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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.
Anita Wise


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 Leonard Bernstein.

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
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