Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hipper




"New York is getting hipper. A drug dealer offered me green angel dust - the pesto - flavored variety." 
Larry Amoros, USA

Monday, May 10, 2021

Rushed Quality




"The fact that everyone in New York is out to achieve something gives it this mad, rushed quality unlike any other place. It is this ambition that has made it what it is, filling the city with everything and anything you may want as an artist. It delivers it at anytime you may feel like it, and in large quantities."
Marco Luccio, Daily Review

Friday, May 7, 2021

Yacht Lifestyle




"Riding the ferry was not a
 'yacht lifestyle.' The bins under the seats were marked LIFE JACKETS but should have been marked A HUNDRED RATS LIVE HERE. The ferry is known for its amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, but it's also a great place to watch a raccoon eat a passenger's leftover meth. And look, the raccoon is reading the New York Post! Cuuuuuuute!"
Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Creative Expression

Downtown Manhattan (Pixabay)


"I had begun to regularly commute to the city by train or car from Long Island in my early teens. My lifelong fascination was becoming a full-blown love affair. New York City was alive in a way the suburbs couldn’t touch: teeming with the creative expression and diversity that seemed stifled by neat green lawns and nice families."
Matthew Conlon, Marketwatch

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Strongest Race in the World




"I like New York because it is the biggest city of the world, and because it is inhabited by the strongest race in the world—the only one which has succeeded in organizing itself since the War; the only one which is not living on a past reputation; the only one, along with Italy, which does not demolish, but knows, on the contrary, how to construct." 
Paul Morand, New York


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Diversity, Culture, Strength




"I moved to New York 20 years ago and I love it just as much today as I did the day I arrived. To me, NYC represents diversity, culture, and strength."
Jason Wu, Fashion Week Daily

Monday, May 3, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Wanting More




"New York is more than just a city. New York is a way of life.  New York is that feeling that washes over us every time we are flying over Manhattan and look down and see the skyline of downtown.  New York is your friend at the Bodega below your apartment who remembers your coffee order before you even get there to order it.  New York is attempting to keep up with every delicious restaurant opening and to wanting to explore every street in every neighborhood, but always wanting more."
Caroline Harper Knapp, House of Harper

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Got It Made




"If you make it in New York, you got it made. If you make it anywhere else, you've still got something to prove."
Peter Kriendler, New York Magazine

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Inter-Relatedness of Lives




"In many ways, I think New York has really always been a small town. The inter-relatedness of lives in New York is a constant, I think. For people who have lived there for a long time, it's always been perceived that way, as a collection of small towns and communities."
Lawrence Block, January Magazine

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Lady in Charge




"My first American experience was in the harbor of New York City when I saw that amazing big, tall lady. I remember thinking oh my goodness, a lady runs this country."
Rita Moreno, NPR

Monday, April 26, 2021

Lookalikes




"You go to Brooklyn, everybody’s got a beard and plaid shirt. They may be able to tell each other part but they all look alike to me."
Don Lemon, CNN

Friday, April 23, 2021

Where Bad People Do Bad Things




"New York is where bad people come to do
 bad things. Look at all the wonderful weirdos! Those weirdos aren't so wonderful when they molest you openly in the subway and no one says a goddamned thing."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Thursday, April 22, 2021

At Least Once




"I think everyone should live in New York City if they ever get the chance at least once in their life. It's such a great place to live; there's a different energy about living in the city."
Odette Annable, US Magazine

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wave of Energy




"Environment and energy affects me so much, which I think is why I like New York because it gives me energy, but this gives me a certain kind of energy, almost like a wave of energy instead like a punch of it."
Sarah Lutzky, Washington Square News

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Iron Island




"My view contemplates that enormous mass in front of me, that land crowned by towers, that region from where you almost feel a dominating and terrible wind coming: Manhattan, the iron island; New York, bloody, the cyclopean, the monstrous, the stormy, the irresistible capital of the check."
Rubén Darío, Retratos y Figuras


Monday, April 19, 2021

Biologically Attached to the World



"I like New York because you're kind of forced to smell everybody else's funk. So it keeps you biologically attached to the world around you."
Jeffrey Wright, quoted in Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen

Friday, April 16, 2021

Regeneration




"New York is a city that picks up the pieces and regenerates at lightning speed. It does this so frequently that one can hardly remember what stood there before."
Jessica Ferri, Silent Cities New York


