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The Most Famous New York City Quotes (Best in 2024)

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New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most unsolved. — Johnny Carson

I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, 'There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world now. That's the way it is. That's it.' — Robert De Niro

Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity. — Ron Chernow

There's a lot about New York that is unique, and there's always a culture and a subculture going on everywhere. — Phil Ramone

I get out of the taxi and it's probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York. — Milos Forman

New York is so diverse. When you're on the street or in the subway, you're experiencing more of the diversity of New York. — Chloe Sevigny

The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are. — David Dinkins

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

Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life. — Robert Moses

I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it. — Truman Capote

Short New York City Quotes

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  • My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City. — Raul Castro
  • The N.Y.C. tech scene is vibrant, and Betabeat will be a great vehicle to cover it in depth. — Jared Kushner
  • I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City. — Jessica Hagedorn
  • I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. — Ayn Rand
  • I'm a straight shooter, a New York City girl. I see things as they are and call them as they are. — Elisabeth Rohm
  • Though one can dine in New York, one could not dwell there. — Oscar Wilde
  • I didn't know the city at all, but I was so happy to be in New York I cried. I was so excited. — Greta Gerwig
  • Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan - that vertical city with unimaginable diamonds. — Le Corbusier
  • Just one living cell in the human body is, more complex than New York City. — Linus Pauling
  • There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. — Simone de Beauvoir

Top 10 New York City Quotes

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My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City. — Raul Castro

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

Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant. To my surprise, I won - and was sent to New York City to compete nationally. — Donna Rice Hughes

The N.Y.C. tech scene is vibrant, and Betabeat will be a great vehicle to cover it in depth. — Jared Kushner

With the spirit of my administration, New York City is poised for dramatic change. The era of fear has had a long enough reign. — Rudy Giuliani

I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City. — Jessica Hagedorn

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. — Ayn Rand

I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it. — Truman Capote

If they don't have the Grand Ole Opry, like they do in Tennessee, just send me to hell or New York City, it would be about the same to me. — Hank Williams, Jr.

I get out of the taxi and it's probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York. — Milos Forman

New York City Image Quotes

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New york city quote by Raul Castro

My dream is to drop three atomic bombs on New York City. — Raul Castro

New york city quote New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

Missing New York City Quotes

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It's nice coming to Nashville, and we have four-bedroom house and a dog, and we go swimming a lot. We get down here and spread out a lot, and I miss my sweet tea and my cornbread and my good southern cooking - but I'm down here eating pretty for two weeks and I'm ready to go back to New York City. — Justin Townes Earle

I miss the city Bret and I live in, Wellington. It's a good place to be creative, in the same way New York is. — Jemaine Clement

I miss New York terribly. There is no place like the city. I miss people-watching. I miss the nightlife. I miss the food. There are so many options in New York City. — Regina Hall

New york city quote When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.

I miss the noise in New York: the sound of taxis and that constant buzz the city has. — Bridget Moynahan

Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant. To my surprise, I won - and was sent to New York City to compete nationally. — Donna Rice

I started writing it the day after Sept. 11. I was living in New York City. We didn't have any phone service and we didn't have any mail. Like a lot of writers do, I started to write in a voice that I missed. — Kathryn Stockett

New york city quote If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

There's something about New York. You can get a nice feeling of belonging as a writer here. It's probably the best city on Earth like that. I miss the wisecracking of New York. — Geoff Dyer

If I miss anything, it's being able to hang out in the city of New York meeting people and talking to them on the corner. — Grace Paley

Note that both of these papers [the New York Post and the New York Daily News] are big sellers in a city whose residents like to go around saying they'd never live anyplace else on account of they'd miss the opera. — Dave Barry

I love L.A. - don't get me wrong. But I miss everything about New York. I don't eat cheese, but I miss the smell of pizza in the city. I'm a really big fan of Latino food. I want to go back home and have some good arroz con pollo. — Tristan Wilds

Back To New York City Quotes

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And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life - it lives in the constant present. — John Guare

I'm obsessed with New York. I just find it so remarkable. You really treasure this city when you go to different countries and you see that there is no mix. When you get back to the city, it's such an exciting place. — Martin Scorsese

It's true you have to screen out a lot living in the city. I stayed away from New York for a long time after college, and when I was first back, I'd read The Village Voice and feel like I was having a panic attack. — Lynne Tillman

New york city quote I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.

