Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Apple-Cheeked Optimism



"The city was different back thenpoor and crumblingkept alive only by the gritty determination and steely cynicism of its occupants. But underneath the dirt was the apple-cheeked optimism of possibility, and while she worked, the whole city seemed to throb along with her."
Candace Bushnell, Lipstick Jungle

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vital and Fertile



"I'm not one of the wise ones who try to put Hollywood down. It just happens that I fit to cadence and pace better here as far as living goes. New York is vital, above all, fertile."
James Dean, The Unabridged James Dean

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Neon Grunginess



"One minute New York was a juicy boil of lust, crime, and possibility, the next it was  just another innocuous American city. Thankfully, a lot of Brooklyn and all of Coney are intact. Lonesome and soulful in their faded neon grunginess."
Maggie Estep, Hex

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Smell of New York City



"Outside was dark and only the blinking lights of New York City and a full moon were visible. I could smell a blend of car fumesgarbage and mildewed drainage pipes; this was the smell of New York City."
 Alexei Maxim Russell, Trueman Bradley, Aspie Detective

Friday, October 11, 2019

Endless Chances



"New York is a city of endless chances and opportunity for those who are willing to dream and work hard." 
David Levinson, Crain's New York

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Emotional Palimpsest



"The city is an emotional palimpsest for all its inhabitants. There's that certain street corner, where you had your first kiss with someone, or there's that street crossing where you had an argument. These places become so emotionally freighted for everyone who lives in the city and, of course, that might be the same street corner that you see in, say, Woody Allen’s Manhattan."
Hermione Hoby, Five Books

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Spiritual Decay



"The eye bends down from the jutting skyscraper-man's material achievement—to gaze in horror on the pawing mess of Broadway at lunchtime and the greasy, muttering squalor of the interior of a subway car—surely the symbol of man's spiritual decay."
William Styron, Selected Letters of William Styron

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Invincible New York



"Everywhere else could fall apart, but not New York. Its glossy, reflective surfaces and moneyed environments seemed invincible. Even after 9/11, even after the attempted bombings, even after the blackouts and the hurricanes and the rising waters due to global warming."
Ling Ma, Severance

Monday, October 7, 2019

Humbugs



"Oh, how I loathe New York! New York is not America. It is the place where all the humbugs come together. It is the place where foreigners of all nations mingle. The New Yorkers are not Americans."
Vladimir de Pachmann, Chopin's Prophet

Friday, October 4, 2019

Vegetable Garden



"Manhattan was sprouting like a vegetable garden in Junebuildings stacking on top of one another."
Juliet Grames, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Crossroads

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is the crossroads of commerce and culture, of fantasy and reality, where possibility hangs in the night air."
Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Picturing New York

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mistress



"My relationship with New York is like that of one with a mistress: exciting, sexy and dangerous, but I'm always aware that I'm playing away. London is my life and Manhattan is my bit on the side."
Graham Norton, The Life and Loves of a He Devil

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Promised Land

Brooklyn Bridge Park

"New York is the promised land, looking green, fat, luscious and joyous from the outside deserts; the promised land flowing with milk and honey, the pasturage of lambs and bulls, and of bears which eat up those who monkey with the profits."
Life Magazine

Monday, September 30, 2019

New York Stamina



"September 11 showed what the city is made of. but in less dramatic times, as well, the New York way of life mixes difficulty with patience (belied by a surface irritability) to produce a unique sort of stamina."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Friday, September 27, 2019

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Wall Street (Pixabay)

"Keeping up with the Joneses became a real stress because nothing is normal on Wall Street, you know. There's never enough cash in New York."
Henry Hamilton, Us: Americans Talk About Love

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Rushing

Times Square (Pixabay)

"I like New York during the day when everyone is rushing somewhere, and I like New York at night when everyone is still rushing somewhere but it's probably to a play or a concert or the opera."
Gail Petersen, The Making of a Monster

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

City of Adventurers

Chambers Street subway station (Wikimedia Commons)

"New York is partly a city of adventurers, many of the more wealthy and notable citizens having come to it nearly penniless, and made their way to riches and renown through the most indomitable perseverance."

