100+ New York Quotes and NYC Instagram Captions

Best Quotes About New York City

Planning a trip to New York and looking for some fun quotes and captions? Well, you have come to the right place because I have compiled a list of over 100 New York Quotes and captions! So whether you are looking for some New York City inspiration or a fun Instagram caption, you will surely find it here! As a New Yorker, I made sure to give you some original captions and sayings throughout!

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Awesome New York Quotes

A list of amazing New York quotes is likely endless, however, here are some pretty epic and popular quotes about NYC.

“If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.” By Ellen R. Shapiro

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” By John Updike

“New York is not a city – it’s a world.” By Iman

“New York is made up of millions of different people, and they all come here looking for something.”
By Lindsey Kelk

“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” By Milos Forman

“My favorite thing about New York is the people because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.” By Bill Murray

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible.” By Ayn Rand

“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times it is a beautiful catastrophe.” By Le Corbusier

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie.” By Ryan Adams

“New York is a work of art in and of itself. It’s a masterpiece that shouldn’t make sense, yet somehow, it does.” By Jacqueline E Smith

Famous New York Quotes

Who doesn’t love some classic and famous quotes about New York? How many NY quotes do you recognize?

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” By Simone de Beauvoir

“Give me the streets of Manhattan!” By Walt Whitman

“I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and never loves anyone quite that way again.” By Joan Didion

“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 the beauty in the world.” By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.” By John Steinbeck

“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.” By Mark Twain

 “For me, New York is comfortable, not strange.” By Karl Lagerfeld

“I don’t like cities. But I like New York. Other places make me feel like a dork.” By Madonna

“It’s pretty cliche, but Times Square is just incredible. You really feel like you’re in the capital of the world.” By Timothy F. Cahill

“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.” By Fran Lebowitz

“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.” By Dorothy Parker

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

“If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.” By Peter Shaffer

“I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away.” By F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“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 the beauty in the world.” By F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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NYC Instagram Caption Quotes

If you are planning on visiting New York, I bet you want to take some photos to put on Instagram or Facebook. So, here are some fun New York Instagram captions that will create the perfect travel quotes to show off all your epic New York photos!

Oh, and here are the best Instagrammable Places in NYC to take your photos!

“A New York Minute”

“Welcome to the concrete jungle.”

“Late nights, bright lights!”

“I left my heart in New York City.”

“Dreaming in the city that never sleeps”

“Once upon a time in New York”

“Times Square’s so bright, I might need to wear shades.”

“Feelin those NYC vibes”

“The sky is the limit.”

“New York is the city that other cities can only dream of being.”

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“I’m in a New York State of Mind”

“I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps.”

“New York, New Me”

“In that Empire State of Mind” 

“Exploring through a Concrete Jungle”

“Woke up in New York City” 

“Livin that fast pace lifestyle” 

“Dear New York, I’ll never get over you” 

“On the top of the world in NYC”

“New York is calling and I must go”

“Big City Livin”

“Is it humanly possible to love a city? Asking for a friend”

“New York City is always a good idea”

“Meet me in New York”

“I’m from New York, how ya doin?”

“I’m just a little apple in a Big Apple”

“Find me shopping down 5th ave.”

“What can I say, I’m in New York”

“Doing it up NYC style”

“Fashion, Pizza, Coffee, Welcome to New York”

Funny New York Quotes

I couldn’t make a list of quotes for NY without including some funny and witty phrases, puns, and New York City quotes. So enjoy some NYC humor! 

“I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping along behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.” By Rick Riordan

“New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.” By Russell Baker

“Someone asked me for directions, so you can call me a real New Yorker.”

“A trip to NYC can be very taxi-ng on your wallet.”

“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.” By Johnny Carson

“New York may be overcrowded and overpriced, but it’s the only place you can get a good bacon egg and cheese” By Samantha Oppenheimer

“Being a New Yorker grounds you in every way. Before you walk out of the house, you can dress in the nicest clothes and be whoever you think you are, but when you’re on those streets, you’re just in the school of fish.” By Awkafina

“Living in California adds ten years to a man’s life. And those extra ten years I’d like to spend in New York.” Harry Ruby

“When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When it’s 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York and only 72 in Los Angeles.” By Neil Simon

“It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.” By Agatha Christie

“A bad day in New York City is still better than a good day anywhere else.” 

