Friday, December 31, 2021

Global Tradition

Times Square (Wikimedia Commons)

"Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31, the eyes of the world turn once 
more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration — it's a global tradition. The world holds its breath, and cheers as the clocks strike twelve."

Thursday, December 30, 2021

In Need of New York

"The New York I know and love was front and centre of some of the most creative counterculture movements of our times. The city still doesn't sleep, but she's been dozing for a couple of decades. I hope she stops hitting the snooze button soon, because music -- as well a art, film and fashion -- needs her."
Huey Morgan, Renegades of Music & Why We Still Need Them

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Functional Utopia

"Brooklyn is the conscience of New York. While Manhattan tears everything down and changes everything, Brooklyn does a similar thing, but fails miserably at it. It is a crazy quilt of a place. A mongrel place of sorts. It mixes old and modern in a haphazard way. It represents a tiny microcosm of the world—functional utopia."
Jonathan Lethem, quoted in The Brooklynites

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

People Watching

"I think the best thing about New York City is the energy and the people, and there's no other city like it. That's why when you come here, you are intoxicated by it and just love to people watch: the best thing in the city."
Michael Strahan, The Hollywood Reporter

Monday, December 27, 2021

Unnatural and Otherwordly

"New York is not nice. It is unnatural and otherworldly. There are moments it can be sweet, but at its best, it is jarring. It can be distorted, loud, unpredictable and heavy. It can make you feel like you’re the only person in a crowded room. It can make you feel like you'll never be alone."
Erica Hawkins,

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and that 2022 brings you much success, joy, health -- and the end of this pandemic.
NY Daily Quote

Friday, December 24, 2021

Bustling New York

"Rockefeller's covered in the lights
Families are playing on the ice
From Harlem to the Battery
Every corner's bustling
Suddenly it's Christmas in New York."
Lea Michele, Christmas in New York

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Gibbering Zoo

Central Park Zoo (Wikimedia Commons)

"You might expect New Yorkers to be unusually cool people. Shouldn’t their ownership of the cultural epicentre of the American century, if not the Chinese one, confer on them a rare smoothness, a serene and commanding urbaneness? Um, nope. Like most other unhealthily large concentrations of humanoid biomass, New York is in fact a gibbering zoo of neurotics, dorks and freaks. Their brains are so cooked by life inside the volcano of late capitalism that they have no idea how to be cool, and no desire to either."
Carlos Amato, Mail & Guardian

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Imagine New York City

"Imagine a place where you were free to be whoever you wanted to be. Imagine a place where you could bring your biggest, boldest dreams and pursue them. Imagine a place where everybody is different, yet everobody is connected by the energy and the love for this place. This place is New York City."
Mazine Lineham, NYC Next

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

New Yorkers' Egos

Midtown Manhattan (Pixabay)

"It’s a proven Fact that Manhattan is the center of the Universe. Everything you’ve heard is true. The egos of most New Yorkers are bigger and more inflated than the Yankees’ salary cap. But they’ve earned it. So just deal. If you live there, you’ll end up with one, too."
Kristin Norton, Movoto

Monday, December 20, 2021

Outrageous Town


Madison Square Garden

"Playing in New York is a rush that's near impossible
 to describe: the manic energy and the limitless possibilities; the worship of excellence and intolerance of failure. The feeling that something fabulous was always happening in some corner of this outrageous town."
Mark Messier, No One Wins Alone

Friday, December 17, 2021

Sensory Overload

Greenwich Village

"Living in New York is sensory overload. You're muscling your way down NY streets, you're hearing horns blaring, traffic noises and people shouting, you're inhaling pretzels up one nostril and urine up the other.... it was over-stimulation to me. It was hard to shut myself down enough to keep all that out." 

