Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Official Beginning

Times Square subway station

"Of the thousands of New Year's Eve parties happening across America, there's one that nearly everyone is watching. It's also the one nearly everyone seems to be attending. It's New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square. As the year comes to a close, a million people there and a few billion more at home believe that what they are witnessing marks the official beginning of the new year.
You know, they're probably right."
Gary McKechnie, USA 101

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014


Alphabet City

"While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me."
Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Greenwich Street

"There is something unique about New York, some quality, some matchless, pertinent combination of promise and despair, wizardry and counterfeit, abundance and depletion, that stimulates and allows for a reckoning to occur—maybe even forces it. The city pulls back the curtain on who you are; it tests you and shows you what you are made of."
Rayhané Sanders, Goodbye to All That

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Coney Island

"The greatest thing about Manhattan is the worst thing about Manhattan: self-actualization. Here you will be free to stretch yourself to your limit, to find the beach that is yours alone. But sooner or later you will be sitting on that beach wondering what comes next."
Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books

Friday, December 26, 2014


Bow Bridge

"In certain ways, New York is one of the most romantic cities on earth. The romantic impulse, after all, is about possibility. And that word might be the single motto of the town."
Pete Hamill, New York Magazine

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Tree Star

Rockefeller Center

"New York is as bright as a Christmas tree star. Even the dark bars and empty alleys are bathed in ambient light."
Elizabeth Maxwell, Happily Ever After

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hope of the Future

New York World's Fair New York State Pavilion

"New York represents the hope of the future because it's there for all of us. Whether we never go there, whether we never see New York, whatever small town or small city we're from, it's important that we know that New York is there to welcome us in case we want to be different."
Kenneth T Jackson, PBS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Own Fantasy

Brooklyn Bridge

"New York is its own fantasy—it's the great fantasy of anyone who came here from another country. It may or may not be more real, it may or may not be baked in the sun, but it's an amalgam of everyone's dreams."
Andrew Lipsitz, quoted in New York Magazine

Monday, December 22, 2014

Beginning of Winter

Christmas tree stand in Morningside Heights

"What Dakota most enjoyed about the beginning of winter was the crispness of the air (that practically demanded the wearing of knits) and the way that tough New Yorkers—on the street, in elevators, in subways—were suddenly willing to risk a smile. To make a connection with a stranger. To finally see one another after strenuously avoiding eye contact all year."
Kate Jacobs, Knit the Season

Sunday, December 21, 2014

God of New York


"If there were a god of New York, it would be the Greek's Hermes, the Roman's Mercury. He embodies New York qualities: the quick exchange, the fastness of language and style, craftiness, the mixing of people and crossing of borders, imagination."
James Hillman, quoted in New York Insight City Guide

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Labels and Love

Fifth Avenue

"Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two Ls: Labels and Love. "
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City: The Movie

Friday, December 19, 2014

Where Dreams Become Reality

Fox News truck on Sixth Avenue

"People don't dream all their lives of escaping the hellish countries they live in and pay their life savings to underworld types for the privilege of being locked up in a freezing, filthy, stinking container ship and hauled like cargo for weeks until they finally arrive in... Moscow... or Beijing... or Baghdad... or Kabul. People risk their lives to come here---to New York. The greatest city in the world, where dreams become reality."
Sean Hannity, Let Freedom Ring

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the Worse


"It isn't what it was. Ask any New Yorker and they'll tell you it's a different city now, and all for the worse. Change in New York is always for the worse. Always for the worse, as the city slowly get better."
A.A. Gill, To America with Love

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Never-Completed Masterwork

Times Square

"That is what New York is, a never-completed masterwork, torn down even as it is resurrected, each minute populated by a different swarm of humanity streaming in and out."
Colin Harrison, Never Can Say Goodbye

Monday, December 15, 2014

Visiting New York

"Relax, Harry. I'm not letting anyone lick me, and I'm not looking anyone in the eyes. It's kind of like visiting New York."
Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Utterly Anonymous

Bernard Baruch Way

"The thing about New York is mat you can be utterly anonymous, utterly unnoticed. It takes a lot more than a river of mascara running down a person's cheeks to capture attention on a crowded sidewalk."
Wendy Corsi Staub, Lullaby And Goodnight

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Times Square (Credit: Frankie242 /

"Heartless, Godless, Hell's delight;
Rude by day and lewd by night;
Bedwarfed the man, o'ergrown the brute,
Ruled by boss and prostitute;
Purple-robed and pauper-clad,
Raving, rotting, money-mad;
A squirming herd in mammon's mesh,
A wilderness of human flesh;
Crazed with avarice, lust and rum,
New York, thy name's 'Delirium.'"
Byron Rufus Newton, "Owed to New York," in I Speak of the City

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sleight of Hand

Manhattan skyline

"That’s Manhattan today—all the money goes up top, while the infrastructure wastes away from neglect. The famous skyline is a cheap trick now, a sleight-of-hand to draw your eye from the truth, as illusory as a bodybuilder with osteoporosis."
Andrew Vachss, Mask Market

Thursday, December 11, 2014


A street sweeper truck on Broadway

"One thing everyone in New York, no matter the class, gender, or heritage, had in common. Dirt. It was the great equalizer."
Melanie Benjamin, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Born Again

Holy water font at Grace Church

"What, indeed, is a New Yorker? Is he Jew or Irish? Is he English or German? Is he Russian or Polish? He may be something of all these, and yet he is wholly none of them. Something has been added to him which he had not had before. He is endowed with a briskness and an invention often alien to his blood. He is quicker in his movement, less trammeled in his judgement. Though he may lose wisdom in sharpening his wit, the change he undergoes is unmistakable, New York, indeed, resembles a magic cauldron. Those who are cast into it are born again."
Charles Whibley, American Sketches

