Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Thin New Yorkers

"Everyone in Manhattan is thin. It's not that there aren't fat people. There are. They're called tourists."
Jack Gray, Pigeon in a Crosswalk

Monday, June 17, 2019

Wave of Energy

“I think is New York the most beautiful city in the world. There is an extraordinary wave of energy. So much happens, the best of the world is here."
Franco Zeffirelli, The New York Post

Friday, June 14, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019


"If you had asked me this in the '90s, I would've predicted New York was going towards Tokyo or Blade Runner. New York was going to get taller; there'd be sex clubs in buildings that catered to hospital fetishes. And there'd be freeze-dried drinks at bars. In reality because of 9/11 it's a run for comfort. It's the proliferation of cupcake shops. New York has.tried to recast itself to look like the rest of America. Instead of rising like a phoenix, it retreated into itself."
Julia Cafritz, New York Rock

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Little Pity

"New Yorkers look at me and my wheelchair the same way they look at the guy with the wild eyes and tattered clothes who knows the world is coming to an end next Tuesday because the leprechaun in his pocket just told him so.  They completely ignore us. Yep—there's very little pity on the streets of the big city."
James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, I Funny

Tuesday, June 11, 2019



"New York is like being in the middle of a parade where everyone has been called home, all at once, in all different directions."
Anna Solomon, The Little Bride

Monday, June 10, 2019

Birthday Cake

Downtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"I turned back and watched New York City recede behind us, as if the whole island were floating away in the summer wind, this island like a birthday cake for an ancient giant with a mammoth appetite, a cake on fire with its blazing windows and broken promises, and kept ones, too, everyone's fifteen minutes and everyone's could-have-been, everyone's one-that-got-away and no one, lost children and grown-ups trying to get lost in its neck-cricking height, its rushing streets, its tunnel-deep icy-officed smoke of a thousand cigarettes clouding your eyes. All the light floating away from us."
Tanuja Desai Hidier, Born Confused

Friday, June 7, 2019

Manhattan in Focus

"Manhattan comes into focus, with its soaring skyscrapers, indifferent with grim, geometric faces; the wide, busy streets where taxis race to an indefinite finish line; the scaffolding around construction sites looking like bat wings arched toward the sliver of blue sky; the smell of sewer and hot piss rising with the steam coming from underground like a dragon's breath; the foreign tongues speaking all at once like on the tower of Babel, maddening with the honking of horns, the screeching of wheels, the high-pitched soprano of sirens; and above it all, the roar of Cicely's words. 'We too old fah dis.'"
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy,

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Perfect New York

"There will never be another New York like that one. I'm not defaming all the New Yorks that came before 1940, or all the New Yorks that came after 1940. They all have their importance. But this is a city that gets born anew in the fresh eyes of every young person who arrives here for the first time. So that city, that place—newly created for my eyes only—will never exist again. It is preserved forever in my memory like an orchid trapped in a paperweight. That city will always be my perfect New York."
Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Top of the Rock

"New York is not America, but it is plain to all beholders that all America would like to be New York."
Yvon Lapaquellerie, quoted in New York: The Big Apple Quote Book

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Good and Bad Times

Coney Island boardwalk

"In good times, New York is really good, but in bad times, New York is even better; it offers myriad ways to pass the time and heal."
Jake Dobkin, Ask a Native New Yorker

Monday, June 3, 2019


Little India

"New York, I decided, was like Mumbai, only cleaner. It didn't have the rainy-day prettiness of Paris, but the people could be as gruff. Everything felt rushed, as if time was slipping away and everyone had to eat, move, talk, and think faster than if they were anywhere else."
Brinda Charry, Naked in the Wind

Friday, May 31, 2019



"New York is all haste and noise and sullen heat. Even in the streets I felt as if I were trapped inside a huge, smoky, deafening factory. Everything was always on the move, there was never a moment of cessation or stillness."
John Banville, Shroud

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mighty City

East River

"Around the island of Manhattan, and even far away at sea, men lifted their faces and marvelled at this wonderful work of man glowing here in the heart of the mighty city. Commerce had reared her proudest altar here on this most opulent island in all history."
Joaquin Miller, The Destruction of Gotham

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


"Seems to me there is no true New York, only your New York. It is the most subjective of cities, a place that is hard not to take personally."
David Gilbert, The New Yorker

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Manhattan Mystery

"I feel it's important to stay as connected to the ground as possible and New York provides for that, if by virtue of merely the size of the buildings around you. And the stature of the people who roll through here. It's like there's always someone more important than you in New York. And they might be living right next door to you, and you don't even know it. They’re getting Chinese delivery, you accidentally get to peek into their apartment and you’re like, 'Oh my god, the ceilings are 14-feet in there!'You know, it's like, one of those neat, mysterious things about the city, and more and more so that's primarily Manhattan."
Jason Sudeikis, Gothamist

