"I was a quiet, nerdy kid living in the Bronx. I spent most of my teens in my room, taking apart electrical items to figure out how they worked before putting them back together, and listening to the music my four older sisters and parents played."
Bronx. Supreme Court Justice.
"I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it."
Manhattan. Saloon Keeper.
"A saloon keeper is the most the important person in a community."
Manhattan. LGBT Rights Activist.
“I was born of heterosexual parents. I was taught by heterosexual teachers in a fiercely heterosexual society. Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality. And why am I a homosexual if I’m affected by role models? I should have been a heterosexual. And no offense meant, but if teachers are going to affect you as role models, there’d be a lot of nuns running around the streets today.”
"Better a square foot of New York than all the rest of the world in a lump. Better a lamppost on Broadway than the brightest star in the sky."
Manhattan. Basketball Player.
"We are going to win the game or win the fight."
"Unbought and Unbossed."
"Sweetheart, I'm the biggest ripped-off cartoonist in the history of the world, and that's all I'm going to say."
Bronx. Graffiti Artist.
"You had to fight for your space, your paint – particularly if someone tried to rob your paint you know. Back in the seventies there were a lot of street gangs so you had to be careful which neighborhoods you went into and you had to be careful going into certain areas that you didn’t belong because you could find yourself in a little bit of a predicament."
Lower East Side. Politician.
"The best way to kill anything un-American is to drag it out into the open, because anything un-American cannot live in the sunlight."