Friday, July 23, 2021

What You Need

"New York is a great place to be noticed or not to be noticed, to find yourself or lose yourself, depending on what you need."
Rebecca McClanahan, Kenyon Review

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Greatest City on Earth


"There's nothing that competes with the fact that New York is the greatest city on the face of the Earth. I've been in New York at its best and I've been in New York at its worst. And nothing, nothing will ever take me away from this incredible city. It's the best"
Harry Belafonte, NYC Next

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Far from Perfect

"New York is very tiring, but stimulating; the crowd surrounds you, but it's very lonely. It's challenging and inspiring, but above everything else it is a very free city. I don't want to idealize New York, but it's one thing that characterizes it is that it makes room for people who feel they want 'something more.' But undoubtedly it's far from perfect and that it what makes it so attractive."
Mario Vivas, La Naci

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Moody Place

"If  'mood' means 'a temporary state of mind or quality of feeling,' can I say New York is a pretty moody place?  It’s always changing its mind, always in a state of change."
Monica Ferrell, Words Without Borders

Monday, July 19, 2021

Unmatched Energy


"When I leave New York, it feels like my life moves in slow motion. There's an energy in this city that is, in my experience, unmatched anywhere else.  Walking around, you'll see so many different people doing so many different things — so much so that if you stop to look around for a minute, you start to feel like you're behind. This energetic vibe fuels me through my workdays. And being in a city where possibilities feel endless keeps me wanting more — more career success, experiences, and relationships."
Joey Hadden, Insider

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fire Under Your Feet

"Mon Dieu, if this New York is not a terrible hot place! The streets, they are like fire beneath your feet!"
Linda Ladd, Silverswept

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Country of Origin


"If New York kind of feels like the country that my family originates from, there’s something about the Upper West Side in particular that’s like the capital of that country — a place of origin where I feel like I understand the history and the archetypes pretty well.”
Ezra Koenig, Variety

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Muttering to Yourself

"I’ve always found an avenue here for my own word obsessions and compulsion to mimic people vocally. I think New York is the only city in America where you can walk down the street muttering to yourself and nobody really pays attention.”
Edward Norton, New York Post

Monday, July 12, 2021

Constant Change

"Change in New York City is so constant that it goes unnoticed. To live here is to witness neighborhoods evolve gradually, then quickly; to watch scaffolding be taken down one day only to be put up halfway down the block the next; to reminisce about the restaurant that used to be there, the good one."
Andrea Whittle, W Magazine

Friday, July 9, 2021

Where All the Garbage Goes

"For the most part Staten Island is where all of the garbage goes. I lived not far from the largest garbage dump in the world. In fact, I think there's something else you can see from space now, but basically it used to be that you could only see the Great Wall of China and the garbage dump. Those were the two man-made things you could see from space."
Craig Mazin, IGN

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Relationship with New York


"This is where my home is. I don’t have a place somewhere else to run off to. People that don’t live here, they just picture it to be this very lonely place. And it can be lonely, but it’s really not. I just feel a tremendous amount of pride being here, because it’s where I live. I’m in a relationship with this city, to some extent. It made so much possible for me in this country, so I don’t want to abandon it."
Sebastian Stan, The Cut

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Urban Heat Island

"Scientists call Manhattan 'an urban heat island,' and it feels that way too, shimmering and expanding during the long, sweltering days. Street smells ripen, sidewalks bulge with tree roots, and birdsong turns to bird-roar over the rising pleas of the ice-cream truck. The sun is a mad conductor, whipping his metropolitan orchestra into a din that pummels every sense. Everything gets louder, closer, brighter."
Maeve Higgins, Maeve in America

Monday, July 5, 2021

Contrast and Contradiction


"New York is the quintessence of contrast, if not contradiction: a progressive neighborhood that forces the shutdown of a hotel converted into a homeless shelter; a group of volunteers who tends to gardens and disdains its fellow man; luxury pet stores in front of which homeless people sleep; the closure of a futurist tower because of several suicides due to a lack of a future... A frenetic anthill, full of people in search of a pipe dream or sustenance, that demands continues movement, like a cyclist's to avoid falling from a bike."
María Antonia Sánchez-Vallejo, El País

Friday, July 2, 2021

Cultures Through People


"I love New York because it’s the only city in the world that accommodates so much diversity and allows us to experience various cultures through people."
Varsha Thapa, Fashion Week Daily 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Everything at Your Fingertips


"New York is the most magnificent city on the planet. It’s got everything at your fingertips. We utilize the city… If you use New York in the right way, it can be the most amazing place on earth. "
Shoshanna Lonstein, New York Family