William Chambers, Stories of Remarkable Persons

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Self-Involved


"I don't know if it's Manhattan or the world at large that's gotten like this: wealthy, pathologically self-involved. Shiny in a glassy, organized religion kind of way."
Maggie Estep, Hex

Monday, September 23, 2019

United Nations General Assembly

United Nations

"There are lots of foreign leaders here in New York City for the UN. It's that special time of the year when New Yorkers get road rage, then realize they just flipped off the King of Norway."
Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Friday, September 20, 2019

Trip into Limbo



"Visiting New York was like a trip into limbo, a maze of the lonely, the aloof, and the mad."
Randy Wayne White, Deadly in New York

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Grand New York

Grand Central Terminal (Pixabay)

"My first impression has proved perdurable, that New York is a frightening but glorious place.  The time of my visit lay on the border between summer and autumn, not a part of the New York Season. Still I thought it grand."
Seidenstic, Tokyo Central

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

There is No Place Like New York



"There really is no place in the world quite like New York. For generations, its dark beauty and inimitable power have stirred men and women to the depths of their souls, seeming the very embodiment of all ambition, all aspiration, all romance, all desire."
Ric Burns, Thirteen

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Paradox



"The city of New York is difficult to describe or understand save in terms of paradox, and so, perhaps, it is more satisfactory, for those who may, to instinctively feel the metropolis rather than to attempt to comprehend her” .
Carl van Vechten, Parties

Monday, September 16, 2019

Almost a Drug



“I love New York and I love New Yorkers. There are probably two billion people right now who are just dying to get here. New York is almost a drug. It amplifies you.”
Hans Honschar, Street Easy

Friday, September 13, 2019

New York is a Trap



"New York is vast, hideous, and strewn with the wrecks of lost and fidgeting souls. It's a trap, venomous, and woe to the person who stays here too long."
William Styron, Selected Letters of William Styron

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Persecuted Minority

Dumbo

"As a group, Brooklynites form a persecuted minority; the uninventive persistence of not very urbane clowns has made any mention of their homeland a signal for compulsory guffaws; their dialect, appearance and manners have become, by way of such side-splitting propaganda, synonymous with the crudest, most vulgar aspects of contemporary life."
Truman Capote, Portraits and Observations

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Twin Towers

Tribute in Light (Wikimedia Commons)


"Although the two towers have disappeared, they have not been annihilated. Even in their pulverized state, they have left behind an intense awareness of their presence. No one who knew them can cease imagining them and the imprint they made on the skyline from all points of the city. Their end in material space has borne them off into a definitive imaginary space. By the grace of terrorism, the World Trade  Center has become the world's most beautiful building — the eighth wonder of the world!"
Jean Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism and Other Essays

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New York Energy



"New York is awesome, too. There's so much energy, half the time I felt like the city was dragging me around by the collar."
Stephen Solomita, Angel Face

Monday, September 9, 2019

Great Big Apple



"The world has a core and it's inside a great big apple – shiny, delicious and so big you can never take too many bites out of it. I heart New York."
Graham Norton, The Life and Loves of a He Devil

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mecca

Times Square (Pixabay)

"New York is the world's Mecca, and people from everywhere flock to it, not just on Ramadan, but all year long." 
José María Carrascal, quoted in Humanos y marcianos en Nueva York

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Phenomenon

Lower Manhattan (Pixabay)

"Like a mountain or a great sea, New York is a phenomenon. Take it or leave it. Or, as Dorothy Parker once said about something else, both."
Gilbert Seldes and Leigh Irwin, This is New York

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New York Sameness



"New York crushes you. You can't breathe. It's not the noise and dust, nor the traffic, nor the crowds – it's the appalling flatness, ugliness, monotony and sameness of everything. The walls bear down on you."
Henry Miller, Aller Retour New York

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

American Idea



"America has had a tortured, even antagonistic relationship with our city over the years, but to an astonishing number of people from Michigan, Maine, and Nebraska, the five boroughs are a living embodiment of what the United States is all is all about: diversity, tolerance, and equality under the law. Alone among American cities, New York is more than just a place or an agglomeration of people. It is also an idea."
Paul Auster, Talking to Strangers

