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As we say in New York,
The last time anybody made
a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense
snuck in at number 79.
For most visitors to
Manhattan, both foreign and domestic, New York is the Shrine of the Good Time.
This is only natural, for outsiders come to New York for the sole purpose of
having a good time, and it is for their New York hosts to provide it.
visiting Englishman, or the visiting Californian, is convinced that New York is
made up of millions of gay pixies, flittering about constantly in a
sophisticated manner in search of a new thrill. "I don't see how you stand
it," they often say to the native New Yorker who has been sitting up past
his bedtime for a week in an attempt to tire his guest out.
New York is the biggest
collection of villages in the world.
The thing that impressed me
then as now about New York . . . was the sharp, and at the same time immense,
contrast it showed between the dull and the shrewd, the strong and the weak,
the rich and the poor, the wise and the ignorant . . . the strong, or those who
ultimately dominated, were so very strong, and the weak so very, very weak--
and so very, very many.
New York is a different
country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks
differently, acts differently --they just don't know what the hell the rest of
the United States is.
New York is an arrogant
city; it has always wanted to be all things to all people, and a surprising
amount of the time it has succeeded. It has always been a city of commerce, and
the values of commerce have tended to supercede other values. There is no
pretense here of excessive gentility, and the rush was always to the new, the
large, the prosperous, the fashionable.
The city of right angles
and tough, damaged people.
This is New York, a combat
zone, and everyone has to have an angle or they're not allowed over the bridges
or through the tunnels. Let them have their angles, it's what they live for.
You got better things to worry about, like making sure the people that actually
matter don't try any funny stuff.
You come to New York to
find the ambiance that will evoke your best. You do not necessarily know
precisely what that might be, but you come to New York to discover it.
Dr. James Hillman
It wasn't until I got to
New York that I became Kansan. Everyone there kept reminding me they were
Jewish or Irish, or whatever, so I kept reminding them that I was mid-western.
Before I knew it, I actually began to brag about being from Kansas! I discovered
I had something a bit unique, but it was the nature of New York that forced me
to claim my past.
Cut off as I am, it is
inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy
world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return
home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real and I
myself am not a dream.
The faces in New York
remind me of people who played a game and lost.
No one as yet had
approached the management of New York in a proper spirit; that is to say,
regarding it as the shiftless outcome of squalid barbarism and reckless
extravagance. No one is likely to do so, because reflections on the long narrow
pig-trough are construed as malevolent attacks against the spirit and majesty
of the American people, and lead to angry comparisons.
To start with, there's the
alien accent. "Tree" is the number between two and four.
"Jeintz" is the name of the New York professional football team. A
"fit" is a bottle measuring seven ounces less than a quart. This
exotic tongue has no relationship to any of the approved languages at the
United Nations, and is only slightly less difficult to master than Urdu.
As a city, New York moves
in the forefront of today's great trend of great cities toward neurosis. She is
confused, self-pitying, helpless and dependent.
A hundred times have I
thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful
In New York it's not
whether you win or lose--it's how you lay the blame.
When you leave New York,
you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.
Not only is New York the
nation's melting pot, it is also the casserole, the chafing dish and the
Mayor John V. Lindsay
Robinson Crusoe, the
self-sufficient man, could not have lived in New York City.
New York attracts the most
people in the world in the arts and professions. It also attracts them in other
fields. Even the bums are talented.
I come from New York, where
if you fall down they pick you up by your wallet.
A car is useless in New
York, essential everywhere else, the same with good manners.
A person who speaks good
English in New York sounds like a foreigner.
My one thought is to get
out of New York, to experience something genuinely American.
New York has a trip-hammer
vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner
He speaks English with the
flawless imperfection of a New Yorker.
Roaming the streets of New
York, we encountered many examples of this delightful quality of New Yorkers,
forever on their toes, violently, restlessly involving themselves in the
slightest situation brought to their attention, always posing alternatives,
always ready with an answer or an argument.
New York, the nation's
The city is not a concrete
jungle, it is a human zoo.
Unfortunately there are
still people in other areas who regard New York City not as a part of the
United States, but as a sort of excrescence fastened to our Eastern shore and
peopled by the less venturesome waves of foreigners who failed to go West to
the genuine American frontier.
Most human beings are driven
to seek security and comfort. But there is another group that can only thrive
on change and the unexpected of New York.
The thing I can't tell is
whether cab drivers yield to each other out of fear or respect.
New York Policeman
I miss the animal buoyancy
in New York, and the animal vitality. I do not mind that it had no meaning and
A New Yorker is a person
with an almost inordinate interest in mental health, which is only natural
considering how much of that it takes to live here.
New York Times
"Been in the city
long?" inquired the New Yorker, getting ready for the exact tip against
the waiter's coming with large change from the bill. "Me?" said the
man from Topaz City. "Four days. Never in Topaz City, was you?"
"I" said the New Yorker. "I was never farther west than Eighth
Avenue. I had a brother who died on Ninth, but I met the cortege at Eighth . .
. I cannot say I am familiar with the West."
In dress, habits, manners,
provincialism, routine and narrowness, he acquired that charming insolence,
that irritating completeness, that sophisticated crassness, that overbalanced
poise that make the Manhattan gentleman so delightfully small in his greatness.
I've been in New York for
ten years, and the only people who are nice to us turn out to be Moonies.
"One day there was
four innocent people shot. That's the best shooting done in this town. Hard to
find four innocent people in New York."
That's the New York thing,
isn't it. People who seem absolutely crazy going around telling you how crazy
they used to be before they had therapy.
Manhattan is a narrow
island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch.
As we drew near New York I
was at first amused, and then somewhat staggered, by the cautious and grisly
tales that went around. You would have thought we were to land upon a cannibal
island. You must speak to no one in the streets, as they would not leave 'til
you were rooked and beaten. You must enter a hotel lobby with military
precautions; for the least you had to apprehend was to awake the next morning
without money and baggage, or necessary raiment, a lone forked radish in a bed;
and if the worst befell, you would instantly and mysteriously disappear from
the ranks of mankind.
Robert Lewis Stevenson
New York has more hermits
than will be found in all the forests, mountains and deserts of the United
Skyscraper national park.