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New York

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"The Big Apple"


Indian Chief Mannahatta had to sell the land where this metropolis was built. Other sources tell that Mannahatta means "land of a thousand hills" in an indian language ("On a hot, fair day, the 12th of September, 1609, Henry Hudson and a small crew of Dutch and English sailors rode the flood tide up a great estuarine river past a long, wooded island at 40° 48’ latitude on the North American continent.  At the time, Hudson noted the land was “as pleasant as one need tread upon,” and his first mate, Robert Juet, wrote that the land was “as pleasant with Grasse and Flowers, and goodly Trees, as ever they had seene, and very sweet smells came from them.”  (Logbook of Robert Juet, an officer on Henry Hudson's yacht Halve Maen (Half Moon)).Subsequent European visitors over the next decade found the island “a convenient place abounding with grass” and “a land excellent and agreeable, full of noble forest trees and grape vines.”  This island was called Mannahatta by the Lenni Lenape people who lived there, or “land of many hills.”  It would later become known as Manhattan Island and would become as densely filled with people and avenues as it was once with trees and streams.")


Though it's in the USA, it was always cosmopolitan. Maybe that's why its Twin Towers were the goal to hit on 9/1172001?


The following persons are connected to NY:


Paul Auster

Bob Dylan

Bert Brecht

Ruth Berlau

Jane Bowles

Lee Miller

Man Ray

Dorothea Tanning

Mary Wigman...


John Dos Passos

Franz Kafka

Stefan Zweig

Chester Himes

Walt Whitman

Herman Melville

Djuna Barnes

Don DeLillo

Robert Pirsig

Theodor W. Adorno (er ist übrigens an einem 11.9. geboren...) und Frau Gretel 

Federico Garcia Lorca (“Dichter in New York)


John Lennon


Yoko Ono


May Pang


F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam: Manhattan Fast Food






New York in the movies:


King Kong


Woody Allen....

Smoke and Blue in the Face

Spike Lee


...in music:


Frank Sinatra

West Side Story

Bob Dylan





The Twin Towers



In which movies the Central Park shows up?


I stumbled across May Pang while reading about Bronx, Don DeLillo, Central Park, The Travelling Wilburys, George Harrison, Friar’s Park, John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon...


May had an 18-month-love-affair with John Lennon (“Loving John”), later, she took care of dogs left over by Hurricane Kathrina




What is NY for me? First of all the birthplace of my mother on 17.2.1918. The things, my grandfather Ernst told me about and the big album about the city he showed to me. The skycrapers! They only could be constructed after the invention of the elevator..... a fact, that stroke me.



Zitate New York:




“In New York gibt es nichts zu sehen... kein Kunstwerk, kein elegantes Gebäude, keine Spuren der Vergangenheit...”


(Anthony Trollope 1862)




“Der Niedergang Bostons und der Aufstieg der grossen Handelszentren wie etwa Chicago oder New York bezeichneten den beginn der modernen Kultur in den verinigten Staaten.”


(Eric Homberger)




“Noah, der erste Seefahrer von dem wir lesen, hatte drei Söhne: Sem, Ham und Japhet. Sem bekam Asien, Ham Afrika und Japhet Europa. Nun aber ist es tausendmal zu beklagen, dass er nur drei Söhne hatte; denn hätte er noch einen vierten gehabt, so würde dieser ohne Zweifel Amerika bekommen haben...”


(Washington Irving 1809 im ersten Roman, der sich mit Manhattan beschäftigte)


Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam: Manhattan Fast Food

















































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