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60+ NYC Instagram Captions & Quotes About NYC To Inspire You

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From famous celebrities and songwriters to world renowned authors and literary figures, it feels like everyone and their dog has something to say about New York City!

And these 62 quotes about NYC that you can use for your Instagram captions are proof of that! Which is your favourite?

60+ NYC Instagram Captions & Quotes About New York

NYC Sunset

Our Favourite NYC Quotes

“Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.” 

– Taylor Swift, a record-breaking and massively successful American singer-songwriter

“Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!” 

– Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist from the 19th century

“One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” 

– Tom Wolfe was an American novelist from the early 20th century

“I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.”

– John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter and founder of the infamous pop group: The Beatles

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

– Mark Twain was an American writer, lecturer and entrepreneur who passed away in 1910

“It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also…a city for only the very young.”

– Joan Didion, an American writer

Top of the Rock, New York City

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.”

– Simone Beauvoir was a French writer, philosopher and activist from the 20th century

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

– Fran Lebowitz, an American author and public speaker

“The glamour of it all! New York! America!”

– Charlie Chaplin was a hugely popular English comedy actor and filmmaker

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

– Milos Forman was a Czech-American film director, screenwriter and professor who emigrated to the USA in the 1960s

“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.’” 

– Robert De Niro, an award-winning American actor and director

High Line Sunset

“One’s life and passion may be elsewhere, but New York is where you prove if what you think in theory makes sense in life.”

– Miuccia Prada, an Italian fashion designer known the world over

“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.”

– Amy Poehler, an American actress, comedienne, writer, director and producer

“If I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

– Tim Gunn, an American fashion consultant and TV personality

“My favourite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realise how kind New York people are.”

– Bill Murray, an American actor, filmmaker and writer best known for his role in Ghostbusters

9-11 Memorial New York City

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

– Ryan Adams, an American singer-songwriter and poet

“London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful.”

– Dorothy Parker was an American poet, writer and critic who passed away in the 1960s

“People go to LA to “find themselves”; they come to New York to become someone new.”

– Lindsey Kelk, a bestselling British author and journalist

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

– John Updike was an American novelist, poet and short story writer from the 20th century

“I went to New York to be born again.”

– Kurt Vonnegurt was a 20th century writer from America

“There is no place like it, no place within an atom of its glory, pride and exultancy.”

– Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist from the 19th century

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe was a 19th century artist best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.”

– Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher from the 20th century

New York At Night

“Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.” 

– John Steinbeck was an American writer in the 20th century

“Quite simply, 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 you never love anyone quite that way again.” 

– Joan Didion, an American writer

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

– Marilyn J. Appleberg, a travel book writer for New York and further afield

“New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you’re going to the centre of the world, the lion’s den.”

– Zubin Mehta, an Indian conductor of classical music

“It was never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens but to astonish the world.”

– Susan Ertz was an Anglo-American writer from the early 20th century

“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 was an American composer and screenwriter

“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.” 

– Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author from the 20th century

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” 

– Dylan Thomas was a 20th century poet from Wales

“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.” 

– Michael Bloomberg, an American politician and former mayor of New York City

Statue of Liberty, NYC

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

– Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor in the 20th century. This song lyric comes from “New York, New York”.

“These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York.” 

– Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, American musicians and songwriters. These lyrics come from their song: “Empire State of Mind”.

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

– Anon

“I miss New York. Take me home.” 

– Said by Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

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Brooklyn Instagram Captions

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

“Sometimes I feel like my only friend in the city I live in is beautiful Brooklyn.” 

– Mos Def, an American rapper, singer and actor

“That’s my favourite place in the world, so far, that I’ve seen. I haven’t travelled much, but I don’t think I’ll find anything to replace Brooklyn.” 

– Marilyn Monroe was an American model, actress and singer. She was known throughout the 1950s as the “blonde bombshell”.

“New York Magazine says Brooklyn is the new Manhattan.” 

– Said by Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

Central Park Instagram Captions

Bethesda Terrace Tiled Ceiling - New York

“I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that.”

– Barack Obama, an American politician and former President of the United States

“The Central Park Zoo is a little gem in the middle of the city. Its penguin exhibit is terrific and the seals are a permanent centre of attraction for children.”

– Newt Gingrich, an American politician, author and historian

“Go for a walk through Central Park and stop at the MET. It’s the best way to get a feel for what makes New York so special.”

– Ivanka Trump, an American businesswoman and daughter to Donald Trump

“It has always been, and still is, my intention to build a playground in Central Park.” 

– Diana Ross, an American singer, actress and record producer

“If you circle above Central Park at night in a helicopter, you’re looking down at the most expensive real estate in the world. It’s the American Monopoly board.” 

– Ridley Scott, an English filmmaker

“The most unusual and surrealistic place in New York City is Central Park.”

– Christo, a Bulgarian artist born in 1935

“Quiet is definitely not how I would describe New York, but if I go outside of the front door, I see the beautiful Central Park, so it’s a nice place to be.”

– Petra Kvitová, a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic

“Joy comes from places you least expect it. It’s usually the simple things like watching my son play basketball or going through Central Park when the blossoms are blooming.”

– Dave Gahan, an English singer-songwriter 

“My favourite place is Central Park because you never know what you’re going to find there. I also like that when I look out the windows of surrounding hotels, it seems like I’m looking out over a forest.” 

– Haley Joel Osment, an American actor most known for his childhood roles in The Sixth Sense and Pay It Forward

Manhattan Quotes

New York in the rain

“THE LUXE IS . . .

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.

Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.

White lies, dark secrets and scandalous hookups.

This is Manhattan in 1899.”

– Anna Godbersen, an American writer and author

“Manhattan in the morning is a living stream of purpose; everyone’s got a place to be and a problem on their mind. That doesn’t mean it’s an unfriendly place — just busy and preoccupied. Personally, I love it. I’m a social creature but there are times and places you just don’t want to do more than grunt at your fellow human being.”

– Laura Anne Gilman, an American fantasy writer

“I knew that I needed to quiet my mind; lucky for me, there is no place to quiet your mind like the northernmost edge of Manhattan’s Times Square.”

– Ellie Kemper, an American actress and comedienne

Literary Quotes About New York

Grand Central Secrets - The Whispering Gallery

“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests.”

– Walter Kirn, an American novelist, essayist and literary critic

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

– Agatha Christie was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels

“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 was an American journalist, writer and filmmaker. This literary quote about New York comes from her book: Heartburn.

“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.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American author and essayist. This line comes from his infamous novel: The Great Gatsby.

“By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience – if they did, they would live elsewhere.”

– E.B. White was an American writer in the 20th century best known for his work on Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. The above quote comes from his book: Here is New York.

Famous New York Movie Quotes

Times Square, New York City

“I always heard people in New York never get to know their neighbours.”

– Said by Paul Varjak in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”

– Said by Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail

“Here we are Marv. New York City, the land of opportunity.”

– Said by Harry in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

“The only people who can afford to be artists in New York are rich.”

– Said by Sophie in Frances Ha

“Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two ‘L’s: Labels & Love.” 

– Said by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

“Anything is possible. This is New York.” 

– Also said by Carrie Bradshaw in SATC

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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