Free stuff!

Dude on cell: If he wrote a fucking haiku I would shit myself!

–50th b/w 8th & 9th

Hip dude: I was like: “Your voice is drowning me in a wave of bullshit.”

–W 4th

Customer to associate: Where can I pay for this shit?

–Apple Store, 5th Ave

Suit on cell: No, I have IBS. IBS! Ya know, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I’ll shit when I gotta shit, and that’s the way this is gonna go!

–Penn Station

Overheard by: Quippy Pasqual

am New York paper guy: Get your free am New York! They’re free because their employees get paid shit!

–53rd & 7th Ave

College guy: Is that free cotton candy?
College girl: I don’t know.
College guy: Oh no, you gotta pay for it.
College girl: Come on, let’s go.
College guy: I don’t even like cotton candy.
College girl: Then why did you make us stop?
College guy: Did you not hear me say “free”?

–St. Mark’s Place

Professor: So what do we know about these debt notes?” (silence) So what do *I* know about these debt notes, that obviously you don’t know?

–NYU Law School

Overheard by: Ames

Professor: My favorite words to hear are “just do nothing.” My second favorites are “open bar.”

–College of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx

Environmental history professor: Look at some of the items on this menu from a hotel of Chicago Thanksgiving dinner from 1872: loin of buffalo, antelope steak in mushroom sauce, ham of bear, black tail deer, leg of mountain sheep, buffalo tongue… Miss Palin, your table is ready.

–Classroom, Fordham University

Overheard by: Martin Van Nostrand

Linguistics professor, about Spanish‐speaking families who live in Spanish‐speaking neighborhoods: The only English these people hear is from their landlords and social workers.

–NYU Silver Center

Overheard by: Latka Hero

NYU professor: So we’re going to be walking, and you’ll notice I walk pretty fast. But we’re in New York, and you’re supposed to walk like you know exactly where you’re going in life and nothing is in your way. Because if you slow down you’ll get mugged. (beat) It’s dog eat dog, people.

–NYU Classroom

Russian literature professor: Oh my god, you just totally missed the point of Jesus!

–NYU Classroom

Guy #1: I got typed out of my Fiddler on the Roof audition. I’m not Jewish enough.
Guy #2: You should have asked for free chips and salsa.

–49th St & 9th Ave

Animated blonde salesgirl: If you get the apple pomegranate body butter…
Weary brunette: I only see the display.
Animated blonde salesgirl: We have more in the back. Okay, well, if you get two or more products from the bath line, like this and our shower gel, you get a free bathtub!
Weary brunette: Huh?
(animated blonde salesgirl points to a little plastic bathtub)
Weary brunette: That’s… tiny. Like, I love the scent but I’m afraid I don’t have any kittens or fetuses to bathe in that tiny tiny tub.

–Sephora, Times Square

Street vendor: T‑shirts, get your “I love New York” t‑shirts! Only three dollars. Much better than you’d normally get at a store. T‑shirts, get your t‑shirts!
20‐something guy to girlfriend: Too expensive, babe. Sorry.
Vendor to guy: Yeah, well your girlfriend can have one for free because of how amazing she was last night.

–Times Square

Overheard by: i LOVE new york

Older gay guy on cell: In the 60s, you didn’t need to have passion or talent to be an artist; you just needed to have a van, because no one else was going to haul your shitty art around.

–7th Ave & 14th St

Overheard by: Miss C

Girl reading sign at Frank Lloyd Wright museum: Oh… He was an architect!

–Guggenheim Museum

Overheard by: Antartic

Mom to little girl: If you look at too much art in one day, you’ll turn into a statue.

–MoMA

Guy on phone: Yeah, she said she didn’t think I would want to go, but why the fuck not? I’ll go to a fucking museum if I fucking want to. I’ll look at some paintings and shit.

–Downtown Brooklyn

Overheard by: Mark McLaughlin

12‐year‐old boy, looking at Picasso paintings: This is totally my thing, man, it’s like free porn.

–MoMA

Guy: I’d like the two‐for‐one sundae deal.
Employee, agitated: It’s not two‐for‐one!
Guy: It’s not?
Employee: It’s “buy one, get one free”!

–6th St & 1st Ave

Overheard by: Nacci

Bum, to smoking cater waiter: Can I get a smoke?
Cater waiter: (nods saying “no”)
Bum, pulling a cigarette out of his ear: Then, can I get light?
Cater waiter: (lights it)
Bum: Can I get five bucks?

–14th & 8th Ave

Overheard by: Where’s your sense of rhythm?

[On Ash Wednesday]Female pastor: Come get ashy for Jesus, no credit, bad credit, God don’t care. Come get your blessing! Free Jesus with all ash.
Daily newspaper hawker: Daily News, 50 cents, Jesus for free!

–Fordham Rd & Jerome Ave