Thursday, October 21, 2021

Constant Lookout

"I I live in New York City, a fact that's really easy to forget. Every minute of every single day, something fantastic is happening here, and you have to be on the lookout for it, constantly. New York is--well, there's no other place like it, but it can take a lot of work to appreciate it."
Erin McHugh, One Good Deed

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Familiar New York

Columbia Univeristy (Pixabay)

"When she gets to the unmistakable expanse of Columbia, Ruby pushes open a metal gate and steps into the university grounds. It is familiar in the way so much of New York is familiar, the sprawling steps and imposing buildings having appeared in so many films and tv shows she has seen."
Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Two Kinds of People

Fifth Avenue (Pixabay)

"I love New York, but i can see why a lot of people prefer Texas. New York is a good place for two kinds of people: the rich and those who intend to be rich."
John E. McFarlane,  Texas Monthly

Monday, October 18, 2021

No Other American City

"New York was perfect for me. Because, first of all, I can’t drive. And I could find anything. Any food I wanted. The museums were amazing, all these fantastic free places. There’s no other American city, if you want to talk about arts or anything interesting."
Norm Macdonald, NYCGo

Friday, October 15, 2021

Unopened Umbrella

"I love Brooklyn. Red Hook especially. But this is not my home. This city makes me anxious. New York is like an umbrella before you open it. Compact, tight, kind of ready to be sprung."
Michael Shannon, Chicago Magazine

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Moths to a Flame

"This is it, this is the Big Apple. The big sin city. The city where you can do anything. Get a hamburger at 2 in the morning, where you can get dirty pictures, a hooker. You can get anything you goddamn want in the world. So it brings everybody like moths to a flame." 
Cindy Adams, The Guardian

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Great American City

"New York was the great American city. If you have dreams and ambitions, these end up carrying you to the great metropolis."
TerryGilliam, Terry Gilliam: 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Extraordinary Feeling

City Hall fountain (Pixabay)

"New York City will rob you, cheat on you, and turn your friends against you. It will kick your ass and downright break your heart, then, in a New York minute, it will pick you back up again, make you feel so extraordinary you couldn’t possibly be alive anywhere else. You will feel like you are in the centre of the world. Why? Because that is exactly where you are.
Jeremy Kerner, Modasphere

Monday, October 11, 2021

Rent-Controlled Apartment

"New York is just a big, fat digestive system, and it's all about sticking it out and finding your happy place... in a rent-controlled apartment."
Dreama Walker, Teen Vogue

Friday, October 8, 2021

Huddled Masses

"I always remember to go on the Staten Island Ferry, because it’s the most amazing view of New York. And it’s free! You see Ellis Island and it conjures up something of that great moment, you know, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It's staggering."
Tim Pigott-Smith, EW

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Magical Feeling

"What’s kept me in NY is the energy. It’s hard to explain to a non-New Yorker, but the feeling is unmatched and pretty magical. I could have had the worst day, and then drive over the Manhattan bridge during sunset and that moment in itself can make me forget about everything except how lucky I am to live here."
Jessica Willis,

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Endlessly Fascinating

"New York is so varied per square foot that it’s endlessly fascinating, and you can’t beat being 20 minutes away from all the greatest theater."
Ben Platt, Gotham Magazine

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Shakin' and Jumpin'

"They really got it shakin' in Jamaica, Queens

Wall Street is dressing up in old blue jeans
They're jumpin' at the Garden for the New York Knicks
The Islanders and Rangers go their hockey sticks
The Bombers in the Bronx and the Mets at Shea
Giants and Jets are up and ready to play."
Curtis Stigers, New York is Rockin'

Monday, October 4, 2021

World-Famous Cultural Institutions

"A central irony of living in New York is that your proximity to world-famous cultural institutions is largely nullified by how arduous it is to actually get inside them. I’d often joke that there must be a German word for that particular New York experience whereby the moment you hear about some worthwhile attraction — the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibit at the Met, 'Hamilton' at the Public Theater (let alone on Broadway) — you simultaneously understand that your chances of experiencing it have essentially vanished."
Adam Sternbergh, The New York Times

Friday, October 1, 2021

Tiring City

"New York is a tiring city. You see it on the faces of people in the subway, on buses, in restaurants and diners. Even those of us who don’t have to push carts, sleep on the streets, work twelve-hour shifts, live four to a room, or commute hours a day by bus or train, look tired. There’s just so much to take in. No wonder we seal ourselves off."
Rebecca McClanahan, Kenyon Review

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Unwavering Evolution

"New York has always said, ‘Be patient with me and you will be rewarded handsomely.’ What I love and have always loved about the city is how unwavering she is about her right to evolve—and you can either adapt and change or get left behind.”
Ilfenesh Hadera, Fashion Week Daily 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Feeling Alive