Monday, May 27, 2019

New York Money

Rockefeller Plaza

"In New York, money was there to gawk at, money the likes of which I had never seen. It strolled down Fifth and Park Avenues, alone or in pairs, and it laughed and conversed behind the windows of restaurants at tables with wine bottles and pressed white linen napkins and low candles. It stepped out of taxis in shoes with soles that appeared never to have touched a sidewalk, and it slumped gracefully in the backseat of chauffeured limousines. It sparkled in displays of watches and earrings and scarves in stores I was too shy to enter."
Siri Hustvedt, Memories of the Future

Friday, May 24, 2019

Old New York

East 17th Street

"It was grittier in this neighborhood. There was a sense of history. It was old New York, except that there were also a few pizza places, upscale cocktail lounges, and packs of young people standing outside bars. There was a disconnect between people and backdrop, as if we were all presupposed into this .universe. It was modern-day life in an old setting, a taste of how New York used to be at the turn of the century. It gave us a chance to see what it ..was like, to feel like the city might actually be dangerous, even though, in reality, it wasn't. It was just enough danger to be fun."
Leslie Cohen, This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holy Ground

"My love for New York is very, very deep. Because of the theater it has been my mecca since early childhood. Every film, every photograph spoke of the promise of a new life, worth dreaming of… It is holy ground for me."
Val Kilmer, Woodward Gallery

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


"All in all, New York represents the most extreme case of grotesque gigantism until now achieved by mankind. It suits me just fine.”
Max Beckmann, Max Beckmann in New York

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

American Ambitions

The Beresford

"Until you have lived in New York, you haven't lived. The city is a reason to love America in part because it is a distillation of American ambitions. It also shows what happens when those ambitions are distributed among eight million people living in tight and steely quarters."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Monday, May 20, 2019


NY subway station (Pixabay)

"New York is male. Manhattan is like a penis! It's a hard city, strong, dynamic and active. It's the yang of cities."
Gonzalo de Cora Sierto, Humanos y marcianos en Nueva York

Friday, May 17, 2019

Utopian World


"Brooklyn's kind of amazing, I'm not gonna lie. It’s a strange, utopian, fabulous world. John and I have become institutionalised; we just stay in Brooklyn now. The people are cool, we walk everywhere. The restaurants are fabulous and everyone has a stroller. So we fit right in."
Emily Blunt, Evening Standard

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Assault on the Senses

"New York is an assault on your senses. Every other moment you feel like you’ve stepped into a movie. You can almost see the air warp and blur as you step in and out of a New York set piece – construction workers whistling at you as you walk, a Wall Street suit biting into a hot dog, an uptown girl walking her poodle in sky-high heels. And then the air blurs again and you’re back as yourself, out of the movie and into the unscripted."
Grethe Kemp, Traveller 24

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Self Expression

"I have enjoyed New Yorkers so much. I like the way the people are. I like that people just yell at you in the street and then they're like, 'Okay, bye.' Everybody just expresses themselves and then moves on with it. Passive-aggressive behavior just doesn't exist in that city."
Missy Pegregrym, Parade

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Friendly Rain

"Rain in New York seems to arrive from so great a distance, picking its way through so many intervening obstacles, as to be a friend bearing a precious message."
John Updike, Architectural Digest

Monday, May 13, 2019


''I love New York. I love everything it stands for. It's a city of battlers. I don't care if you're Harry Helmsley, Donald Trump, Mayor Koch or Joe Jones working on a construction site, you've got to battle for everything from the time you get up till you go to bed. I think New York epitomizes what made this country great.''
George Steinbrenner, The New York Times

Friday, May 10, 2019

Needs and Wants

"New York is huge and inscrutable and narcissistic; it's so self-involved that your needs and wants are irrelevant Your needs and wants are funny to New York It laughs about them. It laughs itself sick"
Anne Lamott, Crooked Little Heart

Thursday, May 9, 2019



"New Yorkers had a reputation for being rude, and there was the standard joke about not making eye contact. But New Yorkers weren't rude; they were just trying to get from point A to point B on an island that was sometimes filled with more than twenty million people."
Heather Graham, Flawless

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


"A metropolis, a menagerie filled with yellow, white, red, black, brown. You name it; it all exists in New York. Every color of the rainbow, every language of the planet, every food of the world, every fantasy you can imagine… nearly every."
Gayle Kirschenbaum, Medium

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

New York is New York

"New York—as every American who does not live there will only be too happy to tell you—is not America. New York is the Big Apple while America is a land of small cities. New York is cosmopolitan while America is rustic. New York never sleeps while America turns out the lights at nine thirty. New York is spendthrift and bohemian while America is based on the puritanical ideals of work ethic and family. In short, New York is New York while America is Lynn, Massachusetts."

