I’m spending some time outside the city on the North Fork of Long Island, and although I treasure my time away, I always miss home. For me, there’s no better way to feel connected to the city than to watch a New York City-based film or TV show, or read about the people. After writing about what it takes to become a New Yorker a few weeks back, I’ve considered this subject even more. What are the most obvious qualities that New Yorkers possess? And what makes a New Yorker different from, say, a Chicagoan, or a San Franciscan?
With the above in mind, I’ve discovered some quotes that I can relate to, and I think you might as well. We’ve all come across many quotes about NYC, but these 11 thoughtful sayings are dedicated specifically to New Yorkers. I think Daniel Boulud’s is one I fervently believe in.
Read on to get the list. I’ll be rereading these quotes while I’m away, and even after I get back to New York. Just because.
“New Yorkers, by reputation, are fast-talking, assertive and easily annoyed; I fit right in.”–Jane Pauley
“New Yorkers have a delightfully narcissistic habit of assuming that if they’re not conscious of a scene, it doesn’t exist.” –Sloane Crosley
“I do love to walk around in New York because people will notice me, smile, but they never bother anyone. New Yorkers are very cool. I love New York.”–Creed Bratton
“I love the honesty of New Yorkers. When a New Yorker says ‘let’s do lunch,’ they actually mean it. In L.A., when they say ‘let’s do lunch,’ they’re just trying to say good-bye.” –Sherri Shepherd
“New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York –– in case you haven’t noticed.”–Jim Harrison
“New Yorkers may think they’re on some cutting edge, but that’s not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I’ve ever seen.” —Carter Burwell
“There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers.” —John Oliver
“If you aren’t born here, to be a real New Yorker, you have to bring your talent, be a successful mentor, and support the New Yorkers who made the city by giving back.”–Daniel Boulud
“Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them.”–Ellie Kemper
“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
Photos in this post were taken by James Maher. See more of his work on his website.