John Adams , a Founding Father, the first vice president of the United States and the second president and the father of John Quincy Adams, the nation's sixth president said about New York:
New Yorkers talk very loud, very fast and all together. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer, they will break out upon you again – and talk away.”
Leon Trotsky ( Lev Davidovich Bronshtein ), one of the leaders in Russia’s October Revolution in 1917, and later commissar of foreign affairs and of war in the Soviet Union wrote about New York: "..city of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automatism, its streets a triumph of cubism, its moral philosophy that of the dollar. New York impressed me tremendously because, more than any other city in the world, it is the fullest expression of our modern age."
Cole Porter, famous American composer and songwriter, who created songs like "Night and Day," and the music for Broadway shows such as Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate wrote in his song:
I happen to like New York,
I happen to love this town,
I like the city air, I like to drink of it.
The more I see New York, the more I think of it.
I like the sight and the sound
and even the stink of it.
I happen to like New York.
Do you like these quotes? I found them not in the books and not on the Internet- I found them on the on the walls. I found the quotes on the walls of the stairwell in the New York city Museum , that is located on Fifth Avenue , at the end of the Museum Mile.
This is ‘New York’s Most Exciting Stairwell.’ That’s what reads on the door of stairwell .
Graphically created in stark black and white, with bold typographic quotes juxtaposed with historical images, there’s something to discover within the stairwell in every nook and cranny.
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at East 104th Street, has unveiled a stairway installation featuring famous "heavenly quotes" and images about the Big Apple's history in 2013.
This "City Steps" installation, located in the MCNY's southern stairwell, includes quotes from cultural luminaries such as poet Edgar Allen Poe and artist Georgia O'Keefe, according to the museum.
“I call this our stairwell showroom,” Susan Henshaw Jones, MCNY director, said. “Mayor Bloomberg recently encouraged New Yorkers to take the stairs to improve their health. Well, we want our visitors to strengthen their minds while they strengthen their bodies.”
Jones said that the quotes reflect the city's spirit — especially making the most out of things.
“Just like New York City, our museum finds ways to find opportunity around every corner,” she said. "When you visit, you can experience even more of what has made our city so remarkable and fantastic.”