Friday, February 26, 2021

Embraced and Challenged

"Looking for an adventure? There is always one to be found. New York City has that rare ability to simultaneously make you feel embraced and challenged, all at once, every single day. As long as I live here, I will never be bored."
Will Guidara, quoted in The Points Guy

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sliding Texture

"New York has a sliding texture, like a toboggan. Everyone is in movement and everyone wants to succeed."
√Āgatha Ruiz de la Prada, Humanos y marcianos en Nueva York II

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Individual New York

"The cosmopolis remains forever a mystery and a marvel, inspirational and infuriating, arousing both loathing and longing. Whether you're a resident, visitor, or commuter, your New York is different from everyone else's. "
Laura Pedersen, Life in New York

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Coldness and Callousness

"Anyone who has lived in New York is well aware of
 the coldness and callousness of people there. Mind your own business, don't get involved, don't make eye contact, and don't talk to strangers. Watch New Yorkers on an elevator: each person unerringly finds a spot as far away from everyone else as possible and develops a great interest in examining the ceiling."
Bernard Rollin, 
Putting the Horse Before Descartes

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Most Perfect City

Manhattan (Pixabay)

"New York is the most perfect city. It never sleeps. It dazzles all its visitors. In this city, the richest man of our poor country would feel like a beggar, the most corrupted person like a saint, the most ignorant like a wise person, the wisest like an ignoramus."
Unnamed undocumented immigrant, quoted in La Chulla Vida

Friday, February 19, 2021

Desperate Passion

"New York is a woman, she'll make you cry
And to her you're just another guy
And she's every girl you've seen in every movie
Every dame you've ever known on late night TV
In her steam and steel is the passion you feel
Suzanne Vega, New York is a Woman

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The City We Love

"Right now the city that we love is crippled, as sure as if it's been under attack for the last year. The city we love needs us here."
Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), Blue Bloods

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

New York, New York

"New York, New York. City so nice they named it twice. Manhattan is the other name."
Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Atomic Collider

Daily News Building (Wikimedia Commons)

"This city will come back when it’s once again a magnet that draws people in; the electric, the eccentric, the hucksters, the hustlers, the immigrants, the schemers and the refugees. All 8 million-plus people, and, we hope, plenty more, pack in like sardines across the city’s square miles — in offices, on stages, streets, sidewalks, in restaurants, hospitals and hallways of high-rises. What happens next is the human equivalent of an atomic collider, the machine that speeds up tiny particles and sends them smashing into each other. That collision creates energy."
Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News

Monday, February 15, 2021

Fancy Restaurant

"Living in New York is like going to a fancy restaurant. You know you can’t afford to taste the best things on the menu, so you split an expensive appetizer, you order a glass of tap water, and you call it a night. But you still get to tell everyone that you ate there."
Keri Savoca, Medium

Friday, February 12, 2021

Hanging Out with the Popular Kids

"I've long held the belief that being a fan or a cheerleader of New York is ethically and aesthetically dubious. Like the Yankees and, for that matter, the Mets, New York needs no more fans. This place is dense with wealth, with cultural capital, with anecdote; it is the setting for too many movies, books, and television shows. To be a vocal fan of New York is like hanging out with the popular kids."

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Great Metropolis

Manhattan skyline (Pixabay)

"Tough times lay ahead. New York is not going to be 'finished' by a pandemic, though. The great metropolises — Rome, Paris, London, Berlin — have all been wracked by plagues and war and upheaval. And the throngs return, as they will to New York, a great metropolis."
Matthew Conlon, Marketwatch

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

No Big Deal

"Everybody say New York is big deal, number-one city. I say no. New York no big deal, too old. Not too smart. China smarter. Shanghai much more smarter."
Colin Harrison, The Finder

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

New York is Here to Stay

"New York City is not going down the drain. New York City is here to stay and it's still the greatest city in the world."
Abraham Beame, Pretend It's a City

Monday, February 8, 2021

Elbow Sharpener

"New York is a great elbow sharpener, and it rewards those willing to go through doors that are not yet open. What you find on the other side can change your life."
Ben Widdicombe, Gatecrasher

Friday, February 5, 2021

Having a Car in New York

"Having a car in New York is like having a baby. They start crying in the middle of the night. You constantly have to worry about where they are. You have to mop up their leaks."
Caren Lissner, Carrie Pilby

Thursday, February 4, 2021

To Live in a Dream

"New York is bliss, again. The stores are selling all sorts of aspirations to all sorts of possibilities and being here in a land of so much promise—and so many promises—is to live in a dream."
Zelda Fitzgerald, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Agent of Apathy

"The world is indifferent and uncaring and
 New York is its agent of apathy. New York doesn't give a damn."
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Greatest Vampire

"New York is immortal, the greatest vampire that ever lived. Mount Olympus wants to be New York, but there is only one.  Often imitated yet NEVER duplicated.... not even close."
Whoopi Goldberg, Travel and Leisure Magazine

Monday, February 1, 2021


"I love New York because it has taught me so much about myself. The city turns you into a fighter; it toughens you up and makes you strong. I love the many different people and cultures that are joining together."
Maya Stepper, Fashion Week Daily