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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Luna Park

"New York is one big rollercoaster of emotions, you have to decide early on whether to buckle up and enjoy the ride."
Amy Purssey, Metro UK

Monday, April 8, 2019


St. Ann's Warehouse

"There is something about New York City that is so theatrical. I used to feel when I walked out of my apartment on the way to school that I was walking out on stage."
Dabney Coleman, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

Friday, April 5, 2019

Best Version

"You should only move to New York because you know you won’t feel whole if you live anywhere else. Move here because you are terrified and because you crave adventure with every inch of your soul. Don’t move here for love, money, or to escape your past. Move here to become the best version of yourself, the version you were always meant to be."
Giana Ricci, Thought Catalog

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wonderful City

"I like the excitement, I like the energy, I like that there is always something new. New York is a wonderful city."
Stan Lee, Soul Crime. New York

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

No Rest for the New Yorker

"This wonderful new city of New York has three hundred and sixty-five days of mad, maddening, wild, and delirious carnival every year. Her merriment is a type of madness. She never rests. She never sleeps."
Joaquin Miller, The Destruction of Gotham

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New York Locals

"Hardly anything that New York is famous for is actually happening for the locals. Broadway shows. Carriage rides through Central Park. Those dumb theme restaurants. The stores on Columbus Avenue."
Francine Pascal, Kiss and Lust

Monday, April 1, 2019

More New York Than New York

"It strikes me that other cities of the world are more New York than New York. London, say, or Hong Kong or Melbourne or Berlin. Something has left this town.” 
Jeet Thayil, The Book of Chocolate Saints

Friday, March 29, 2019


"I've lived in New York City for almost four years now. And you know what I love about this amazing city? It's how multicultural it is. You can bring your own everything to this placeyour own music, your own language, your own styleand there will be space for it."
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Message of the City

"When I drive across the 59th street bridge, the view of New York is a sight I always enjoy. I can feel the rumble of the cars over the oaken roadbed. Light streams onto its roadbed through the I-beams above. And as cars move along underneath the maze of metal, the light seems to separate into bright and dark strips, like morse code beeps, dit-dah, dit-dah. Black and white against the glossy yellow of the taxi cab, the black and white checkered strip on the side of every taxi. The message of the city, good and bad, bad and good."
Joel Reitman, B is for Brooklyn, D is for Dog

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


"New York is without question the best place in the world to be a misfit. If you've been cast out by some small-minded little town somewhere for being different—gay, trans, goth, too intellectual, too into fashion, a member of some persecuted minority or religious groupyou know you'll find a home here, and a community of hundreds or thousands of people who came here for the same reason."
Jake Dobkin, Ask a Native New Yorker

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New York Sound

"When people talk about New York City, they usually talk about the size of it: the height of the buildings and the endless rivers of people flowing in narrow channels between them, the way I used to have to squeeze through the Piles before the Piles were vanquished. But what really strikes me is the sound—a constant hum of traffic and footsteps and phones ringing and kids squealing and someone, always, cursing at someone else."
Lauren Oliver, Broken Things

Monday, March 25, 2019

Leading Man

"Undeniably the globe's other place, its virtual second home, is New York. It's not just because Manhattan looks so memorable, or that it was the gateway for so much immigration. It is the first city of the electric age. We know it because it's been in our living room, kitchen and bedroom all our lives. New York is the greatest, most enduring, leading-man, heart-throb location of the screen. New York is the stage of our collective dramas."
A.A. Gill, The Golden Door

Friday, March 22, 2019

Bourgeois Improvement

Central Park North

"I am still in New York, but the city I lived in then is not the city I inhabit now. Money remains ascendant, but its glow has spread across the borough of Manhattan. The faded signs, tattered awnings, peeling posters, and filthy bricks that gave the streets of my old Upper West Side neighborhood a generally jumbled and bleary look have disappeared. When I find myself in the old haunts now, my eyes are  met with the tightened outlines of bourgeois improvement."
Siri Hustvedt, Memories of the Future

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Morning

"It was one of those spring mornings on which New York is the most brilliant city in the world, when the air comes off the Atlantic with a heady tang like frosted wine, and the white pinnacles of its towers stand up in a sky from which every particle f impurity seems to have been washed by magic; one of those mornings when all the vitality and impetuous aspiration that is New York insinuates itself as the only manner of life."
Leslie Charteris, The Saint of New York

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Central Park Reservoir (Pixabay)

"When spring came to New York City, the world felt like a daydream. The trees budded out into cotton candy, people lunched outside, and the ring-a-ding tune of Mister Softee trucks whirled on every other block."
Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last Look

"I guess that's New York for you. Right? Boss one minute, in the gutter the next. Best you can hope for is one last look at the stars before you go."
Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), Billions

Monday, March 18, 2019


"Manhattan is peopled by people resigned to being betrayed daily by their own hopes. From this comes their incomparable wit, their cynicism and what is taken to be their realism."
John Berger, Sense of Sight

Friday, March 15, 2019

Floating City

Manhattan skyline

"The city of New York is to-day the same great eddy of the mixed human elements of the whole world that it was when the Duke of York gave it its name. A vast impersonal floating city, rising and falling with the general tide of human life throughout the world, America is no more responsible for its good or its evil than any other country."
M.D. Conway, Fraser's Magazine

