Talk:New York City

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  • New York remains what it has always been: a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring, it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence.
  • If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.
  • Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.
  • People come up to me and say, 'you know, if you stopped smoking, you'd get your sense of smell back.' (pauses) I live in New York City, I don't want my sense of smell back. 'Is that urine? (sniffs) I think I smell a dead fella! Where's that coming fro— Look honey, a dead fella! I found him, thank God I quit smoking, I can find dead fellas in puddles of urine.' I love living in New York.