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