Friday, September 28, 2018
New York Past
“In New York City real estate parlors took your money and lied to you, drug addicts relieved themselves in plain sight, and the Public Library was closed on Mondays.”
Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
"If the other passengers noticed that she was crying, they pretended not to, which Laura appreciated. People who thought New Yorkers were cold and uncaring didn't understand that in a city like this, one's physical proximity to strangers necessitated a respect of their psychological privacy."
Kate Greathead, Laura & Emma
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
All Walks of Life
|North Williamsburg Landing|
"New Yorkers are incredibly adept at dealing with people from all walks of life. You're constantly confronted by people who are different than you so you stop seeing everybody as so different. Our country needs more of that right now."
Lela Loren, BELLA New York Magazine
Monday, September 24, 2018
"One of the great things about New York is that it’s dotted with these ridiculously mythic-sounding settings — I mean, we have a huge garbage dump called Fresh Kills! You can’t make that up."
Adam Sternbergh, Brkyner
Friday, September 21, 2018
|Carlton Arms Hotel|
"New York is possibly the only place in which most people have already lived, in some sense, in the public imagination, before they ever arrive."
Ling Ma, Severance
Thursday, September 20, 2018
|Statue of Liberty|
"New York is the world's greatest city and has been for a long time. Other cities have their moment but none of them come back—like Seattle had its moment. Hurray! But New York's consistently there whether it's the art or writing or music or ideas. It's the most idealized part of America, and to me it's the most ideal part."
James Murphy, New York Rock
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
How to Distinguish Oneself
"Living in New York City for five years, I had discovered the easiest way to distinguish oneself was to have a conscience or a sense of morality, since most people in Manhattan were extraordinary thieves of various standing, some of them multi-billionaires."
Patty Yumi Cottrell, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
"New York is like one big potluck party to which everyone in the entire world was invited, and everyone showed up (bringing their favorite dish). It's a friggin great city."
Holly Jennings, Dowdy Corners Cookbook Club
Monday, September 17, 2018
"New York is a rather energetic city, so there's immediately that hum that's under everything you do that really energizes."
Nancy Allen, Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 14, 2018
"New York's supreme beauty, its truly unique quality, is its violence. Violence gives it nobility, excuses it, makes its vulgarity forgettable. For New York is vulgar; it is stronger, richer, newer than anything you like, but it is common."
Paul Morand, quoted in Mirror for Gotham
Thursday, September 13, 2018
"It is almost impossible at any season of the year or in any quarter of the city to escape the sound of blasting, which reminds one that Manhattan, like the church of Rome, is built on solid rock."
Carl Van Vechten, quoted in Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
"Modern New Yorkers have grown accustomed to the experience of going around the corner to what was last week's favorite delicatessen only to discover that, this week, it has become a wig shop; or finding, where the little place that sold handbags used to be, just off Lexington, that the entire block has disappeared to make room for an office tower. Faced with yet another example of the fact that New York is a restless, ever-
Stephen Birmingham, Life at the Dakota
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
|National September 11 Memorial|
"To look at the new skyline of New York is a personal insult. As a native New Yorker, I have always felt that I owned part of that landscape, and I would often walk the campus of Queens College thinking proudly, my city, as I gazed toward the impressive structures in the distance stretching proudly for the clouds. Now, when I look at my city, I feel a sense of emptiness; a gaping wound in my heart reopens every time I seek out the place where the Twin Towers should be."
Molly O'Connor, Art of the Restless
Monday, September 10, 2018
"New York is a grinding place. I love it, but the only reason to live here is to get something done."
Toby Mott, New York Magazine
Friday, September 7, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
"New York, like the Soviet Union, has this universal usefulness: It makes you glad you live elsewhere."
John Updike, Architectural Digest
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
|Manhattan skyline (Dmitry Avdeev)|
"The Manhattan skyline glowed like peaks and valleys of a fever chart set in glass and concrete."
Peter Blauner, Slipping into Darkness
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Winners of Winners
|Madison Square Garden|
"It was summer. She had forgotten that, too, that it was her favorite season, had forgotten the New York stickiness that had first made her love the city and its people, her people, because Manhattan was not just for the winners, but the winners of winners."
Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success
Monday, September 3, 2018
"New York is a constellation of magic moments. No city as complex as New York rebuilds itself so often, and often so well."
Robert A.M. Stern, quoted in 6sqft
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Real New York
"The real New York is where little old ladies look the two hundred pounds of ol' linebacker that is me in the eye and smack into me like I'm not there — I was raised not to bump them back — where everyone is always yelling, ´Fugetaboutit,
Hal Rothman, The Culture of Tourism
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Living in New York
|Kips Bay Towers|
"Wasn't this what living in New York was supposed to be like, the skyline, the anonymity, coexistence without intimacy?"
Anna Quindlen, Alternate Side
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