Friday, June 5, 2020

Growing Up in the Whole World

Corona Park (Pixabay)

"Being a New Yorker is like growing up in the whole world. If you continuously look around, you'll see everything. If it's not in New York, it doesn't exist, it wasn't made yet. That's how we New York lifers feel. You got a problem with that?"
Nick Rondi, The Nappers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Character Builder

"I’m from New York. I once paid two thousand dollars a month to live in the freight elevator of the former Filene’s Basement, in Union Square. Then I paid five thousand dollars a month to live in the garbage chute of a postwar luxury condominium on First Avenue. It’s important to live in terrible places when you’re young. A postwar! On First Avenue! That’s how you build character."
Susanna Wolff, The New Yorker

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New York Attitude

"New Yorkers are resilient, and if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, so I think everyone kind of has that attitude of nothing can stop me."
Will Sheehey, Inside the Hall

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

At Home in New York

"In New York, I felt no pressure to be black, or white, for that matter. I could gladly just be another faceless, nameless individual, free to be myself without feeling forced into any particular category. For the first time in my life, I felt at home."
Jeffrey Sterling, Unwanted Spy

Monday, June 1, 2020

Endearing New Yorkers

"There is, in these times, nothing so endearing to other New Yorkers as the New Yorker of means who, at the first sign of the pandemic, didn't clear off to their house in the country."
Emma Brockes, The Guardian

Friday, May 29, 2020

Diamonds and Manure

"I've always hated New York. It's too big. It's too dirty. It's too rude. New York is like dropping some diamonds into a two-holer—yes, there are some diamonds in there, but you have to go through a sea of manure to get them."
Joe Tait, Joe Tait

Thursday, May 28, 2020

What It Means to Be a New Yorker

"There's a whole sort of storyline and narrative about what it means to be a New Yorker. And New Yorkers aren't scared. New Yorkers are always unfazed. New Yorkers don’t slow down, they take 10 steps at a time."
Yoon Im Kane, Our Town

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Seductive New York

"The place is so all-enveloping and seductive, it is sometimes hard to remember that you had a life before you settled here. If time flows like a river through other communities, it rushes in flash flood through the concrete canyons of Manhattan."
Larry Kirwan, Green Suede Shoes

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Nobody Blinks an Eye

"On the way to hospital, my wife was in so much pain that she was on all fours in the backseat of the Uber with her head out the window… screaming, 'I do not like this.' Being very economical with her word choice. Also, in any other city in America, if someone’s yelling, 'I do not like this,' out the window of a car, it is an abduction taking place. In New York City, nobody blinks an eye. See, we weren’t on highways. We were, like, stopped at stop lights. And my wife was screaming, 'I do not like this,' and old women were, like, crossing the crosswalk, saying, 'It’s New York City. Nobody likes it.''
Seth Meyers, Lobby Baby

Monday, May 25, 2020

New York Roars

"New York has always come back stronger than ever. The September 11 attacks gave way to an unprecedented era on Wall Street and for Manhattan real estate. The 2008 Great Recession set the stage for the tech boom in New York and the rebirth of Brooklyn. Each time, naysayers proclaimed the death of the city. Each time, our city roared louder."
Remy Raisner, Forbes Magazine

Friday, May 22, 2020

Under Your Skin

"I feel like the ship sailed for me in terms of living in New York because I think you need to live there when you’re in your 20s – when you can be poor and energetic, and just don’t care. You can’t really live there in your 30s when you’re a bit cranky and you’re older – and certainly not in your 40s! So I feel like there is this perfect window when you can live in New York and be uncaring about it and let the city get under your skin. You can just go with the flow of the brilliance of New York City."
Cillian Murphy, BBC

Thursday, May 21, 2020

New York City Prize

"New Yorkers are not easily cowed. We are not ones to be contained. We live here because we are extremely social and curious creatures. We tolerate cramped apartments because they are merely places to shower and sleep. The city is the draw, the prize, the home."
Maureen Callahan, The New York Post

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Greatest City in the World

"The only thing I hate about New York is the Yankees, and that’s because I’m from Boston. I think it’s the greatest city in the world. When you’re flying toward New York, as soon as you get in the air space, the energy hits you in the airplane and you can’t sleep; you sit up."
Michael Chiklis, New York Magazine

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Getting Through Anything

Williamsburg Bridge (Wikimedia Commons)

"On the Williamsburg Bridge bike path are the words in graffiti, 'Cheat Death NYC' and a heart. The combination of these bolstering words and the beautiful city skyline remind me that we’re New Yorkers. We can get through anything! Even this."
Genevieve Flagello, The New York Times

Monday, May 18, 2020

Indifferent Insolence

"In New York they murder you with a large soft wave of indifferent insolence - no annoyance, no friction. New York eats you as it eats its dinner, rather liking you."
Mary MacLane, A Diary of Human Days

