Archive for 2015

Wednesday One-Liners on the Disoriented Express

Conductor at Van Wyck: This is… not Jamaica. [Quietly] Where the hell is he going?

–Manhattan-bound E train

Overheard by: Julie

Conductor: This is 71st, Continental Avenue. Transfer here for the E. This is the E Train to 180… This is the E Train to 170… This is the F… This is the… Oh, whatever. Just stand clear of the fucking doors.

–Most definitely the F train

Overheard by: Megan Cowles

Conductor: This is an express F Train to Stillwell Avenue. What does that mean? I don’t know. What are the express stops?

–Brooklyn-bound F train

Overheard by: Pam

Conductor: This is a Manhattan-bound One Train. Next stop, 42nd Street. I mean, 34th Street… Shit… Next stop, 14th Street, Union Square!

–L train, Morgan Ave

Overheard by: erin b

Conductor: Captain, we’ve lost power — we have no lights. If you would like to look at people or read, please move. If you do not wish to look at anyone or let anyone look at you, just stay put. This is the train to Babylon. I do not know what the next stop is.


Overheard by: scared passenger

Conductor: The Queens-bound N Train will be arriving on the platform downstairs. [It pulls into the station across from the platform.] I take that back.

–7 train, Queensboro Plaza

Overheard by: Melissa Berry

Conductor: Ladies and gentlemen, there is a downtown… [long pause]… Whatever. Stand clear of the edge.

–6 platform, Union Square

Overheard by: Johnny

Candice Is the Store’s Dirty-Old-Man Monitor

Random old dude #1: You shoulda seen how this girl was lookin at me.
Random old dude #2: Oh, yeah?
Random old dude #1: Yeah… I swear, she was standing in the literature section. Hell, the only thing she knows about Dickens is the first four letters of his last name, as in “She needs some dick!“
Enthusiastic shop girl: Hi, are you doing okay here?
Random old dude #1, embarrassed: Uhhh…sorry.

–St. Mark’s Bookstore, Stuyvesant St & 3rd Ave

Overheard by: manishm

… Sometimes I Slip Maker’s Mark into the Rotation

Mother: Okay, now when we get to the movie theater, your mother needs to go to the bathroom… No groaning!
Little boy, groaning: You have to pee, like, eight times a day! And on the airplane, you get up, like, 10 times!
Mother: Well, I drink a lot of water.
Little boy: And wine.
Mother: Well…

–M104 bus

She’s Trying to Tell You Something, Wednesday One-liners

Girl: If you ever make me sleep in an ATM vestibule again, I am so dumping you.

–Grand Central

Woman on cell: Yeah, sure, go ahead and break my heart, but don’t keep my CDs.

–3rd & A

Overheard by: Kira

Crying woman on cell: No, I don’t want to do it with you. I just want the money!

–66th & Columbus

Overheard by: Charlie

Chick on cell: Yeah, I was there like you said but he wasn’t there. You said he’d be there!…Well, fuck you too! I’m going to kill you when I get home you motherfuckin’ bastard! You better say goodbye to your balls!…What?…Yeah. Sure. I’m up for some Chinese later…Bye baby…I love you too, pumpkin.

–Canal & West Broadway

Cashier guy: I told you I have a girlfriend, that’s why my face is all scratched up.” 

–Home Depot, 59th Street