New Yorkers Quotes

New Yorkers Quotes by Patrick Henry, Peyton List, Vaginal Davis, Amanda Foreman, Miriam Shor, Eliot Spitzer and many others.

The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!
Patrick Henry
I feel like New Yorkers get stereotyped as , but I feel like they are the most friendly. I feel like you get to know people in a day, where in L.A., I am isolated in my car because I never get to talk to people as much.
Peyton List
I have never lived in New York City, but a lot of people think that I am a New Yorker, because I was embraced by the Downtown scene since the 1980s. For the record I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
Vaginal Davis
It might sound strange to describe New Yorkers as insecure when they delight so much in the cult of success. The display of wealth here, especially new wealth, is indeed wonderfully frank, from the super-long limousines which clog up the roads to the voluptuous fur coats that adorn both men and women.
Amanda Foreman
I’ve got two kids who are native New Yorkers. It’s kind of astonishing, raising two girls who are full-blooded New Yorkers. It’s awesome and scary, because they’re so much cooler than me.
Miriam Shor
To every New Yorker – and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for – I sincerely apologize.
Eliot Spitzer
I’m a native New Yorker, so I’m edgier; I kind of tell it like it is.
Kara DioGuardi
New Yorkers aren’t that friendly, but they’re still pretty friendly, and they’re hardworking, passionate people.
Kristaps Porzingis
New Yorkers are nice about giving you street directions; in fact, they seem quite proud of knowing where they are themselves.
Katharine Brush
Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans. Tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers.
Hillary Clinton
I was a make believe ethnographer: treating New Yorkers like an explorer would treat Zulus – searching for the rawest snapshot, the zero degree of photography.
William Klein
I have published in ‘The New Yorker,’ ‘Holiday,’ ‘Life,’ ‘Mademoiselle,’ ‘American Heritage,’ ‘Horizon,’ ‘The Ladies Home Journal,’ ‘The Kenyon Review,’ ‘The Sewanee Review,’ ‘Poetry,’ ‘Botteghe Oscure,’ the ‘Atlantic Monthly,’ ‘Harper’s.’
Paul Engle
When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.
Paul Goodman
Greenwich Village always had its share of mind readers, but there are many more these days, and they seem to have moved closer to the mainstream of life in the city. What was crazy 10 years ago is now respectable, even among the best-educated New Yorkers.
Aravind Adiga
I’ve always essentially been a New Yorker.
Lawrence Block
How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?
Leonard Slatkin
People say that New Yorkers aren’t friendly, but I think they’re more friendly than Londoners. Here there is a front-footed nature of Americans. You can go out on a night out and meet 10 random people and stay in touch with them, whereas that’s not going to happen in the same way in London.
Theo James
If you write for the New Yorker, you always get people critiquing your grammar, you can count on it. So, because a lot of New Yorker readers are kind of, you know, amateur grammarians and so you do get a lot of that.
Louis Menand
I’m not going to complain to New Yorkers about working too hard.
Ben Elliot
I’m a New Yorker, and working in New York was divine for me. I loved working there and going to work there, which I’ve been able to do three or four times in my career, and I just love it. It’s my favorite.
Ali MacGraw
I’m not a New Yorker. I grew up in Detroit. A lot of people think it’s one big city but they’re completely different.
Mike Binder
Like most New Yorkers I was shell-shocked immediately after 9/11 and couldn’t put into words what I was feeling.
Christine Lavin
New Yorkers, we’ve seen Donald Trump for, like, 30 years; we know who he is. So he wasn’t a surprise to me.
Fran Lebowitz
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
Feeling is taboo, especially in New York. I read in some little magazine the other day that The New Yorker and The New York Times were sclerotic, meaning, “completely turned to rock.” The critics here are that way.
James Purdy
On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers.
George Pataki
I think New Yorkers – they’re media savvy. People have a sense of humor.
Billy Eichner
New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York – in case you haven’t noticed.
Jim Harrison
There seems to be less obvious corruption in city government and New York politicians, they aren’t Republican or Democrat, they’re New Yorkers.
Malachy McCourt
We must create a digital platform that connects New Yorkers with training, basic skills and a universal job application.
Eric Adams
I am a New Yorker, one; I’m an artist, two; I’m a woman, three.
Laurie Anderson
Vancouver is a coffee-lover’s paradise, capable of impressing even the most hyper-caffeinated and jaded New Yorkers, such as myself. The coffee is fantastic, whether I happened to be craving a world-class espresso served with monastic intensity or a single-origin pour-over at a vibrant all-day cafe.
Chris Morocco
New Yorkers are stuck in a gloomy mucilage of mutual commiseration.
Herb Caen
I think of New Yorkers as not taking the time to talk to someone they don’t know.
Carla Hall
New Yorkers should know that no one in the Administration, at the Department of Defense, or at the Selective Service System is advocating the reinstatement of the mandatory draft in any form.
Jim Walsh
I really love my job, and I feel like I can make a huge difference for New Yorkers, fighting for them.
