People go to LA to «find themselves», they come to New York to become someone new
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.
Legendary Chelsea hotel stands alone to all New York hotels. And not because of the high price for rooms. Chelsea is considered to be one of famous city attractions. Today Chelsea hotel is like a museum of American culture. During all of the XX century, this place was a headquarters of post-modernism representatives with their literary and musician masterpieces which they generously shared with the world throw the lyrics and pop – art paintings.
So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewhere else and start anew. I wasn’t like my parents. I didn’t have any supposedly sacred piece of land or shoals of friends to leave behind. Nowhere has the number zero been of more philisophical value than in the United States…. and when the [train] plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with its lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal.
All the animals come out at night — whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.
(с) «Taxi Driver» — 1976
Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.