There’s New York, and then there’s everywhere else. Anyone who’s been to New York, including celebrities, will tell you just that.
New York City is an incredible show stopper kind of town. No, it has the studios of Hollywood or the clean streets of Chicago, but it has so much more. People don’t come here to sleep; they play, read, watch, enjoy, and eat… and they stay for the wonder. No matter what time of year, the big beautiful apple draws millions with the flirtation of bright lights, historical charms, fierce entertainment, and its ability to transform all who meet it.
Gritty nature aside, New Yorkers of all walk can be proud of the city’s magic. Central Park and other landmark locations have been captured on screen more than any other place in the world. From Harlem to Coney Island, New York City has some of the most significant thrills, eateries, and attractions. NYC is such a remarkable place that you can run into actors or notable literary geniuses at your local coffee shops or Whole Foods.
Starlets and iconic actors don’t merely flock to New York, either. There’s also born here and raised here. Did you know that Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan and raised in Greenwich Village? Or that Robert De Niro was born in Greenwich Village as well? The city is a watering ground for artists and performers. Even talents who’ve traveled the world once over consider New York to be unlike any other destination.
Read on to discover some of the most famous quotes about New York City and the people dwelling within the limits of the five boroughs:
“So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewhere else and start anew. I wasn’t like my parents. I didn’t have any supposedly sacred piece of land or shoals of friends to leave behind. Nowhere has the number zero been of more philosophical value than in the United States…. and when the [train] plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with its lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone, but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs, and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume, and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believe in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.” -Joan Didion
“Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.” -James Baldwin
“And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there…. Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.” -Ezra Pound
“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
“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.” -Charles-Édouard Jeanneret
“My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.” -Bill Murray
If you know any other incredible quotes written about New York City and its residents, please share!