Kirsten Gillibrand
We cannot justly seek to expand access to HASA and enroll more New Yorkers in the program, if we do not act to improve the program to ensure that tenants receive the benefits and services they are entitled to.
Letitia James
From the point of view of physics, it is a miracle that [seven million New Yorkers are fed each day] without any control mechanism other than sheer capitalism.
John Henry Holland
By helping New Yorkers turn their greatest expense – their home – into an asset, Airbnb is a vehicle that artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators can use to earn extra money to pursue their passion.
Joe Gebbia
New Yorkers have real issues, and they deserve to have a mayor that is prepared to work with them to solve the challenges they have, reduce the problems that they have, and they deserve to have a mayor’s race that is focused on them.
Christine Quinn
I really feel now like a native New Yorker. And I’m very happy here.
Joan Collins
I’m a New Yorker now, and believe me, there’s no comparison between the Big Apple and Kalamazoo, no similarity at all. New York City’s hectic, always in fast-forward, and Kalamazoo’s more laid-back, smaller, slower.
Derek Jeter
So you got the cool New Yorkers, and then there are the less-than-cool New Yorkers.
Edward Burns
I’m a New Yorker; my oven is used for storage.
Cheyenne Jackson
New Yorkers are predatory about real estate. When they sense softening, they move in for the kill.
Anderson Cooper
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 York is the perfect place for a film festival because there’s already so much energy and life here, and New Yorkers love movies.
Clark Gregg
I think I’ll be Scottish in every movie I write. They always try to talk me out of it, but Woody Allen is always a nebbish New Yorker. Why shouldn’t I be a goofy Glaswegian?
Craig Ferguson
Veteran print editors and reporters at places like the ‘Times’ and ‘The New Yorker’ manage to feed and clothe their families without costing their companies a million bucks a month, and they produce a great deal more valuable reporting and analysis than the network news stars do.
Eric Alterman
One of the nice things about the United States is that, wherever you go, people speak the same language. So native New Yorkers can move to San Francisco, Houston, or Milwaukee and still understand and be understood by everyone they meet. Right? Well, not exactly. Or, as a native New Yorker might put it, ‘Wrong!’
Deborah Tannen
I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past decade as a caregiver for various family members. It gives me a perspective on the struggles that many New Yorkers face with illness, disability, health care, insurance difficulties, and trying to work with and also take care of family members.
Wendy Long
The pigeons are shitting on George M. Cohan. I shoo them off. They fly up and perch on his hat. Cohan would’ve never given his regards to Broadway if he saw how dirty they kept his statue in Duffy Square. New Yorkers walk right by. Nobody cares.
John Lahr
A natural New Yorker is a native of the present tense.
V. S. Pritchett
People in London think of London as the center of the world, whereas New Yorkers think the world ends three miles outside of Manhattan.
Toby Young
I think many articles in the New Yorker have a strong point of view, but they are so rigorously fact-checked. I wouldn’t call them objective, but they feel fair.
Alex Gibney
The ‘New Yorker’ asked me to shoot a story on climate change in 2005, and I wound up going to Iceland to shoot a glacier. The real story wasn’t the beautiful white top. It ended up being at the terminus of the glacier where it’s dying.
James Balog
With the Tonys it’s a little tricky because a lot of the funnier jokes are more insider, so people watching at home may not get a Julie Taymor reference the way that New Yorkers would. So you have to figure out what comedy plays to a large audience and still respect the individuals who are there.
Neil Patrick Harris
New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?
Edward Abbey
I feel like I’m a New Yorker to the bone. But there is a lot of the South in me. I know there is a lot of the South in my mannerisms. There’s a lot of the South in my expectations of other people and how people treat each other. There’s a lot of the South in the way I speak, but it could never be home.
Jacqueline Woodson
One of the perks of being a New Yorker cartoonist is that you get to hang around with interesting people. My fellow cartoonists are all interesting, and all highly creative.
Liza Donnelly
My apartment is the equivalent of one room in my Toronto home. Now I understand why New Yorkers are on the streets at all hours. People don’t want to stay inside for fear they’ll go crazy.
Samantha Bee
Having spent many years working in New York’s Chinatown restaurants early in my career, I have the utmost respect for the history and connection New Yorkers have with Chinese cuisine.
Andrew Cherng
With all the fighting we do and all the skirmishing we do, the reality is that New Yorkers can come together when they have to.
Peter T. King
If the Frieze Art Fair catches on, I imagine at least two great things happening. First, we will once again have a huge art fair in town that isn’t too annoying to go to. More importantly, Frieze may finally show New Yorkers that we can cross our own waters for visual culture. That would change everything.
Jerry Saltz
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
You may have heard me say that I am going to create a safe, fair, affordable city for all New Yorkers. But you have probably heard other candidates say that before. What I want you to know is that those will be my priorities because those issues aren’t political to me; they’re personal.
Eric Adams
If accessing the Internet becomes more difficult for low-income communities, academic and employment competition may be undermined, and could damage the prospects of upward mobility for low-income New Yorkers and further exacerbate income inequality.
