The Big Apple
Upwards and skywards, that's the pulse of New York. The Five Boroughs unite like atriums of the heart, to make this the nerve center of the American Dream. If you can make it here you can truly make it anywhere. Where the richest and poorest live side by side on the miracle that is Manhattan.
This is the gravitational center of modern civilization. The city draws you in from wherever in the world you might be. From Empire State to World Trade, to Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. The romantic nexus between money and power is ubiquitous, from the Charging Bull of Wall St. to 5th Avenue.
There is something in the air that makes sleep useless. Transient yet eternal, the city is at once an incubator as well as a centrifuge of art, music, news, technology, language and life. Only in New York can one hope to belong, because one belongs as much the moment they arrive as they ever will.
“Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts.
It has therefore been the source and fountain of the ideas that have moved and made America, and is, in a high and honourable sense, the hub of the New World”
— Foster Barham Zincke
“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
— Andy Warhol
“The missionary comes after the whiskey — I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next…
…All these interests bring the newspaper; the newspaper starts up politics and a railroad; all hands turn to and build a church and a jail— and behold, civilization is established for ever in the land.
But whiskey, you see, was the van-leader in this beneficent work. It always is.”
— Mark Twain
“And it is awful here, there is no other way to say it. But I believe that Detroit is America’s city. It was the vanguard of our way up, just as it is the vanguard of our way down. And one hopes the vanguard of our way up again.
Detroit is Pax Americana. The birthplace of mass production, the automobile, the cement road, the refrigerator, frozen peas, high- paid blue-collar jobs, home ownership and credit on a mass scale. America’s way of life was built here.”
— Charlie LeDuff
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
— Walter Kirn