Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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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

Monday, July 6, 2020

City of Expulsion

"New York is rejection. It is the city of expulsion. When you get here, the citizens and the whole business and government set up is geared to get you the fuck out. 'Don't you understand,' the city says, 'you are just another pain in the ass and I've already got too many already so I'm blowing you out.' New York is the anus of the world."
Edward Beardshear, Some Die Mad

Friday, July 3, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lines of Snow and Popping Corks

"Baby won't you take me there
Make it like you really care
I am feeling good up there
Just keep the diamonds in my hair
Make me feel good right now
Like everything does in this town
Lines of snow and popping corks
Money, drugs in old New York."
Moby, New York, New York

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

City of Possibility

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"Contrary to opinion, the city does sleep but with one eye
 open; and even on the doziest of nights, you can hear the crackle of dreams, for New York is the ultimate city of possibility. "

Larry Kirwan, Green Suede Shoes

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Cure for Missing New York

"I adore the vitality and energy of New York, but that's an awful lot of people crammed on a tiny island. I'm not sure I could ever live like that again. New York can cure me of missing New York."
Sophia Dembling, The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas

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Monday, June 29, 2020


"In New York I am a partaker of that smooth manna of humanness as I am of the air and the sunshine and the little black specks of coal-soot: partly from choice, partly willy-nilly, partly in the sweeping unanalyzable pell-mell-ness of massed human nature."
Mary MacLane, Human Days

Friday, June 26, 2020


"Brooklyn really is just a quiet little town adjoining this massive city. It’s kind of like if Boise were attached to New York City."
Mike Birbiglia, The New York Post

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Different World

"New York is the kind of place where it's so small but it's like every block is a different neighborhood. Waking up in a different one is like a different world."
Awkwafina, Refinery 29

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Betting on New York

"Never bet against New York, because New York always comes back, bigger and better than ever before."
Larry Silverstein, quoted in ABC News

Monday, June 22, 2020

Manhattan Purchase

"You know, the Dutch colonists, when they bought Manhattan from the natives, they're said to have acquired the whole thing for twenty-four dollars. Ask me, they overpaid."
Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver), The Defenders

Friday, June 19, 2020

Keeps on Moving

"This is New York. New York keeps on moving, no matter who dies. That is who we are."
Kris Radish, Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Home of the Homeless

"Today New York is more than ever the home of the homeless, the capital of American as well as European refugees. "
Alistair Cooke, The American Home Front

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lifelong Affection

"I've always loved New York City. REST OF COUNTRY TEMPORARILY FEELS DEEP AFFECTION FOR NEW YORK, ran the post-attack headline in The Onion, the brilliant satirical newsweekly. It didn't take three thousand deaths to make me love New York City. My affection for New York has been lifelong."
Dan Savage, Skipping Towards Gomorrah

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Great Promise

"My New York is not a challenge. She is not a competition. She is not a running race. She is not a victory.What then is she? She is a great Promise, wherein grows and flowers the infinite Unknown."
Sri Chinmoy, America the Beautiful

Monday, June 15, 2020

Scary Ride

"I take the subway down to Coney Island to go on the Cyclone. Here I am, I’m sitting on the D train for an hour and fifteen minutes, so I can go on a scary ride. How dumb is that? You know that first sharp drop on the Cyclone? I fell asleep. It was the least exciting part of my day."
Jerry Seinfeld, Seinlanguage

Friday, June 12, 2020

Aggresive New York

"I don't know what it is about New York, but it seems to me to be going helter-skelter toward oblivion. Know what I mean? It's become so darned aggressive. D'you know something? I was once thrown out of a cab in New York—just because I asked the driver to go a little slower. And he had the nerve to make me pay the fare as far as he'd got!"
Judy Garland, Judy Garland on Judy Garland

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mass of Contradictions

"While the full meaning of the city may prove elusive, all New Yorkers are painfully aware that it remains an intractable mass of contradictions. It is not just the extremes of wealth and poverty living side by side. It is as though every condition is locked in a struggle with its opposite, fixing New York in a state of permanent tension. Tolerance vies with racism, social mobility with elitism, sophistication with insecurity, efficiency with corruption, philanthropy with excess. Neither will yield to the other which is one reason New York defies definition."
Amanda Foreman, The Guardian

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Western Progress

Hudson Yards (Pixabay)

"New York is always alive. It is a wild place, not the sleepy cottage in the hills. It is the center of the western world and has been for many years. Why do you think the terrorists attacked it? It is the symbol of modern western progress."
Mark H. Dubbin, Shadow Patriot

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Reason to Live in New York

New York (Pixabay)

"Honestly, the only reason a lot of people live in New York is so they can say they live in New York. Why else would anyone put up with the constant barrage of shit that is everyday life there? Unless you're very well off, NYC is a bitch. Two New Yorkers we had dinner with on separate occasions told us the same thing; 'All New Yorkers do these days is go to work, come home, get carry-out and watch cable.' Which, of course, you could do in Iowa."
Michael Phillips, I Hate Your Blog! :): Essays, 2003 - 2009

Monday, June 8, 2020

Keeping a Balance

"It’s sometimes challenging in such a vibrant city like New York to take the time to retire, process all the things that are happening and regain strength. It is a matter of keeping a balance and sometimes consciously take a step out of the madness."
Nicole Pfister, East Village

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