New York Quotes

The earlier years of my business were so reflective of my youth, my life and New York.

I’ve always felt like if someone asks me something, they want the real answer. I think there’s also something about being from Kansas. Usually people think I’m from New York. The only similarity between New Yorkers and Midwesterners is that what you see is what you get.

I always felt that I would be somebody, but it still surprises me. Like when I drive through Times Square and see my billboard. Or when I got a standing ovation on Broadway for my role in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Or when I finished the marathon. Or when I perform at Madison Square […]

New York is a melting pot, especially where I grew up in the Bronx. I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, and there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so […]

New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience – if they did they would live elsewhere.

The city is like poetry: it compresses all life into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.

New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village – the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!

New York is nothing like Paris; it is nothing like London; and it is not Spokane multiplied by sixty, or Detroit multiplied by four. 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. The Empire Stare Building […]

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, […]

From the moment a New Yorker is confronted with almost any large city of Europe, it is impossible for him to pretend to himself that his own city is anything other than an unscrupulous real-estate speculation.