Letitia James
I’m persona non grata at the New Yorker.
Kevin Sessums
New Yorkers will be rude, but at least they do so out of the rationale that everyone around them is always slowing them down. Los Angeles, I learned, is a city full of people who have the personality of the coolest pretty boy from your eighth-grade class.
Chris Gethard
The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan.
Michael Bloomberg
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
From the moment a New Yorker is confronted with almost any large city of Europe, it is impossible for him to pretend to himself that his own city is anything other than an unscrupulous real-estate speculation
Edmund Wilson
These are tough times, and the New Yorkers I have met are facing economic adversity with grace and dignity. They worry about their future, care about their neighbors and hope this storm will pass so they can focus on better days ahead.
Harold Ford, Jr.
Cartoons, often, that you do for the New Yorker don’t appear for months afterwards, and the record for that is a cartoon that was bought by James Stevenson in 1987 and didn’t appear until 2000.
Robert Mankoff
The creative core of New York has never been native New Yorkers; it’s people from all over the world.
Steve Earle
If you’re a Brit you kinda get used to people being cold and aloof and just generally arrogant – particularly musicians. (Compared to Londoners New Yorkers are a walk in the park!)
Thea Gilmore
I literally do not understand how New Yorkers deal with summer.
Tom Sturridge
I’ve already begun to put pilot programs in place that give CUNY grads opportunities to get good tech jobs. We should expand on that so that New Yorkers are getting those jobs, because those jobs are probably one of the biggest 21st Century pathways into the middle class.
Christine Quinn
For New Yorkers, late October 2012 was a moment when something fundamental altered. If there were any climate change deniers in the five boroughs before Hurricane Sandy, I don’t think there were too many left afterward.
Bill de Blasio
New Yorkers are born all over the country, and then they come to New York City and it hits them: Oh, that’s who I am.
Delia Ephron
The status quo is clearly broken, and we must strive for bigger, bolder solutions that will provide New Yorkers with the support they need to remain in their homes.
Letitia James
I am more of a New Yorker than ever and just actually, sometimes I fantasize about living somewhere else, where it’s maybe not quite so crowded or stressful, blah, blah, blah and after September 11th, I guess I could just not imagine living anywhere else.
Sigourney Weaver
U.S. academics and Upper East Side New Yorkers like to think of the United Nations as a place where foreign ambassadors have intellectual discussions about power and world peace.
Richard Grenell
What’s so fascinating about New Yorkers is that each person has a whole lexicon of personal logic in the way that they decipher and do what has to be done to enjoy, stay alive, take pleasure in this place.
Spalding Gray
I am aware of myself as a four-hundred-year-old woman, born in the captivity of a colonial, pre-industrial oral culture and living now as a contemporary New Yorker.
Bharati Mukherjee
As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I get killed during the day.
Sloane Crosley
The reason to drive this point home with a vivid and frank comparison is many New Yorkers are still not confronting the reality of how serious our crisis is. It was an exhortation to face reality.
Eliot Spitzer
Hatchery trout are like New Yorkers who live crowded together. Eventually the hatchery trout shove the wild trout out. They aren’t used to congregating together and eventually they go crazy and disappear.
Jack Hemingway
New Yorkers only cross water for visual culture if the water is an ocean. The East River throws us for a huge loop. If we started going to Queens and the Bronx for visual culture, many of our rent, space, and crowding problems would be over indefinitely.
Jerry Saltz
I think it’s a greater risk not to write about 911. If you’re in my position – a New Yorker who felt the event very deeply and a writer who wants to write about things he feels deeply about – I think it’s risky to avoid what’s right in front of you.
Jonathan Safran Foer
I’m a New Yorker, and I jaywalk with the best of them.
Sonia Sotomayor
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.
John Updike
I am growing to love DC. But the core of Sonia is a New Yorker.
Sonia Sotomayor
I never studied art, but taught myself to draw by imitating the New Yorker cartoonists of that day, instead of doing my homework.
Bil Keane
More than 150 heads of state attended the UN Summit, giving New Yorkers a chance to get in touch with prejudices they didn’t even know they had.
Jon Stewart
If for some reason you are unsure where to go, all you have to do is stand there looking lost, and within seconds a helpful New Yorker will approach to see if you have any “spare” change.
Dave Barry
We’ve been eating lots of salads and grilled veggies and stuff like that, which has been so magical. And being New Yorkers, you order in a lot, but I do like to cook and it’s different everyday.
Hilaria Baldwin
If [Bill Shawn] liked the piece, then he would run it. But he wanted the magazine to be something that was more than just a weekly event. And as a result you could pick up a New Yorker under him, as I mentioned before, a year from then or 10 years or 20 years and there would always be something worth reading in it.
Nat Hentoff
You have this impression from England that New Yorkers can be quite aggressive, but certainly the people that I’ve bumped into and the friends I’ve made here don’t seem that way. Just walking down the street and asking for directions, people seem to be very helpful and happy to help.
