Friday, September 24, 2021

Full of Inspiration


"New York City is the best city in the word; there's no two ways about it. I mean, being born and raised here, I feel like you get an education that's unlike any other in the world. Not only from the schools, from the people, just by walking the streets. Every block is full of inspiration: the theater, the arts, the clubs, the music, the melting pot that the city is has taught me so much. I don't know who I would be without New York."
Peter Cincotti, NYC Next


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Aspirational City





"While each neighborhood has its own unique characteristics, there is one, overarching defining factor; New York City is the aspirational city. With aspiration, though, comes the chance of failure. New York City has a way of chewing your dreams, and spitting new ones out of your past failures."
Jessa Chargois, JessaChargois.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Worst Kind of Addiction



"New York is the worst kind of addiction. The poverty-stricken kind. The kind where you can't afford enough of whatever it is you need and so you stay needle sick forever, constantly searching for just one little hit to keep you going without ever feeling the crest of a real high."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Madison Avenue



"Haven't you learned if you want the world to think you're doing something, you have to do it on Madison Avenue? And eight dollar cappuccinos are the price you pay."
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Gossip Girl

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Best Idea




"Back then, New York was still an idea. The best idea this country ever had. Now, it's more like a crass reality show. The streets have been cleaned up, the tourists come and come and come, there are half-empty apartment buildings right there in Midtown, whole blocks of concrete owned by people who will never live here, keeping their multimillion dollar condos just in case they visit sometime. In the seventies, you didn't visit New York. You lived here. You escaped whatever life your parents had made for you, and you landed in a place asking only that you live in it, make of it for yourself."
Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name

Friday, September 17, 2021

UN General Assembly




"It's been a very big week here in New York. The UN General Assembly is in town. Leaders from Asia, Africa and Europe have come to New York City to see all the people who used to live in their countries."
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert




Thursday, September 16, 2021

Constant Flux




"My favorite thing in New York was just to walk and to have the energy of all the people pushing me—I could walk hundreds of blocks, because everybody’s walking. And something interesting happens every block. The City’s in constant flux."
Norm Macdonald, NYCGo

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Most Tolerant People




"I've lived and worked in New York most of my life and I find that New Yorkers are still the most tolerant people anywhere. They're used to something different happening all the time. That's what gives the city its energy."
Robert Colesberry, quoted in Harrison Ford: The Films

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Global City

 

 
"I truly love living in New York City, and I'm proud to call it home. New York is a global city and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. New York is the home of the United Nations and  has welcomed all kinds of different cultures."
Jim Gaffigan, Dad is Fat

Monday, September 13, 2021

Nobody Looks Upwards



"Something that really catches my attention is that in New York nobody looks upwards. In that way nobody sees how extraordinary it is. For example, they don't see the castles . . . . All of that is magical and nobody sees it!"
Terry Gilliam, Terry Gilliam: Interviews

Saturday, September 11, 2021

New York Legs

World Trade Centeer (Wikimedia Commons)


"When she thought of New York City now, the place where she’d lived for most of her life, the only home she’d ever really known, she realized the city was like a person who now oftentimes struggled to stand proud because both its legs had collapsed in a sea of dust, fire and scattered office papers."
Rebecca McNuttBittersweet Symphony

Friday, September 10, 2021

New York Scent

Central Park (Pixabay)


"New York is like no other place and the fall is especially beautiful. New York is not normally the nicest or cleanest place, but when fall nears, all that is forgotten. Right around Labor Day, just as school is starting, a certain smell takes the air.  It is hard to describe exactly what I mean. It is just something you have to experience. I expect it is the scent of the leaves about to fall. The one thing about this scent is that it is pure and clean."
A.M. Philway, A Window Opens

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Chessboard



"The constitution and physical aspect of New York is soon seen; it is hardly more varied than a chessboard. The streets, cut at right angles, are called avenues when they are straight, and streets when irregular. The numbers on the principal thoroughfares are a very practical but monotonous arrangement; American cars run through all the avenues. Any one who has seen one quarter of New York knows the whole of the great city."
Jules Verne, A Floating City

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Jennifer Aniston



"What shocked me the most when I arrived in New York is that I didn’t know anybody! I think having spent the previous five years watching Friends and lots of American shows I sort of arrived thinking, 'Oh you know, I’m going to run into Jennifer Aniston in Central Park and Ross at the local pharmacy'. Then I realised that actually they were all fictional characters and here I was in the city and I needed to meet some real people. That was a bit of a surprise; the city felt so familiar to me through endless visits and movies and television show, but I actually didn’t really know anybody who lived here!"
Joanna Coles, Grazia

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Naughty Cousin




"I feel a deep affinity for New Yorkers. And that’s probably irrational, but I feel like New York is kind of like that cousin you see three times a year. There are the strange relatives you dread seeing, but there’s that one naughty cousin you can’t wait to see. That’s New York!"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Playbill

