Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Cure for Missing New York

"I adore the vitality and energy of New York, but that's an awful lot of people crammed on a tiny island. I'm not sure I could ever live like that again. New York can cure me of missing New York."
Sophia Dembling, The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texas

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Monday, June 29, 2020


"In New York I am a partaker of that smooth manna of humanness as I am of the air and the sunshine and the little black specks of coal-soot: partly from choice, partly willy-nilly, partly in the sweeping unanalyzable pell-mell-ness of massed human nature."
Mary MacLane, Human Days

Friday, June 26, 2020


"Brooklyn really is just a quiet little town adjoining this massive city. It’s kind of like if Boise were attached to New York City."
Mike Birbiglia, The New York Post

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Old New York, New New York

"Old New York, new New York: honey, at least it's New York."
Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Sex and the City

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Different World

"New York is the kind of place where it's so small but it's like every block is a different neighborhood. Waking up in a different one is like a different world."
Awkwafina, Refinery 29

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Betting on New York

"Never bet against New York, because New York always comes back, bigger and better than ever before."
Larry Silverstein, quoted in ABC News

Monday, June 22, 2020

Manhattan Purchase

"You know, the Dutch colonists, when they bought Manhattan from the natives, they're said to have acquired the whole thing for twenty-four dollars. Ask me, they overpaid."
Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver), The Defenders

Friday, June 19, 2020

Keeps on Moving

"This is New York. New York keeps on moving, no matter who dies. That is who we are."
Kris Radish, Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Home of the Homeless

"Today New York is more than ever the home of the homeless, the capital of American as well as European refugees. "
Alistair Cooke, The American Home Front

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lifelong Affection

"I've always loved New York City. REST OF COUNTRY TEMPORARILY FEELS DEEP AFFECTION FOR NEW YORK, ran the post-attack headline in The Onion, the brilliant satirical newsweekly. It didn't take three thousand deaths to make me love New York City. My affection for New York has been lifelong."
Dan Savage, Skipping Towards Gomorrah

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Great Promise

"My New York is not a challenge. She is not a competition. She is not a running race. She is not a victory.What then is she? She is a great Promise, wherein grows and flowers the infinite Unknown."
Sri Chinmoy, America the Beautiful

Monday, June 15, 2020

Scary Ride

"I take the subway down to Coney Island to go on the Cyclone. Here I am, I’m sitting on the D train for an hour and fifteen minutes, so I can go on a scary ride. How dumb is that? You know that first sharp drop on the Cyclone? I fell asleep. It was the least exciting part of my day."
Jerry Seinfeld, Seinlanguage

Friday, June 12, 2020

Aggresive New York

"I don't know what it is about New York, but it seems to me to be going helter-skelter toward oblivion. Know what I mean? It's become so darned aggressive. D'you know something? I was once thrown out of a cab in New York—just because I asked the driver to go a little slower. And he had the nerve to make me pay the fare as far as he'd got!"
Judy Garland, Judy Garland on Judy Garland

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mass of Contradictions

"While the full meaning of the city may prove elusive, all New Yorkers are painfully aware that it remains an intractable mass of contradictions. It is not just the extremes of wealth and poverty living side by side. It is as though every condition is locked in a struggle with its opposite, fixing New York in a state of permanent tension. Tolerance vies with racism, social mobility with elitism, sophistication with insecurity, efficiency with corruption, philanthropy with excess. Neither will yield to the other which is one reason New York defies definition."
Amanda Foreman, The Guardian

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Western Progress

Hudson Yards (Pixabay)

"New York is always alive. It is a wild place, not the sleepy cottage in the hills. It is the center of the western world and has been for many years. Why do you think the terrorists attacked it? It is the symbol of modern western progress."
Mark H. Dubbin, Shadow Patriot

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Reason to Live in New York

New York (Pixabay)

"Honestly, the only reason a lot of people live in New York is so they can say they live in New York. Why else would anyone put up with the constant barrage of shit that is everyday life there? Unless you're very well off, NYC is a bitch. Two New Yorkers we had dinner with on separate occasions told us the same thing; 'All New Yorkers do these days is go to work, come home, get carry-out and watch cable.' Which, of course, you could do in Iowa."
Michael Phillips, I Hate Your Blog! :): Essays, 2003 - 2009

Monday, June 8, 2020

Keeping a Balance

"It’s sometimes challenging in such a vibrant city like New York to take the time to retire, process all the things that are happening and regain strength. It is a matter of keeping a balance and sometimes consciously take a step out of the madness."
Nicole Pfister, East Village

Friday, June 5, 2020

Growing Up in the Whole World

Corona Park (Pixabay)

"Being a New Yorker is like growing up in the whole world. If you continuously look around, you'll see everything. If it's not in New York, it doesn't exist, it wasn't made yet. That's how we New York lifers feel. You got a problem with that?"
Nick Rondi, The Nappers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Character Builder

"I’m from New York. I once paid two thousand dollars a month to live in the freight elevator of the former Filene’s Basement, in Union Square. Then I paid five thousand dollars a month to live in the garbage chute of a postwar luxury condominium on First Avenue. It’s important to live in terrible places when you’re young. A postwar! On First Avenue! That’s how you build character."
Susanna Wolff, The New Yorker

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New York Attitude

"New Yorkers are resilient, and if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, so I think everyone kind of has that attitude of nothing can stop me."
Will Sheehey, Inside the Hall

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

At Home in New York

"In New York, I felt no pressure to be black, or white, for that matter. I could gladly just be another faceless, nameless individual, free to be myself without feeling forced into any particular category. For the first time in my life, I felt at home."
Jeffrey Sterling, Unwanted Spy

Monday, June 1, 2020

Endearing New Yorkers

"There is, in these times, nothing so endearing to other New Yorkers as the New Yorker of means who, at the first sign of the pandemic, didn't clear off to their house in the country."
Emma Brockes, The Guardian