Woody Allen: Pure Pleasure, It’s Just Pure Pleasure

Woody Allen: Pure Pleasure, It’s Just Pure Pleasure

November 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

New York is a great city. It’s a great city and I’ve been to all of them and worked in many of them. I’ve shot in London. I’ve shot in Paris. I’ve shot in Spain. I’ve visited all the cities — and New York is New York. Even when you love these other cities — which I do — the people in those other cities all want to come to New York. It’s just great. It has a nervous excitement and a creative excitement that’s unequaled anywhere.

I live in New York and I have many, many favorite things. I usually go for a walk with my wife. We walk in Central Park, on the Upper East Side where I live. We go out to restaurants all the time. I go to Madison Square Garden. I go to movies. I do the same things that anyone does. It’s about enjoying one’s neighborhood.


Woody Allen and The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band play every Monday night at 8:45 p.m. at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. This video is an excerpt from “Woody Allen: A Documentary,” which premieres Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on WNET as part of the 25th anniversary season of “American Masters.”

But one thing I really like is to play jazz at the Carlyle. My band plays Monday nights. It’s something that I look forward to in New York very much. It’s pure pleasure. It’s just pure pleasure for me. I go in and play and it’s great. It’s like getting paid to play baseball. It gives me a great feeling. It’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling. It’s not my profession. I don’t have anxiety about it. It’s transporting. Actually, I’m not good enough. The only reason I get a chance to play is because I succeed in another field. I’m not that great but I’m carried by the other guys.

Woody Allen is an Academy Award– and Golden Globe–winning screenwriter, director and actor.

This recommendation originally appeared in the book “My City, My New York” by Jeryl Brunner.

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