I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone's
away. There's something very sensuous about it - overripe, as
if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands. F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby.
The city is going to survive, we are going to get through
it. It's going to be very, very difficult time. I don't think
we yet know the pain that we're going to feel when we find
out who we lost, but the thing we have to focus on now is
getting this city through this, and surviving and being stronger
for it. Rudy Giuliani Mayor of New York at press conference after
terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001.
More than we can bear. Rudy Giuliani Asked to estimate the casualties in New
York on September 11, 2001.
When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean
the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough. Fran Lebowitz
New York has always been going to hell but somehow it never
gets there. Robert Persig
I had to move to New York for health reasons. I'm very paranoid
and New York is the only place where my fears are justified.
New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a
scandal. Its politics are used to frighten children. Its traffic
is madness. Its competition is murderous. But there is one
thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has
become your home, no other place is good enough. John Steinbeck
A city whose living immediacy is so urgent that when I am
in it I lose all sense of the past. Kenneth Tynan
Some people say, 'New York's a great place to visit, but
I wouldn't want to live there.' I say that about other places. Robert De Niro
New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately
dire. Henry James
There are 2 million interesting people in New York, and only
78 in Los Angeles. Neil Simon Playboy interview 1979.
There is no crime in New York. There's nothing left to steal. Henny Youngman
New York is a sucked orange. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Manhattan. Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across
the hundreds of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat
finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and
you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. Albert Camus American Journals.
Each man reads his own meaning into New York. Meyer Berger
New York, New York, a helluva town.
The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down.
The people ride in a hole in the groun'.
New York, New York, it's a helluva town! Betty Comden and Adolph Green From the musical, On the Town, music by
Make your mark in New York and you are a made man. Mark Twain
New York: A third-rate Babylon. H. L. Mencken
New York has more hermits than will be found in all the forests,
mountains and deserts of the United States. Simeon Strunsky
A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get
you a seat. New York Proverb
There is little in New York that does not spring from money.
It is not a town of ideas; it is not even a town of causes.
But what issues out of money is often extremely brilliant,
and I believe that it is more brilliant in New York than it
has even been anywhere else. H. L. Mencken
New York is too strenuous for me; it gets on my nerves. Ambrose Bierce
If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where
else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome
itself. John Lennon
Every great wave of popular passion that rolls up on the
prairies is dashed to spray when it strikes the hard rocks
of Manhattan. H. L. Mencken
Sometimes I get bored riding down the beautiful streets of
L.A. I know it sounds crazy, but I just want to go to New
York and see people suffer. Donna Summer
New York is where you can get the best cheap meal and the
lousiest expensive meal in the country. Robert C. Weaver
Well, little old Noisyville-on-the-Subway is good enough
for me. O. Henry
A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else.
The same with good manners. Mignon McLaughlin
More and more too, the old name absorbs into me - Mannahatta,
'the place encircled by many swift tides and sparkling waters.'
How fit a name for America's great democratic island city!
The word itself, how beautiful! how aboriginal! how it seems
to rise with tall spires, glistening in sunshine, with such
New World atmosphere, vista, and action! Walt Whitman
Hemingway described literary New York as a bottle full of
tapeworms trying to feed on each other. John Updike
This is the first sensation of life in New York - you feel
that the Americans have practically added a new dimension
to space. They move almost as much on the perpendicular as
on the horizontal plane. When they find themselves a little
crowded, they simply tip a street on end and call it a skyscraper. William Archer
Tip to out-of-town visitors: If you buy something here in
New York and want to have it shipped home, be suspicious if
the clerk tells you they don't need your name and address. David Letterman
A real New Yorker is someone who thinks that if you live
anywhere else, you're just kidding. George S. Kaufman
New York - that unnatural city where every one is an exile,
none more so than the American. Charlotte Perkins Gilman
I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America,
but the business and administrative centre of American culture. Saul Bellow
Everything in New York is built upon another thing, nothing
is entirely by itself, each thing as strange as the last, and
connected. Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin.
New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the
world. F. Scott Fitzgerald