Archie Panjabi
Violent cities, people who live in violent cities, find a way – as New Yorkers did 30 or 40 years ago – they find a way to just carry on. But you’re stressed out. You’re worried, you know.
Mohsin Hamid
My chronology is terrible. [Work with William Shawn] must have some ago. It was after he was fired by Newhouse. After New – when Newhouse bought The New Yorker, he said in one of those grand press
Nat Hentoff
The main jobs would be The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and – I’m thinking of The Reporter when Max Askeli was there, but I got fired from The Reporter.
Nat Hentoff
I get a little sick of these New Yorkers who want me to make some psychic thing, like ‘The Left-Handed Gun.’ They don’t know anything about Western history.
Howard Hawks
Yes, Im a New Yorker, born and bred. While Im not quite the L.A. snob that Woody Allen is, I do find myself happier in New York.
Corey Stoll
Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York [city] work harder than any others in the world.
Andy Warhol
When you live in New York, one of two things happen – you either become a New Yorker, or you feel more like the place you came from.
Al Franken
Anybody that I can work with that will help improve the lives of New Yorkers, I will work with that person.
Christine Quinn
Putting labels on entire groups of people makes things much simpler. If all New Yorkers are pushy, or all politicians are dishonest, we don’t have to do the hard work of figuring out who’s who.
Robert J. Waldinger
Speaking as a New Yorker, I found it (9/11 event] a shocking and terrifying event, particularly the scale of it. At bottom, it was an implacable desire to do harm to innocent people.
Edward Said
I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren’t neutral.
Laurie Anderson
A [New Yorker ] is what it has always been. It combines those who pursue the truth with those who pursue the rewards of orthodoxy and those who pursue what is comfortable to the rich.
John Kenneth Galbraith
As one of the voices of rural New Yorkers in Congress, I am committed to supporting efforts such as these that will make a real impact in people’s lives.
John M. McHugh
My mom and dad are New Yorkers who left the tenement streets of the Bronx and came to Los Angeles when ‘West Side Story’ was real. They have the scars to prove it.
Taylor Negron
The reflexive allergy to L.A. that a lot of New Yorkers have, I feel like it’s kind of nonsense.
Josh Radnor
The strangest part of being so well known is definitely getting a New Yorker profile. It’s a wonderful, strange process, like seeing yourself through a distorting mirror.
Neil Gaiman
Andy was not a hippie or rebel but more like a mischievous child. He was never out to destroy everything. He became a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know, like the media, what’s going on around them is a fashion thing that will change to something else.
Paul Morrissey
Ideas matter in New York. I am certain that more conversations in New York are about ideas than anywhere else. Not just vague theories, but ideas that New Yorkers have the will, and the clout, to do something about.
David Frost
I am a New Yorker. I like New York. And I like cities. And it’s not my desire to make New York more suburban. I would personally just like to vet each person.
Fran Lebowitz
Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.
Sarah Palin
If you’re walking through the Union Square subway station – New Yorkers know it’s obnoxious and crowded, and in the summer it’s too hot – there are always amazing musicians playing, and sometimes there are multiple, different musicians set up in there.
Caroline Polachek
After New – when Newhouse bought The New Yorker, he said in one of those grand press conferences that `Bill Shawn will stay here as long as he wants to be here.’ Well, he wanted to be here until he died, but he wasn’t allowed to.
Nat Hentoff
I’m a New Yorker. Matter of fact, the more I’m in places like Texas and California, the more I know I’m a New Yorker. I have no confusions. About that.
Garry Winogrand
I came out of a building and this woman stopped me, like, ‘You’re Miss Universe!’ And she was a New Yorker! I’m not used to New Yorkers being fans, because they’re so blase about it, you know.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
If I thought about planning, I’d plan movies. If I thought about planning my life, I’d plan my life more rationally, not like New Yorkers who live their lives so irrationally, without reason. Maybe that’s the connection between my movies and New York: the movies have the same kind of lack of overall design.
Paul Morrissey
New Yorkers seem to think the best thing two people can do is talk.
Deborah Tannen
In the New Yorker library, I have long been shelved between Nadine Gordimer and Brendan Gill; an eerie little space nestled between high seriousness of purpose and legendary lightness of touch.
Adam Gopnik
Too many upstate New Yorkers have to drive 30 minutes or more to see a doctor.
Chris Gibson
I think that most New Yorkers would object to calling me a New Yorker. I didn’t grow up here.
Sloane Crosley
I’m a born and bred New Yorker. I belong here. Everytime I leave it’s like losing a leg.
Judy Holliday
At every step in his life, DiMaggio was what New Yorkers wanted in a hero.
Richard Ben Cramer
If New Yorkers reduced portion size to 16 ounces from 20 ounces for one sugary drink every two weeks, it would collectively save approximately 2.3 million pounds over one year.
Casey Neistat
I think sleep is just the most important thing. I think most New Yorkers, especially, don’t get enough sleep.
Chelsea Leyland
I think the most interesting New Yorkers are the people who were not born here.
Elaine Stritch
Sophistication called for a variety of talents and attitudes, but the minimum requirement was being in New York. Not all New Yorkers achieved it, but nobody elsewhere had a prayer.
Barbara Holland
You can do what you like, sir, but I’ll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.
Edward Rutherfurd
The history of Hillary Clinton as a five-year senator is to promote Hillary Clinton and not the needs of New Yorkers
John Spencer
I’m a New Yorker. I don’t believe in air unless I can see it.
Jay Maisel
Lilian Ross was a – veteran writer for The New Yorker. She, in fact, brought me to The New Yorker many years ago.
Nat Hentoff
Every single day, we have hundreds, if not thousands of police officers protecting the lives of not just New Yorkers, but the millions who come to New York City to work and to vacation.
Vito Fossella
But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker.
Jason Alexander
I have never been prouder to be a lifelong New Yorker than I am today with the passage of marriage equality.
Cyndi Lauper
‘Welcome To New York’ is one of those songs that, with just one single radio play, will make at least 10 New Yorkers move to Marfa, Texas.
If sometimes there seems to be a sort of sameness of sound in The New Yorker, it probably can be traced to the magazine’s copydesk, which is a marvelous fortress of grammatical exactitude and stylish convention.
E. B. White
It’s a dirty little secret that most New Yorkers are pleasant, thoughtful, patient, and polite. The Chamber of Commerce must work overtime to maintain the surly, off-putting image that is widely believed to define the city. In truth, niceness is nearly epidemic in this town.
Judith Kelman
New York – The city where the people from Oshkosh look at the people from Dubuque in the next theater seats and say “These New Yorkers don’t dress any better than we do.
Robert Benchley
New York lost a classic. Carmine was an old school New Yorker.
Anthony Weiner
I wasn’t aware I’d write the novel when I wrote the New Yorker story either. And the narration of their construction in 10:04 is fiction, however flickering.
Ben Lerner
I’ve never felt more American than I did when I moved to England. It becomes a real kind of part of your identity: “Oh, Ben. He’s the American guy.” I think when you say you’re from New York you get a different reception then if you just say, “I’m American.” So I’d always kind of make sure I was a New Yorker first.
Ben Schnetzer
William Shawn was the editor of The New Yorker and for whom I worked for, God, 27 years; a man I respected enormously because of what he did, – what the magazine was about.
Nat Hentoff
There are a lot of New York City Thanksgiving traditions. For example, a lot of New Yorkers don’t buy the frozen Thanksgiving turkey. They prefer to buy the bird live and then push it in front of a subway train.
David Letterman
New Yorkers are either the nicest or the rudest.
Janet McTeer
I feel like my 50 years at Harvard were an interlude. I’m really a New Yorker.
Alan Dershowitz
The world’s greatest city – New York City – deserves a government that works for all New Yorkers. That starts with a mayor who is independent from party bosses and special interests, who isn’t afraid to be honest with the people, and who is focused on the issues New Yorkers care about most.
Sal Albanese
I get nostalgic for British negativity. There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers. When you go back to Britain, everybody is just running everything down. It’s like whatever the opposite of a hug is.
John Oliver
The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian but an American.
Patrick Henry
New York’s the place where you can have a private life. You can do anything, be anything you please. New Yorkers mind their own business. Police cars, ambulances, fire engines – nobody even turns around for them. We go to the movies for excitement.
Zelda Popkin
I always have issues. I’m a New Yorker. I always have issues with trust – you adopt it from being a New Yorker. I think trust is something that comes from the gut. I don’t think it’s anything specific. I don’t think it’s anything tangible.
Vin Diesel
Although it was constructed in 1536, the New York subway system boasts an annual maintenance budget of nearly $8, currently stolen, and it does a remarkable job of getting New Yorkers from Point A to an indeterminate location somewhere in the tunnel leading to point B.
Dave Barry
In the summer New York was the only place in which one could escape from New Yorkers.
Edith Wharton
A friend said to me I’m like a walking New Yorker article. It’s true! That’s how I write. That’s how I think.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Publication in ‘The New Yorker’ meant everything, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it changed my life.
Daniel Alarcon
The New Yorker’s’ drama critics have always had a comparable authority because, for the most part, the magazine made it a practice to employ critics who moonlighted in the arts. They worked both sides of the street, so to speak.
John Lahr
When I read the article [in The New Yorker] by David Grann, I was very struck by people responding to the article, of people thinking I was such a hero and what a wonderful person I was, and I didn’t feel that at all. I felt like I had very much, like Todd [Willingham], taken a path of self-preservation.
Elizabeth Gilbert
A true New Yorker never backs down, and I’m no exception. Holla!
Heather Thomson
Any real New Yorker is a you-name-it-we-have-it-snob whose heart brims with sympathy for the millions of unfortunates who through misfortune, misguidedness or pure stupidity live anywhere else in the world.
