking vents combines with the salty, cold blasts of wind that screech in off  the ocean to turn the dark ichor into a freezing, slippery mess that does nothing for the soul save hinder and depress."
C.J. Henderson, Nine Dragons

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New York Competition

"New York  is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and especially the people who live there. So you're immediately in competition with every new beautiful guy who steps off the plane, train or bus. During the tender, fragile time of a relationship, before you learn to love each despite your flaws, you have to stay on your A-Game and watch your back. You have to be the hottest, smartest, funniest, and most interesting person you can possibly be. It’s exhausting. I don’t even do any of that, I just get exhausted watching other people do it!"
Justin Luke Zirilli, Queerty

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New York Beauty

"From an artist's point of view, New York is a unique city. It is a city of contrasts. The most interesting thing for an artist is the abundance of colorful categories of people. The city brings together people of all nationalities and races. New York's beauty is often found in its outrageous character and broad gamut of faces."
Yuri Grachev, In Search of Freedom, Harmony and Truth

Monday, January 21, 2019

Acceleration of the Pulse

"As one arrives, there is the old acceleration of the pulse—the mountainous gray skyline glimpsed from the Triborough Bridge, the cheerful games of basketball and handball being played on the recreational asphalt beside the FDR Drive, the startling, steamy, rain-splotched intimacy of the side streets where one’s taxi slows to a crawl, the careless flung beauty of the pedestrians clumped at the street corners. So many faces, costumes, packages, errands! So many preoccupations, hopes, passions, lives in progress! So much human stuff, clustering and streaming with a languid colorful impatience like the mass maneuvers of bees!"
John Updike, Architectural Digest

Friday, January 18, 2019

Status Symbol

"Jonathan had become increasingly disillusioned with living in New York. Something along the lines of: the city, New York fucking City, tedious and boring, its charms as illusory as its facade of authenticity. Its lines were too long. Everything was a status symbol and everything cost too much. There were so many on-trend consumers, standing in lines for blocks to experience a fad dessert, gimmicky art exhibits, a new retail concept store. We were all making such uninspired lifestyle choices. We, including me."
Ling Ma, Severance

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In a Rush

"I'm a real, born-and-bred New Yorker, so I'm always in a rush and always over-scheduled."
Claire Distenfeld, Refinery 29

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Beautiful People

"New York was fast. It was stylish. All the beautiful people lived there, and now maybe I could be one of them."
Vicki G. Riordan and Brian Riordan, Encore Performance

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New York Atmosphere

"I love just driving past Times Square. Whenever my wife and I have a chance and we're coming from uptown to downtown, we always try to go through Times Square. It's life and it's fun. The atmosphere of New York is the best in the world."
Kyle MacLachlan, My City, My New York

Monday, January 14, 2019


"Dante. If he'd lived up to now, and wanted to add a Tenth Circle to Hell, he could call it New York."
Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Friday, January 11, 2019

New York Jobs

"New York is the city of the multihyphenate. What do I mean by that? Everyone I know here is a nanny—singer–WebMD doctor-cat whisperer-actor–paralegalbartender hybrid. To make it in New York, you need seventeen jobs."
Phoebe Robinson, You Can't Touch My Hair

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shared Island

"You know you can find me in New York
where everyone's different
but shares the same island
polluted and loud
but you're safe in the crowd
Here in New York."
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cheering For Me Now

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


"Hey, you moved here, you got mugged. It's official: you're a New Yorker now."
Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), Blue Bloods

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Emotional Bends

"I had spent the previous ten years getting used to an insanity I had actually learned to like: life in New York City. A New York life-style is difficult, but once you adjust to it, being out of it a long time can give you a case of the emotional 'bends.'"
Darryl Strawberry, Darryl

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Dream

"New York City represents the dream. We can call it the American dream, but it is bigger than that. The dream is about becoming something bigger than you are. Accomplishing success, however you measure it. NYC is a petri dish for dreams."
Matthew Modine, Soul Crime

Friday, January 4, 2019

Soul Crushing

"My only real issue with NYC is what happens when the Christmas lights come down, and we're left with nothing but three thick months of frigid weather, frozen grounds, and backlogged Instagram photos from the summer before to propel us forward. Waking up to a new snowstorm, or the realization that for the 12627th time since February 1st I can't pick my clothes because the weather has to pick them for me, is soul-crushing."
Leandra Medine, Refinery29

Thursday, January 3, 2019


"New York, of course, is to be in endless surreal situations where a fifty-thousand dollar, gun-metal Mercedez pulls up into a puddle of blood, and out steps a twenty-five karat blonde transvestite with a two dollar wristwatch."
Tom Waits, Innocent When You Dream

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sui Generis

"New York is an island nation. It belongs to New York State, yes, but its people, its traditions, its style are sui generis; it's somewhere between Europe and California."
Jonathan Galassi, Words Without Borders

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


"Again and again, the general impression of new York is indeed stunning, the skyscrapers, the masses of people from all nations and races milling about, the host of churches and chapels,”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer