50 Stunning New York Quotes

New York City is ranked amongst the most inspiring and glamorous cities in the world. Indeed, there is just something so magical about this city.  New York is also known as the Big Apple and a favorite tourist destination. The city is not only an incredible summer destination in the U.S. but also a delightful winter holiday spot. Either way, this city should be on your USA bucket list.

New York is the center of international diplomacy since it hosts the United Nations headquarters. The city is also branded as a global hub of business and commerce. Additionally, New York City is a collection of great neighborhoods scattered among Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

The economy and culture of these are unique in that it feels like you are traveling in a completely different area when moving from one neighborhood to another. On the other hand, New York is one of the most expensive cities to stay in, due to its booming job market. New York City is commonly referred to as the City of Dreams since those who visit it, go there hoping to fulfill their dreams. Below is a collection of some of the most amazing quotes about New York.

New York Quotes

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

2. “I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.”– Dylan Thomas

3. “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.”– James Baldwin

4. “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

5. “If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.”– Ellen R. Shapiro

6. “More than anything else New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.”– Marilyn J. Appleberg

7.  “New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it: Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”– John Steinbeck

8. “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

9. “There is something about big cities that turns me on, and for whatever mysterious reason, places like New York and Paris inspire me. I think it’s because cities represent civilization, and as crime-ridden and broken down as some of them are, it’s still better than skipping through a meadow.”– Woody Allen

10. “New York has magnificent eating available, both in restaurants and in the materials available to home cooks in the many specialty markets.”– Steve Albini

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11. ” One’s life and passion may be elsewhere, but New York is where you prove if what you think in theory makes sense in life.”– Miuccia Prada

12. “New York is something awful, something monstrous. I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New York is the world’s greatest lie. New York is Senegal with machines.”– Federico Garcia Lorca

13. “Kids from New York usually don’t stay in New York anymore: they go to prep schools and all sorts of stuff nowadays. I’m just happy to be one of the guys in our league from New York, to represent.”– Kemba Walker

14. “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

15. “In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York!”– Jules Verne

16. “You always feel like your 18-year-old self in some sense. And that’s what walking through New York on a June evening feels like – you feel like it’s Friday, and you’re 17 years old.”– John Darnielle

17. “My dad’s French, and I spent my summers in France growing up. So I speak French fluently, and obviously, I speak English because I was raised in New York, and I grew up here.”– Timothee Chalamet

18. “I grew up in the ’50s, in New York City, where television was born. There were 90 live shows every week, and they used a lot of kids. There were schools just for these kids. There was a whole world that doesn’t exist anymore.”– Christopher Walken

19. “I moved from New York to El Paso in 2015, just before my senior year. I was super nervous. My mom, she’s in the Army, and she got stationed at Fort Bliss. We packed everything up and drove all the way to El Paso.”– Khalid

20. “A hundred times I have thought: New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: it is a beautiful catastrophe.”– Le Corbusier

21. “There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.”– Amy Poehler

22. “New York impressed me tremendously because, more than any other city, it is the fullest expression of our modern age.”– Leon Trotsky

23. “Where I come from, the rules were relatively simple… Don’t look for trouble, because in New York you can always find it. But don’t back off either.”– Pete Hamill Downtown

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24. “Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”– John Steinbeck

25. “You can do what you like, sir, but I’ll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.”– Edward Rutherfurd

26. “New York is made up of millions of different people, and they all come here looking for something.”– Lindsey Kelk

27. “New York is a place where the rich walk, the poor drive Cadillac’s, and the beggars die of malnutrition with thousands of dollars hidden in their mattresses.”– Duke Ellington

28. “While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me.”– Raquel Cepeda

29. ” 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

30. “New York is at once cosmopolitan and parochial, a compendium of sentimental certainties. It is in fact the most sentimental of the world’s great cities – in its self-congratulation a kind of San Francisco of the East.”– John Gregory Dunne

31. “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”– Georgia O’Keefe

32. “New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you’re going to the center of the world, the lion’s den.”– Zubin Mehta

33. “You could grow up in the city where history was made and still miss it all.”– Jonathan Lethem

34. “As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.”– Pearl S. Buck

35. “New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.”– David Letterman

36. “It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.”– Joan Didion

37. “I was a girly-girl until I moved to New York. Then I got really into the androgynous look of the early-’90s club scene. I had really short hair and started blurring the line a bit. But for me, grade school was about Benetton, Esprit, and Guess jeans.”– Chloë Sevigny

39. “Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly. They lose flavor with every hundred yards away from the patch. By the time they reach New York, they are like Golden Bantam that has been trucked up from Texas – stale and unprofitable. The consumer forgets that the corn tastes different where it grows.”– A.J. Liebling

40. “This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.”– Woody Guthrie

41. “I’m an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other.”– Padma Lakshmi

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42. “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

43. “Once, when I was playing a nude scene in an indifferent play in New York, a critic wrote, ‘Diana Rigg is built like a brick basilica with too few flying buttresses.’ Do you think that’s fair?”– Diana Rigg

44. “I did a terrible job of composing myself. I was a spoiled brat from Long Island who benefitted from the energy of New York.”– John McEnroe

45. “I like that New York sensibility where you can be edgy, but still super-glamorous.”– Leven Rambin

46. “When I got to 10th grade at Booker T. Washington High, I had a teacher, Miss Geraldine Nesbitt. I think she came from New York. She helped me begin to question things.”– Claudette Colvin

47. “If you go back in American history, oysters were the food of poor people. New York was filled with oyster saloons in the 1800s.”– Ruth Reichl

48. “I think the sensibilities of having grown up in Upstate New York and the concerns, the fears, the hopes of the people there are reflected all over the country.”– David Muir

49. “I started as a model in Holland and Chanel took me to New York when I was 19, after which I decided to stay.”– Famke Janssen

50. “When I heard Puerto Ricans in New York City, it sounded very strange. And the first time I heard someone from Spain, I thought they had a speech impediment!”– Viggo Mortensen

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This video is so much fun – will take you through an inspiring visual tour of some of the most iconic attractions and places you must visit in New York, including Times Square, One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial, The Oculus, Central Park, Little Italy, Chinatown, Museums, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, and of course the Statue of Liberty.


New York is a magical place. It boasts everything you could ever wish for including, world-class entertainment and dining, locals with amazing personalities, and colossal buildings. There has been plenty that has been said to describe New York City over the years.

All these have been inspirational behind numerous TV shows, movies, books, and songs. According to Alicia Keys, New York is the kind of place that inspires dreams, love, and hope. The city is  a source of inspiration and the above quotes clearly demonstrate it.

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