American critic Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943) wrote in While Rome Burns (1934):
“You haven’t lived until you died in New York.”
The one-line saying has been included in lists of New York City quotations.
Wikipedia: Alexander Woollcott
Alexander Humphreys Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
While Rome Burns
By Alexander Woollcott
New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap
You haven’t lived until you died in New York.
“You haven’t lived until you died in New York.” - Alexander Woollcott #RoundTable Member #ViciousCircle #Quote #NYC
8:36 AM - 17 Sep 2014
“You haven’t lived until you’ve died in New York.” — Alexander Woollcott
10:08 AM - 18 Feb 2015
Time Out New York
17 quotes every New Yorker should live by
By Will Pulos
Posted: Thursday July 16 2015, 2:52pm
15. “You haven’t lived until you died in New York.” —Alexander Woollcott
Architecture’s Odd Couple:
Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
By Hugh Howard
New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press
Perhaps he (Frank Lloyd Wright—ed.) also took the challenge posed by a new friend, a unique New York character named Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943), the theater man who ironically observed, “You haven’t lived until you died in New York.”