Conductor: This is your conductor speaking. This station is 125th Street… Welcome to Harlem world.

–2 train

Overheard by: mo love

Geeky white hipster: Some guy would try to mug me and I’d be like, ‘Yo, I was born in Harlem!’ And he’d be like, ‘Damn.’

–Fordham University Ram Van

Woman on cell: Yes, I’m still in Harlem.

–Flushing, Queens

Hipster waitress, after describing dull evening in Harlem: I guess you take your chances, going all the way out in the middle of nowhere like that.

–Hope & Anchor, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Friendly man to lady passerby: Good morning! [She ignores him.] Come on, this is Harlem! In Harlem we say, ‘Good morning’!

–145th & Broadway

Young black kid to group of white ladies: There goes the neighborhood!

–116th & Frederick Douglass, Harlem