Friday, May 15, 2020

Youthful Certainty

"My New York has courage. My New York has confidence. The problems of anxiety and uncertainty may cover the length and breadth of the world, but my New York is an exception. Her youthful certainty is my heart's delight."
Sri Chinmoy, America the Beautiful

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Perfect New York Days

"It was one of those perfect New York days, when you know the city is a better place to live than anywhere else in the world. Riverside Park sparkled, an emerald bracelet that lay along the silver sleeve of the Hudson."
Olivia Goldsmith, Fashionably Late

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

New York State of Mind

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"The traditional pedestrian's right of way is, as Shakespeare says, 'more honored in the breach than the observance.' New Yorkers pay no attention whatsoever to WALK-DON'T WALK signs (it is just a part of that New York state of mind that asks: Why trust a sign? I have eyes!)"
The New York Times Guide to New York City

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Streets of New York

Fifth Avenue (Pixabay)

"BroadwayNew York, is a man's streetprimarilyjust as Fifth Avenue is a woman's. Men and women create these streets; the merchants follow the men and women."
George J. Whelan, American Magazine

Monday, May 11, 2020

Rockin' New York

"The kids are getting down up in the Bronx tonight
Times Square is lit up like it's broad daylight
They're kickin' out the jams down in ol' Bay Ridge
The joint is really jumpin' on the Brooklyn Bridge
All the hippies boppin' down on Avenue A
Put your red dress on, baby, we're on our way."
Curtis Stigers, New York Is Rockin'

Friday, May 8, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Point of New York

"I overstate things to stay alive. This is the point of New York. I completely love and trust this city but I know the moment I stop being angry I'm finished forever.”
Don DeLillo, Mao II

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Proud New Yorker

"I'm from New York. I don't drive. I don't know 
how to drive. I don't know how to do something that teen-agers can do, and I’m proud of it. That’s how much of a New Yorker I am."

Susanna Wolff, The New Yorker

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New York Changes

"Yes, New York is crowded. But I miss that density where you can hear five different languages in the span of a city block. Yes, New York is dirty and messy. But it always has been (it’s kinda in the brochure). Yes, New York changes. But it always has and always will, which is part of what makes it work."
George Hahn, George Hahn

Monday, May 4, 2020


Brooklyn (Pixabay)

"New York
 is a hospitable city; it is kind to everyone, newcomers as well as the old residents; always patient, very undestanding of different cultures."

Alicia P. Lejano, Narrative, Identity, and the City

Friday, May 1, 2020

Land of Opportunity

"New York: it's the land of opportunity. If a man is honest and works hard, if he's productive, there's no telling what he can accomplish."
Walter Kendrick (John Doman), Damages 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Microcosm of the World

"For me, the most inviting aspect about the city was its diversity. New York is a microcosm not just of the United States but of the world—it is a place so vast and varied that it scarcely seems to matter what group or race any individual might belong to."
Jeffrey Sterling, Unwanted Spy

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ethnic Makeup

Chinatown (Pixabay)

"Culture and politics in New York are based on premises not quite shared
 by the nation generally. When other Americans speak of New York as being different, something other than America, they often have in mind its size, density, big buildings, and harried lifestyles. But they seem also to have in mind a special quality of the city's culture and politics, perhaps associated with its ethnic makeup."

Thomas Bender, The Unfinished City

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Nature of a New Yorker

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"I'm a New Yorker, so it’s in my nature to, sure, sure, hope for the best but, c’mon, expect the worst."

Joanne Gruber, The Washington Post

Monday, April 27, 2020

Version of Wonderland

"Like all dyed-in-the-wool Manhattanites, I found the so-called clean-up of 42nd Street distasteful. What with the pimps, the porn movie houses, the touts for the live sex shows, the drugs, the parasites that hung around the Port Authority terminal, and all the rest of that scuzz, the old 42nd Street had been no picnic. But it was preferable to this version of Wonderland where everybody was buying inflatable Little Mermaids and queuing up for The Lion King."
Charlotte Carter, Coq au Vin

Friday, April 24, 2020

Rapid Progress

"New York is cosmopolitan, essentially so, beyond all large cities of the world. Absorbed in the whirl and stir of the To-day, occupied with vast schemes and enterprises for the To-morrow, overswept by a constant influx of new life and new elements, it seems to have no individual entity. It does not hold fast its old traditions, its past associations. It is hurried on, in the quickstep of its march of improvement, far away from its starting-point; and as it goes and grows with rapid progress into something new and vast."
Spencer Trask, Historic New York

Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

No Place Like New York City

"The insanity, the constant frustration, the worries, and dark moments are worth it. Every now and then, you walk up out of the subway on some night of perfect weather and the buildings, the lights, the pretty, stylish girls and the boys affecting an attitude hard enough to deserve the city and the girls strikes you. The magic that exists now existed in 1993; it probably existed in 1893. I
t’s New York City. And there is no place like it on the face of the earth."

