Monday, August 31, 2015


Madison Square Garden

"There's an air and a snap and a tang to Manhattan that is generated by championship rather than by huge mobilizations of people and of money."
Jack Lait, Lee Mortimer, New York: Confidential

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Asshole of the Universe

"New York is not the center of the universe. In Europe it's known as the asshole of the universe."
Lydia Lunch, Purple

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Foster Child

Henry Hudson Bridge (Wikimedia Commons)

"As soon as I left Manhattan behind, the beneficent, regal creature forgot me. It tolerated me when I was a student of eighteen, it gave me my chance, it celebrated me when I made it, and it forgot me the second I drove over the Henry Hudson Bridge. You're always just a foster child in the city that never sleeps. The second you go, someone else takes your room."
Kristan Higgins, If You Only Knew

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Union Square

"If you can't be inspired by New York City, what can you be inspired by?"
Hesta Prynn, Artist Direct

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jay Walking


"Visitors to New York will find that both exercise and excitement may be had at a minimum of expense through the simple practice of jay walking. With only a little experience, they may actually compete on even terms with the native New Yorker."
Sic Spaeth, The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

High Life

"New York isn't just frantic, it's the perfect place to indulge in all the heady high-end perks of the high life."
Elizabeth M. Rees, Demigods and Monsters

Monday, August 24, 2015


"Brooklyn is the only place in the world where you can have a good time without enjoying yourself."
Joey Adams, quoted in The City

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I Am New York

"I am New York not because it says so on my mailbox. I am New York not because I have New York attitude. I am New York because I can leave for a time and know in my spirit and my heart that I could never be anything else. I am New York because I know that I couldn't get rid of it even if I tried."
Christina Wells, Newsday

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Never Sleeps

"New York is the city that never sleeps, which is why it looks like hell in the morning."
Bill Maher, The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Being Happy

"It's really very easy to be happy in New York. Where else can you go to bed each night and say, 'Today I wasn't slain!'?"
Carol Leifer, People magazine

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Empire State Building

"New York City is all about height. Our office towers are our mountains touching the sky. Ascending the steps isn't just a physical feat, it's almost a spiritual one."
Jenna Wolfe, New York

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New York Perfume

"I wasn't aware that the city would blend this smell of tar, waste, chemicals, food, exhaust fumes, sweat, plants, and rivers to its very own sweet smell, wafting like a perfume made expressly for New York."
Lisa Krämer, New York for Blondes

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer in New York

"In the summer in New York, the streets turn into rivers of molten tar, like a Venice from hell, with crazed cabdrivers careening like possessed gondoliers."
David McGlynn, New York: The Big Apple Quote Book

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cruel and Lovely

"It was a cruel city, but it was a lovely one, a savage city, yet it had such tenderness, a bitter, harsh, and violent catacomb of stone and steel and tunneled rock, slashed savagely with light, and roaring, fighting a constant ceaseless warfare of .men and of machinery; and yet it was so sweetly and so delicately pulsed, as full of warmth, of passion and of love as it was full of hate."
Thomas Wolfe, The Web and the Rock

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Modern Babylon

"In New York I have always felt I was at the center of the world, in a modern Babylon, a sort of Borgesian aleph with representation of all the languages, religions and cultures of the planet, and from which, as from a giant heart to the extremities, there circulate to the globe all fashions and vices, values and nonvalues, usages, customs, music, images and prototypes resulting from the incredible mixtures in this city."
Mario Vargas Llosa, The New York Times

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sense of Humor

Comedy Cellar (Wikimedia Commons)

"New York is funny. It's the only city where you have to have a sense of humor to survive."
Larry Doyle, New York magazine

Thursday, August 13, 2015


"I love everything New York. I may have left New York, but New York never left me."
Larry King, New York

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Thing About New York

St. Ann's Warehouse

"The thing about New York is everything you love about it changes, and you just have to learn to love that too."
Adam Janos, Our Town

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Funky Town

"Other cities might be cleaner, more efficient or comfortable, but New York is funky, in the original sense of the word—New York smells like sex."
David Byrne, Creative Time Reports

Monday, August 10, 2015


"I couldn't keep myself from thinking everything in New York was superior to every other place I'd ever been, which hadn't been all that many places. I was stunned by New York. Its grand parks and museums. Its cozy cobbled streets and dazzlingly bright thoroughfares. Its alternately efficient and appalling subway system. Its endlessly gorgeous women clad in slim pants and killer shoes and interesting coats."
Cheryl Strayed, Goodbye to All That

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Where Comedy Works

"New York is baffling in that it's a city that prides itself on being an absolute shithole. It's like—there's nothing good here, and people are proud of that, they're happy, 'Oh, it's overpriced, and it's overpopulated, and it stinks like piss, and comics!—comics film specials here!' And they all open with a joke about, 'Yeah, you spend eight thousand dollars a month for nine square feet!' And you go, 'Well, why do you fucking live here?' Why do people stay here? But unfortunately, this is where comedy works—where people are the most miserable."
Doug Stanhope, No Refunds

Friday, August 7, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure

Coney Island - Stillwell Avenue subway station

"People complain New Yorkers are rude, which is imprecise. New Yorkers are some of the kindest, most good-hearted people I’ve ever met. But New Yorkers are busy, and they cannot tolerate dawdling. And that’s a challenge, because the city is a choose-your-own-adventure game of constant decisions: Cab or subway? Express or local? Highway or side street? Which do you want? Answer now!"
Sarah Hepola, The Morning News

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Broke in New York

"There's something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better."
Amy Poehler, L.A. Times Magazine

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Drum Beat


"I think New Yorkers are so successful because we all march to the beat of the same drum. It is that heartbeat of the city, that unites us all and drives us to do great things and achieve."
Ryan Serhant, New York

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Madison Avenue

"We in New York celebrate the black mass of
We are concrete We have a body. We have
sex We are male to the core
We divinise matter, energy, motion, change."
Benjamin De Casseres, Mirrors of New York

Monday, August 3, 2015


Coney Island

"New York lay stretched in midsummer languor under her trees in her thinnest dress, idly and beautifully to the eyes of her lover."
E.B. White, Poems and Sketches of E.B. White

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Everything but Manhattan

Jane's Carousel and Manhattan skyline

"To foreigners, New York is strictly Manhattan, whereas to most New Yorkers, New York is everything but Manhattan."
Holly-Jane Rahlens, Becky Bernstein Goes Berlin

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New York August

"A typical New York August is so hot and humid that those of us still here have the city to ourselves. Which is awesome in its own way. No lines at the post office. Getting a table for brunch at Friend of a Farmer right away. Sailing through Trader Joe's and Whole Foods without bumping at least three other people with your basket."
Susane Colasanti, Susane Colasanti