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Quotes of the Day for 3 June 2003 – New York City

This day in 1621 was the official beginning of New York. The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands issued a charter to the West India Company, giving them a monopoly on trade and settlement over the Americas. Ships were launched, and soon the Dutch bought the site of Nieue Amsterdam for the legendary $24 worth of beads. The company thrived only for a short while, the city was more durable.

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The quotes:

People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio, the other guy took the engine.
     - David Letterman

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

It [New York City] is a great monument to the power of money and greed ... a race for rent.
     - Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867 - 1959

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most unsolved.
     - Johnny Carson

New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.
     - Lewis Mumford, 1895 - 1990

I find that if you take the various popular song forms to their logical extremes, you can arrive at almost anything from the ridiculous to the obscene or, as they say in New York, sophisticated.
     - Tom Lehrer


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