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"New Yorkers are real gritty and tough." - Raymond Kelly

"New Yorkers are inclined to assume it will never rain, and certainly not on New Yorkers." - Brooks Atkinson

"New Yorkers, I figured, just pretended to be unfriendly." - Jeannette Walls

"New Yorkers are either the nicest or the rudest." - Janet Mcteer

"So you got the cool New Yorkers, and then there are the less-than-cool New Yorkers." - Edward Burns

"A New York doctor has finished a five year study on what smells have the biggest effect on New Yorkers. The smell New Yorkers like the most: vanilla. The smell New Yorkers like the least: New Jersey." - Jay Leno

"Larry Silverstein has betrayed the public's trust and that of all New Yorkers." - George Pataki

"A lot of people have told me real New Yorkers are Mets fans" - Curtis Granderson

"You can get the true essence of New Yorkers by just hanging out in Central Park" - Andy Roddick

"I think New Yorkers - they're media savvy. People have a sense of humor." - Billy Eichner

"New Yorkers are stuck in a gloomy mucilage of mutual commiseration." - Herb Caen

"There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers." - John Oliver

"Fair and affordable housing is a basic right for all New Yorkers and all Americans." - Nydia Velazquez

"I'm not going to complain to New Yorkers about working too hard." - Ben Elliot

"I think that, in comparison, New Yorkers and Northerners are so guarded." - Genevieve Gorder

"New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York - in case you haven't noticed." - Jim Harrison

"Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans. Tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers." - Hillary Clinton

"You can get the true essence of New Yorkers by just hanging out in Central Park." - Andy Roddick

"As I've always said, the way New Yorkers back us we have to produce for them." - George Steinbrenner

"I think the most interesting New Yorkers are the people who were not born here." - Elaine Stritch

"On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers." - George Pataki

"New Yorkers, by reputation, are fast-talking, assertive and easily annoyed; I fit right in." - Jane Pauley

"I have big emotions, and I care deeply about delivering for New Yorkers, and sometimes that means you got to push things forward - and I think New Yorkers know that." - Christine Quinn

"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

"New Yorkers are predatory about real estate. When they sense softening, they move in for the kill." - Anderson Cooper

"Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York [city] work harder than any others in the world." - Andy Warhol

"...In the summer New York was the only place in which one could escape from New Yorkers..." - Edith Wharton

"Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night." - Dorothy Parker

"I think of New Yorkers as not taking the time to talk to someone they don't know." - Carla Hall

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

"New Yorkers have a delightfully narcissistic habit of assuming that if they're not conscious of a scene, it doesn't exist." - Sloane Crosley

"I'm just not gonna let up until I know I've done absolutely everything I can for New Yorkers." - Christine Quinn

"The reflexive allergy to L.A. that a lot of New Yorkers have, I feel like it's kind of nonsense." - Josh Radnor

"I think that most New Yorkers would object to calling me a New Yorker. I didn't grow up here." - Sloane Crosley

"I think sleep is just the most important thing. I think most New Yorkers, especially, don't get enough sleep." - Chelsea Leyland

"I love all the different ways that New Yorkers show their individuality through what they choose to wear." - Henrik Lundqvist

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

"New Yorkers think they have everything, all the best art and music. But really L.A. is a better place." - Wolfgang Puck

"New Yorkers stop me on the street all the time to say, 'You're terrific! You're the nuts!'" - Elaine Stritch

"I am one of the 11.5% of New Yorkers who remain traumatized by the events of September 11." - Lanford Wilson

"Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed." - Phyllis Diller

"The creative core of New York has never been native New Yorkers; it's people from all over the world." - Steve Earle

"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

"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

"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 distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!" - Patrick Henry

"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

"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

"Never forget that it is we New Yorkers and New Englanders who have the monopoly of whatever oxygen there is in the American continent." - Van Wyck Brooks

"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

"New Yorkers are nice about giving you street directions; in fact, they seem quite proud of knowing where they are themselves." - Katharine Brush

"The history of Hillary Clinton as a five-year senator is to promote Hillary Clinton and not the needs of New Yorkers" - John Spencer

"New Yorkers your voices must be heard. Tell your state Congressmen to support same sex marriage bill. All you need is love" - Madonna Ciccone

"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

"We are New Yorkers. Proud citizens of the greatest city on earth. Thinking big isn't new to us. It is the very foundation of who we are." - Bill De Blasio

"I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they"ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I would' know, because I wo' ever dare ask that question." - Dylan Thomas

"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

"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

"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

"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

"For a Bostonian... we live in the shadow of New York, and to be acknowledged by New Yorkers is really the greatest feeling." - Donnie Wahlberg

"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

"It was an incredible resource. I'd sit with a big stack of bound New Yorkers in the library and read through, especially the 'Talk of the Town' sections." - Michael Chabon

"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

"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

"Anybody that I can work with that will help improve the lives of New Yorkers, I will work with that person." - Christine Quinn

"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

"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

"Like most New Yorkers I was shell-shocked immediately after 9/11 and couldn't put into words what I was feeling." - Christine Lavin

"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

"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

"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 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

"The history of Hillary Clinton as a five-year senator is to promote Hillary Clinton and not the needs of New Yorkers." - John Spencer

