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


"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


"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


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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Vanishing Breed

"Walking around the East Village, I just want to cry at the state of it. There are so many fuckin' jocks everywhere! It's like a frat house everywhere. I don’t know if it's a sign of the times, but where are the real weirdos? The real outcasts? They're a vanishing breed here."
Chloe Sevigny, Refinery 29

Thursday, August 8, 2019

State of Mind

NYC Ferry

"New York is as much a state of mind as it is an extraordinary city. Every day, its island heart, Manhattan, fuels the imagination and induces awe, inspired by the city's scale, audacious achievements, pioneering spirit, creative endeavours and endless reinvention."
Alexandra Carroll, New York

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Indifferent Lover

"That is what New York is: an indifferent lover. She doesn't care if you spend the night or go home. She will gladly take, but she won't necessarily give back. Loyalty is one luxury that this luxury town seldom offers."
George Hahn, So Long, New York

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Definition of Nature

East 17th Street

"The definition of nature in New York is a little different to the rest of the world, but here we see a tree and that's pretty darn good."
Leonard Steinberg, Architectural Digest

Monday, August 5, 2019

Gone New York

"When I arrived in the city in 1976, New York was financially a wreck. But to me it's the New York that Matthew and I literally try to find every day of our lives. It was the best place in the world. It was literature. It promised everything. And for someone who loved food and smells and stimulation, who was rocked to sleep by the sound of taxis—well, there’s just so much money now, and the city is so affluent, and all the colors, all the shops, the look of a street from block to block is just terribly absent of distinguishing coffee shops, bodegas. All of that stuff that made it possible to live in New York is gone."
Sarah Jessica Parker, New York Magazine

Friday, August 2, 2019

Young Girl

"New York is like a young girl, eager, healthy, vivacious and still full of illusions. New York is still young enough to be gauche, sometimes to be sentimental, occasionally even to be sloppy, but she is also young enough still to feel faith in romance and to participate in new things and to set out on adventures."
St. John Ervine, Vanity Fair

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Steam Room

"It was August in New York, which I didn't yet know is the lousiest month of the year here. The air is thick and damp, and you constantly have the feeling that you're in a steam room fueled entirely by urine."
Andrew Rannells, Too Much Is Not Enough

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Central Park

"New York's beauty is multi-sensory: It's the historic architecture, from the Flatiron Building to One World Trade Center. It's the feel of grass beneath your feet (and the smell of roasted nuts) in Central Park. It's the art of the Met, MoMa, and Frick. But most of all, it's the sight of beautiful, diverse people walking the city streets with heads held high."
Caitlin Morton, Conde Nast Traveler

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Too Everything

"New York is full of crazy people, and I like that. Eventually the city sort of kicked me out. It just gets to you – it's too hot, it's too smelly, it's too crowded, it's too… everything."
Jamie Bell, The Guardian

Monday, July 29, 2019

Coming Home

"New York she had found not so unkind, not so unfriendly, not so indifferent. There she had been happy, and secured work, had made acquaintances and another friend. Again she had had that strange transforming experience, this time not so fleetingly, that magic sense of having come home. Harlem, teeming black Harlem, had welcomed her and lulled her into something that was, she was certain, peace and contentment."

Nella Larsen, Quicksand

Friday, July 26, 2019

Divine Energy

"Manhattan is where the real money is. Something like half the currency in the world flows electronically through this city every day of the year. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the trillions zinging around the local cyberspace. All that money gives the city a sort of divine energy, and Madison Avenue writes the Bible, selling crap no one can afford to people who don't need it."
Robert Baer, Blow the House Down

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Subway Smell

"I admit I've taken the subway in New York—and it smells. It literally smells like pee. Why can't they do anything about that? Does anyone ever clean down there? And in the summer, you see rats down there, too. Gross. I can deal with ferrets, but rats and sewers, no way."
Paris Hilton, Confessions of an Heiress

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Beautiful New Yorkers

"Everyone talks about how New York is filled with good-looking people. I brushed that off for my first year or so. But, once I started going over to the river . . . it was like a scene from a movie, a movie that could get dirty in a hurry. Beautiful people show a lot of skin. And the closer to the Hudson River they get, the more skin they show. "
Jack Gray, Pigeon in a Crosswalk

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Friendship in New York


"Friendship in New York is different from friendship elsewhere. Everyone here is working so drivingly, and everyone already knows so many people, that you really have to think long and hard about whether you can afford to undertake a new friendship."
Joyce Johnson, New York Magazine

Monday, July 22, 2019

New York City in the Summertime

"New York City in the summertime: there's so much to love about this place. It's got 100 percent humidity, so you don't need to shower. If you get too hot you can always go to the teach and swim in a sea of syringes, and love is in the air because of all the subway masturbators."
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Friday, July 19, 2019

