Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New York was New Year's Eve

"New York was wall-to-wall mile-high buildings. It was the opposite of dinky Santa Ana or even Los Angeles. It was Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Chrysler Building too. But most of all it was New Year's Eve. It was hundreds of thousands no, millions of people gathered together to celebrate the ringing in of a new year."
Diane Keaton, Then Again

Monday, December 30, 2013

New York at Night

"New York at night is full of such beauty that if the only thing you had ever experienced was sailing into New York by night you would have gained an impression you would not forget as long as you live."
Fritz Lang, quoted in Metropolis

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Number One

125th Street subway station

"In the pantheon of United States cities, New York is hands-down, flat-out, number one. Gotham. The enchilada. The straw that stirs the drink."
Jim Reisler, Babe Ruth Slept Here

Saturday, December 28, 2013


"New York was a hive. You could not just live here. You had to be somebody, do something, it didn't matter what."
Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young

Friday, December 27, 2013

42nd Street

East 42nd

"Forty-second Street! The top of the world, they call it. Where's the bottom then? You can walk along with your hands out and they'll put cinders in your cap."
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mad, Mad World

"It's a mad, mad world in Manhattan, where taxis, pedicabs, commuters, pedestrians --even horse-drawn carriages-- careen around looking for space. The city is heady, frustrating, shocking, almost overwhelming it its intensity and, ultimately, incredibly exhilarating."
Ginger Otis, Lonely Planet New York City Encounter (Best Of)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Miracle on 34th Street

"It's Miracle on 34th Street, not miracle on 134th Street. The only miracle on 134th Street is that we get to participate at all. Half the time Santa skips us on his way downtown, just like a taxicab."
Jessica Williams, The Daily Show

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Carol

Christmas wreaths for sale on Sixth Avenue

"Only in New York is 'Shut the fuck up, some of us work in the morning' considered a Christmas carol."
Dennis Miller, I Rant, Therefore I Am

Monday, December 23, 2013


Eighth Avenue

"Traffic growled and snarled, rising at times to a machine-gun rata-tat-tat, while pedestrians were scuttling about with that desperate ratlike urgency characteristic of all big American cities, but which reaches its ultimate in New York."
Fritz Leiber, The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Entrance to the PATH train

"The problem with New York is not New Yorkers. It's the out-of-towners who move here and inflict out-of-town aggression."
Karen Siplin, Such a Girl

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Skyline Dreams

"New York is like a boyfriend
One whose sweater I will keep
And every night when I put it on
Of the skyline I will dream."
Ashley Jones, New York is Like a Boyfriend

Friday, December 20, 2013

Unseen World

West 32nd

"There is no question there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?"
Woody Allen, quoted in Picturing New York

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Gramercy Park North

"New York is one big family, and if you ain't part of the family you're no one."
Lauren O'Farrell, Stitch New York

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mecca for Masochists

"New York is a mecca for masochists. It is the Atlantis of our masochistic fantasies."
Gael Greene, Bite

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dream Machine

"I almost feel bad for people who are born and raised here because you’ll never understand how the outsider feels about New York City. People look at this place as a dream machine, as an opportunity to escape whatever their current reality is. They look at it like it’s magical."
Mallory Hagan, The New York Times

Monday, December 16, 2013

How a New Yorker Acts

West Chelsea

"Act like a New Yorker: a pushy obnoxious knock-the-other-guy-down-and-take-his-hot-dog resident of the greatest city on Earth."
Barney Stimpson (Neil Patrick Harris), How I Met Your Mother

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quicker Pace

"New Yorkers can't settle down anywhere else in the world because they just naturally have a quicker pace. You get out of the bed faster in New York."
Al Sharpton, quoted in New York Magazine

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thousands of Invisible Boundaries

"A city can be so isolating, almost as if the more different types of people there are crammed together in a small area, the farther away they all are from each other. New York is the same way -- a little island crisscrossed with thousands of invisible boundaries."
Anne Raeff, Clara Mondschein's Melancholia

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Times Square subway station

"New York is crowded. Other people always get in your way. You can't stretch your legs without kicking somebody and you can't think without static from 8 million other brains."
Robert Anasi, The Last Bohemia

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

City of Contradictions

"New York is the most glamorous city in the world, the most romantic, the noisiest, the dirtiest, the best, the worst, the most exciting, the most depressing. No two people have experienced the same New York twice."
Jonathan Scheff, New York City Icons: 50 Classic Slices of the Big Apple

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Island on an Island

"Times Square, New York, is an electric island floating on a larger island of lonesome parks and lonesome apartment houses and knifepointed buildings stretching Up. (I will think dazedly one night: Someday this city will tear its wharf-lined fringes from the ocean and soar in desperation to the Sky.)"
John Rechy, City of Night

Monday, December 9, 2013

Death Sentence

Funeral home on Third Avenue

"That first week of winter wind in New York is a death sentence. You have appeals and reprieves, but nothing will get you through it but time."
Brendan Jay Sullivan, Rivington Was Ours

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fastest City

The Dakota

"I love New York. It's the hottest city going! I haven't been everywhere, but it's the fastest city on earth."
John Lennon, Lennon in America

Saturday, December 7, 2013

New York Stereotypes

"You often see people move to New York and immediately start conforming to stereotype. The pressure, whether overtly felt or only dimly sensed, of being part of something as overwhelming as New York blows the mind of anyone who does not have a perfectly solid-state personality, which is to say most of us."
Roy Edroso, Burn magazine

Friday, December 6, 2013

Power and Roar

Midtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York turns its back on the Atlantic. The power and roar New York looks to are its own."
Cynthia Ozick, Quarrel & Quandary

Thursday, December 5, 2013


"In New York everyone is on psychoanalysis and they never get anything done, they never get off it."
William S. Burroughs, Conversations with William S. Burroughs 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New York Attitude

"LA is the me city, Ruby said, and New York is the you city. In LA it's fuck me. In New York it's fuck you. Adopt the attitude. It's all in the face. Mostly in the eyes."
Tom Spanbauer, In the City of Shy Hunters

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

No Place I'd Rather Be

"New York, New York is everything they say
And no place that I'd rather be
Where else can you do a half a million things
And all at a quarter to three."
Huey Lewis and the News, The Heart Of Rock & Roll

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bigger, Better, Faster, More

"I had never seen any city like it, and I had never felt so small, but small in such a wonderful way. Small in a way that didn't feel bad, or lonely. Everything felt vital and important here. Bigger, better, faster, more. As if everyone were essential and functioning in a great big machine with lots of moving parts, and it really mattered that they were all here and going about their business exactly as they were doing. That was the moment I vowed that I'd move here one day, the moment New York wooed me."
Helen Wan, The Partner Track

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Motion of New York

"Some people wonder if all this motion really gets anywhere. The New Yorker's answer is that it doesn't have to; if you're in New York, you're already there."
Susanna Margolis and Marjorie Palmer, Secrets of New York City