Monday, September 6, 2021

Freedom and Spontaneity


"I was drawn to New York for the freedom and spontaneity. I loved that I could create whatever life I wanted here and it would always be flexible to change. I’ve stayed because that way of life has continued to draw me to New York year after year."
Flynn McGarry, OliverPeoples.com

Friday, September 3, 2021

Visceral Untouchability




"A New Yorker isn’t so much a person as a mood. An understated but extroverted coolness. A way of drawing you in while warning you to fuck off. A visceral untouchability. 
Raven Smith, Vogue

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Demanding City


"What I love about New York is how demanding it is of you. You are constantly being asked to adapt—or forced to adapt—to all these different rhythms that are going on around you."
Lola Kirke, Vogue

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Powerful Spirit




"Every time I come to New York, I remember how powerful the spirit of this city is. Especially today. NYC, I love you." Ellen DeGeneres, Facebook

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Favorite Child



"New York, I thought, is obviously humanity's favourite child. It's the best. Every parent says they don't have a favourite childbut they lie; and everyone pretends that other cities have a chance of catching up with New York, but they don't."
Caitlin Moran, How to Be Famous

Monday, August 30, 2021

Traffic in New York

Manhattan (Pixabay)


"The traffic in New York is unbelievable, a living entity that materializes at the first light of dawn and keeps the city in check, holding it in its paralyzing grip, asphyxiating with its polluting breath and deafening with the cacophony of engines and and horns. Only in the evening does the monster shrink and disappear, and with the streets almost deserted, the city seems to sigh with relief."
Raffaella Bossi, The Lawyer & the Coronel

Friday, August 27, 2021

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights (Wikimedia Commons)



"The neighborhood was called Brooklyn Heights, and she was still undiscovered, a little nicked up and past her prime, but beautiful, with a sort of silver-haired grace. The brownstones and brick buildings spoke of time and endurance, the old slate sidewalks and the trees arching over  the streets gave the place an air of solidity and permanence that Manhattan's steel and glass towers could never duplicate."
Norman Green, The Angel of Montague Street

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Gift




"If there’s one thing I learned at the beginning for the pandemic, it’s that owning a tiger sanctuary is harder than it seems. If there’s a second thing, it’s that living any part of your life in New York is a gift."
Stephen Colbert, We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Foreign Country


"New York is like a foreign country in itself. For the first two weeks I was thrown, but it took time and after being there for so long I feel like I’m at home. I love it so much. It’s just the age that I’m at because it’s so high energy and the shopping’s awesome and I’ve made friends there. At first, I didn’t know anyone and I was scared."
Britney Spears, Variety

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sense of Life




"What I will always love about New York City is its resilience, energy, and constant sense of life. I moved here five years ago and I fell in love; I felt right at home. Nothing can take away the strength and power this city possesses."
Rubina Dyan, Fashion Week Daily 

Monday, August 23, 2021

New York City Rocks




"I love New York City more than anywhere else in the world because whenever you're somewhere and it's not New York City, you're like 'OK, this sucks,' but then when you get back to New York City, you're like, 'OK. This rocks.' Does that make any sense?"
Catherine Cohen, NYC Next

Friday, August 20, 2021

Black and White Photograph

Manhattan (Pixabay)


"New York is a photograph in black and white. There is color, but it is always subject to the controlling continuum. There is black, white, and a million shades of gray: green grays, red grays, yellow grays, black grays, white grays, infinite grays. I have become part of the monochrome universe."
A.R. Elia, Telegraph


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Midnight Oil

 

 
"New York is a harbor
They’re working hard on West 74th

To find some beds

A free lawyer

The midnight oil burns like a torch

It’s New York, it’s New York, it’s New York."

Dar Williams, New York is a Harbor

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Unique Dreamers


"While I doubt anyone would argue that New York is the friendliest city, I would confidently state that once you break down the hard exterior, New York is filled with the most magical and unique dreamers out there. A New Yorker is gritty, and we love it."
Jessa Chargois, Chill Times

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

New York Smell

Manhattan (Pixabay)



"New York is the only city in the world where you can be awakened by a smell."
Jeff Garland, quoted in Get-a-grip New York, Book II

Monday, August 16, 2021

Never Alone



"My favorite part about living in New York is you’re never alone. You can be completely anonymous, you can eat alone, you can walk alone, you can shop alone, and you never feel alone. This city is your neighbor, this city is your family."
Stephanie Ruhle, Variety

Friday, August 13, 2021

Transitory Kind of Place



"New York is a transitory kind of place, everybody goes there looking for something, it draws very ambitious people. But to live there, the apartments are pretty manky — even nice apartments, there is something weird about them. Like the washing machine is in the bedroom or something. People don’t believe me when I say that."
Maeve Higgins, Irish Examiner

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Opportunities in New York

Sign on West 14th


" A city like New York is pretty demanding and competitive, but with such a dymatic economy, the truth is that it also offers many opportunities for those willing to accept its challenges."
Emilio Pérez, Traveler

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Nobody is Watching

 

