Black man: What is that, a raincoat? You should hang onto that. You never know when it might come back into style. –M15 bus Overheard by: Palaverist Driver: Step allll the way in the back please! All the way in the back! There’s some cheese and crackers there. –M42 bus Overheard by: Vas Sloutchevsky Puerto Rican chick: That mothafucka’s crazy. I ain’t puttin’ that in my butt. –B46 bus Overheard by: Jennifer Hess
Black kid: He don’t know if he’s a fag, man. He’s at that time, you know, your body’s changing.
–Chambers Street station
Twink: Why does every gay bar smell the same?
–Urge, 2nd Avenue
Overheard by: Scott Anderson
Lesbian: Then I had an epiphany: I realized I had a mullet. And I started to cry.
–17th & 6th
Dramasexual: Do you want to come up to my place and “ease on down the road”?
Queer: Oh my gawd that dawg looks just like my Janet (I named her after Janet Jackson, god bless her). My dawg’s name was Janet, my cat’s name was Janet, Janet Janet Janet! And the cat was a boy, too.
–Union Square dog run
Overheard by: Lisa G.
Newspaper vendor: Come on, people! Buy this right-wing rag! Buy it! –41st & 6th Overheard by: M. Hutchinson Shop owner: Come inside! Come on our floors! Come everywhere! –Canal Street store Overheard by: Casey D. Guy on cell: I’m just out here trying to sell comedy club tickets to upper middle class White people. What are you doing? –Broadway & 46th Flyer guy: Eyebrow threading! Eyebrow threading! That’s right, mo more crooked-ass eyebrows! –35th & 7th Overheard by: Johnny Peppas
Guy on cell: …and she says, “If you cheat on me, you’ll die, and go to hell and burn.” So I say, “There’s no way I’m going to hell for a bitch. Cause there’s too many of them!” –Lafayette & Fulton, Brooklyn Construction worker: Yeah man, I just raw dogged her and ditched! –Grand & Ludlow Man on cell: How’s the birthday?…Yeah, big 5-0 for me….Well, I ditched the wife, make more money, and have a 33 year old girlfriend. That’s 50 for ya. –N train Overheard by: Doug Gaeta Guy: Is that her panties or his sock he’s sniffing? –Mary Boone Gallery, W. 24th Street Overheard by: Captive 411 Bike girl on cell: Hey, this is Tammy. Yet again you were in my dream. It involved fucking. Call me back. –Prospect Park Hipster: Nothing says “I love you” like a cactus. –52nd & 9th Overheard by: kath williams
Softball coach: Who’s not here? Who’s ever not here, raise your hand! –Prospect Park Overheard by: Andrea Woman: Some people are idea people but don’t do anything about it, and some people are executioners. –2/3 train Hippie: Yeah, it sucks, he needs a quintuplet bypass! –Red Hook post office Overheard by: Mia Mylet Girl: Well, I’m taking Portuguese this semester, ’cause it’s a requirement to be an accountant. –NYU Bobst Library Overheard by: Greg
Chick on cell: Yeah, I’ll put a tarp down, but everyone spraypaints on the roof. There’s graffiti all over it ’cause it’s the ghetto. There’s crackheads everywhere, so no one’s going to care about some little White girl with a spray can.
Overheard by: Ani Sin
Thug kid: Yo man, Welsh is the place to be. They drink as much as the Irish, but they don’t got the rep for it yet.
Overheard by: Pegs Landing
Latina: My sister married a Puerto Rican, my brother married a Puerto Rican, I don’t wanna marry no Puerto Rican. I wanna step up–marry some White guy.
–42nd & 3rd
Crazy Black man: I ain’t sucking on Whitey’s balls! Are you? I ain’t playin with Whitey’s dick! Are you?
Guy: I’ve never seen an English porn. It’s probably bad teeth and fish
‘n chips and stuff. –27th Street office Man on cell: Do you hear all this noise? You’d never hear people honking their horns like that in Singapore…it’s considered to be insulting! –23rd & 6th
Conductor: The way this train is moving you’d be better off on a bicycle. Next stop is Broadway-Lafayette, where transfer to the 6 is downtown only for reasons unknown. –F train Overheard by: Matt Chick: Everybody at work lives in Park Slope. They have nicknames for the subway: N stands for Never, R stands for Rarely, and W for Whatever. –Forbes Magazine gym, 5th Avenue Conductor: There are bathrooms located in every other train car. And again, please don’t pee on the seats people. –Metro-North train Overheard by: Susie P Conductor: This is the F train to Manhattan, next stop York St…by the way, you just missed your connection with the C train. When I miss my connection, it just makes me sick. –F train Overheard by: RMC
Chick: Do you trust me with your CDs? I’ll try not to scratch them or anything.
Dude: I trust you with my balls. I think I’m OK with you touching my CDs. –111th & Broadway Overheard by: Djlindee
Flaming queer: What you whiteboys don’t realize is that the foreskin is not a chew toy. Maybe a little biting is OK, but don’t go down on it like a stick of Trident.
Preppy queer: This is totally going to end up on Overheard if you don’t quiet down.
Flaming queer: I’m Puerto Rican; we’re a loud people. It’s all of the drums. –Candle Bar, Amsterdam Avenue
Catholic School boy #1: Man, I can call a bitch a bitch if I wanna call her a bitch.
Catholic School girl: Nah, you can’t call a girl a bitch. It’s offensive, stupidass.
Catholic School boy #2: Yeah man, I don’t call ‘em bitch no more. Now, I call ‘em broads.
Catholic School boy #1: Nah, I ain’t callin’ you a bitch cause you bitchin’. I’m calling you a bitch cause that’s just what you call ‘em. It’s a colloquialism. –6 train Overheard by: Jacob Feldman