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Who is a New Yorker

Midtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"A New Yorker is someone who knows how to walk from Fifth Avenue and 50th Street to Sixth Avenue and 47th Street in a heavy rainstorm without getting wet."
Ralph Caplan, Cracking the Whip: Essays on Design and Its Side Effects

Monday, December 8, 2014


World Trade Center

"New York, with all its wonders and marvels, isn't to my mind a civilized city. It was never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world."
Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mine of Marvels

"New York is in fact a very mine of marvels, so ripe and teeming, that if it was only fairly explored, its rare gems and precious metals would  furnish capital sufficient for a goodly catalogue of comedies, tragedies, tales, romances, and extravaganzas, of all kinds, without the aid of foreign ornament."
John M. Moore, The Adventures of Tom Stapleton

Saturday, December 6, 2014


West 34th and Empire State Building

"New York is lavish of light, it is lavish of everything, it is full of the sense of spending from an inexhaustible supply."
H.G. Wells, The Future in America

Friday, December 5, 2014


East 24th

"Sometimes to walk in shaded parts of Manhattan is to be inserted into a Magritte: the street is night while the sky is day."
Joseph O'Neill, Netherland

Thursday, December 4, 2014

One Story Among Millions

Financial District

"New York always lives up to its reputation. The buildings really are that tall. The lights really are that bright. There's truly a story on every corner. But it still might be a shock. To realize you are just one story walking among millions. To not feel the bright lights even as they fill the air. To see the tall buildings and only feel a deep longing for the stars."
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Two Kinds of New Yorkers

Williamsburg Bridge

"There are two kinds of New Yorkers, the ones who could never leave and the other ones."
Julie Klam, Never Can Say Goodbye

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Champagne and Trash Water

Third Avenue

"New York City can be difficult place to live, no question. There are high rents and sketchy landlords and expensive groceries and bedbugs and invasions of bros to deal with. The rapid current of the place is hard to contend with and adapt to, and it is not for everyone. It can be ruthless, particularly if you don’t happen to have a couple million dollars lying around. But it is also a city full of insane wonders. For every two parts trash water, there is equal part free champagne."
Margaret Eby, Brooklyn Magazine

Monday, December 1, 2014


Park Avenue

"New York is synonymous with freedom, hard work, and success to people the world over who have never been to America."
Lew Bryson and Don Cazentre, New York Breweries

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Rob Young  / Wikicommons

"The skyscrapers of the city were a collection of hard-ons zeroing in on Brooklyn."
Joe Flaherty, Tin Wife

Saturday, November 29, 2014

What New York Cares For

Temperance Fountain in Union Square

"In the great American metropolis a man is gauged by himself, not by his ancestors nor their achievements. No one cares much for the past: that is 'ancient history.' Nor is much regard paid to a possible though distant future: that is 'imagination.' What New York Cares for is the present."
Thomas N. Doutney, Thomas N. Doutney: His Life-struggle, Fall, and Reformation

Friday, November 28, 2014

In Love with New York City

Cosby Street

"Ah! some love Paris,
And some Purdue.
But love is an archer with a low I.Q.
A bold, bad bowman, and innocent of pity.
So I'm in love with New York City."
Phyllis McGinley, "A Kind of Love Letter to New York"

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Kips Bay

"The best thing about New York? That's easy -- it's New York people. They are like a family that doesn't always agree but that comes together in a staunch mass when anyone challenges the rights of New York."
Marvin Traub, New York Magazine

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


"New York is so crowded that sex turns into a spectator sport."
David McGlynn, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About New York

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


"Silent, grim, colossal, the Big City has ever stood against its revilers. They call it hard as iron; they say that nothing of pity beats in its bosom; they compare its streets with lonely forests and deserts of lava. But beneath the hard crust of the lobster is found a delectable and luscious food. Perhaps a different simile would have been wiser. Still nobody should take offence. We would call nobody a lobster with good and sufficient claws."
O. Henry, Between Rounds

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dawn in New York

Morningside Park

"Dawn in New York whimpers
down the huge stairs
seeking in the chaff
flowers of sketched anguish."
Federico García Lorca, Poet in New York

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Central Park

"New York is my favorite American city. There's such an excitement here, you can almost hear its heartbeat."
Cathie Linz, The Marine & The Princess

Friday, November 21, 2014

Solid Rock

West 114th Street

"New York is a piece of rock. It's solid rock that I think is informed with some kind of strange energy that makes crazy people do great things."
Kelsey Grammer, My City, My New York

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monstrous Hive

Financial District

"To live in New York is to inhabit the cell of a monstrous hive."
John Ash, Disbelief

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


"I have never ever looked at the New York skyline and taken it for granted. Whenever I drive over the Triborough Bridge, every time I see it, I think, 'How cool is that.'"
Hal Rubenstein, My City, My New York

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New York Slide

"I first observed a phenomenon I now call the "New York Slide": you offer your words to try to communicate and connect with someone, but your words just hit a brick wall the person has erected to ward off human contact- the words slide down it and roll away."
Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside

Monday, November 17, 2014

Group Therapy

Central Park

"New York is the world's most successful example of group therapy."
Robert Zimmerman quoted in 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About New York

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waking Up in New York

Credit: Jeff Turner / Wikicommons

"Waking up in New York makes me feel like a tough little girl who has just fallen deeply in love and likes it."
John Edward Allen, Newspaper Makeup

Saturday, November 15, 2014


"New York is the home of con artists. It's also the home of the self-invented, the fulfillers of the American dream. But, in New York, cons and success stories are impossible to tell apart, depending on how you look at  them, or when. Everyone is working it, fronting, faking it, so much so that there's an assumption of in-authenticity about everyone."
Amy Gray, Spygirl