Russell Lynes
For my wife and I, for so many years, a lot of our identity was based on being Hollywood haters. We were like, ‘We’re east-coast. We’re New Yorkers. This is just a place that we have to come to, but not by choice.’
Kevin Bacon
New Yorkers tend to have a wall up. Being from the South, I didn’t have that. It helped me meet a lot of people. And, as a Southerner, I love wearing color. New York is a sea of black. My popping out in pink was definitely noticed.
Tinsley Mortimer
When a New Yorker looks like he has a suntan, it’s probably rust.
Laurence J. Peter
What the New Yorker calls home would seem like a couple of closets to most Americans, yet he manages not only to live there but also to grow trees and cockroaches right on the premises.
Russell Baker
True New Yorkers do not really seek information about the outside world. They feel that if anything is not in New York it is not likely to be interesting.
Jimmy Breslin
A couple of years ago I picked up New Yorker writer Alma Guillermoprieto’s “The Heart That Bleeds,” which is reportage from Latin America in the 1990s. You can predict that some books will give you a thrill, but you can’t predict the books that will hit you hard. It is a little bit like falling in love.
Stephen Greenblatt
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
Douglas Adams
The more New Yorkers like something, the more disgusted they are. “The kitchen was all Sub-Zero: I want to kill myself. The building has a playroom that makes you want to break your own jaw with a golf club. I can’t take it.
Tina Fey
There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers.
John Oliver
Dad and I did not care at all for your story in The New Yorker … [I]t does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what all you young people think about these days. Why don’t you write something to cheer people up?
Shirley Jackson
New Yorkers your voices must be heard. Tell your state Congressmen to support same sex marriage bill. All you need is love
Madonna Ciccone
I’m tough, and you know what? New Yorkers deserve that. They work head, they fight it out, they slug it out. And they deserve a mayor or a speaker who’s going to do the same.
Christine Quinn
When New Yorkers tell one about the dangers of their city, the muggings, the dinner parties to which no one turns up for fear of being attacked on the way, the traffic snarl-ups, the bland indifference of the city cops, they are unmistakably bragging.
Jonathan Raban
I’m not a reporter but the ‘New Yorker’ treats everyone like a reporter.
David Sedaris
After the 9/11 apocalypse happened in New York City, people, particularly New Yorkers, who breathed in the ash, or saw the results of that, have a tendency to keep seeing echoes and having flashbacks to it.
Stephen King
New York is a place that can grind you down and spit you out. A true New Yorker doesn’t get ground down, he gets polished.
Kurt Braunohler
I would not waste time, as Senator Gillibrand does, on things such as dictating a national minimum driving age and sponsoring a ‘National Day of Play.’ I’d help New Yorkers understand that we get less in value from Washington than what we send there in taxes.
Wendy Long
You learn to cope with whatever you have to cope with. I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.
Lauren Bacall
Most non-New Yorkers, finding themselves within hearing range of strangers’ conversation, think it’s nice to pretend they didn’t hear. But many New Yorkers think it’s nice to toss in a relevant comment.
Deborah Tannen
In a subway car, my skin would typically fall in the middle of the color spectrum. On street corners, tourists would ask me for directions. I was, in four and a half years, never an American; I was immediately a New Yorker.
Mohsin Hamid
I have a bold plan to break from the Bloomberg years, and end the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by providing real opportunity to all New Yorkers, no matter where they live.
Bill de Blasio
My parents were New Yorkers, and I was conceived in Los Angeles. My father was a makeup artist to Clint Eastwood and Richard Chamberlain.
Michele Lee
I’m a New Yorker; I’ve paid my dues.
Zoe Kravitz
I’m going to do whatever I have to do to help a New Yorker, whether it’s a girl on the street or a tenant in a housing development.
Christine Quinn
Life is a campus: in a Greenwich Village bookstore, looking for a New Yorker collection, I asked of an earnest-looking assistant where I might find the humour section. Peering over her granny glasses, she enquired, “Humour studies would that be, sir?”
Keith Waterhouse
I lived in New York my whole life. Like every New Yorker, I have stories about spending summers on the Jersey shore, riding the roller coaster in Seaside that is now famous for that sickening photo of it being washed out to sea.
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Sometimes with ‘The New Yorker,’ they have grammar rules that just don’t feel right in my mouth.
David Sedaris
New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most unsolved.
Johnny Carson
It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention.
Brendan Gill
New Yorkers never really liked Too $hort.
Too Short
New Yorkers are obsessed with youth and eternal youth and then their careers and making money.
Lee Radziwill
New Yorkers always hate LA! I love both cities! I do love the sunshine and the beach after growing up in rainy England.
Louise Roe
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. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.
David Bowie
Oh sure, I really miss the changing seasons, because in Los Angeles you don’t really get that – and I feel like New Yorkers – and, really, all East Coasters – they really earn their good seasons. They earn when the weather’s hot; they earn when the leaves start to change.
Anthony Carrigan
The New York voice reflects its diversity, its foreignness, and, inevitably, the sense of superiority New Yorkers feel or come to feel. It says, without saying, We Know.