"Los Angeles is great, it's lovely and everybody loves the weather and one has a kind of life there. But after a while it's like the land that time forgot; you fall asleep and suddenly 10 years have passed. I like to feel alive and New York is the place for that."
Brian Cox, The Guardian

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Extreme York

"Fo me, New york is jazz, it's chaos and harmony. It is a strident song that lifts your spirt and gives you a headache at the same time. ExtremeYork."
Gonzalo de Cora, Humanos y Marcianos en Nueva York II

Monday, September 27, 2021

Always Alone

"I now live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I have lived there pretty much all of my life and when I was growing up I essentially felt alone in New York. New York is a very strange place to live because even if you are surrounded by people you are always alone."
Taylor Momsen, UK Music Reviews

Friday, September 24, 2021

Full of Inspiration

"New York City is the best city in the word; there's no two ways about it. I mean, being born and raised here, I feel like you get an education that's unlike any other in the world. Not only from the schools, from the people, just by walking the streets. Every block is full of inspiration: the theater, the arts, the clubs, the music, the melting pot that the city is has taught me so much. I don't know who I would be without New York."
Peter Cincotti, NYC Next

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Aspirational City

"While each neighborhood has its own unique characteristics, there is one, overarching defining factor; New York City is the aspirational city. With aspiration, though, comes the chance of failure. New York City has a way of chewing your dreams, and spitting new ones out of your past failures."
Jessa Chargois,

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Worst Kind of Addiction

"New York is the worst kind of addiction. The poverty-stricken kind. The kind where you can't afford enough of whatever it is you need and so you stay needle sick forever, constantly searching for just one little hit to keep you going without ever feeling the crest of a real high."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Madison Avenue

"Haven't you learned if you want the world to think you're doing something, you have to do it on Madison Avenue? And eight dollar cappuccinos are the price you pay."
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Gossip Girl

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Best Idea

"Back then, New York was still an idea. The best idea this country ever had. Now, it's more like a crass reality show. The streets have been cleaned up, the tourists come and come and come, there are half-empty apartment buildings right there in Midtown, whole blocks of concrete owned by people who will never live here, keeping their multimillion dollar condos just in case they visit sometime. In the seventies, you didn't visit New York. You lived here. You escaped whatever life your parents had made for you, and you landed in a place asking only that you live in it, make of it for yourself."
Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name

Friday, September 17, 2021

UN General Assembly

"It's been a very big week here in New York. The UN General Assembly is in town. Leaders from Asia, Africa and Europe have come to New York City to see all the people who used to live in their countries."
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Constant Flux

"My favorite thing in New York was just to walk and to have the energy of all the people pushing me—I could walk hundreds of blocks, because everybody’s walking. And something interesting happens every block. The City’s in constant flux."
Norm Macdonald, NYCGo

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Most Tolerant People

"I've lived and worked in New York most of my life and I find that New Yorkers are still the most tolerant people anywhere. They're used to something different happening all the time. That's what gives the city its energy."
Robert Colesberry, quoted in Harrison Ford: The Films

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Global City


"I truly love living in New York City, and I'm proud to call it home. New York is a global city and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. New York is the home of the United Nations and  has welcomed all kinds of different cultures."
Jim Gaffigan, Dad is Fat

Monday, September 13, 2021

Nobody Looks Upwards

"Something that really catches my attention is that in New York nobody looks upwards. In that way nobody sees how extraordinary it is. For example, they don't see the castles . . . . All of that is magical and nobody sees it!"
Terry Gilliam, Terry Gilliam: Interviews

Saturday, September 11, 2021

New York Legs

World Trade Centeer (Wikimedia Commons)

"When she thought of New York City now, the place where she’d lived for most of her life, the only home she’d ever really known, she realized the city was like a person who now oftentimes struggled to stand proud because both its legs had collapsed in a sea of dust, fire and scattered office papers."
Rebecca McNuttBittersweet Symphony

Friday, September 10, 2021

New York Scent

Central Park (Pixabay)

"New York is like no other place and the fall is especially beautiful. New York is not normally the nicest or cleanest place, but when fall nears, all that is forgotten. Right around Labor Day, just as school is starting, a certain smell takes the air.  It is hard to describe exactly what I mean. It is just something you have to experience. I expect it is the scent of the leaves about to fall. The one thing about this scent is that it is pure and clean."
A.M. Philway, A Window Opens

Thursday, September 9, 2021


"The constitution and physical aspect of New York is soon seen; it is hardly more varied than a chessboard. The streets, cut at right angles, are called avenues when they are straight, and streets when irregular. The numbers on the principal thoroughfares are a very practical but monotonous arrangement; American cars run through all the avenues. Any one who has seen one quarter of New York knows the whole of the great city."
Jules Verne, A Floating City

