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Angus MacQueen - Rob the Mob 2014 - Marc Singer TV - Kenneth Clark TV - F Scott Fitzgerald & The Great Gatsby 2013 - The Great Gatsby 1974 - Susan Sontag - Betty Comden & Adolf Green - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! 2006 - Aravind Adiga - James Weldon Johnson - New York television news - James Burke TV - Weird or What? TV - Ancient Discoveries TV - Ken Burns TV - Storyville TV - New York: City of Tomorrow TV - Once Upon a Time in New York TV - Robert A M Stearn - Fiorello la Guardia - Grandmaster Flash - Manhattan 1979 & Woody Allen - Citizen Kane 1941 - Scam City TV - Bob Dylan - Salvador Dali - Charlie Chaplin - John Steinbeck - George Carlin - Henry James - H L Mencken - Leon Trotsky - John Updike - Stir Crazy 1980 - The Making of the Mafia TV - Misha Glenny - Sylvia Plath - Michael Portillo TV - New York: America's Busiest City TV - The Panic in Needle Park 1971 - Adam Curtis TV - David Attenborough TV - Robbed TV - Weiner 2016 - The Wolfpack 2015 - The Real Goodfella TV - The Office US TV - The Ten Year Lunch 1987 - Paris is Burning TV - Style Wars 1983 - Banksy Does New York TV - Secret War on Drugs TV - Citizen Jane: Battle for the City TV - CIA Declassified TV - In Search of History: The Civil War Draft Riots TV - Waldemar Januszczak TV - Crime + Punishment 2018 - Operation Jane Walk 2018 - Precinct Seven Five 2014 - Big City Life: Homelessness in New York TV - Dr James Fox: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds TV -         

 

 

43,745.  Thomas Winston, a stereotype, a black New Yorker who has been in and out of prison all his life for the sale and possession of drugs.  Thomas has signed up for a campaign to reform New York’s Rockefeller drug laws.  The sale or possession of small amounts of drugs are given a mandatory sentence equivalent to second-degree murder.  (Drugs & New York)  Angus MacQueen, Our Drugs War: Life and Death of a Dealer

 

 

74,669.  New York City 1991: Right there.  No, the flower shop.  Valentine's Day, baby.  (GBH Films & Mafia & New York)  Rob the Mob 2014 starring Michael Pitt & Andy Garcia & Nina Arianda & Ray Romano & Griffin Dunne & Michael Rispoli & Rank Whaley & Burt Young & Yul Vasquez & Samira Wiley & Bill Raymond & Adam Trese et al, director Raymond de Felitta, robbery

 

 

76,106.  Penn Station, New York City ... When I first came down the tunnel it looked dangerous, man.  Looked real dangerous.  ’Cause even in daytime it was dark.  And like I was scared ... It can’t be as bad as it is on top.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  Marc Singer, Dark Days 2000, music DJ Singer *****

 

76,107. I been down here for fucking five years, going on six.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,108.  You be surprised at the stuff I be finding.  And I be selling and getting top dollar for.  (also New York)  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,109.  She told me, Either the drugs or me. And I kept saying Her but I kept fucking going back to the drugs.  One day when I went home my clothes were all packed, man.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,110.  I sell anything.  What sells the best?  Nasty movies.  Nasty faggot movies.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,111.  My father was a dope fiend and an alcoholic.  My mother she didn’t give a fuck.  She let my father beat on her and beat on me and my sisters.  She wouldn’t say anything.  She wouldn’t do anything.  I haven’t spoken to them in ten years and I don’t care to.  They don’t give a damn about me right now.  They had sixteen years to love me and treat me like a son and much less treat me like a human being, and they couldn’t do it then, and they couldn’t do it now.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground & Parents)  ibid.

 

76,112.  In response to external pressures, armed Amtrak police are ordered into the tunnel to tell the residents that they have thirty days to pack up and evacuate or face a forcible eviction.  Filming was prohibited.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.  commentary

 

76,113.  When they woke me up they had guns and everything.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,114.  I don’t want to go to the shelter.  ’Cause I don’t want to worry about someone stealing my shit ... It’s infected with drugs.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,115.  Being homeless is all types of problems – you never know what lies ahead.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,116.  It’s hard to believe this is our last day in this place.  I thought this day would never come.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

76,117.  Dark days.  Real dark.  (Homelessness & New York & Underground)  ibid.