I can't wait to get back to New York City where at least when I walk down the streat, no one ever hesitates to tell me exactly what they think of me. — Ani Difranco

There's a team of filmmakers who follow me in the streets when I'm finding these models, to give me a sense of legitimacy to a casual stranger. This is New York City. No one's going to follow you back to your studio. — Kehinde Wiley

Yeah, I don't think you can live anywhere else - it's such a great city [New York]. L.A. is kind of a necessary evil, but man, I love going back to New York. — Will Arnett

New york city quote If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

My memories are beautiful because my wife Joan is English and shortly after we were married, we stayed in London and I never forgot it. We loved it so much that we've been back very often and it's always a thrill. To me, there's New York City where I was born and raised and then there's London! — Stan Lee

Despite some standout events, 2012 was demoralizing. The Met felt adrift, and New York City Opera couldn't claw its way back to artistic health. — David Edelstein

I stayed in L.A. long enough to get on my feet, and then I moved back to New York. The reason I moved here was that I don't feel warm outside of a city; it's too barren in the suburbs, and L.A. is a suburb. Here, it felt active. — Iggy Pop

I knew one person in the entire city of New York. Looking back, I should have been terrified, but I was just excited to living in New York on my own and acting professionally. — Rachel Boston

I Love New York Quotes

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A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said 'I love your pictures - they're wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.' He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: 'That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove. — Sam Haskins

It always feels good to come back here. I love New York... it's just nice to see a lot of familiar faces. — Latrell Sprewell

I liked Berkeley tremendously, Berkeley was a very leftist campus. I came to love that city as much as I love Paris or the south of France or New York. — Whitfield Diffie

There was always a love-hate relationship with New York in the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate. — Ed Koch

Although I was born in Idaho and now live in New York, I definitely identify with the European aesthetic. Paris is my mecca; it's where I discovered my flair for fashion. But I pay rent and work in New York, so that is my home - I love the culture clash of the city. — Dree Hemingway

I love New York City. Everyone is busy with their own lives - and no one is interested in some Hollywood celebrity walking past in downtown Manhattan. — James Van Der Beek

I'm from New York and I love New York and I'm always repping New York, but what I represent is something deeper than just being a New York rapper. — ASAP Rocky

When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage recognized in Nevada, Arizona, all the way to New York. How can you stop people from loving each other? How can you get upset about loving? — Wanda Sykes

Mickey Cohen: New York, its like being a rat in a maze, everyone living on top of each other, but out here, I can breathe. I love Los Angeles. — Mickey Cohen

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

New York State Quotes

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The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world. — William Halsey

Some folks like to get away Take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach Or to Hollywood But I'm talking a Greyhound On the Hudson River Line. I'm in a New York state of mind. — Billy Joel

I spoke bluntly about what I had seen in a little over a year as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. To the apparent surprise of many in the room, I observed publicly that insider trading appeared to be rampant. — Preet Bharara

A study conducted by the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School suggested that in times of stress a dog is likely to be more help in calming you down than a spouse or partner. Most dog owners can guess the reason why: dogs never judge us and never compete with us. — Marjorie Garber

Unfortunately there are still people in other areas who regard New York City not as 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. — Robert Moses

Fracking is our biggest enemy right now in the U.S. Actually, not just in the U.S., because all our water systems are interconnected. Whether you're reading this in New York State or in Japan, fracking is screwing you over. — Ian Somerhalder

When Mrs. Clinton ran for office, she promised economic growth across New York state, to bring in more than 200,000 jobs, ... She has not. We have lost jobs to outsourcing and globalization and to sending our jobs and industries to foreign countries. — David Brenner

When I'm in New York I look at the Empire State Building and feel as though it belongs to me ... or is it vice versa? — Fay Wray

the Empire State Building was tall. So what? Just proved New York builders didn't know when to stop at a good story. — Craig L. Rice

I don't like to see things on purpose. I like them to soak in. A friend . . . asked me to go to the top of the Empire State Building once, and I told him that he shouldn't treat New York as a sight-it's feeling, an emotional experience. And the same with every place else. — Robert Frost

New Yorkers Quotes

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But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker. — Jason Alexander

I think that, in comparison, New Yorkers and Northerners are so guarded. — Genevieve Gorder

The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American! — Patrick Henry

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I live a very quiet life, although I'm very urban and a diehard New Yorker — Armand Assante

In Washington, no one believes anything unless it comes from 'The New Yorker,' 'New York Times' editorial page, or 'The Washington Post.' — Tucker Carlson

Greenwich Village always had its share of mind readers, but there are many more these days, and they seem to have moved closer to the mainstream of life in the city. What was crazy 10 years ago is now respectable, even among the best-educated New Yorkers. — Aravind Adiga

On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers. — George Pataki

I have a bold plan to break from the Bloomberg years, and end the 'Tale of Two Cities' by providing real opportunity to all New Yorkers, no matter where they live. — Bill de Blasio

