Saturday, April 30, 2016


Manhattan Bridge

"The weird mix of self-loathing and arrogance that has been so often marked in the New York identity—'I live in a tough, rotten city, so I must be better than you'—simply does not hold up at a time when many visitors say that New York has grown almost, well, nice."
Kirk Johnson, and Marjorie Connelly, The New York Times

Friday, April 29, 2016


Park Avenue

"New York City isn't just a city, it's an idea—a projection of our fantasies and desires, like Paris or California or that beautiful person across the room."
Cheryl Strayed, The Atlantic

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brooklyn Writer

"As you may have heard, all the writers are in Brooklyn these days. It’s the place to be. You're simply not a writer if you don't live here. Google 'brooklyn writer' and you’ll get, Did you mean: the future of literature as we know it?"
Colson Whitehead, The New York Times

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rude and Sullen

"Look, nobody from New York is supposed to be happy. LA, okay. It may be drug-induced happy. It may be fake happy, but at least it's...conceivable. But New Yorkers are supposed to be rude and sullen."
Randy Alcorn, Deception

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Electric Beauty

"In Boston there is an utter absence of that wild electric beauty of New York, of the marvelous excited rush of people in taxicabs at twilight, of the great Avenues and Streets, the restaurants, theatres, bars, hotels, delicatessens, shops."
Elizabeth Hardwick, quoted in Romantic Geography

Monday, April 25, 2016


"When I first came to New York, if you were an artist you lived in Greenwich Village and you were a bohemian. That meant free. What did you do? You lived down there and you put on a beret. Wasn't that a uniform?"
Louise Nevelson, Particular Passions

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Inward and Outward


"Unlike most cities on navigable water, New York faces inward toward Central Park and the mainland as much as it faces outward to the harbor and the rest of the world. This simultaneous facing inward and outward is true of its citizens as well."
Kenneth T. Jackson and David S. Dunbar, Empire City

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016


North Williamsburg landing

"New York was like a great swimming-hole into which every day I dived, here, there, anywhere, and swam around for something or somebody worth getting."
Lincoln Steffens, The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New York Sightseeing

NYC ferry

"I have been having a great time while I've been out here in New York. You know, we've been seeing the sights. Just yesterday, we saw the River of Spit and we visited the Museum of Smells and, before I leave tomorrow, the Gallery of Broken Things."
Jake Johannsen, Comedy Central

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wee Small Hours

"They say New York is a Twenty-Four-Hour Town. I suppose that's true, if by Twenty-Four-Hour Town they mean you can probably get a plate of eggs somewhere or wander bleeding into an emergency room for suturing. But in the wee, small hours, it can be a very quiet affair. It is not the round-the-clock party it purports to be."
David Rakoff, Don't Get Too Comfortable

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


"Everything Russian on Brighton Beach is too Russian, far more Russian than in real Russia. This is what happens all over Brooklyn. From the Scandinavians of Bay Ridge to the Chinese of Sunset Park, Brooklyn's immigrants go to ridiculous extremes to re-create their homelands only to end up with a vulgar pastiche."
Lara Vapnyar, Brooklyn Was Mine

Monday, April 18, 2016

Heartbeat of the City

"I like everything about New York. That heartbeat of the city, which sounds cliché but it's true. There's a rhythm in the city that forces you to get up and go whether you're having a good day or a bad day, and I've always respected that."
John Krasinski, New York Post

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Penthouse View

Park Avenue

"New York is where I'd rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue."
Vic Mizzy, Green Acres

Saturday, April 16, 2016


"What is barely hinted at in other cities is condensed and enlarged in New York. New York is stirring, insupportable, agitated, ungovernable, demonic."
Saul Bellow, quoted in New Life at Ground Zero

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Beginning

"This is how New York began. A willingness, and then a pause. An attitude, a confidence, and then this: cracked walls and huge bugs, your first cigarette, the taste of your own fear. Fear not for what might be in store but for what might not be, that your bravery, which looked so big in your hometown, would not amount to anything, that New York City would not deliver on its promise, for something grand and glamorous, unknown and unknowable."
Molly Prentiss, Tuesday Nights in 1980

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Special Order


"New York cannot help but stand as a special order: the place which is not wilderness, the place of light and warmth and the envelopment of the human swarm, the place in which everyone is awake and laughing at three in the morning."
Vincent McHugh, quoted in The Roosevelt Era

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Renaissance Clock

Grand Central Terminal

"The finest thing about New York City, I think, is that it is like one of those complicated Renaissance clocks where on one level an allegorical marionette pops out to mark the day of the week, on another a skeleton Death bangs the quarter hour with his scythe, and on the third the Twelve Apostles do a cakewalk. The variety of the sideshows distracts one's attention from the advance of the hour hand."
A.J. Liebling, The Best of A.J. Liebling

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Hayden Planetarium

"New Yorkers are screwed though. They really can't go anywhere else. The city turns them into Martians that don't translate outside of the metropolitan area."
Ryan O'Connell, Thought Catalog

Monday, April 11, 2016

American Paradox

Times Square

"New York presented a paradox. While foreigners thought of New York as the symbol of America, many Americans viewed the city with some suspicion as the country's most foreign."
Charles Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Home Away from Home

East Village

"There were very few scholarships to America available in Lilliput-Blefuscu, but she won one of them, and fell for New York at once, as did everybody who needed, and found here, a home away from home among other wanderers who needed exactly the same thing: a haven in which to spread their wings."
Salman Rushdie, Fury

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Barometric Pressure

Berry Street

"The whole city's changing, while Brooklyn feels to me the way New York was a while ago. Brooklyn is about the barometric pressure of New York turned down about 20 points."
Ethan Hawke, Manhattan

Friday, April 8, 2016

Different World

"New York might as well be classified as a different world. Nothing is quite equal to the overall beautiful diversity the city possesses. Even the seasons' change cannot be matched to any other the world has seen."
Cristina Marrero, The River

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Crazy Pot

Mural in Williamsburg

"I'm telling you: it's New York. It's a melting pot of people who are too crazy to live anywhere else."
Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry), The Odd Couple

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


"It's impossible to own New York. Which I guess makes it a sort of commune of paying squatters."
Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


"Everyone at one time or another tries to explain to himself why he likes New York better than anyplace else. A man who worked for me liked it because if he couldn't sleep he could go to an all-night movie. That's as good a reason as any."
John Steinbeck, America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rainbow City

Falun Dafa in Madison Square Park

"New York is the rainbow city. All the colors and the races of the world are here, all languages, religions, and dreams. Our triumph is plural, and throughout our history, the New York rainbow has drawn the adventurous and the brilliant, the mad, the brave, and the ambitious."
Pete Hamill, New York Magazine

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Family Member

North Williamsburg

"New York for me has always been like a highly neurotic, totally dysfunctional family member who is way too involved with my life. It drives me crazy, but I also love it and can't imagine living without it. "
Cristina Alger, This Was Not the Plan

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Whole World

"The great thing about New York, is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you."
Humans of New York: Stories