David Marcus, The Federalist

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Pandemic in New York

Elmhurst Hospital (Wikimedia Commons)

"We are New Yorkers. We rushed the pile after 9/11, rebuilt after Sandy, walked home during the blackout, made out in Times Square on V-J Day. We’re minting a lot of heroes at Elmhurst Hospital and Mount Sinai West this week, health-care workers who have answered the call with bravery and compassion and sacrifice. The story of New York in this pandemic should belong to them."
Nathan Thornburgh, The Atlantic

Monday, April 20, 2020

Borough Attractions

"Manhattan has the Empire State Building. Bronx has Yankees Stadium, Brooklyn the Bridge, Queens has the US Open, Staten Island has a gigantic landfill."
Zach Nichols (Jeff Goldblum), Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Friday, April 17, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

New York's History

"New York is the city that reproduces itself according to the ideals of each
 generation. It has no continuous line. Everything is possible because its past is only the future turned upside down. New York's history is what happened tomorrow."

Jerome Charyn, In the Shadow of King Saul

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Feel of New York

"The feel of New York is a mixture of
 ice-water, a corrosive acid, and human breath sweeping someway warmish against one's flesh."

Mary MacLane, A Diary of Human Days

Monday, April 13, 2020

Blessed New York

"New York knows how to seize. She knows how to struggle. She knows how to push forward. she knows how to exert herself, consciously and dynamically. Old blunders fail to plague her. Empty of fear is her heart, which ever grows into the fulfilment of her promising future. Blessed is she."
Sri Chinmoy, America the Beautiful

Friday, April 10, 2020

New York Lifestyle

"I'm not saying that you didn't go through a lot, Drew. But we all
 go through a lot every day. We're New Yorkers. It's our lifestyle."

Rob Bynes, The Night We Met

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Bouncing Back

"We know how to grieve. We also believe in picking ourselves up and moving on. That's how we deal. This city isn't anywhere near having bounced back yet, but it will, because that's what New York City is all about."

John Strausbaugh, New York Press

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Popular Imagination

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"From almost the city’s very beginnings as a Dutch trading outpost, New York has seen itself, in defiance of its place at the edge of a continent, as centre, goal and culmination – New York is, in the popular imagination, the place everywhere else aspires to be."

Jenny Hendrix, TLS

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

International Settlement

"New York is unique as a great metropolis in that, while it unquestionably has its own characteristic life, this life does not focus the life of the rest of the country, as London is the distillation of all English character and custom. But I had a sense this leg of my journey of returning from America and entering an international settlement."
Alistair Cooke, The American Home Front

Monday, April 6, 2020


"New York is like a huge, multi-layered mitte-feuille
 . . . golden and shiny on the top, hard and dark on the bottom."

Leo Schofield, quoted in The Bulletin

Friday, April 3, 2020

New York Family

"It’s corny, and it’s a cliché, this idea that New Yorkers are all a family. Everybody thinks New York is so fierce. And it is fiercely excellent, is what it is. New York is as neurotic as living any other place, but it’s a neurosis I understand. It’s a neurosis that’s run by excellence and merit."

Tovah Feldshuh, West Side Rag

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Glamorous New York

"The glamorous thing of New York is the city itself. The size of it
, the amount of people in it and the hustle and bustle of it, and the opportunity not only to meet  thousands of people, but to be lost, to be anonymous. It's a great thing."

Johnny Mercer, Johnny Mercer

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New York Memories

"New York that I miss doesn't exist anymore
. Physically it's gone, plus the people—that's what really makes the memories—are now all over the place, if they're still alive. One day I just decided I would enjoy this town for what it has instead of bitching about what it hasn't."

Hubert Selby Jr, So Real It Hurts

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Loud and Fast

"New York, on the other hand, is loud and fast
. There are apparently no walls in between the cheap apartments in Jessica's building. Tenants sneeze, use the bathrooms constantly, and argue. Horns honk without stopping and when someone speaks on one end of Manhattan you can hear them plainly on the other side of the island. It is one noisy-ass city."

Kris Radish, The Sunday List of Dreams

Monday, March 30, 2020

Vision Rising Out of the Sea

"To me 
New York is a vision that rises out of the sea as I come up the harbor on my Atlantic liner, and which glimmers for a while in the sun for the first of my stay amidst its pinnacles; but which vanishes, but for fragmentary glimpses, as become one of the grey creatures that crawl about like ants, at the bottom of its gloomy caverns."

Alvin Langdon Coburn, quoted in Beyond the Architect's Eye