Victoria Gabrielle Pratt, quoted in IMDB

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Home Alone: Lost in New York

"How'd you get lost in New York? I know it's kind of stupid to complain about a movie that came out 17 years ago, but I wasn't a comedian back then, so I have to do it now. I wish I'd been. I wish I'd been a Def Jam Comic when that movie came out. I would have torn it to pieces. Be like 'you seen this shit? You seen this Home Alone: Lost in New York shit? It's a grid system, motherfucker. Where you at? 24th and 5th? Where you wanna go? 35th and 6th? 11 up and 1 over, you simple bitch!'"
John Mulaney, Comedy Central

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Stay Young

"I have a theory that people tend to think the real New York, the authentic New York, is the New York from when they were about 25. It's a city for young people. On some level in the city you either find a way to stay young or you get out of the way."
David Marcus, Fox News

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

One Percent

"Ninety-nine percent of your life in New York is going to happen in one percent of the city. And once you find the one percent that feels like home, the rest of the city might as well not exist. You want me to ride in a cab for seven whole minutes to meet you for dinner? Uh, too far. Out of my zone."
Elvis Duran, Where Do I Begin?

Monday, December 13, 2021

Better than Everybody Else

"Everybody from New York thinks they’re better than everybody else. Everybody, we think we’re smarter. Not just rich people. Poor people, middle-class… This is the only city that has blue-collar snobs. You know. Take somebody, two years of high school, put ’em in a room with MIT professors, after an hour, you’re like, 'What’d you think of them' 'They’re not New York. They don’t'… You know. 'They’re… They’re educated. I give ’em that. You know. They’re smart, but they don’t get it. They got their head up their ass. No common sense, you know.'
Colin Quinn, The New York Story

Friday, December 10, 2021

Something to See and Do

"My favorite thing about New York is that there is always something to do or see no matter where you go. The city is so big and the neighborhoods are so different from one another that you are never disappointed. There is something for everyone to discover all the time!"
Maud-Amelie Mingoia,

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Go-Getter Attitude

"Having lived 12 years in London, it was the perfect training for New York, as both cities share many similarities in terms of energy, creative scenes, and cultural diversity. New York is more fast paced, yes, but it is somehow easier to maneuver and to get things done here because of the positive and go-getter attitude."
Alban de Pury,

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

More Alive

Apple store in Manhattan (Pixabay)

"After living here for three years, New York still feels like a miracle. It’s like one day I realized I could actually slip through the Looking Glass. When I first arrived, everything felt so much more alive than anywhere else  I’d lived before: riding the subway, or jostling through crowds at Union Square. Even being inside took on new meaning. I would be at home— which, really, could have been an apartment anywhere — and I would think, with a shock: New York City is outside! "
Marshall Bright, Refinery29

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Violent Feelings

Brooklyn Bridge (Pixabay)

"New York is famous for provoking violent feelings. Its whole thing is that you go there once and then immediately embark on the costly and ruinous process of dismantling your own perfectly reasonable life in order to move there forever."
Rosa Lyster, The Outline

Monday, December 6, 2021

New York Means Everything

"New York means everything to me. It really is the city of dreams. With the right tools, you can make anything you desire to become reality, especially if you work hard. This is a city that can make (or break) you."
Jessica Willis,

Friday, December 3, 2021

Permanent Ups and Downs

"New York goes through a lot. It’s a place of permanent ups and downs. It’s always in flux, and it’s never quite how it’s described. One block can feel completely different from the next. The city’s intensity doesn’t come from consistency. It comes from the clash of crowds and cultures."
Mark Fedeli, Tablet Hotels Magazine

Thursday, December 2, 2021

New York Performance

"Everybody in New York is performing. As soon as you leave your apartment, you're putting on a facade."
Candace Bushnell. WSJ Magazine

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Not Dead

"The cost of living here has gone up and people are being pushed out further and further from the areas where the cool things were happening just a few years ago. It’s not the same, so a lot of people tend to be like, 'New York is dead.' I just think you have to search a little harder and go a little farther to find the cool stuff, but it’s definitely still out there. There’s a history and cultural energy here that doesn’t exist anywhere else, and I feel like I kind of forgot that until I left for a while. I went to LA for four months and when I came back I was like, 'Oh whoa. Yeah, New York is not dead as I thought it was.'"
Justin Strauss, Ace Hotel Blog