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Summer in New York


"Summer in New York CityIt's hotIt's humid. And everyone's just a little more pissed off than usual. Scratch that. A lot more."
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Jessica Jones

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Place to Be


"New York is the place to be, where things happen, where he can be himself without hiding, without trying to change, to conform."
Patrizia Chen, It Takes Two

Monday, June 28, 2021

Golden Door


"New York is a harbor
It was so then, and ever more

It holds a dream

Tells a story

A distant boat, a golden door

It’s New York, it’s New York, it’s New York
Dar Williams, New York is a Harbor

Friday, June 25, 2021

Best Place to Go on a Date

"New York is probably the best place to go on a date. And if at any point it's terrible, you can hail a cab and run!"
Matthew Grey Gubler, Glamour

Thursday, June 24, 2021

No End to Dreams


"It is the only city in the world where nothing ever stops. I love that effervescence, that feeling that everything is possible. New York pulls you up, there is no end to your dreams."
Pauline Leveque Levy, Forbes

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Public Perception


"One thing about New York is you can understand how you're perceived really easily if you just get on the train, by the way people look at you. But there's still an anonymity in it."
Morgan Saylor, Harpers Bazaar

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Social Rules


"New York is still very much like the city you read about in Edith Wharton and Henry James, with all those social rules and girls wanting to get married."
Plum Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald

Monday, June 21, 2021

Two Sides of a Coin


"I love New York because she's everything I've ever known and yet still somehow remains a mystery. She's two sides of a coin. She'll raise you up and then she'll also chew you up and spit you out. She's honest, she's real, she's tough but loving. She's regal and yet scrappy. Think about that: the greatest city in the world and yet somehow still an underdog."
Sebastian Arcelus, NYC Next

Friday, June 18, 2021

Restless City


"New York is certainly altogether the most bustling , cheerful , lifeful , restless city I have yet seen in the United States . Nothing and nobody seem to stand still for half a moment in New York."
Lady Emmeline Stuart-Wortley,
Travels in the United States, Etc., During 1849 and 1850

Thursday, June 17, 2021


"We might sound like parrots, but I can't think of a better word to describe everything. New York is WOW!"
Laurie Friedman, Mallory and Mary Ann Take New York

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Lights Out


"I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all."
Billy Joel, Miami 2017

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Extreme City


 "This is the most important lesson you must learn on your first day here. New York is an extreme city, the most of the most and the least of the least, mixed, combined, canned, and living cheek to cheek and shoulder to shoulder."
Gonzalo de Cora Sierto,
Humanos y marcianos en Nueva York


Monday, June 14, 2021

Man in Command

"Have you ever been to New York, Hastings? No? It is a beautiful city. Beautiful. There each street is at right angles to each avenue and each avenue is numbered nicely -- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Man is in command there."
Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Poirot

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Whole Deal


"Maybe New York will emerge as something new, just as St. Marks has every 10 or 15 years. That's kind of the whole deal. It probably won't be that new, though. And it certainly won't be dead. This is not an old city by the standards of the wider world, but it's old enough that believing a single plague would break its back forever verges on human delusion."
Jack Holmes, Esquire

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Most Important European Town

"New York is for me, the most important ‘European’ town in the world. Many people think New York is America, but it’s not true. New York is New York first. Culturally speaking, it’s the most integrated and disintegrated town in the world. It is full of different cultures, and for me, it’s European."
Piero Lissoni, Design Boom

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New York Loves Humans


"New York just might be the only city that loves humans: loves our mess, loves our funk... and the fashion? Forgetaboutit. We don't own cars. We own clothes."
Whoopi Goldberg, Vogue

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Essence of New York


"The idea that New York is over makes some people angry, but it makes me laugh. It's such a ridiculous idea. Everything changes in New York. That’s the essence of a city. There is not a square foot of New York City that is the same as when I got here in 1970."
Fran Lebowitz, Harper's Bazaar

Monday, June 7, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Surprising Miracle


"New York is a miracle that surprises me more with each passing day. There are no statues on this island that has been sliced into perpendicular, regular rectangles, nor domes or gardens. This gray, angular concrete jungle rises up, without a curve or an unexpected spiral, or a wisp of green. Wherever you look you find hard edges, geometric steel fire escapes, stone cubes. Despite this lack of grace it has a certain magic, which emanates from the skyscrapers that rise up like petrified giants and from the terror that quickens your breath as you walk down its endless avenues. At the end of each avenue, a patch of blue liberates you from fear. The sun, reflected against the windows, gleams brighter than diamonds. And at night, the windows burn hotter than stars."
Oriana Fallaci,  Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Forever and Ever

