New York: Tough, Resilient, Unbowed

New York is the true capital of America.
Every New Yorker knows it,
and by God, we always shall.

Edward Rutherfurd


If London is a watercolor,
New York is an oil painting.

– Peter Shaffer

When you leave New York you ain’t going anywhere.
–  Jimmy Breslin

  More than anything else New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.
– Marilyn J. Appleberg

London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but
New York is always hopeful.
–  Dorothy Parker

The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, and races into a small island and adds music and the
accompaniment of internal engines.

E.B. White

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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32 replies on “New York: Tough, Resilient, Unbowed”

New York is one of the most beautiful cities in this world and you captured it gorgeously in your pictures

When I think of New York I think of street-smart guys who seem to know all the angles and beautiful women in Manhattan… it is a wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.

A great piece on thee greatest city in the world. NYC is that great melting pot of culture that some in power attempt to suppress. This captures the pulse of an elegant city and it captures the pulse of our country. NYC is tough, gritty, resilient and driven. That’s what America is now.

You’ve captured the essence of New York the neighborhoods and people beautifully… so poignant, especially now. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be “distantly” sharing them with my high school photography students in CT.

I love the one with the couple in front of the graffiti wall with the painter on the right. Will they disappear as well once he paints that wall? great juxtaposition. Your work never fails to lift me. Thank you.

Nothing can be a more beautiful tribute to New York than this. You work inspires, provokes thought, gives joy, bring out tears and above all gives us most important messages of life.

Happy Birthday Steve!

Growing up in New York is an education for life. Thank you for your photographs. It brought me joy to reminisce and appreciate the spirit of the City.

Yay to my city. Yay to NYC. We’re a bit quiet at the moment (other than at 7pm, when all bets are off as pots and pans and whistles and hoots and claps and horns and church bells playing “God Bless America” take hold of the streets …) but we’re still NYC. We’re still very lively right under the surface of our artificially emptied streets and masked-faced people hurrying about. We’ll get through this, and we’ll come out stronger. NYC always has. Thank you for this tribute, and reminders, of all that we are.

Really inspiring tribute!
I have a bunch of photographs from New York from a few months back that I was a bit hesitant to post because of the current situation, but you truly changed my mind!

It’s interesting that the beautiful pictures of New York City neighborhoods that were throughout, the States history of gentrification. Beautiful landmarks, were the true residents of New York City don’t live. And are a coming of various cultures and hues…..

Dear Steve, your pictures move me to tears. Looking at places that no longer existed, either for tragedy or economic crisis, I feel an enormous sense of connection with the city and its history. Thank you for this homage while we hold up at home, hoping testing will be available soon, so we won’t have to live in fear for long. Cheers

So beautiful, photos so real just like I’m there… Thanks for sharing this with us…

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