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50 New York Quotes That Will Make You Want to Visit the Big Apple

Published on April 13, 2020 7:30 AM EST
50 New York Quotes That Will Make You Want to Visit the Big Apple

The Big Apple is calling your name in these New York quotes about the wonders of the city. 

If there is one thing you should know about New York City if you’ve never been there before is that people love it. Those that live in the city can’t imagine ever wanting to live anywhere else and those that visit quickly fall in love with the culture. 

50 New York Quotes That Will Make You Want to Visit the Big Apple

New York City is known for having something to offer everyone. There are five boroughs that make up the city and in them, you can visit some of the most famous landmarks in the country from the Statue of Liberty to Time Square. 

If you want a better understanding of what people love about the city so much, check out these New York quotes. 

Also read these California quotes that will make you want to pack a bag for the coast.

Why people love New York quotes

1. “London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” — Dorothy Parker

2. “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

3. “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” ― Tom Wolfe

4. “At night… the streets become rhythmical perspectives of glowing dotted lines, reflections hung upon them in the streets as the wistaria hangs its violet racemes on its trellis. The buildings are shimmering verticality, a gossamer veil, a festive scene-prop hanging there against the black sky to dazzle, entertain, amaze.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

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5. “I wake up every morning and say to myself, ‘Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.” ― Ed Koch

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

7. “Quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.” — Joan Didion

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. “When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie.” – Ryan Adams

10. ‘‘I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.’ – Ayn Rand

11. “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

12. “When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York and only 72 in Los Angeles.”― Neil Simon

13. “I can’t with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. It’s like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they’re a drunk or a thief. I’ve loved the city my whole life — to me, it’s like a great woman.” –Woody Allen

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14. “What I love about New York is the electricity I feel right away.”- Jack Dorsey

15. “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

Culture in New York quotes

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

17. “The culture in New York is just impossible to replicate. It’s such an incredible feeling to be walking on the streets of New York. You can literally find everything you need in a five block radius oftentimes.”- Max Schneider

18. “Given New York’s cultural diversity, it has always attracted creative people.”- Fred Wilson

19. “The diversity, the food, the culture, the constant change-New York is truly one of the most inspiring places on the planet.”- XXMK

20. “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 

21. “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture-not only national culture, but global culture.”- Barbara Kruger

Living in New York quotes

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

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

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24. “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

25. “I live in New York City, so there’s so much stimulation when you walk outside, it does not require a television in the home.”- Jesse Eisenberg

26. “I live in New York, and I’m in New York basically all the time. I spend a lot of time in restaurants, and I feel like that’s why they’re successful.”-Bobby Flay

 27. “That’s the problem with living in New York. You’ve got no New York to run away to.”- Amor Towles

28. “I currently live in the Plaza in New York, and I love it- all that history, all those interesting stories.”- Tommy Hilfiger

29. “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

30. “I live in New York city, the stories of my films take place in New York; I’m a New York filmmaker.” – Spike Lee

31. “I have to listen to New York; I live there. I wasn’t born there, but I’ve been living there all my life.”- Thelonious Monk

32. “We live in New York. To be able to have a steady job and take your kids to school, and be around and work hard, is the perfect life.”- Brooke Shields

33. “I realized the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. I never thought I’d be.”- David Bowie 

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34. “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

Pursuing your dreams in New York quotes

35. “This is the city of dreamers and time and again it’s the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.”- Michael Bloomberg (see more quotes from Michael Bloomberg)

36. “People go to LA to “find themselves”, they come to New York to become someone new.”― Lindsey Kelk

37. “Somewhere between living and dreaming is New York.”- Unknown

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

Visiting New York quotes

39. “Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.” – Taylor Swift

40. “Something’s always happening here. If you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault.” –Myrna Loy

41. “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

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. “Visiting New York city is like being on a giant movie set.”- Unknown

More New York quotes

44. “This isn’t a fairy tale, it’s New York city.”- Alex Flinn Beastly

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45. “When you leave New York, you aren’t going anywhere.”- Jimmy Breslin

46. “I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.” – Nora Ephron

47. “Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do…” – Alicia Keys

48. “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless” – Simone Beauvoir

49. “It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.” – Agatha Christie

50. “It was never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world.” – Susan Ertz 

Get caught up in the excitement

If you’ve never been to NYC before, now is the perfect time to plan a trip. You can see for yourself what people love about the city so much. From late-night live music to street vendors and Broadway shows or museums, the options of things to do are endless. 

It’s a city where many dreams are born and goals achieved. The diversity and rich culture of the city make it a place that is uncomparable for many. Even with the crowded streets, obnoxious cost of living, and cold winter temperatures, there’s something about the city that takes hold of a person and leaves them wanting more. 

Did you enjoy these New York quotes and sayings? What other cities would you like to have featured on Everyday Power? Let us know in the comment section below.

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