Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Central Park

"New York's beauty is multi-sensory: It's the historic architecture, from the Flatiron Building to One World Trade Center. It's the feel of grass beneath your feet (and the smell of roasted nuts) in Central Park. It's the art of the Met, MoMa, and Frick. But most of all, it's the sight of beautiful, diverse people walking the city streets with heads held high."
Caitlin Morton, Conde Nast Traveler

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Too Everything

"New York is full of crazy people, and I like that. Eventually the city sort of kicked me out. It just gets to you – it's too hot, it's too smelly, it's too crowded, it's too… everything."
Jamie Bell, The Guardian

Monday, July 29, 2019

Coming Home

"New York she had found not so unkind, not so unfriendly, not so indifferent. There she had been happy, and secured work, had made acquaintances and another friend. Again she had had that strange transforming experience, this time not so fleetingly, that magic sense of having come home. Harlem, teeming black Harlem, had welcomed her and lulled her into something that was, she was certain, peace and contentment."

Nella Larsen, Quicksand

Friday, July 26, 2019

Divine Energy

"Manhattan is where the real money is. Something like half the currency in the world flows electronically through this city every day of the year. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the trillions zinging around the local cyberspace. All that money gives the city a sort of divine energy, and Madison Avenue writes the Bible, selling crap no one can afford to people who don't need it."
Robert Baer, Blow the House Down

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Subway Smell

"I admit I've taken the subway in New York—and it smells. It literally smells like pee. Why can't they do anything about that? Does anyone ever clean down there? And in the summer, you see rats down there, too. Gross. I can deal with ferrets, but rats and sewers, no way."
Paris Hilton, Confessions of an Heiress

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Beautiful New Yorkers

"Everyone talks about how New York is filled with good-looking people. I brushed that off for my first year or so. But, once I started going over to the river . . . it was like a scene from a movie, a movie that could get dirty in a hurry. Beautiful people show a lot of skin. And the closer to the Hudson River they get, the more skin they show. "
Jack Gray, Pigeon in a Crosswalk

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Friendship in New York


"Friendship in New York is different from friendship elsewhere. Everyone here is working so drivingly, and everyone already knows so many people, that you really have to think long and hard about whether you can afford to undertake a new friendship."
Joyce Johnson, New York Magazine

Monday, July 22, 2019

New York City in the Summertime

"New York City in the summertime: there's so much to love about this place. It's got 100 percent humidity, so you don't need to shower. If you get too hot you can always go to the teach and swim in a sea of syringes, and love is in the air because of all the subway masturbators."
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Friday, July 19, 2019

New York Heat

"The New York heat is in full effect. Blue skies, bright sun, pretty on the surface, but the humidity holds everyone hostage, and you have to fight to walk against it."
Jami Attenberg, The Kept Man

Thursday, July 18, 2019


"How New York breaks your heart
First, it lets you fall in love with it.
And lets you think it loves you back."
Bill Hayes, How New York Breaks Your Heart

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


"The United States is a very large country, and New York City is a very large city, but you really need to go there to understand that. I'm a city boy myself, but nothing compares to New York. It's wonderful and amazing and gigantic. Definitely my favourite place on Earth."
Adam Christopher, Empire State

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer in the Cty

"There’s nothing like summer in the city, someone in a rush, someone lookin’ pretty."
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Monday, July 15, 2019


Park Avenue

"I always knew that someday I would end up in Manhattan. It was
 innate, like knowing you're left-handed. I was infatuated with the city, and like most infatuations, my affection was largely the product of my imagination."

Renée Rosen, Park Avenue Summer

Friday, July 12, 2019

Intimidating New York

"I see the New York skyline from the airplane window and my eagerness evaporates. It's a beautiful sight, but intimidating for someone who grew up in the desert. So many people. So many dreams. So many opinions."
Andre Agassi, Open

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New York in the 70s

"In 1976, I made a beeline for New York City, a blistering pigsty of sleazy clubs, cheap sex, greasy food, and skuzzy rock. The entire city seemed coated in a thin sheath of sticky grime that was impossible to scrub away."
Lydia Lunch, So Real It Hurts

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New York Lives

"You can live as many lives in New York as you have money to pay for."
Joaquin Miller, The Destruction of Gotham

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Not Easy

"All I can tell you after a few days in New York: new isn't easy."
Ryan Stock (Travis Van Winkle), Instinct

Monday, July 8, 2019

New York Madness

"In New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses."
Henry Miller, The Colossus of Maroussi

Friday, July 5, 2019

Air Age

"The skies of New York are almost never silent or still, and on a fine day they seem to be alive with the streaks of jets. Aesthetically the air age suits the place: its vast brilliant skies receive the vapour trails like canvases before the brush of an abstractionist, and the svelte forms of the jets complement its architecture. New York is the only great city I know where these machines look altogether at home – not intrusive, nor anachronistic, nor impertinent, nor even remarkable."
Jan Morris, The Great Port

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


"It was close to rush hour, the noise was dizzying, and the air hung thick over the buzzing traffic. A cab tried to kill Ruby, and she hated New York. Everyone who loved New York hated New York and fantasized about moving to Vermont. Some actually did move to Vermont. They pretended to be happy there, but Ruby knew they were secretly cold and bored. So she stayed in New York."
Maggie Estep, Flamethrower

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New York Trash

"Hardly an evening goes by in Manhattan that you don't have to dodge garbage bags on the sidewalk. And on the rare occasion you don't, you're dodging and weaving drunk couples pawing at each other. One way or the other, it's always trash."
Jack Gray, Pigeon in a Crosswalk

Monday, July 1, 2019

Abusive Relationship

"Life in New York is like being in an abusive relationship -- things are terrible except for when they're amazing."
Cori Carl, The Huffington Post