 
"It's an astonishment to me that every day, tens of thousands of people aren’t slaughtered on the streets of New York. I don't know why this happens. It is an amazing thing because there are millions of people. The only person looking where she is going is me. I'm the one person in the whole city who's watching I'm going."
Fran Lebowitz, Pretend It's a City

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Always Enticing



"New York is always enticing—so many neighborhoods, so many markets, and so much cool stuff in New York. I’m always looking around."
John DeLucie, Interview Magazine

Monday, August 9, 2021

New York Waking Up


"I love New York. I always have. I especially love New Yok right as it wakes up, the way the sun claws its way between the cracks and crevices of skyscrapers and apartment buildings and no building has yet been built tall enough to scrape the sun out of the sky. Not even in New York. Not yet."
Whoopi Goldberg, Vogue



Friday, August 6, 2021

Buyer Beware

Manhattan Mall (Wikimedia Commons)


"Be warned: New York is still the magic town, the beckoning metropolis, the mighty citadel of power. And the younger you are, the more potent is its spell. Caveat emptor."
Faye Hammel, Frommer's New York '91

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Subway Ninja

 

 
"There is no 'normal' in New York City. I grew up in a small town where everyone was white and Christian and Giovanni's Italian restaurant was considered ethnic food. I want my children to be exposed to social, economic, and cultural diversity. I like it when my five-year-old asks me if a woman in a burka on the subway is a ninja."
Jim Gaffigan, Dad is Fat

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Un-ignorant



"I loved growing up in the city. You do get to see, especially in New York City, such a variety of people, such a variety of worlds, and I love that. I want that for my daughter—I say her because she’s the oldest, but I want both my kids to see people from all walks of life, and have acceptance for them. You get un-ignorant real quick when you live in New York."
Jemima Kirke, Gothamist

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

New York Tough

 


"Because we are New York tough
You have to be tough

This place makes you tough
And I love New York
Because New York loves you."
DJ Rob Dinero, New York is My City

Monday, August 2, 2021

Best of Times and Worst of Times




"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Seems Dickens knew something about life on the Upper East Side, where the only thing you can count on is that time changes everything."
Narrator (Kristen Bell), Gossip Girl

Friday, July 30, 2021

Same Reinvention



"New York is constantly reinventing itself, but at the same time, it stays the same. People just have so much going on. There’s an anonymity here, because people are just trying to get on with their lives. And I’ve always liked that."
Aaron Tveit, Variety

Thursday, July 29, 2021

True New Yorkers

 

 
"New York is hands down the best city on earth. One of my favorite things about the city now, during these times, is that all the tourists and people who love New York only when it’s ‘great’ have gone, and all that’s left is real, true New Yorkers, people who love this city as much as I do. And whether you’re dining outside, or going for a jog on the West Side Highway, everyone has a mutual understanding and respect for one another for riding it out in our amazing city. Everyone has pulled together and shown such resilience, as New Yorkers always do. The incredible energy New York has always had hasn’t died, it’s only just starting to rise again."
Brooks Nader, Fashion Week Daily 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New York Goes with Everything




"New York is like yellow shoes, or sunshine, or Bowie – it goes with everything. It's never wrong. When life gives you New York, make New York-ade."
Caitlin Moran, Moranifesto

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Beautiful Amalgamation




"New York is a beautiful amalgamation of so many lives intermingling and building and searching. I think these are elements invisibly constructed even into the structures themselves that define the classic skyline. It’s a place that no matter how defeated, will never lose its pulse."
Colin King, OliverPeoples.com

Monday, July 26, 2021

Maddening Frustration


 "Unless you were born and raised in New York, there’s a good chance you’ve visited as a tourist. I visited often, and once I moved here, I liked to tell people that all the things that compel you to come as a visitor — the excitement, the attractions, the crowds, the noise, the sense of being at the center of it all — can make living here a maddening frustration. But that madness is inherent to the city. It’s part of what drew you here and what keeps you here. It’s what makes New York New York."
Adam Sternbergh, The New York Times

Friday, July 23, 2021

What You Need




"New York is a great place to be noticed or not to be noticed, to find yourself or lose yourself, depending on what you need."
Rebecca McClanahan, Kenyon Review

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Greatest City on Earth

 

 
"There's nothing that competes with the fact that New York is the greatest city on the face of the Earth. I've been in New York at its best and I've been in New York at its worst. And nothing, nothing will ever take me away from this incredible city. It's the best"
Harry Belafonte, NYC Next

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Far from Perfect




"New York is very tiring, but stimulating; the crowd surrounds you, but it's very lonely. It's challenging and inspiring, but above everything else it is a very free city. I don't want to idealize New York, but it's one thing that characterizes it is that it makes room for people who feel they want 'something more.' But undoubtedly it's far from perfect and that it what makes it so attractive."
Mario Vivas, La Naci
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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Moody Place




"If  'mood' means 'a temporary state of mind or quality of feeling,' can I say New York is a pretty moody place?  It’s always changing its mind, always in a state of change."
Monica Ferrell, Words Without Borders