Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Muggers and Rapists

Midtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is always exciting, but you're right, I wouldn't want to live here. I'll take the earthquakes over the muggers and rapists."
Joseph D. McNamara, The Blue Mirage

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Magical Side

"New York has a magical side. Since I was a child I wanted to live here. Every moment I walk in the city I feel like I'm in a movie. The characters, the people, the art, the buildings, even the noise... There's no other city like it."
Wes Gordon, La Vanguardia

Monday, October 19, 2020


"What New York has is opportunity. It is a really small place with all kinds of people. You have the chance to show who you are, what you have inside, or what you want to do."
Domingo Zapata,

Friday, October 16, 2020

New York Arrival

"When you’re a young, privileged person arriving in New York City for the first time, it’s easy to feel as though the city was designed for you, and you alone. "

Emma Specter, Vogue

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Perpetual Shift

Harlem (Pixabay)

"New York isn’t dead—it’s as vital as ever, just changing, for a while or forever, like always. Perpetual shift is the only rhythm this city knows."

Talmon Joseph Smith, The Atlantic 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New York Sunset

"You've never experienced a New York sunset until you've seen it from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry—as a seagull pukes up mouse bones onto your geometry textbook. You'll think, Are we in the Mediterranean? And a drunk ferry hand will burp, 'Nawsweetie, that's the Hudson Bay. Where all of New York's sewers meet for breakfast!'"
Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Communing with Humanity

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"We’re not bailing. New York is where we trained for and entered our professions. It’s where we met and fell in love and married. But more than that, New York is where we made a compact to commune with the entirety of humanity, not just the people like us."
Matthew Conlon, Marketwatch

Monday, October 12, 2020

Remaining Oneself

"Once upon a time, people moved to New York to become New Yorkers. Then people moved to New York and thought it perfectly okay to remain themselves."
Darryl Pinckney, Busted in New York and Other Essays

Friday, October 9, 2020



"New York is a city that challenges people and tests them to reach their potential. It’s like a trainer."
Olivia Chantecaille, Observer

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Miss Liberty

Statue of Liberty (Pixabay)

"Lots of people have asked me what it was that made my stay in New York so extraordinary and unique. In fact, it is simply the promise of the big 'Miss Liberty' – the green lady with the crown on her arguably blonde hair and the torch in her hands: to be free. In New York, where so many have searched for freedom, I, too, was truly free for the first time in my life."
Lisa Krämer, New York for Blondes

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Brooklyn Chill

I wanted to live in New York. And I felt like Brooklyn is everything I’m about — chill, on the low, all-black everything, we're quiet."
Kevin Durant, The New York Daily News

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Big Battery

"New York is just like a big battery, you know, it gives you such energy."

Tomi Ungerer, Publishers Weekly

Monday, October 5, 2020

Reports of Our Death

NYC (Pixabay)

"Like the mythical Phoenix that rises from the ashes, New York City will make a powerful comeback in the coming years and will once again prove to the naysayers that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of our death are greatly exaggerated."
Tom Allon, City & State New York

Friday, October 2, 2020

Eat or Be Eaten

Midtown (Pexels)

"New York is such a city where it’s eat or be eaten, everybody kind of becomes lone rangers."
Ade Chike Torbert, The New York Times

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New York's Heart

Photo: Pixabay

"No matter what the pandemic has done, New York City’s heart is here and it’s beating bigger than ever before. That’s not something we should take for granted."
Jamie Feldman, The Huffington Post

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

On the Run

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"New York is a city for people on the run, whether it's from something or to something."
Hanya Yanagihara, Prabal Gurung

Monday, September 28, 2020

Dream Come True

Times Square (Pixabay)

"When I first moved to NYC, it was a dream come true. Every corner was like a theater production happening right in front of me. So much personality, so many stories."
James Altucher,

Friday, September 25, 2020

Wealth in New York

Wall Street (Pixabay)

"This was New York. It ran on money. Wealth was to be admired, not sneered at."
Robyn Harding, The Arrangement