Yair Lapid, Memories After My Death

Monday, May 6, 2019

Giant Machine


"Madhouses like New York absorb life, swallow it whole. City as vacuum cleaner. It rumbles, it heaves, it coughs, it's an engine of the global industrial economy. It's supposed to be noisy and cantankerous and brash and irreverent—it's a giant machine."
David Rosane, Still the Same Hawk

Friday, May 3, 2019

Street Theater

"Where politer European cities might have had street mimes, New York has always had the Brechtian street theater of pavement psychodrama: the muttering, bellowing, gesticulating and teetering looney tunes for whom the drugs are no longer working, who look like characters from Exodus, prophets of urban collapse and carnal comeuppance."
A.A. Gill, The Golden Door

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fairy-Tale Cardboard City


"The sky over New York always looks low, and now in the night, the brightly lit tops of the skyscrapers seemed not only to reach stars but also be carved out of those. Manhattan looked like a fairy-tale cardboard city."
Joseph Migirov, Mister Broadway

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Positive Force

"One of the things I like here is that it is not all about class and where you went to school and what your parents do, and everyone in New York is from somewhere else, and that creates a very positive force. I love it here."
Anna Wintour, quoted in Winners: And How They Succeed

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New York in My Hand

"I got Staten Island on my pinky, 
Queens on my thumb, dude
The Bronx on my middle finger screamin' fuck you
Rock ice in Manhattan so there's the ring finger
You know I had to keep Brooklyn on the trigger finger."
Busta Rhymes, Touch It

Monday, April 29, 2019

World Traveling

"It is a short and easy method of traveling around the world to take one's stand on Broadway: the world will pass by you if you stay long enough."
M.D. Conway, Fraser's Magazine

Friday, April 26, 2019

Strange Grace

"The reason people love the city is that it is difficult to live here. Come visit New York and observe a strange grace born of a hard and crazy life."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Thursday, April 25, 2019

No Explanation

"New York needs no explanation. I mean, if you come from Ohio or New Jersey, you have to start explaining."
Jason Alexander, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New York Roommates

"When you're young in New York, roommates are your family. They drive you crazy, they share every moment of their life with you, but if you do it right, they'll have your back forever."
Tina Krissman (Anna Deavere Smith), For the People

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Vast Jungle

"New York is actually not a city but a vast jungle that to explore and get to know would take an entire lifetime. During the past six weeks I have barely become acquainted with its outer borders, but i keep on working to get to know this monster."
Max Beckmann, Max Beckmann in New York City

Monday, April 22, 2019


"Avidity is New York’s middle name. It used to be said, when Boston and New York were the two poles of East Coast life, that Bostonians think New York is brash, vainglorious, and money-obsessed, while New York thinks Boston is hidebound, smug, and defensive. They’re both right!"
Jonathan Galassi, Words Without Borders

Friday, April 19, 2019

Melting Pot

Lego store

"Everyone came to the Big Apple. The
 Statue of Liberty was there, the very symbol of America to many. Immigrants from all over the world had met prejudice here, then become accepted as Americans here, and it was still one of the most wonderful melting pots to be found anywhere."

Heather Graham, Flawless

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Run Over

"Yes, in New York City it is possible to get run over by a pedestrian. Everybody is eager to tell me where to go, and it isn't exactly Times Square. Man, I love the city."
James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, I Funny

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


"He knew all the possibilities of his life were intertwined with this city. He felt attached to New York like it was an appendage of his body."
Jim Carroll, The Petting Zoo

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


"There's no arguing with this. New York is the mark against which all cities measure themselves. Because New Yorkers say so."
A.A. Gill, The Golden Door

Monday, April 15, 2019

On the Move

"In New York, a citizen is likely to keep on the move, shopping for the perfect arrangement of rooms and vistas, changing his habitation according to fortune, whim, and need. And in every place he abandons he leaves something vital, it seems to me, and starts his new life somewhat less encrusted, like a lobster that has shed its skin and is for a time soft and vulnerable."
E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White

Friday, April 12, 2019

People Watching


"The best thing about living in NYC is the people watching! New York is home to many different cultures, and one of my favorite things is to observe how different people operate. It's fascinating and you learn so much about humanity. "
Victoria Konefal, BELLA NYC

Thursday, April 11, 2019


"New York is a peninsula and Manhattan is an island and it doesn't belong to America — it is a continent by itself in a sense. That is why we are comfortable in New York; it is very European in one sense and very American in another and so it feels comfortable for an ex-patriot."
Massimo Vignelli, Lella and Massimo Vignelli

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sense of Awe

"New York always awakened a sense of awe in me, big and busy enough to dwarf anyone's ego."
Michelle Obama, Becoming