"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

"New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen." - Carter Burwell

"If Chicago had been hit, I assure you New Yorkers would not have cared. What was stunning when New York was hit was how the rest of America rushed to New York's defense. New Yorkers would have been like, It's tough for them; now let's go back to our Calvin Klein fashion shows." - Ann Coulter

"The main thing I like about New Yorkers is that they understand that their lives are a relentless circus of horrors, ending in death. As New Yorkers, we realize this, we resign ourselves to our fate, and we make sure that everyone else is as miserable as we are. Good town." - Kyle Baker

"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

"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

"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

"By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is unconfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers tempramentally do not crave comfort and convenience - if they did they would live elsewhere." - E B White

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"There is no such hour on the present clock as 6:30, New York time. Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night." - Dorothy Parker

"I find the elitism and blatant provincialism of many (Manhattan-based) New Yorkers unattractive. Just as place can be an identity crutch that helps a person feel individual, place can be a crutch in poetry." - Cate Marvin

"Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts." - Rebecca Solnit

"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

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"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

"My dream is not Hollywood, but to perform my act in English to 30 people in a Soho comedy club, to show New Yorkers what they look like from the French point of view." - Gad Elmaleh

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"There's that stigma about New Yorkers, how they're so mean, but in my experience it was quite the opposite. People were very genuine and very nice, even on the subway." - Taylor Kitsch

"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

"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

"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

"If you aren't born here, to be a real New Yorker, you have to bring your talent, be a successful mentor, and support the New Yorkers who made the city by giving back." - Daniel Boulud

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"The thing about our country, Americans, and New Yorkers in particular, we all want to help. There's real folks who want to help. The problem is, they don't know how. They don't know how to get involved." - Hill Harper

"After the tragedy, New Yorkers are more united than ever in their vision, as well as in appreciation what living in freedom means - and that if we stand together, we can accomplish anything." - George Pataki

"So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"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

"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 Yorkers have this special spot in Central Park, where they do this 5K run, the minute the clock strikes twelve. I ran once, and I'll never do that again, either. But, it's awesome to watch those people run. It's such a great environment and place to be." - Hilary Swank

"We New Yorkers see more death and violence than most soldiers do, grow a thick chitin on our backs, grimace like a rat and learn to do a disappearing act. Long ago we outgrew the need to be blowhards about our masculinity; we leave that to the Alaskans and Texans, who have more time for it." - Edward Hoagland

"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

"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

"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

"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

"But what Dakota most enjoyed about the beginning of winter was the crispness of the air (that practically demanded the wearing of knits) and the way that tough New Yorkers - on the street, in elevators, in subways - were suddenly willing to risk a smile. To make a connection with a stranger. To finally see one another after strenuously avoiding eye contact all year." - Kate Jacobs

"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

"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

"I know that many Irish-born New Yorkers are caught in the trap of our federal immigration policies. If we are going to continue to attract the best and the brightest - and Ireland has more than its fair share - we need to inject some common sense into our immigration laws, and I'm doing my best to make that case in Washington." - Michael Bloomberg

"I've been living in New York City almost seven years, and my mentality has changed a lot. Just from being in New York this long and going across America, I realize that in New York, nobody really cares. They are just like, "We're New Yorkers." I feel like that is really the way it should be." - Takeru Kobayashi

"When I was a kid my father would read Neil Simon plays with me when I was going to bed, as bedtime stories. All of these old plays like The Odd Couple and Lost in Yonkers - funny but corny plays about Jewish New Yorkers in the mid-20th century." - Zach Woods

"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

"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

"As N.Y.C. Public Advocate, I released a report that showed that stop-and-frisks of African Americans in 2012 were barely half as likely to yield a weapon as those of white New Yorkers - and a third less likely to yield contraband. Despite this evidence, the vast majority of those stopped are young black and Latino men." - Bill De Blasio

"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

"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

"Deprived of the opportunity to judge one another by the cars we drive, New Yorkers, thrown together daily on mass transit, form silent opinions based on our choices of subway reading. Just by glimpsing the cover staring back at us, we can reach the pinnacle of carnal desire or the depths of hatred. Soul mate or mortal enemy." - David Rakoff

"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

"At the end of the day, New Yorkers need a mayor who understands the problems they face, brings a smart plan and good people to the table, and, more than anything, has the independence, courage and conviction to do the right thing." - Sal Albanese

"The whole point of bike-sharing is to give New Yorkers another way to commute. A lot of folks in Bay Ridge work in downtown Brooklyn or other parts of the borough. For them, it would make more sense to hop on a Citi Bike than to wait for a train or a bus." - Sal Albanese

"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

"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

"On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, it is some consolation that the man most responsible for that terrible morning will not be smiling smugly to himself as satellite TV brings to the leafy boulevards of Abbottabad the somber images of New Yorkers commemorating those who perished in the Twin Towers." - Bobby Ghosh

"When people endure a traumatic event, they are either defeated or made stronger. On Sept. 11, I told New Yorkers, 'I want you to emerge stronger from this.' My words were partially a hope and partially an observation that people in New York City handle big things better than little things. I could not be more proud of the way my city responded." - Rudy Giuliani

"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

"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

"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

"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



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