• May 24, 2008

    E.B. White: “There are roughly three New Yorks.”.

    “There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. […] Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”

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4 responses to “E.B. White: “There are roughly three New Yorks.””

  1. shanan says:

    Where did he write this?

  2. Kellan says:

    “Here is New York” by E.B. White

  3. gus says:

    This is hands-down one of the best summaries of NYC, and it’s amazing how well it’s stood the test of time — I think he wrote it in the 30s?! They put part of it up on the subway recently, which made me very happy.