Quotes for a Sunday

I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid.

– Sherwood Anderson

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

– Saul Bellow

Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.

– Irving Berlin

A great many people go after success simply for the shiny prizes it brings…And nowhere is it pursued more ardently than in the city of New York.

– Stephen Birmingham

As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.

– Pearl S. Buck

Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.

Albert Camus

New York is the only real city-city.

– Truman Capote

New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.

– Alistair Cooke

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.

– Simone De Beauvoir

Over the great bridge, with sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times : It is a beautiful catastrophe.

– Le Corbusier


Irene is Coming


She’s a comin to one of my favorite places, New York City. My mouth dropped when I heard that the city was issued a mandatory evacuation and that the subway system was closing down today due to potential flooding. Unprecedented!! I wonder how big the storm surge will be…it’s been shown in too many movies throughout the years, the flooding of Manhattan…lets hope we don’t see it in reality.

North Carolina has been hit, and is still being drenched as I type. I hope this hurricane keeps losing its strength and moves to a very weak category 1.

Here in Canada, people in Quebec City, Gaspe, and Sherbrooke are preparing for up to 100mm of rain Sunday night. I remember a few years ago Sherbrooke was hit with a major flood, and I hope they are ready for one again!

Good luck everyone!!!! I am holding my breath, waiting to hear about the damage Sunday night and on.