 

 

61,411.  New York was made by men: it took almost the same time to reach its present condition as it took to complete the Gothic cathedrals.  (Civilisation & New York)  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation: Heroic Materialism 13/13

 

61,412.  Behind this grim uniformity lurks an even grimmer poverty.  And problems that seem almost insoluble.  (Civilisation & New York)  ibid.

 

 

83,010.  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

 

 

95,214.  I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye.  I like to walk up Fifth Avenue and pick out romantic women from the crowd and imagine that in a few minutes I was going to enter their lives, and no one would ever know or disapprove.  Sometimes, in my mind, I followed them to their apartments on the corners of hidden streets, and they turned and smiled back at me before they faded through a door into warm darkness.  At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others – poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner – young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.  F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

 

62,236.  After Gatsby’s death New York was haunted for me.  That said my once golden shimmering mirage now made me sick.  (1920s & New York)  The Great Gatsby 2013 starring Leonardo di Caprio & Tobey McGuire & Carey Mulligan & Joel Edgerton & Isla Fisher & Jason Clarke & Elizabeth Debicki & Jack Thompson & Amitabh Bachchan et al, director Baz Luhrmann

 

 

124,018.  I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away.  There’s something very sensuous about it.  Overripe as if all sorts of funny fruits are going to fall into your hands.  (1920s & New York)  The Great Gatsby 1974 starring & Robert Redford & Mia Farrow & Bruce Dern & Sam Waterston & Karen Black & Scott Wilson & Lois Chiles & Edward Herrmann & Howard da Silva & Kathryn Leigh Scott & Regina Baff et al, director Jack Clayton

 

 

82,943.  This is New York: eight million people live, work and die here.  This is my city.  Susan Sontag, 1960s documentary

 

82,944.  The Seagram Building gleamed like a switchblade in the autumn sun.  ibid.

 

 

82,945.  New York, New York – a helluva town.  Betty Comden & Adolph Green, New York, New York

 

 

82,946.  It has been calculated that people in New York travel on average a farther distance vertically than they do horizontally.  This is due to the height of the many tall buildings which makes it necessary to climb more than walk on the level.  Ripleys Believe It Or Not! 2006

 

82,947.  Citizens may not greet each other by ‘putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers’.  ibid.

 

82,948.  While riding in an elevator it is illegal for one to talk to another, or to fold one’s hands while looking at the floor.  ibid.

 

 

82,949.  I am coming back to New York after five years, and it seems that psychics are taking over the city.  (New York & Psychic)  Aravind Adiga

 

 

82,950.  If you ride northward the length of Manhattan Island going through Central Park and coming out on 7th Avenue or Lennox Avenue at 110th Street you cannot escape being struck by the sudden change in the character of the people you see.  In the middle and lower parts of the city you have perhaps noted Negro faces here and there.  But when you emerge from the Park you see them everywhere.  And as you go up either of these two great arteries leading out from the north you see more and more Negros walking in the streets and looking from the windows, trading in the shops, eating in the restaurants, going in and coming out of the theatres until nearing 195th Street 90% of the people you see including the traffic officers are Negros.  You have been having a glimpse of Harlem.  The Negro metropolis.  James Weldon Johnson

 

 

82,951.  There is anger tonight after four New York City police officers shot and killed an unarmed African immigrant earlier this week.  New York television news report of Amadou Diallo, cited Louis Therouxs Weird Weekends: Black Nationalism

 

 

82,952.  Rush hour in Manhattan: eight hundred thousand people crowd onto subways, looking forward to home ... As the networks fell apart links between one energy centre and another broke ... At Kennedy Airport the radar screen went black.  And Flight 911 was in trouble ... Over an area of eighteen square miles thirty million people were now in darkness.  James Burke, Connections: The Trigger Effect 1978 s1e1

 

82,953.  This abnormal business of actually talking to anybody on the subway  caught on briefly all over New York.  ibid.

 

 

82,954.  It began with two brothers ... On December 7th the Morenos were going about their daily routine.  Their job as high-rise window washers was not without its dangers.  Their day started cleaning the glass on an Upper East Side apartment building more than a hundred and twenty metres up ... From forty-seven storeys up the platform plummeted for nearly six seconds before it crashed on to the pavement ... Although one of the brothers had died the other was somehow miraculously breathing.  (New York & Window & Accident)  Weird or What? Strange Survival

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