Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
Here Is New York by E.B. White
"On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy."
I know it's a strange concept that you can be alone in a city of 8+ million, but trust me, NYC can be the loneliest city in the world (I lived there for almost five years.) I remember times I'd be sitting at Astoria park, surrounded by hundreds of people, looking across the East River at Manhattan, and think to myself, I am so lonely.