New York, New York
The town so nice, they named it twice.
"There are six million stories in the naked city."
— intro, The Naked City note
In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do.
Now you're in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you.
Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York...
"New York City
! If aliens had to come to Earth... well, no wonder they came here."
"Everything outside of New York is Bridgeport."
— variously attributed
"The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."
"It is by all odds the loftiest of cities. It even managed to reach the highest point in the sky at the lowest moment of the Depression.”
—E. B. White
"Noo Yawk is grim, and gritty, and realistic. There are big black buildings with little white squares on, and water towers, and manholes and lots of other gritty stuff."
"I don't really fuckin' care. You wanna know fuckin' why? 'Cause I don't fuckin' live in the fuckin' world, I live in fuckin' New York City, so go fuck yourself!"
—Henry Hackett, The Paper
"This is it, Julie
, The Big Apple. New York, New York. City of ten million dreams ... and one parking space."
"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion." Uh, no, make that: "He-he . . . romanticized it all out of proportion." Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black-and-white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin." Uh, no let me start this over. "Chapter One. He was too romantic about Manhattan as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles." Nah, corny, too corny for a man of my taste (coughs) Let me - let me try and make it more profound. "Chapter One. He adored New York City. To him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that cause so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in-" No, it's gonna be too preachy. I mean, you know, let's face it, I wanna sell some books here. "Chapter One. He adored New York City, although to him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage." Too angry. I don't wanna be angry. "Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat." I love this. "New York was his town, and it always would be."
The largest Dutch settlement at the time was New Amsterdam, located on the site of what is now New York City and which had established a thriving economy based on illegal parking. So one day an English individual named James 'Duke of' York sailed into the harbor with his fleet and captured New Amsterdam without the Dutch firing a single shot. He was able to do this because at the time the city's commissioner for the Department of Firing Back was testifying before the Special Grand Jury to Investigate Municipal Corruption, which is still in session. And thus was the name of New Amsterdam changed to "The Big Apple."