"New York is never fucking finished. The
 nonstop The nonstop thrum-thrum-thrumming of jackhammers and the clanking of a new scaffolding being put up or taken down and the cranes that dangle in the sky like the sword of Damocles. It's always being demolished and rebuilt and demolished and rebuilt, forever and ever and ever."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Incredible Energy

"New York has this incredible energy that can only come from millions of people from somewhere else converging in one place to make their dreams come true. It’s the magic that makes it the city it is."
Christian Cowan, Fashion Week Daily 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Public City

"The nice thing about living in New York, is that it’s such a public city, meaning it’s small and there are millions of us, so naturally you keep to yourself. We’ve all got different lives.”
Paul Dano, WSJ Magazine

Monday, May 31, 2021

Assisted-Living Facility

"New York is big, fast, energetic and has the most and best of everything. While it can push the senses, it’s the most convenient place to live. It’s much easier for a ninety-year-old to live in New York City than in the suburbs. NYC is the best mass assisted-living facility on the planet." Douglas Brunt, The Huffington Post

Friday, May 28, 2021

Where You Survive

"My mom fell in love with New York and was very determined to find a way for us to live here. I remember visiting when I was little, and she passed to me this idea about New York, like: This is where you come from, and this is where you invent yourself, and this is where you make it. This is where you survive."
Sebastian Stan, The Cut

Thursday, May 27, 2021

New York Postpandemic

"I don’t worry about New York postpandemic. The city will be different, true. It has to be, and one hopes this crisis will serve as a chance to redress inequality. Betting against the polyphonic resilience of a city such as New York is a losing proposition. Its residents are well-practised in the art of crisis."
Craig Taylor, The Globa and Mail

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Place to Go

"'I think everybody who comes to New York wants to achieve something, or is looking for something, or is there for the adventure that the city has to offer. I have the feeling whenever somebody makes that step and leaves everything else behind because they want to throw themselves into life and give it their all, New York is the place to go."
Christian Ditter,

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Craziest Feeling

"It’s the craziest feeling to leave New York. It does absolutely feel like capitulation because you didn’t WIN at New York to where you own a million dollar brownstone that now costs 4 million or whatever. But it also feels like breaking up with everyone you’ve ever loved all at the same time. It feels like you’re going on the spaceship to colonize another planet or something. It feels completely fucked up and scary and incorrect to leave this place."
Mary HK Choi, The Awl

Monday, May 24, 2021

Belonging in New York City


"When I was ten years old in Indiana, I remember looking around thinking, 'There's been an enormous mistake. I'm not supposed to be here.' I belong in New York City. I need New York City's energy, diversity, and the convenience."
JIm Gaffigan, Dad is Fat

Friday, May 21, 2021

More Thrilling Version of Yourself

"I love New Yorkers. I love their sass, their intelligence, their thrill for life. I love the city's beauty, I love the city's noise, I love the city's architecture. I love New York City's theaters, museums, and music and nightclubs. I love New York City's quiet streets and bustling streets. I love the way that this city changes you every day you live here and makes you a more thrilling and opened version of yourself."
Raúl Esparza, NYC Next

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Everybody Moves

"What makes this city different is that nobody expects to be in one
 place for ten minutes. Everybody moves all the time. Seven nameless men own everything and move us around on a board. People are swept out into the streets because the owners need the space. Then they are swept off the streets because someone owns the air they breathe. Men buy and sell air in the sky and there are bodies heaped together in boxes on the sidewalk. then they sweep away the boxes."

Don DeLillo, Mao II

Wednesday, May 19, 2021



"There’s a certain claustrophobia to New York. You don’t escape in the East Village, but it at least feels full of camaraderie and youth—or full of camaraderie and youth in an East Village that is as full of Chase banks and Starbucks as the Upper West Side, or anywhere else in Manhattan."
Timothée Chalamet, GQ

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Own Little Corner

"When you grow up in the city, New York is so big that you can kind of stay in your own little corner of the city and think that that's it because you don't need anything. You don't have to venture out; you don't have to touch the boroughs. You can kind of stay in your neighborhood and there's everything there."
Michael Che, Public Radio Tulsa

Monday, May 17, 2021

New York Stands

"New York is a harbor
The dreamers work with calloused hands
And who you are
Will survive you
The pattern fades, the city stands
It’s New York, it’s New York, it’s New York."
Dar Williams, New York is a Harbor