"What a strange, what a fantastic city ... there was something here that one experienced nowhere else on earth. Something one loved intensely. What was it? Crossing the streets - standing on the street corners with the crowds: what was it that induced this special climate of the nerves ... a peculiar sense of intimacy, friendliness, being here with all these people and in this strange place ... They touched one's heart with tenderness and you felt yourself a part of the real flight and flutter - searching their faces, speculating about their dooms and destinies."
Mary B. Miller, quoted in Vivian Gornick's memoir The Odd Woman and the City