Marya Mannes
Back when I lived in Brooklyn, I’d sometimes take the Q train all the way out to Coney Island and back, and work on my laptop. There’s something about pushy New Yorkers looking over your shoulder that really makes you produce sentences.
Joshua Foer
The most divisive issue facing New Yorkers in 2013 is stop and frisk, a tactic used by law enforcement to stop, question, and frisk people suspected of a crime.
Sal Albanese
Compared to other liberal cities like San Francisco and Amsterdam, New Yorkers are always trying to do something, make art or love or money or whatever, and they have this phobia about standing still.
John Cameron Mitchell
Am I pushy? Yep. Do I like taking ‘no’ for an answer when ‘no’ means New Yorkers aren’t going to get something they need? No. Do I push back and crack some eggs? Absolutely.
Christine Quinn
Congressmember Weiner has shown just a pattern of reckless behavior, an inability to tell the truth, and what New Yorkers deserve is a mayor with a record of delivering for them, of vision, and a level of maturity and responsibility.
Christine Quinn
I’m always pointing things out to native New Yorkers that I think are weird about this place and their culture and all that. But I feel like my friends and family from California feel like I’ve totally “become a New Yorker.”
Adrian Tomine
As a New Yorker, or wherever I am, I just want to know I can get our of the house in five minutes if I have to and not have to spend a bunch of time obsessing in the mirror, trying on a million different options. Now, I just know what works.
Natasha Lyonne
New Yorkers must be able to trust the men and women of the NYPD. They must come forward to report crimes. And they must come forward as witnesses.
Eric Schneiderman
New Yorkers always want to win. But it’s just as important to us that you show us that you’re trying like hell to do it for us.
Stephen A. Smith
‘All In’ is like the Giants motto, so I kind of took that, and I kind of used New York as the backdrop – how diehard New Yorkers are for their team. Me being a New Yorker, I just had to show my love for the city as well as my love for the New York Giants.
Travie McCoy
New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
Jimmy Connors
Every man worships the dollar, and is down before his shrine from morning to night… Other men, the world over, worship regularly at the shrine with matins and vespers, nones and complines, and whatever other daily services may be known to the religious houses; but the New Yorker is always on his knees.
Anthony Trollope
People say New Yorkers can’t get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine.
David Letterman
You can get the true essence of New Yorkers by just hanging out in Central Park.
Andy Roddick
David Remnick [the New Yorker’s editor in chief]is about as interested in anything gay as I am interested in anything to do with baseball. It drives me nuts.
Kevin Sessums
I’m a New Yorker, and I rarely get to work at home.
Hope Davis
I am just a normal human being – I am alive! Why is anyone surprised that I am human? Like many New Yorkers, I have a multifaceted life.
Nouriel Roubini
I wanted to be a literary writer, so I wrote story after story and sent them to ‘The New Yorker.’
Diane Mott Davidson
I have lived in this city my whole life and have seen the way gentrification has changed it. I’m not necessarily against transplants, as 75 percent of my good friends, roommate, and boyfriend are not native New Yorkers.
I feel like I’m a New Yorker because I really know the city. I actually tell the drivers where to go – I have this bad habit, I always question the drivers. I do that all the time because I feel like I know the best way, when really it’s like, ‘Yo, man, shut up. This dude does this every day of his life.’
J. Cole
New Yorkers were grateful when Donald J. Trump finished ahead of schedule and under budget in renovating the Wollman Memorial Rink, where the city had spent six years and $12 million trying to produce ice.
Andrew Rosenthal
New Yorkers, by reputation, are fast-talking, assertive and easily annoyed; I fit right in.
Jane Pauley
Throughout his career, Bloomberg has repeatedly shown blatant disrespect for individual rights and civil liberties. The first thing that comes to mind is probably the way he tried to micromanage New Yorkers’ food choices during his time as mayor.
Kat Timpf
As soon as I start reading, drawing comes to me more easily. I find I work in my sketchbooks more. But if I’m working on a new show, my reading completely stops except when I’m on a plane. I take a stack of New Yorkers with me. I feel awful about those stacks of New Yorkers.
Barry McGee
New Yorkers have a delightfully narcissistic habit of assuming that if they’re not conscious of a scene, it doesn’t exist.
Sloane Crosley
Larry Silverstein has betrayed the public’s trust and that of all New Yorkers.
George Pataki
I was 30 when 9/11 happened and I had lived exactly 15 years of life in America, so I was half American. I was a full-fledged New Yorker.
Mohsin Hamid
I don’t write poetry for the New Yorker. My poems appear in the Nation, mostly.
Kevin Sessums
The stereotype of New Yorkers is that we’re people who avoid warm human interaction, we’re always in too much of a rush to enjoy simple things, and that we’re just generally rude.
Chris Gethard
New Yorkers think they have everything, all the best art and music. But really L.A. is a better place.