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Jennifer Aniston

"What shocked me the most when I arrived in New York is that I didn’t know anybody! I think having spent the previous five years watching Friends and lots of American shows I sort of arrived thinking, 'Oh you know, I’m going to run into Jennifer Aniston in Central Park and Ross at the local pharmacy'. Then I realised that actually they were all fictional characters and here I was in the city and I needed to meet some real people. That was a bit of a surprise; the city felt so familiar to me through endless visits and movies and television show, but I actually didn’t really know anybody who lived here!"
Joanna Coles, Grazia

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Naughty Cousin

"I feel a deep affinity for New Yorkers. And that’s probably irrational, but I feel like New York is kind of like that cousin you see three times a year. There are the strange relatives you dread seeing, but there’s that one naughty cousin you can’t wait to see. That’s New York!"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Playbill

Monday, September 6, 2021

Freedom and Spontaneity

"I was drawn to New York for the freedom and spontaneity. I loved that I could create whatever life I wanted here and it would always be flexible to change. I’ve stayed because that way of life has continued to draw me to New York year after year."
Flynn McGarry,

Friday, September 3, 2021

Visceral Untouchability

"A New Yorker isn’t so much a person as a mood. An understated but extroverted coolness. A way of drawing you in while warning you to fuck off. A visceral untouchability. 
Raven Smith, Vogue

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Demanding City

"What I love about New York is how demanding it is of you. You are constantly being asked to adapt—or forced to adapt—to all these different rhythms that are going on around you."
Lola Kirke, Vogue

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Powerful Spirit

"Every time I come to New York, I remember how powerful the spirit of this city is. Especially today. NYC, I love you." Ellen DeGeneres, Facebook

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Favorite Child

"New York, I thought, is obviously humanity's favourite child. It's the best. Every parent says they don't have a favourite childbut they lie; and everyone pretends that other cities have a chance of catching up with New York, but they don't."
Caitlin Moran, How to Be Famous

Monday, August 30, 2021

Traffic in New York

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"The traffic in New York is unbelievable, a living entity that materializes at the first light of dawn and keeps the city in check, holding it in its paralyzing grip, asphyxiating with its polluting breath and deafening with the cacophony of engines and and horns. Only in the evening does the monster shrink and disappear, and with the streets almost deserted, the city seems to sigh with relief."
Raffaella Bossi, The Lawyer & the Coronel

Friday, August 27, 2021

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights (Wikimedia Commons)

"The neighborhood was called Brooklyn Heights, and she was still undiscovered, a little nicked up and past her prime, but beautiful, with a sort of silver-haired grace. The brownstones and brick buildings spoke of time and endurance, the old slate sidewalks and the trees arching over  the streets gave the place an air of solidity and permanence that Manhattan's steel and glass towers could never duplicate."
Norman Green, The Angel of Montague Street

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Gift

"If there’s one thing I learned at the beginning for the pandemic, it’s that owning a tiger sanctuary is harder than it seems. If there’s a second thing, it’s that living any part of your life in New York is a gift."
Stephen Colbert, We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Foreign Country

"New York is like a foreign country in itself. For the first two weeks I was thrown, but it took time and after being there for so long I feel like I’m at home. I love it so much. It’s just the age that I’m at because it’s so high energy and the shopping’s awesome and I’ve made friends there. At first, I didn’t know anyone and I was scared."
Britney Spears, Variety

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sense of Life

"What I will always love about New York City is its resilience, energy, and constant sense of life. I moved here five years ago and I fell in love; I felt right at home. Nothing can take away the strength and power this city possesses."
Rubina Dyan, Fashion Week Daily 

Monday, August 23, 2021

New York City Rocks

"I love New York City more than anywhere else in the world because whenever you're somewhere and it's not New York City, you're like 'OK, this sucks,' but then when you get back to New York City, you're like, 'OK. This rocks.' Does that make any sense?"
Catherine Cohen, NYC Next

Friday, August 20, 2021

Black and White Photograph

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is a photograph in black and white. There is color, but it is always subject to the controlling continuum. There is black, white, and a million shades of gray: green grays, red grays, yellow grays, black grays, white grays, infinite grays. I have become part of the monochrome universe."
A.R. Elia, Telegraph

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Midnight Oil


"New York is a harbor
They’re working hard on West 74th

To find some beds

A free lawyer

The midnight oil burns like a torch

It’s New York, it’s New York, it’s New York."

Dar Williams, New York is a Harbor

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Unique Dreamers

"While I doubt anyone would argue that New York is the friendliest city, I would confidently state that once you break down the hard exterior, New York is filled with the most magical and unique dreamers out there. A New Yorker is gritty, and we love it."
Jessa Chargois, Chill Times

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

New York Smell

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is the only city in the world where you can be awakened by a smell."
Jeff Garland, quoted in Get-a-grip New York, Book II

Monday, August 16, 2021

Never Alone

"My favorite part about living in New York is you’re never alone. You can be completely anonymous, you can eat alone, you can walk alone, you can shop alone, and you never feel alone. This city is your neighbor, this city is your family."
Stephanie Ruhle, Variety