28 Quotes About New York City That Will Inspire A Visit

Aubrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's smoking a cigarette next to costar George Peppard
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The city that never sleeps calls you.

These 28 Quotes About New York City Will Have You Booking a Flight ASAP

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Once you read some quotes about New York City you'll be inspired to book a plane ticket, ASAP. From Manhattan to Queens, there's something for everyone in the Big Apple.

So what are you waiting for? New York City awaits! Bring a friend, eat some amazing food and listen to Frank Sinatra when he says, "if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere." Check out some of the best quotes about New York City, below!

Quotes About New York City

  • "Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the housing projects and luxury hotels, the fire escapes and city parks." - Teju Cole

  • "New York is not a city. It's a world." - Iman

  • "You haven't lived until you died in New York." - Alexander Woolcott

  • "New York has romanced me unlike anything else." - Blake Lively

  • "Once you have lived in New York and make it your home, no place else is good enough." - John Steinbeck

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." - Tom Wolfe

  • "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

  • "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

Best Quotes About New York City

  • "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

  • "New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it sure does sleep around." - Brian Bend

  • "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

  • "Something's always happening here. If you're bored in New York, it's your own fault." - Myrna Loy

  • "New York is the only city in the world where you can get deliberately run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian." - Russell Baker

  • "There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless." - Simone de Beauvoir

  • "When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough." - Fran Lebowitz

  • "The flag of New York City should be someone with four bags opening a door with their shoulder." - Alex Baze

  • "You can try to change New York, but it's like Jay-Z says: ‘Concrete bunghole where dreams are made up. There's nothing you can do." - Liz Lemon

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

Famous Quotes About New York City

  • "Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!" - Walt Whitman

  • "New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice." - Bob Dylan

  • "Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book...and does." - Groucho Marx

  • "Make your mark in New York and you are a made man." - Mark Twain

  • "In New York you've got to have all the luck." - Charles Bukowski

  • "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

  • "If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere; it's up to you, New York, New York." - Frank Sinatra

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