“New York has multiple subways” 

“On a New York subway, you get fined for spitting, but you can throw up for nothing.” By Lewis Grizzard

“There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.” By Amy Poehler

“New York, where the dollar slice still tastes better than any other pizza in the Country” Alex Opp

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NYC Quote Sayings and Short Quotes

Also great for your Instagram captions and just feeling like a witty New Yorker are some NYC sayings! 

“Leaving Brooklyn… Fuggeddaboutit”

“Welcome to Brooklyn, How Sweet it is”

“Only in New York do you get free performances on the Subway”

“Good Pizza doesn’t exist outside New York”

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“If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”

“If you can drive in New York, you can drive anywhere” 

“Us New Yorkers are a different bread” 

“It’s New York. Hustle” 

“We got flying rats” 

“Only in New York (insert crazy thing you saw that day)”

“How bout them Yankees”

“New York is the only place you can find food at any time of the night”

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Inspirational New York Quotes

It is easy to feel inspired by New York! Even as a kid, it was my dream to live and attend college in New York City! It was slightly taxing on my wallet, but I loved my time living and working in NYC. So here are some inspirational New York quotes.

“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, “There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.” By Robert De Niro.

“If you follow your heart just right, it will get you to New York City.”

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”- Nora Ephron, Heartburn

“People go to LA to ‘find themselves,’ they come to New York to become someone new.” By Lindsey Kelk

“Somewhere between living and dreaming, there’s New York.”

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“This is the city of dreamers and time and again it’s the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.” By Michael Bloomberg

“New York!” he said. “That’s not a place, it’s a dream.” By Ralph Ellison

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” By Thomas Wolfe

“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.” By Truman Capote

“Anything is possible. This is New York.”

In New York, the opportunities for learning, and acquiring a culture that shall not come out of the ruins, but belong to life, are probably greater than anywhere else in the world.” by Thomas Wolfe

New York Music Quotes

I am sure these New York Quotes on music can go on forever, but here are my favorite songs mentioning the Big Apple! Have favorite New York songs I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

“Welcome to New York. It’s been waiting for you.” By Taylor Swift

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do now you’re in New York.” By Alicia Keys and Jay-Z

“Times Square can’t shine as bright as you.” By Plain White T’s

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I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps.” By Frank Sinatra

“I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.” By Frank Sinatra

“I’m in a New York state of mind.” By Billy Joel

“Bright Lights Big City” By Gary Clark Jr.

“Spread love it’s the Brooklyn Way” by The Notorious B.I.G

“New York City please go easy on me” By Fivio Foreign, Kanye West, Alicia Keys or Chainsmokers 

“of Summers in New York” By Sofi Tukker 

“I’m Still New York” By Max feat. Joey Bada$$

NYC Movie Quotes and Shows

We can’t forget the countless movies/shows placed in Manhattan and all of those fun quotes! I may have been a big fan of Sex and the City as you might notice below! Did I miss one of your favorite NYC movie quotes, let me know in the comments so I can keep the quote list growing!

“If Louis was right, and you only get one great love, New York may just be mine. And I can’t have nobody talking nonsense about my boyfriend.” By Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City

Carrie: “New York Magazine says Brooklyn is the new Manhattan.” Miranda: “Yes, but whoever wrote that lives in Brooklyn.” From Sex and the City

“Here we are Marv. New York City, the land of opportunity.” Harry From Home Alone 2

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“In New York, you’re always looking for a job, apartment, or a boyfriend.” From Sex and the City

“New York City is all about sex. People getting it, people trying to get it, people who can’t get it. No wonder the city never sleeps. It’s too busy trying to get laid.” From Sex and the City

“I always dreamed of going to Madison Square Gardens, see the Knicks play.”  By Jackie Chan Rush Hour 2 

“When I first moved to New York, I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” By Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City

“I’ve had bagels in other parts of the country. I don’t even like Connecticut.” By Meryl Morgan from the movie Did You Hear About the Morgans?

New York Quotes Wrap-up

This wraps up my list of over 100 New York quotes and captions! If I missed any of your favorite NY Quotes, New York captions, or you see a misquote, let me know in the comments below!

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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