Top Tuesday’s: 10 Classic Quotes About New York City

Top Tuesday’s: 10 Classic Quotes About New York City

This week’s Top Tuesday’s feature is a poignant collection of quotes about New York City composed by illustrious writers such as Algerian-born existentialist Albert Camus and quintessential American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. What’s your favorite quote about New York City? Share it with us in the comment section below!


1. “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” -Simone de Beauvoir

2. “Sometimes, from beyond the skyscrapers, 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

3. “New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.” -Truman Capote

4. “By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience – if they did they would live elsewhere.” -E.B. White

5. “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.”  -F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. “Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.” -Mark Twain

7. “Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.” -Irving Berlin

8. “New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.” -Henry James

9. “It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York.” -O. Henry



Edited by Madeehah Shaheed




“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” –Thomas Wolfe