People in London think of London as the center of the world, whereas New Yorkers think the world ends three miles outside of Manhattan. — Toby Young

True New Yorkers do not really seek information about the outside world. They feel that if anything is not in New York it is not likely to be interesting. — Jimmy Breslin

Old New York Quotes

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I'm living every ten-year-old boy's fantasy. The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, 'Here we are in New York City - a place where every actor wants to be - and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?' — Mariska Hargitay

My favorite musical? I don't. It changes all the time. I'm just a diehard, I'm totally old school, like I'll sit and watch, if they are re-doing Oklahoma in New York, I will be the first one there. — Trey Parker

See that fella over there? He's 20 years old. In 10 years, he's got a chance to be a star. Now that fella over there, he's 20 years old, too. In 10 years he's got a chance to be 30. — Casey Stengel

Medicaid is a vital safety net for New York's poor and vulnerable, young and old alike. — James T. Walsh

He led quite a great life, ... He was an Old Testament figure railing against the establishment - a Jewish guy from New York who became a Buddhist, a poet, a musician. — Tom Hayden

I learned how to get rid of the Southern accent when I was, like, 11 years old and living in New York for the summer doing modeling and commercials and auditioning for Broadway. The mother I lived with for the summer taught me how to drop my Southern accent. — Nikki DeLoach

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American. — Djuna Barnes

New York is the only real city-city. — Truman Capote

Essentially, the [New York] Philharmonic is just like any other orchestra-they all have the spirit of kids, and if you scratch away a little of the fatigue and cynicism, out comes a 17-year-old music student again, full of wonder, exuberance and a tremendous love of music. — Zubin Mehta

New York was the glamorous town that you only see now in old movies and on Broadway stages. The sky was lit up with dancing neon signs. It was safe to walk out in the streets. — Art Buchwald

Manhattan Quotes

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I like to have my Pinkberry. I have this one store in midtown Manhattan that will stay open for me late. — Dana White

It was created by David Rockefeller, the chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank and from the Rockefeller oil dynasty. The other founder was a political scientist from Columbia University named Zbigniew Brzezinski. The two of them founded the Trilateral Commission. — Alex Jones

From the time I was 9 years old, I loved magic. I was an only child, and I think that had a big impact on me. I always had grown-up friends even though I was a little kid. I would take the train from Lido Beach into Manhattan, and I'd hang out in magic shops. — Rick Rubin

Just two days in Manhattan and you find yourself looking for a place to wash your handkerchief after you wipe your forehead and it comes away black. Is there a dirtier or more fascinating city anywhere in the land? The answer to both parts of the question has to be positively negative. — Herb Caen

Growing up in Manhattan has given me a thick skin. — Hannah Bronfman

That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president. — Gore Vidal

Well, first of all, I grew up in New York City, going to first a public school, then a private school, and when I got to the private school in Manhattan, I learned of what we called 'The Promised Land,' which are the Hamptons. I've always had an affinity for the Hamptons. — Mark Feuerstein

I can’t tell you what that first song was about. Something about love and a boy and a girl… And this boy can think of nothing but holding that girl’s hand in the darkness... All those ridiculous songs about love - I finally understood. — Jennifer Flackett

Are there any more beautiful words in the English dictionary than 'see you tomorrow? — Jennifer Flackett

As a native Staten Islander, it is very frustrating commuting to Manhattan. — James Murray

New York Stock Quotes

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It has become cheaper to look for oil on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than in the ground. — T. Boone Pickens

The borrowers of America and all the world turn to New York....It is to the quotations on the New York Stock Exchange that men of affairs from Penobscot to Honolulu turn each morning to find how beats the pulse of prosperity and enterprise. — Charles A. Beard

First reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. — Maria Bartiromo

It is fundamentally important that Grasso resign so that the New York Stock Exchange can restore its moral authority. — Phil Angelides

Some people who don't like guns can't stand the idea of so many gun owners in one place (at gun shows) buying and selling their wicked products. It's how some communists feel when they visit the New York Stock Exchange. — Dave Kopel

Hidden behind the facade of pompous jargon and noble affections, there is more sheer larceny per square foot on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than any place else in the world. — Richard Ney

Private prison companies are now listed on the New York Stock exchange and are doing quite well in a time of economic recession (and depression in some communities). But that's just the tip of the iceberg. — Michelle Alexander

What's good for the United States is good for the New York Stock Exchange. But what's good for the New York Stock Exchange might not be good for the United States. — William McChesney Martin

An interesting thing happened in 1989, right as I was graduating: the stock market crashed and really changed the landscape of the art world in New York. It made the kind of work I was doing interesting to galleries that wouldn't have normally been interested in it. — Matthew Barney

