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


"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


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


"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