Prep­py teenage boy on cell: I use the word “ex” as a cop­ing mech­a­nism. She can have her name back once I’m healed.

–Grand Cen­tral

Trans­ves­tite on cell: I’m chang­ing my name from An­gela to Rachel. An­gela sounds very Dis­ney. I don’t feel like Dis­ney. I feel like a hard sound, like Rachel.

–Pel­ham Bay Park

Black guy: Shit be fucked up. Nig­gas got bitch­es’ names. Bitch­es got nig­gas’ names.

–26th & 8th

Over­heard by: With­nail

Yup­pie to an­oth­er: You know, man, I think you say my name more than your wife’s.

–62nd & 2nd

Over­heard by: The Vonz

Up­per East Side girl, se­ri­ous­ly: You know what the first thing I look for in a gen­tle­man caller is? His name.

–89th St & 3rd Ave