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

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