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There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?  ~ Woody Allen

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.  ~ Agatha Christie

I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.  ~ John F. Kennedy

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.  ~ Peter Shaffer

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.  ~ Groucho Marx

The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.  ~ John Updike

There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die.  ~ Walt Whitman

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  ~ Tom Wolfe

l love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.  ~ Rick Riordan

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I'd die for my fans.  ~ Lady Gaga

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.  ~ Fran Lebowitz

Each man reads his own meaning into New York.  ~ Meyer Berger

Everybody ought to have a Lower East Side in their life.  ~ Irving Berlin

New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don’t know what the hell the rest of the United States is.  ~ Henry Ford

For in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy.  ~ Evelyn Waugh

When you leave New York you ain't going anywhere.  ~ Jimmy Breslin

London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.  ~ Dorothy Parker

I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.  ~ Nora Ephron

No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.  ~ Michael Bloomberg

I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.  ~ Lady Gaga

I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid.  ~ Sherwood Anderson

Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.  ~ Dorothy Parker

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.  ~ Albert Camus

If you're not in New York, you're camping out.  ~ Thomas E. Dewey

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.  ~ Simone de Beauvoir

New York remains what it has always been: a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring – it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence.  ~ Paul Goldberger

Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.  ~ Nora Ephron

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