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Subway in New York



"Everybody takes the subway in New York. It’s fast, it’s efficient, gets you there on time. It’s a way to... Okay, there’s a guy pooping in a cardboard box down there."
Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ring Cycle



"Everything in New York is like the Ring Cycle. Everything in New York is an operatic thing. It’s incredible problems. So you realize that it’s just so hard to live in New York, that when people say, ‘Why do you live in New York?’ you really can’t answer them. Except you know that you have contempt for people who don’t have the guts to do it."
Fran Lebowitz, Pretend It's a City

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Invincible and Invisible




"New York is where you feel invincible, it's where you feel invisible; the thing that understands you at your worst, that pushes you toward your best. I love New York."
Whoopi Goldberg, Vogue

Monday, April 12, 2021

Plugged into an Outlet



"Being in New York is like being plugged into an outlet. There is no other feeling like it in the world."
Jenn McKinlay, The Christmas Keeper

Friday, April 9, 2021

Life Goal




"New York is a place that people either love or hate. I just ended up being one of the lovers. The city vibrates with so so much possibility. Just living there feels like you've achieved some kind of life goal."
Kenneth Dickerman, The Washington Post

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Best Friend or Worst Friend



"New York is a funny place because when you’re good, it’s great. And when you’re down, it’s hard. New York is your best friend or it’s your worst friend, depending on what’s going on for you."
Jessica Steen, Cheatsheet.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

New York Edge




"To me what defines a New Yorker is the edge that one develops from having actually lived here. Once you have it, it doesn’t go away and everywhere else in the world feels like it is in slow
 motion."
Donald Trump Jr., New York Magazine

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Spirit of Oneness




"I know a lot of people think that city life can be cold and lonely, but in its toughest times, New York City shows that it’s truly built on the spirit of oneness and community. I couldn’t be prouder to call this place my home.”
Coco Bassey, Fashion Week Daily

Monday, April 5, 2021

Happy Endings



"New York is such a romantic city, as everyone knows from all those movies with happy endings."
Susan Breen, The Fiction Class

Friday, April 2, 2021

New York Myth



"New York is unique in its ability to start things up all over again. It is so much part of its myth."
Massimiliano Gioni, Flash Art

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Anguished Labors

 


"A near horizon whose sharp jags 
 Cut brutally into a sky
 Of leaden heaviness, and crags
 Of houses lift their masonry
 Ugly and foul, and chimneys lie
 And snort, outlined against the gray
 Of lowhung cloud. I hear the sigh
 The goaded city gives, not day
 Nor night can ease her heart, her anguished labours stay."
Amy Lowell, New York at Night

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tough Love and Thin Skin



"New York, perhaps unlike any other city, has its own internationally recognisable quirks. We are the city of tough love and thick skin."
Asad Dandia, Al Jazeera

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Complicated Island

Manhattan (Pixabay)


"Manhattan is probably the most complicated of islands, but that does not mean the people who live there do not try to understand the place. In fact, the greatest thing about any island is that you can get your arms around it, emotionally and  intellectually. Manhattan just takes longer arms than most."
Richard Reeves, Islands Magazine

Monday, March 29, 2021

Scandals



"Here in the Big Apple, we love our scandals. They're the oxygen we breathe. Like the spring flowers in Central Park, they bloom across the front pages of our beloved tabloids. Whether it's that mayoral candidate and his sexting, or that governor and his friend with the perfect lady parts, or our president and his second wife-to-be cheating on his first wife, or his third wife-to-be cheating on his second wife, it's a scandal and we love it. And when the scandal fades, we wilt."
Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly), Bull

Friday, March 26, 2021

Romantic City




"New York is, in my opinion, a romantic city, not in spite of its brutality and greed, but precisely because of them. Because of its brutality and its greed, its shrillness, its cult of catastrophes, its constant sacrifice of the past and the future to the present moment, its commercial organization of crime and its criminal organization of business, its contradictory climate, excessive and incontrollable; because of its eagerness to climb the sky making each year a taller building than the others and, in summary, because of its unlimitedness."
Julio Camba, La ciudad automática

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Miraculous Resilience




"When I was in L.A., I was like New York is going to be like empty and sad and New York. But then I got here and it really felt like Paris in the summer. There’s all this outdoor dining and it’s gorgeous and the dogs are everywhere. New York has a resilience that is miraculous. But I’m still getting cussed out on the street and all that fun stuff."
Chloe Fineman, Variety

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Infectious Energy


"There is an energy that exists in New York that I find infectious and truly unique to this city. I've noticed it from the first day I visited over 10 years ago, and it’s one of the things that enticed me to move here,"
Daniel Humm, quoted in The Points Guy



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spring Days in New York




"It was one of those bright, gladdening spring
 days in New York that tricks you into thinking that perhaps summer has come. I hadn't been in the city long enough not to fall for the trick (never trust the month of March in New York!), and so allowed myself to feel a burst of joy at the appearance of the sun."

