"You can say what you want about New York, but it's the only city that jumps. It jumps twenty-four hours a day. It jumps in the morning when everybody's rushing to get to work, it jumps at lunchtime when everybody's in the streets rushing around digging everything, it jumps all afternoon when the kids are out of school and playing stickball or riding their pushos or playing stoopball or just lounging with the girls; it jumps, it's the goddamned jumpingest town in the world. And at night, when the lights come on, they set the pace, man, they tell the world this is New York, come live, man, this is New York where everybody's alive, where everybody jumps!"
Ed McBain, Big Man
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