Thursday, March 14, 2019

New York History

"Only New York itself can write and understand its history. Biographies are failures. There is enough happening in any one person in five minutes of his day to occupy a biographer an entire lifetime. One would have to exist longer than Methuselah to describe and understand what happens one noon hour in New York."
Jean Toomer, A Jean Toomer Reader

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Learning and Growing

"New York has always had my heart. I moved here when I was 20 years old. And I just love how it's a melting pot of people from all over the world--all faiths, all backgrounds, all races--all of us together, just learning and growing. So, I love my city."
Marla Maples, Today

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


"I despair when Shakespeare and Co. closes in favor of another Foot Locker. There's no way to be in good faith on this island anymore. You have to crush so many things with your mind vise just to get through the day. Which seems to me another aspect of the ad outside of my window: willful intoxication. Or to put it more snappily: 'You don’t have to be high to live here, but it helps.'"
Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books

Monday, March 11, 2019


"It's that magnificent interlude in New York between winter and spring, when you feel the warmth stirring, and you remember that the dreadful naked trees will inevitably sprout tiny green buds, soon. Everyone rushes into the parks, the streets--and you even forget that, very soon, summer will come scorchingly, dropping from the sky like a blanket of steam."
John Rechy, City of Night 

Friday, March 8, 2019

American Engine

"New York is absolutely the American engine. New Yorkers are tolerant by nature; they have to be. What they don't tolerate is intolerance."
Jonathan Galassi, Words Without Borders

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Not Like in the Movies

"My New York is not a scene from Sex and the City. And as much as I wish I could be, I’m not Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s not like the movies; it is much, much harder. But it is my own, and it is fucking magical."
Giana Ricci, Thought Catalog

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Get Out

"I wanted nothing more than to get out. Because New York was dirty and gray and noisy and claustrophobic and I think that New York of all places would appreciate it when I say: Fuck this."
Leslie Cohen, This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March in New York

"Nobody in New York got any use for March. It's an in-between month. It ain't winter and it ain't spring. You don't know what to wear, and you don't know how to act. It's miserable. One thing I learned about New Yorkers is that they like things black or white. None of this gray jive. And, man, March is the grayest."
Ed McBain, Big Man

Monday, March 4, 2019


"I realize that the longest love affair I've ever had in my life is with this goddamned city and its goddamned citizens. When I first came here, I was infatuated. The Madness. I took a chance based on an illusion. But beneath that false love was the seed of a genuine love, true love. Now what I have for New York is like married love, kind of a warts (cooties)-and-all thing."
Sparkle Hayter, Revenge of the Cootie Girls

Friday, March 1, 2019

New York in the Snow

Central Park

"I love the surreality of snowstorms in NYC. Familiar neighborhood places take on an otherworldly feel. The snow adds a dimension of serene strangeness to a city that is defined by its capacity to change instantaneously."
 Vivienne Gucwa, New York in the Snow

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Head High

"New York is a big city, the houses reach into the clouds. The trains go over the roofs. The Gentiles speak English. No one walks with his eyes on the ground, everybody holds his head high."
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lucky New Yorker

"I'm pretty damn lucky. I mean, I live in New York fucking City. I actually live here! Sorry, sometimes I just have to remind myself of that."
Andi Dorfman, Single State of Mind

Monday, February 25, 2019

State of Mind

"New York is where I learned to survive. New York's about not taking no for an answer. It's more a state of mind than a place to me."
Madonna, quoted in Mirror

New York Climate

"The one thing you probably won't be expecting in New York is the climate. No one in their right mind would build a city here. Well, only the Dutch, and they built a whole country below sea level. New York bakes in a cess of gritty fug all summer,  and congeals into grey slush all winter. There are a couple of days in the spring and autumn when the sky is madonna blue, the air crisp, and the light bright and sparkling, and that's when they take the pictures and make the romantic comedies."
A.A. Gill, The Golden Door

Friday, February 22, 2019

Staten Island

"State officials in New York have approved a new plan that will surround part of Staten Island with a 5.3 mile-long sea wall to protect it from floodingand to protect the rest of New York from Staten Island."
Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Greatest Town

"Whether she is clean or dirty
She's the greatest town that you'll ever find, yeah!
She is my heart
I love New York City."
Lenny Kravitz, New York City

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Open New York

West Chelsea

"Snowflakes were falling gently from the sky, and it was the kind of winter day that was comfortably cold. Moments like those, New York opens itself up, surprises me, whispers its secrets to me, even calls me by name, and I am left believing that he city really is as magical as people are always saying."
Alexia Arthurs, How to Love a Jamaican

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


"Anyplace you can go in New York City where you don't feel like you are in New York is a particularly magical experience. I believe that if you can live in this city and think it's a laid-back piece of real estate, then you've conquered civilization."
Jay Jay French, My City, My New York

Monday, February 18, 2019


"My New York does not settle for mediocrity. You challenge me every day. At least once or twice a week, you slap me hard in the face and say, 'Sweetie, if you want this, you’re going to have to do better than that.' That’s why I love you. You don’t let me be lazy. You don’t let me just get by. Yet instead of making me feel inadequate, you have boosted my confidence. You empower me, you excite me, and you exhaust me. And I love every second of it."
Giana Ricci, Thought Catalog

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