Quotes / New York City

We met in the springtime at a rock-and-roll show
It was on the Bowery when it was time to go
We kissed on the subway in the middle of the night
I held your hand, you held mine, it was the best night of my life

'Cause everyone's your friend in New York City
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see
But the best thing about New York City is you and me

The Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry,
Co-op City, Katz's and Tiffany's
Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge,
the Empire State where King Kong lived
Coney Island and Times Square, Rockefeller Center
Wish I was there
"New York City" by grrl-rock group cub, though you may be more familiar with TMBG's version.

"New York is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch."
— Raymond Solokov

"If this was the Roman Empire I'd live in Rome. Today, it is the American Empire, so I live in New York!
John Lennon

So Fiskís evil plot to gentrify Hellís Kitchen and destroy its local character seems a little bit late. As Fisk talks about his rough experiences growing up in the area, it feels like he should be sipping fair trade coffee and enjoying an organic bagel. ďWhen I was a kid, I used to dream about what it would be likeÖ to live somewhere far away from Hellís Kitchen,Ē he tells Vanessa, glossing over the fact that there are kids now who dream about being able to afford the opportunity to live somewhere in Hellís Kitchen.

"But maybe there's something inherent in Manhattan's geography and climate that makes it the only place where New York City, in spirit and form, can truly exist. I was watching a documentary about the city a while back, and they had Donald Trump come on (don't laugh), and Trump explained how the bedrock underneath Manhattan was uniquely suited to supporting shitloads of buildings and city infrastructure on top of it. Now, he's probably full of shit, because he's always full of shit. But maybe, when you try to recreate NYC 800 miles to the south, you end up with Jacksonville, no matter how hard you try to avoid it."
Drew Magary

Manhattan (which is as much of NY as is dealt with in most texts) is highly foregrounded and highly dramatic. It is a city whose fate can be seen: a vast Polder, with a circumambient Threshold and Portals galore. In all of this, NY differs radically from London, the only city more frequently found in fantasy texts (apart, possibly, from New Orleans). London, though it contains worlds of drama, is very rarely itself the occasion of drama. Contrariwise, many fantasy novels deal with NY as an entity inside which, and to which and in terms of which, portentous events may occur.
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) entry on New York City

New York, New York —
A hell of a town
The Bronx is up and the Battery's down
The People ride in a hole in the ground
New York, New York —
It's a hell of a town.
Leonard Bernstein, "New York, New York", On the Town

Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York!
— "New York, New York" (sung by Liza Minelli for the Martin Scorsese movie New York, New York, but covered famously by Frank Sinatra)

New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you canít do
Now youíre in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let's hear it for New York...
— "Empire State of Mind"

"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. OKÖ 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, now 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." Ah, corny, too corny for, you know, my taste. 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 caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in..." No, itís gonna be too preachy, I mean, you know, letís 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 donít 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." Oh, I love this! "New York was his town, and it always would be."
— Woody Allen's opening monologue to Manhattan