I've been a woman in a man's world now for 30 years. I was the first person to broadcast from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and that was just all suits all the time. It didn't really affect me in any way. — Maria Bartiromo

New York Times Quotes

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No one comes to New York and says 'We've got to check out Times Square and Spa Castle!' — Joe Gatto

Thousand-dollar-an-hour New York professionals who pay $50 an hour for a car and driver so they can work while they commute understand clearly the monetary value of their time. — Edward O. Thorp

The New York Times' was enigmatic: 'Some unimaginable gravitational force is pulling our entire galaxy in the opposite direction.' End of article. If you stop and think about that, we are recreating ourselves. — Dwight Schultz

I'm never surprised by the insensitivity of 'The New York Times' editorial board. — Joe Lhota

I became a larger than life figure for one reason only. When you're quoted in the 'Wall Street Journal,' the 'New York Times,' constantly as the expert in the business people assume you're a lot bigger than you are. And then I had to run like hell to catch up with my own image. — Barbara Corcoran

It may sound a bit like an army barracks, but the truth of the matter is: there must be some time laid aside for arranging, time for working on either a book or an article - I've written two articles in the last four months for the New York Times book review section. — Mel Torme

The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board that has only three answers, no matter what the question. The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech and stricter gun control. — Ann Coulter

If I had to choose a single destination where I'd be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art. — Tim Gunn

More than illness or death, the American journalist fears standing alone against the whim of his owners or the prejudices of his audience. Deprive William Safire of the insignia of the New York Times, and he would have a hard time selling his truths to a weekly broadsheet in suburban Duluth. — Lewis H. Lapham

If you look at any great fashion photograph out of context, it will tell you just as much about what's going on in the world as a headline in the New York Times. — Anna Wintour

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More New York City Quotes

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You don’t get black power by chanting it. You get it by doing what the other groups have done. The Irish kept quiet. They didn’t shout “Irish Power”, “Jew Power”, [or] “Italian Power”. They kept their mouths shut and took over the police department of New York City, and the mayorship of Boston. — Whitney M. Young

New York... is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation. — Roland Barthes

They feel entitled, and when the food stamps stop, when the free services end, when the heating bills aren't paid and the heating doesn't come through in many of these large cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles — this underclass that resides in these places, I think could become very violent. — Douglas Macgregor

I'm the No. 1 developer in New York, I'm the biggest in Atlantic City, and maybe we'll keep it that way. — Donald Trump

I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else. — Robert Morgan

Every man needs a good, solid watch. My favorite watch is the Presidential Rolex. I own many watches, but this one is usually the one on my wrist. I buy mine in the Diamond District in New York City. Classic. — French Montana

Working with drug addicts, alcoholics, and so-called juvenile delinquents in New York City convinced me that instead of working with individuals, more effective methods would deal with the societal conditions that create dysfunctional behaviors in the first place. — Jacque Fresco

I think the people here in New York appreciated what I brought to the table, and they showed it when I retired by the way they came out and supported me, and it meant a lot to me. It made me feel like I am a part of this city, and I will remain a part of this city. — Patrick Ewing

'Sex and The City' was made to correct the myth that if you were single at a certain age, you were a leper. Its four characters are heroes to a lot of women; they run around New York, or Gotham - but they have fancy shoes instead of capes. — Michael Patrick King

Overall, white men run America. From nuclear armaments to the filth and jeopardy of New York City subways to the cruel mismanagement of health care, is there anything to boast about? — June Jordan

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland. — Tennessee Williams

The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City! — Che Guevara

Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and out--nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too. — Buster Keaton

My advice: Don't quit. When I got to New York City, I lived so far below the poverty line, because I didn't give in and get a job at 7-Eleven. I think you can thrive in misery. — Rob Zombie

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? — Ayn Rand

I knew I couldn't live in America and I wasn't ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America - New York City . — Spalding Gray

What it boils down to is that when you say the word Las Vegas it means something. You could say New York City and it doesn't really mean anything. When you say a word like Bangkok, in my mind it means something. There's not a lot of cities where the world literally brings a picture to your mind. — Todd Phillips

These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat. — John Cheever

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

New York was the only city I knew in the world where you could be desperately lonely at nine in the morning, crossing the street for a bagel at Gristede's, and find that seven hours later you were drinking Irish coffee at P.J. Clarke's with all the friends you had inherited along the way. — Shirley Maclaine

The road to the Olympics, leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow, ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads — in the end — to the best within us. — Jesse Owens

I always have a positive reaction to Times Square - you've got so many people passing through here, so many cultures, and so many people merging into the central community of New York City. This is the hub of America. — Dhani Jones

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