So Nice They Named It Twice

New York City has maintained its reputation as the best city in the world for centuries. What is it about that place that attracts people? Why do people fall so in love with the city? It’s dirty, polluted, dangerous and chaotic. Yet it’s beautiful, inspiring and free. It’s the city that never sleeps, the city where dreams are made of. Poems, songs and movies have been dedicated to New York and it will always be a place that people heart.

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans. – Lady Gaga

I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening. – John Lennon

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

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


New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty! – Salvador Dalí


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


Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life. –Irving Berlin


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

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