Monday, September 2, 2019

Gigantsm

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"What's unsettling when you arrive in New York is its gigantism, which finds relief only in the reflections of the illuminated apartment buildings in the water at night, from Brooklyn. A short jaunt through the body of an urban giant that flattens you."
Kamel Daoud, Chroniques: Selected Columns, 2010-2016

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sixth Sense




"There's a sixth sense you develop just because it's New York. I think being from here, you can shake someone's hand and can tell immediately if you're gonna like them or not. It's the way of the jungle."
Jmaes Caan, The Daily News

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Myth of New York

Top of the Rock

"I have always lived in the myth of New York more than in its reality. It is what enabled me to live there for so long, loving the idea of something more than the thing itself."
Ling Ma, Severance

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Good Fight

Dumbo

"Like the hard-nosed coach or teacher who pushed me to the brink and never cut me any slack, New York may have made me curse its name from time to time, but ultimately I can’t imagine loving another city more. Come give it a swing if you're up for a good fight."
Mark Radcliffe, The Good Men Project

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Friendly New York



"People say that the city is a microcosm of the country, but in many ways it is friendlier (yep, that's what I said) than a lot of the country. Different peoples get along better in New York than they do most anywhere else because of a kind of shared civilized wildness born of compression."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Monday, August 26, 2019

Excess

Manhattan skyline (Pixabay)

"Manhattan rose up in my consciousness like some awful Gotham-like metropolis. New York is about excess. Everything is excessive. lt is not just its size (there are far bigger cities), but also its sense of grandiosity. The glass, steel and glitz."
Wilma Cruise, De Arte

Friday, August 23, 2019

Commitment



"New York is not an escape: it's a commitment, a war. It makes you feel like acting, facing things, changing them. You like it in the way that you like things, say, when you are twenty."
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The End of the World

Canal Street subway station


"I spend a lot of time thinking about how I will almost definitely be the first one to die in the apocalypse.  It's kinda hard not to think about the end of the world when you live in New York City, considering there's already a very fine line between order and chaos here, and all it really takes to send us into primitive panic is a delayed subway train, an inch of snow, or a giant ball of glitter falling in Times Square on New Year's Eve."
Matt Bellassai, Everything is Awful

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New York on the Brain



"The most visible and peculiar trait of New York folks," answered Bud, "is New York. Most of 'em has New York on the brain. They have heard of other places, such as Waco, and Paris, and Hot Springs, and London; but they don't believe in 'em."
O. Henry, Delphi Complete Works of O. Henry

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Showy Queen

Manhattan skyline and Dumbo (Pixabay)

"The island of Manhattan has always been one showy queen, her skyscrapers of sexual visibility casting long dark shadows over the benighted 'outer boroughs.'"
Hugh Ryan, When Brooklyn Was Queer

Monday, August 19, 2019

Delirium Tremens

First Avenue

"I loathe New York, Bertie. I wouldn't come near the place if I hadn't got to see editors occasionally. There's a blight on it. It's got moral delirium tremens. It's the limit."
P.G. Wodehouse, Enter Jeeves

Friday, August 16, 2019

Marketer of Echoes

East 18th Street

"New York is a great marketer of echoes. The past is translated even into Village rentals and real estate values, into meal prices and hotel rates.  New York seems to thrive also on a sense of national deficiency, on the feelings of many who think themselves sunk hopelessly in unsatisfactory places, in the American void where there is no color, no theater, no vivid contemporaneousness, where people are unable to speak authoritatively, globally, about life."
Saul Bellow, It All Adds Up

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cacophony



"New York is this cacophony — a collection of radical differences, an agreement of non sequiturs." 
Thom Mayne, The New York Sun

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tricky Business

Williamsburg

"A tricky business, that of understanding New York. The city is always on the moveforever shifting."
Mario Maffi, New York City: An Outsider's Inside View

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ready for the Magic



"You want to wake up in a city that never sleeps and say, I can make it here. I am ready for the magic. And when that moment happens, when you know you are ready for the magic, that's when you should move to New York City."
Brian Rashid, Forbes

Monday, August 12, 2019

Un-American

Q train

"I realize it's profoundly un-American of me not to drive. But I never felt profoundly American to begin with. I'm from Brooklyn."
Maggie Estep, Gartantuan