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Working Town

New York is such a working town; it gives you so much energy. It makes you want to get up in the morning and get something done."
Noor Fares, The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Living Online

NYC (Pixabay)

"Living in New York is a lot like living online. Both offer limitless possibilities and no guarantees, the hum of being among others and the feeling that nobody knows you."
Alexandra Molotkow, The Cut

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Downtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is like a river, always running with energy and motion. When you see New York empty, it doesn’t make any sense."
Stephen Wilkes, National Geographic

Monday, September 21, 2020

New York is a Woman

"New York is a woman, she'll make you cry
And to her you're just another guy
Look down and see her ruined places
Smoke and ash still rising to the sky
She's happy that you're here, but when you disappear
She won't know that you're gone to say goodbye."
Suzanne Vega, New York is a Woman

Friday, September 18, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Accelerated Evolution

American Museum of Natural History (Pixabay)

"The city has always had to invent new reasons for people to come and stay. As a result, New Yorkers exist in a state of accelerated evolution. Faced with the loss of an industry, business or job, we dust ourselves off and either fix it or make a new one. We never, ever, accept defeat."
Stephen P. Diamond Jr, The New York Post

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

True Greatness

"Greatness is rare. And the true greatness that is New York City is beyond rare.  It’s unknown. Unknown anyplace outside of New York City."
Jerry Seinfeld, The New York Times

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Young and Rich

Fifth Avenue (Pixabay)

"It’s sometimes said, 'This city is for the young and the rich.' I’ve been young in New York, and my life here has been more than rich."
Matthew Conlon, Marketwatch

Monday, September 14, 2020


Times Square (Pixabay)

"New York is an orchestra in a constant state of warming up. It never, ever finds its tune or any semblance of a melody."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Friday, September 11, 2020

Fragile City

Tribute in Light (Pixabay)

"New York is such a larger-than-life city, yet 9/11 taught us that it’s no less fragile than anything else in life. After 9/11 I could no longer take the city for granted. Every minute of every day, I value it to the utmost."
Olivia Thirlby, The Daily Mail

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Resilient Spirit

"My first trip to New York, as a young chef, was in 1976. All these years... I can't say enough about this city--the diversity of people, contrast between modernity and history, and its countless alternatives. New York's resilient spirit continues to inspire me."
Alain Ducasse, Alain Ducasse's New York

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Twilight in Manhattan

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"It was twilight. Like always, Manhattan was alive, busy and constantly moving like a well-oiled machine. Lights shone everywhere like stars in the midnight sky, and buildings towered above everyone."
Nisa Santiago, Unfinished Business

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Down the Tubes

"If New York’s going to go down the tubes, I’m going to go back to New York."
Billy Joel, quoted in the New York Post

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

On Hiatus

New York City (Pixabay)

Due to health issues, we won't be posting new quotes until after Labor Day. Thanks for your understanding and support.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Memory's Mower

"You might say, if you're the type prone to general observations, that New York City insists on memory's repetitive mower—on the sort of purposeful postmortem that has the effect, so one is told and forlornly hopes, of cutting the grassy past to manageable proportions. For it keeps growing back, of course."
Joseph O'Neill, Nederland

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Pursuit of Happiness

"The pursuit of happiness has always seemed to me a somewhat heavy American burden, but in Manhattan it is conceived as a peculiar form of duty."
Zadie Smith, Feel Free

Monday, July 27, 2020

Vast Note

"New York is such a vast note in the noise that Humanity makes on this earth that it is always ringing in one's ear! Here I am writing to you and remembering nostalgically the rumble of the tramways in the streets. Dear New York! No, loathsome New York!"
Eça de Queiroz, Eça de Queiroz

Friday, July 24, 2020

Born New Yorkers

"Whatever the city contains it contains no born New Yorkers. That is one of the phenomena that has here most struck me. I never meet born New Yorkers in the home of their birth."
Ford Madox Ford, New York Essays

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Boosting Inmunity

"I’m from New York, where we’re given a lipstick-stained mug filled with dirty hot-dog water to carry down Sixth Avenue until a big drop of what is either Legionnaire’s-disease-infected air-conditioner leak or somebody else’s spit lands in it, then we drink that to get our immune-system boost, thank you very much."
Susanna Wolff, The New Yorker

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Crazy Beautiful

"New York City is crazy and beautiful and really close to my heart, and I’ve always had dear friends here – family, actually, I would say."

