Published on September 24, 2015

15 reasons to live in NYC according to some of the world’s greatest minds

Anyone who has spent time in New York City will tell you it's unlike any other place on earth. An essential city in the world's economy and home to some of the greatest artists, authors and performers in the world. Internships in New York City provide the opportunity of a lifetime. But don't take our word for it! Here are just a few of the wonderful things great minds have said about the beloved metropolis, NYC.


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1) It’s competitive: "Make your mark in New York and you are a made man." Mark Twain


2) It’s full of opportunity: "The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world." F. Scott Fitzgerald


3) It’s proud: “The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” John Updike


4) It’s diverse: “New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” Alistair Cooke


5) It’s the best there is: “Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.” John Steinbeck


6) It’s accepting: “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” Tom Wolfe


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7) It has conquered nature: “And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there…. Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.” Ezra Pound


8) It’s a melting pot: “The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.” E.B. White


9) It’s the financial center of the world: “No other place can so convincingly claim to be the capital of capitalism, the capital of the 20th century and the capital of the world.” Kenneth T. Jackson


10) It’s optimistic: “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 Parker


11) It’s hip: “I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.” John Lennon


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12) It is home to beautiful museums: “But if I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Tim Gunn


13) It’s got talent: “The most wonderful street in the universe is Broadway. It is a world within itself. High and low, rich and poor, pass along at a rate peculiar to New York, and positively bewildering to a stranger.” Frank Rich


14) It’s where you belong: “I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.” Truman Capote


15) It’s romantic: “Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Nora Ephron



Sources: Thought Catalog,

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The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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