Last night I had dinner with a friend at the Pier 1 Cafe, an outdoor eatery on the Hudson River at 70th Street in Manhattan. The weather was perfect, so it was a great evening to sit outside with the dogs and enjoy the view of the Jersey skyline.
On the walk back uptown, we were laughing at the snippets of conversation we overheard from passersby — everything from one man’s recitation of his daily pill intake to a teenager’s repeated, “So, what are we gonna do now, huh? Huh?” to his rather bored looking girlfriend.
(We weren’t eavesdropping; they were just talking really loud.)
That’s when my friend told me about a website called OverheardinNewYork.com — a compilation of conversation overheard in New York City and beyond that is posted online for everyone to enjoy.
These hilarious gems are submitted by everyday folks; the website editors put them into categories — heard in the office, the beach, New York City, celebrity wit, and everywhere (as in everywhere else) — and then give them snarky headlines. They let site visitors get in on the fun, too, with regular contests where you can submit your headline ideas. Winners receive copies of the book Overheard in New York. (Yes, there’s a book, too.)
Here are a few you might enjoy:
Mom to daughter, wandering off: No, come back here, I don’t want to lose you in the store. I already lost one of my kids that way, and that’s enough.
Wife: You’re so grim!
Husband: You made me grim.
Wife: Did I make you grim?
Husband: I’m not grim.
Girl: I’m so glad I don’t work nine to five.
Friend: So, when do you work?
Girl: Eight to four thirty.
Silly, right? But if nothing else, regular visits to the website will make you feel smarter.