Mom to kids: What do you want for dinner? Burger King or Dunkin’ Donuts? –42nd St & Queens Blvd Overheard by: court Lady to friend: Did you want to go here or Kentucky Fried Chicken? Yeah, lets go to KFC. The chicken here looks like it was soaked in grease. I want fried chicken. –Yips, 18 Beaver St Subway performer: Can you guys help me out? I take pennies, I take hundreds, I take business cards… Hell, I take white people’s shoes and socks! [To random passenger] Awww, shit, girl — I take phone numbers, too! … You like White Castle? Daaamn. –Downtown 4/5 Train Overheard by: Bemused Spectator Girly man: So I’m like, ‘I’m at Tace Bell, and I don’t know if I should order the quesadilla or a taco,’ and she’s like, ‘Is this an emergency?’ and I’m like, ‘No, but I paid for this service…’ –Bank of America Sex ad space salesman to client on phone: Yeah the [Village] Voice is the McDonald’s of sex ads. –Classified office, New York Observer Overheard by: Seanzi
Man on cell: If the girl does not say no, or does not back away, or does not seem to be pulling away… then that means she really likes you. –Union Square Dude: I’m needy and you do stuff for me. That’s how our relationship works. –2nd Ave. & St. Mark’s Place Girl on cell: Yeah, yeah, she’s definitely your type. She’s definitely your type… Yup, she’s bow-legged and pigeon-toed… –16th & 6th Boyfriend: Listen, you’re dissatisfied with me, and I’m dissatisfied with me. We have something in common! I think this relationship can work. –32nd & 6th Girlfriend: I wish you were asexual, except when it comes to me. That way you would only want to have sex with me. [Boyfriend stares.] Actually, I don’t wish that. I wish you’d like girls, but you’d find me so attractive that every time you’d even look at another girl, you’d find her ugly compared to me. –36th & 3rd Overheard by: Eryn NYU freshman girl: I have a boyfriend — I don’t need a social life. –Starbucks
Old man to two-year old: Man, talking to you is like fucking talking to a brick wall. –F train Overheard by: trieze Old man in power wheelchair: Move, motherfuckers, unless you want some rubber up yo’ ass. –Union Square Overheard by: Deniz G Old guy: In the Boy Scouts they tell you to pray and… put your testicles on ice. –W 58th & 9th Ave Overheard by: Jon A. Old lady: You turn around and say ‘Excuse me’ or I’ll punch your fucking face in! –42nd St and 5th Ave Old man: … And all these bikes keep running red lights. I just wish I had a big stick — I would shove it through their spokes! –2nd Ave station Old bitter woman to husband: I don’t understand sex. –72nd & 2nd Overheard by: imsorry
Father to three-year-old son: The ruler of the universe says to stop chattering. –7th Ave, Park Slope Scolding mother to little son as she yanks him along: You tryin’ to be hip? You tryin’ to be a hipster? Is that how they do it? –Prospect Park Mom to infant who keeps dropping his toy: Okay, let’s try this — how ’bout I throw you on the ground?! –13th & 5th Mother to chatty child: Don’t you have your pacifier? So pacify! –Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn Child-free woman to stranger’s crying baby: Oh, wait, things get much worse. –Throggs Neck, Bronx Overheard by: Jeri
Black woman to tanning salon flyer guy soliciting her: Nigga, you be blind! –W 4th St & 6th Ave White woman on cell: I cannot meet you there — that’s a black neighborhood. [Looks around. to find that everyone else in line is black, and pharmacist is black.] Oops. –Duane Reade Little girl pointing at black receptionist: Pocahontas! –Dermatologist, UES Overheard by: Kate Black suit: Oh, I’m the only black man in America who watches Felicity?! –Washington Square Park Black queer on cell: I believe she set black people back 20 years by rhyming ‘Lexington’ with ‘Nextel.’ –Fort Tryon Park Overheard by: Pies Sports editor: We need more magical black men. –Columbia Spectator office Overheard by: Kavitha
Shiksa: No, I’m not Jewish. I just have a blood disease. –Union Square Overheard by: Natalie Worker: So. if you go on the first floor, it has all the information on Jewish heritage. The second floor is mainly about the Holocaust and the Nazis and why we hate them. And the third floor is just about Jewish life today. –Museum of Jewish Heritage Chick: Jews and gypsies are totally the same thing… –9th & 2nd Overheard by: lezbotron Teen girl: I mean, I may have no morals, but I will not fuck a Jew on Yom Kippur. –Union Square Nine-year-old boy: George Bush likes the Jews. That’s why only Jews are allowed to hitchhike. –Main St
Blonde: So, I woke up and Jessica’s underwear was still on my head… –P.S. 1, Queens Drunk dude on cell: I want to take the blue panties you left at my place and wear them on my face! … I said I want to wear your blue panties on my face! –Grand Central Chick on cell: I do have underwear in my purse in case I need it. –113th & Broadway Overheard by: Ladle Lady to son: Well, it is never appropriate to ask a woman about her undergarments. –20th & 8th Hoochie: He offered me 10 dollars for my underwear, but I wouldn’t do it. –St. Mark’s & 1st Overheard by: Nina
Woman examining broken window on her mini-van: This is bullshit! It’s freakin’ Democrats! –24th, between 6th & 7th Overheard by: Michael C. Chick: Play lacrosse and have gang-bangs with chicks — that’s what Republicans do. –44th & 5th Little girl: Is George Bush a Republican or a Dominican? –Times Square Overheard by: Carrie Fat, sweaty guy: Excuse me, people! Sweaty liberal coming through! [Crowd parts.] –Washington Square Park Overheard by: kiran 40-something tourist to her daughter: All the homeless may be Democrats, but not all Democrats are homeless. –Canal & Broadway Overheard by: not yet anyway
Voice over intercom: This is Delta Airlines flight number 1-2-3-4* paging passenger Eric Ansen*. Would you please report to gate D-7? The captain would like to depart. Thank you.
Over the intercom: We’d like to welcome you to Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport–.
[Voice cuts out, then back in.] We’d like to welcome you to New York’s LaGuardia International Airport… –Flight from Atlanta, LaGuardia Pilot: Like any pilot, I like to hear myself talk… All you’re hearing now is ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ –Delta flight, JFK Overheard by: Lalaith Pilot: We’re now ready for departure. Flight attendants, please restrain yourselves. –JFK Overheard by: Chuckles Stewardess, sounding surprised during landing: Great job, honey. –JFK
Annoyed bimbette: You cannot go out with him! Like, who will go and pick up random guys with me?
Brunette: I’ll still go out with you.
Annoyed bimbette: No, I know you — you’ll say ‘yes’ when he asks you out. You can’t go out with him. Oh, yeah, wait — he’s younger than you. You can get him pussy-whipped like that. You have to go out with him.
Brunette, defeated: Okay. –S79 bus