Like the rest of the world, New York City has been through some tough times, especially lately. But those of us who know and love this city, know that we’re already coming back better, stronger, and more incredible than before. 

In the meantime, Stonehenge NYC is here to inspire and motivate New Yorkers with some of our favorite quotes about New York City. These are our favorite quotes about New York City and why we love them.


"My favorite thing about New York is the people because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are." — Bill Murray

Why We Love It: The stereotype of the grumpy New Yorker isn’t as real as non-New Yorkers might think. There’s always someone happy to give you directions, help you out, and welcome you to our city. We’re not unkind or rude--we’re just in a hurry.


"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." ― Tom Wolfe

Why We Love It: It doesn’t matter if you were born here or if you just moved here yesterday. There’s something about New York that embraces you and makes you a part of it.  When you’re in it, you know, and when you leave you, you miss it, and it misses you.


"The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding." — John Updike

Why We Love It: NYC has magic that most other places in the world don’t. It has its own undeniable flavor. Once you get used to New York’s magic, it’s hard to leave it behind. Other cities and towns pale in comparison. There is still more to do and see in New York City than in any other city in the world. Why would you choose to live anywhere else?


“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 Parke

Why We Love It: Unlike other great cities, New York is always looking toward the future with optimism. No matter what happens, we know that new opportunities, experiences, and fun are right around the corner. We hold onto hope through thick and thin.


“What's the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don't yield to them?”

― P.G. Wodehouse

Why We Love It: There is something to do, see, eat, and drink around every corner in New York City. It’s the perfect place to get lost in just about any pursuit you can imagine. It really is a city of temptation. It’s a good idea to yield to those temptations every once in a while.


“New York is strange in the summer. Life goes on as usual but it’s not, it’s like everyone is just pretending as if everyone has been cast as the star in a movie about their life, so they’re one step removed from it. And then in September, it all gets normal again.”

― Peter Cameron

Why We Love It: As a bunch of New Yorkers who just went through one of the strangest summers ever, we can’t help but agree with this quote. When summer comes we all feel a little differently about life here in the city. Everything is possible. Opportunities for exploration are endless. Something interesting is happening on every corner. It may as well be a movie.


“You can do what you like, sir, but I'll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.”

― Edward Rutherfurd

Why We Love It: I mean, he’s not wrong. Preach.


‘It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.’

―Agatha Christie

Why We Love It: There’s a reason so many mysteries are set in this city. NYC is filled with enigmas and mysteries aplenty. It adds spice to life and excitement to each day. There is nothing like contemplating the mystery of New York City.


“The flag of New York City should be someone with four bags opening a door with their shoulder.” – Alex Baze 

Why We Love It: We’ve all been there. Overloaded with stuff. Making our way home. It’s an everyday NYC adventure just getting your shopping home. Luckily, our buildings have doormen to help you with that.


“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” – Milos Forman

Why We Love It: Look around you. Peek out your window. The city is alive in ways that cannot be understood by those who have never been here. NYC appears in movies, books, TV shows, and plays. It has captured the imagination of generations, and yet no piece of media can truly convey how amazing it is to live here. We who live here? We’re the lucky ones.