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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

New Yorkers are so impersonal, if it wasn't for muggings there wouldn't be any contact at all!
Robert Orben

Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just
taken place.
Johnny Carson

New York's such a wonderful city. Although I was at the library today. The guys are very
rude. I said, "I'd like a card." He says, "You have to prove you're a citizen of New York." So I
stabbed him.
Emo Philips

As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.
Dorothy Parker

That's the question interviewers always work around to asking me. How did you get that
way? And the first thing I tell them is, I'm a New Yorker. New Yorkers don't hold anything
back - sitting in traffic or just walking down the street, we lay it on the line, and we don't
whisper when we do it.
John McEnroe

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

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is.
Fran Lebowitz

I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and
administrative center of American culture.
Saul Bellow

The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty
had both hands up.
Jay Leno

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

I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the
Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
There, I think, are the true Americans.
Charlie Chaplin

In New York, life is what happens while you're waiting for a table.
Sex and the City, 1998

They say if you stop smoking, you'll get your sense of smell back. I live in New York City, why
would I want my sense of smell back?
Bill Hicks

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed - a race for rent.
Frank Lloyd Wright

I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be
dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.
John Lennon

It's so cold in New York City. Today in Central Park, I saw a squirrel salting his nuts.
David Letterman

Of course, in Los Angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. In New York, most
people don't have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their
house. And sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to
kill someone on the subway. That's why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.
George Carlin

If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London. If you were smart in 1907 you moved to New
York City. And if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia.
Jim Rogers

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

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than
dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all
the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely,
the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely
the same reasons.
Douglas Adams

When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.
Bette Midler

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

I was in a cab in New York. The cab had a sign, "Please do not smoke, Christ is our unseen
guest." This guy was reaching. I figure, if he could overcome being nailed to a cross, I don't
think a Marlboro Light's gonna faze him that much.
Bill Hicks

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

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

My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding
high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.
Yakov Smirnoff

The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever
equal or approach.
Ayn Rand

Is your vagina listed in the New York City guidebooks? Because it should be. Hottest spot in
town. Always open!
Sex and the City, Charlotte York

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.
Johnny Carson

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

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