Benedict Cumberbatch, GQ

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Eternally Free

"The dawn breaks each day feeling New York's heart consumed with new zeal. She hates to be absorbed in a fog of fruitless brooding and empty inactivity. Moreover, she wants to be free, eternally free. Never within her four corners will she tolerate the air of captivity."
Sri Chinmoy, America the Beautiful

Monday, July 20, 2020

Not Afraid of Humanness

"In New York they are not afraid of any humanness. Even when they are in themselves craven-cowardly, cowardly enough to turn their own stomachs, they still turn their humanness unfearfully face-outward like upturned faces of a pack of cards."
Mary MacLane, I, Mary MacLane

Friday, July 17, 2020

New York Hardens You

"I take it for granted now, but New York is intense and overwhelming, especially when your brain is still developing. The shit you see—including many piles of actual human shit— definitely affects you and hardens you."
Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Falling in Love with New York

Times Square (Pixabay)

"Millions of people fall in love with New York all the time. It might be terrible and disgusting and unlivable, but it also makes you walk around any other city like an asshole saying, 'You call that a bagel/financial district/traffic jam/naked cowboy/billionaire oligarch/pricey hamburger/art museum/nightlife/everything?'"
Devin Friedman, Medium

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Not So Huge and Complex

"The thing about New York is that when you first move there, it seems like an impossibly immense place with so many lives simultaneously unspooling, so many conflicting realities, that if you don’t do anything wildly strange and egregious you can live your life for the most part rather privately. And then one day New York doesn’t seem nearly so huge and complex and the thousands upon thousands who passed through your life, people you would in all likelihood never see again start to appear a second time, and a third."
Scott Spencer, An Ocean Without a Shore

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


"Oh, New York! It's almost too much for me to take. Is it because I'm such a smalltown girl? I love the excitement, but sometimes I feel like I've overdosed on it. Like I want to go inside and rest now, only there IS no inside, no place to escape the continual LIFE. We work hard, we play hard, we laugh hard, we argue hard, we get mad at each other hard. It's very intense."
Ellen Wittlinger, Heart on My Sleeve

Monday, July 13, 2020

Most Talented Individuals

"New York City is home to some of the most talented individuals anywhere and whether you are born here or a transplant, the city has always had a tendency to breed perfection. "
Aquaria, Forbes Magazine

Friday, July 10, 2020

New York is Not Dead

"People always say, oh, New York is dead. And I say you don't hang out with enough young people because they have a completely different perspective."
Crystal Moselle, NPR

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Psychic Distance

Brooklyn apartment building (Pixabay)

"Life in New York, as I realized after moving west, can be far lonelier than living in rural Wyoming. The Wyoming cowboy, whose nearest neighbor may be eighty miles away, is separated from companionship only by geographic distance. The New York apartment dweller may be separated by two inches of plasterboard and never exchange a greeting. Shorn of physical distance from others, people create unbridgeable psychic distance."
Bernard Rollin, Putting the Horse before Descartes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New York Will Come Back

"New York will come back. It always does. The 1918 flu, the Great Depression, the 1970s fiscal crisis, the Aids epidemic, the destruction of the World Trade Center, the 2008 financial crash and Superstorm Sandy could not lay low New York for good. Predicting the demise of America’s biggest city, such a source of envy and fascination and resentment for the rest of the nation, is a longtime parlor game. The city is too attractive, too diverse, too overflowing with opportunity – even now – to crumble."
Ross Barkan, The Guardian

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cultural Center of America

"I'm a New Yorker and I always feel like London is the city New York is pretending to be. You know, it truly is multicultural. It seems like the center of the English-speaking world. New York is the cultural center of America but London is the cultural center of the world."
Ethan Hawke, Associated Press