Friday, October 29, 2021

Upper East Side Money

"On the Upper East Side,  money is never the real story. It's usually just the X that marks the spot for what's buried beneath it."
Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg), Gossip Girl

Thursday, October 28, 2021

New York Comeback

"After September 11, the financial crisis of 2008, and even during the pandemic, I chose to remain optimistic about New York’s imminent comeback. No other place has the amount of infrastructure, culture, and everything that city life has to offer. New York will always be one of the greatest places to live. New York is energy!"
Miki Naftali,

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New York Block

"New York is really a series of small towns. A man
 familiar on one block will be unknown on the next."
Rich Cohen, The Last Pirate of New York

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

New York Trip

"Introduce you to the new walk, nigga, and the new talk, nigga
That's how we do when we in New York, nigga
Yeah! Yeah! I'm on my New York shit
Every hood love me for my New York skill
I got a lot of money on that New York strip
Gully, rock a scully with a New York fit
Yeah! I'm on my New York shit
Run up in The Tunnel catch a New York vick
O.D.B. reppin' New York sick
Shit, you want the truth, take a New York trip."
Busta Rhymes, New York Shit

Monday, October 25, 2021

The People's City

"Why do I love New York City? More than any place else, New York represents a new start, a new beginning, a new life for the millions of immigrants who believed and continue to believe in this great and precarious experiment called democracy. And nowhere else is the fabric of democracy more intricate and colorfully woven than New York City, with ethnicities and origins of literally every language and color, every culture, every cuisine. Why do I love New York, New York? Because it's the people's city."
Stephen Lang, NYC Next

Friday, October 22, 2021

River that Runs Both Ways

"I wonder whether, if aliens dropped down in their spaceship
 right now, right here, on this rooftop, and they looked out over all of New York, the Emerald City, the Promised Land, gleaming around us, would they think, 'What a piece of work is man,' or 'What a fucking piece of work is man'or would the aliens, in their infinite wisdom, with their intergalactic travel and their spaceships and their telekinesis and their superior intelligence, would they understand, would they know, that we are a river that runs both ways?"
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

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