New York Heat

"The New York heat is in full effect. Blue skies, bright sun, pretty on the surface, but the humidity holds everyone hostage, and you have to fight to walk against it."
Jami Attenberg, The Kept Man

Thursday, July 18, 2019


"How New York breaks your heart
First, it lets you fall in love with it.
And lets you think it loves you back."
Bill Hayes, How New York Breaks Your Heart

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


"The United States is a very large country, and New York City is a very large city, but you really need to go there to understand that. I'm a city boy myself, but nothing compares to New York. It's wonderful and amazing and gigantic. Definitely my favourite place on Earth."
Adam Christopher, Empire State

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer in the Cty

"There’s nothing like summer in the city, someone in a rush, someone lookin’ pretty."
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Monday, July 15, 2019


Park Avenue

"I always knew that someday I would end up in Manhattan. It was
 innate, like knowing you're left-handed. I was infatuated with the city, and like most infatuations, my affection was largely the product of my imagination."

Renée Rosen, Park Avenue Summer

Friday, July 12, 2019

Intimidating New York

"I see the New York skyline from the airplane window and my eagerness evaporates. It's a beautiful sight, but intimidating for someone who grew up in the desert. So many people. So many dreams. So many opinions."
Andre Agassi, Open

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New York in the 70s

"In 1976, I made a beeline for New York City, a blistering pigsty of sleazy clubs, cheap sex, greasy food, and skuzzy rock. The entire city seemed coated in a thin sheath of sticky grime that was impossible to scrub away."
Lydia Lunch, So Real It Hurts

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

New York Madness

"In New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses."
Henry Miller, The Colossus of Maroussi

Friday, July 5, 2019

Air Age

"The skies of New York are almost never silent or still, and on a fine day they seem to be alive with the streaks of jets. Aesthetically the air age suits the place: its vast brilliant skies receive the vapour trails like canvases before the brush of an abstractionist, and the svelte forms of the jets complement its architecture. New York is the only great city I know where these machines look altogether at home – not intrusive, nor anachronistic, nor impertinent, nor even remarkable."
Jan Morris, The Great Port

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


"It was close to rush hour, the noise was dizzying, and the air hung thick over the buzzing traffic. A cab tried to kill Ruby, and she hated New York. Everyone who loved New York hated New York and fantasized about moving to Vermont. Some actually did move to Vermont. They pretended to be happy there, but Ruby knew they were secretly cold and bored. So she stayed in New York."
Maggie Estep, Flamethrower

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New York Trash

"Hardly an evening goes by in Manhattan that you don't have to dodge garbage bags on the sidewalk. And on the rare occasion you don't, you're dodging and weaving drunk couples pawing at each other. One way or the other, it's always trash."
Jack Gray, Pigeon in a Crosswalk

Monday, July 1, 2019

Abusive Relationship

"Life in New York is like being in an abusive relationship -- things are terrible except for when they're amazing."
Cori Carl, The Huffington Post

Friday, June 28, 2019

Water in New York

East River

"I think of New York City in terms of water. The majestic Hudson, the industrious East River, the tormented Gowanus Canal, the adventurous Atlantic. But the subway is the most notable of all: a true sea of humanity; everyone in it determined to swim against the current." 
Masha Turchinsky,  quoted in Humanos y Marcianos en Nueva York

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Big League

"New York is the only big-league city there is. Anywhere else is just the minors."
John McGraw, quoted in The Ultimate Book of New York Lists

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Life is Hard

"New York is the capital of the world, not because of its wealth and influence, but because it lives the unspoken universal truth that life is hard and knowing that turns small victories into world-class triumphs—to be followed, of course, by a cosmic horselaugh."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

New York Morality

"I really believe that you grow up a certain way in New York. There's a New York morality, a sense of loyalty. You know how to win and lose. There's a thousand kids outside, you know who to push and who not to push."
James Caan, The Daily News

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lion's Den

"New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you're going to the center of the world, the lion's den." 
Zubin Mehta, The New York Times

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dawn in New York

"Out of the tenements, cold as stone,
Dark figures start for work;
I watch them sadly shuffle on,
'Tis dawn, dawn in New York."
Claude McKay, Complete Poems

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New York City Lights

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York City lights so bright
We can lose ourselves
And start a new life
Run away and leave tonight
(let's do it, feel it, touch it, taste it)
New York City take a bite."
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, New York City Lights

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Capital of the World

"There is only one capital of the world and that is New York. I get very excited when I am here. But in the long run, I know New York eats you."
Hildegard Knef, quoted in Valentines & Vitriol

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