Wolfgang Puck
I would kind of, you know, go stand next to some unlucky guy and say eventually, Hi, I’m George. You know, I’m with The New Yorker. I’m a liberal. I’m somewhat left of Gandhi. Do you want to talk? And, you know, they always did.
George Saunders
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.
Simone de Beauvoir
I’ve been a New Yorker for ten years, and the only people who are nice to us turn out to be Moonies.
P. J. O’Rourke
I’ve done a lot of plays before where I had to do a New York accent, but never a Philly one before. They do the rhotic ‘r’ – where you say the ‘r’ – where most New Yorkers don’t.
Jacki Weaver
I’m reading a bunch of fiction by Afghan and Iraq War veterans for a New Yorker piece. There hasn’t been that much, but it’s starting to come out, and some of the fiction is really good.
George Packer
New Yorkers would be shocked to learn of the conditions some construction workers in our city toil under.
Letitia James
As Attorney General, my most important responsibility is keeping New Yorkers safe by enforcing the laws that protect our people from harm. But another fundamental part of my job is to seek to advance the basic American principle of equal justice under law.
Eric Schneiderman
Speaking as a New Yorker, I found [September 11] a shocking and terrifying event, particularly the scale of it.
Edward Said
I know New Yorkers are gonna vote for a candidate – me – who has the longest record of delivering for them. They want a mayor who can deliver for them. And I’m the only one – I don’t care who gets in – who has that record.
Christine Quinn
I have come to understand myself as more of a New York writer, or more of a woman writer, but I don’t feel like that while I’m writing. But I think that most New Yorkers would object to calling me a New Yorker. I didn’t grow up here.
Sloane Crosley
As a New Yorker you can’t help but be proud of the fact that so much music and culture started here. Punk rock, jazz, hip-hop and house music started here, George Gershwin debuted ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ here; the Velvet Underground are from New York.
The NYPD must stop acting like the only thing black people do is run from them and shoot at them. Believe it or not there are some black New Yorkers who won’t run and can’t shoot — they’re called the #‎ Knicks .
Bill Maher
Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11.
Michael Bloomberg
I’m just not gonna let up until I know I’ve done absolutely everything I can for New Yorkers.
Christine Quinn
New Yorkers have their own way of speaking, their own tempo, and Texans are a lot like that. As much as you think Texas is one thing and New York is another, they’re very much the same.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Well, it’s a little harder in New York. It’s not as forgiving to a film crew. You hold up a bunch of New Yorkers who can’t cross the street, they’re not going to take it well. Southern California? They’ll wait. It’s cool man. In New York, they’re like, ‘Are you kidding me? I gotta get to work.’
Matthew Rhys
I realize that for many New Yorkers, this is the first time you’ve heard my name, and you don’t know much about me. Over these next two years you will get to know me, but more importantly, I will get to know you.
Kirsten Gillibrand
We have a policy at The New Yorker, .. That is, if someone doesn’t want to be profiled, we drop it. I would like you to show me the same courtesy.
William Shawn
My D’Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller’s guitar player in 1939. It’s a ’39 D’Angelico New Yorker.
Brian Setzer
I’m not running from the left; I’m running from the bottom. I’m running in fierce advocacy for working-class New Yorkers.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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
I’m of that subset of native New Yorkers who can’t drive.
Colson Whitehead
New York is Babylon : Brooklyn is the truly Holy City. New York is the city of envy, office work, and hustle; Brooklyn is the region of homes and happiness…. There is no hope for New Yorkers, for their glory in Their skyscraping sins; but in Brooklyn there is the wisdom of the lowly.
Christopher Morley
It is difficult to offend a New Yorker.
Alan Dershowitz
I’ve always believed that thoughtful people don’t really take the tabloids seriously. They’re basically a form of entertainment. I enjoy them as much as the next New Yorker.
Woody Allen
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
A real New Yorker likes the sound of a garbage truck in the morning.
R. L. Stine
I may be one of the last New Yorkers who actually drives in the city daily.
Donald Trump, Jr.
I had no administrative function at the New Yorker. I am what we used to call in construction back in Kansas City where I grew up “a dog-ass subcontractor.”
Kevin Sessums
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
Irving Berlin
I eat out three times a day most days of the year. This is no big deal to most New Yorkers, and it is not something I am necessarily proud of – it’s simply the nature of my itinerant life.
Ben Elliot
New Yorkers are tired of hearing about my personal life.
Jeanine Pirro
New Yorkers are inclined to assume it will never rain, and certainly not on New Yorkers.
Brooks Atkinson
New Yorkers want to be compassionate, and they want to live in a city where homeless people aren’t stuffed into shelters, spilling out onto the streets. They also want a support system that works.
Letitia James
New Yorkers – the people are so honest. If you’re sucking on stage, they’ll let you know.
Zach Anner
Unlike many Californians or New Yorkers, college football is a religion down south.
Omari Hardwick
[Bill Shawn] had always been in The New Yorker immaculately dressed – quietly, immaculately dressed, very soft-spoken. On the phone I could hardly hear him sometimes.
Nat Hentoff