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls

Monday, March 22, 2021

Community Responsibility




"More so than any scenic skyscraper vista or wild night out, it’s the sight of New Yorkers quietly helping one another that defines the city for me. I don’t know if I’ll spend the rest of my life here, or uproot myself all over again in a year or two, but the compassion and community responsibility that New York engenders in so many of its residents can never really be 'over.'"

Emma Specter, Vogue

Friday, March 19, 2021

Awe and Wonder

Manhattan (Pixabay)


"I had known I would live in New York City since my earliest family excursions there as a tyke. As the family car would ascend the rise over Queens that revealed the skyline, I was filled with awe and wonder. I had to be there to know it."
Matthew Conlon, Marketwatch

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The F Word



"New Yorkers aimed the F word like a Smith & Wesson into city streets and cafés, at perfect strangers, over the mildest of infractions, and the rubber bullets bounced right off."
Julia Heaberlin, Lie Still

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Irish New York

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Pixabay)


"Patrick's Day in New York is second only to Christmas or Thanksgiving; how on earth did this come to be? Why are the Irish allowed to paint the streets in tricolour and dye the Hudson green? Other nationalities enjoy no such indulgence. What is it with the Irish? Is it that the first Irish immigrants hugely influenced the city's culture or is it simply the Irish knack for throwing a party?"
Damien Enright, A Place Near Heaven


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Metaphor of New York



"The metaphor of New York is “get out of my face.” That’s the metaphor of our time. New York is a fast-pulsed place and if you’re going to live here and write about it, that’s what it is. You know, on the subway, move, let’s go, come on, make your point."
David Chesky, David Chesky.com

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ship Arrival



"If it sounds glamorous to arrive in Manhattan every morning via ship, let me assure you it was not. Even my immigrant ancestors arriving at Ellis Island would have seen me on the ferry and thought, There has to be a better way."
Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face

Friday, March 12, 2021

Romantic Feeling




"New York is a wonderful city to leave and a wonderful city to come back to. I still have that romantic feeling about it."
Garrison Keillor, New York Magazine


Thursday, March 11, 2021

How to Afford to Live in New York




"No one can afford to live in New York. Yet, eight million people do. How do we do this? We don’t know. It’s a mystery to us. We don’t have a clue. We don’t know but we’re still here. So you can come here without knowing how you’re going to live here and somehow you will do enough things to live here. It’s as simple as that."
Fran Lebowitz, Pretend It's a City

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Survival Template



"
The country and the world looks to New York City for leadership and the template on what it takes to survive and thrive. My kinda town!" 
Billy Mitchell, 
Travel and Leisure Magazine

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

If You Can't Stand the Heat...


"New York is not for little pussies who scream
If you can't stand the heat
Then get off my street."
Madonna, I Love New York

Monday, March 8, 2021

Surreal World




"New York. What an incredible city. From the first moment we saw the iconic skyline of Manhattan with the stunning Chrysler and Empire State Buildings , we knew we were in a surreal world."
Debra Luccio, DebraLuccio.com

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Chosen City



"We regard ourselves as The Chosen City. Our sense of exceptionalism is built on the idea that we’re blessed with more talent, grit and guts than anywhere else. In your eye, al-Qaeda! Blow yourself silly, hurricanes! Today’s horrific, inconceivable body count makes it too easy to minimize these earlier disasters. But each seemed an affront to the very qualities that make New York different — our diversity, our economic and cultural primacy, our openness to the outside world. Yet each left us economically and spiritually a stronger place."
Steve Cuozzo, The New York Post

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Obsessive Love




"New York love isn't brotherly. It's obsessive, it's ecstatic, it's an electric current that makes you grab your bags and uproot your life."
Whoopi Goldberg, Vogue

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Name New York



"What I love most about New York is that it’s called New York! Every day everything we come across is new. And it’s a city that doesn’t let you get on with adhering to old patterns and old ways. It’s a city filled with positivity."
Stephen Gan, Fashion Week Daily