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Overheard in New York Updated

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  184 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Updated with sixteen new pages of quips, remarks and exchanges from the creators of The streets of New York are full of characters who don't mince words-or care who hears them. This collection presents some of the most outlandish real life conversations overheard on the sidewalk, in the subway, and at the next table. It's the Big Apple peeled, a hys ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Perigee Books (first published January 31st 2006)
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A delightful little jam of a book, chock-full of the (un)usual amuse-bouches we've all come to expect from NYC dwellers, thanks to the eponymous website. Guaranteed to make you feel your city and its own denizens lack chutzpah, wit, flow, and style in their speech. New Yorkers shine, the tourists typically burn, and we all float on all right.

Often I've found that the headlines written by the site/book's keepers are just as funny if not funnier than the quotes themselves. The fan-submitted quotes
Ah, New York. There’s nowhere and nothing quite like it. Here it is, in all its steamy, seamy, sordid splendor and grit. The hicks, chicks, dicks, chicks with dicks, thugs, lugs, rubes, boobs, hippies, chippies, yuppies, buppies, homeless and hopeless are all here, all of them with something to say. Lewd, rude, crude, loud, rowdy and obnoxious and proud of it (no, fiercely proud of it; no, DAMN proud of it!), they cry out their opinions, foolishness, pride and shame and don’t care who sees them ...more
Interesting way to look at our culture. A funny read!
Jun 01, 2013 Bookfanatic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny! Some of these will make you laugh out loud. Others will give you a quiet chuckle. However, you need to have a sense of humor and not be too uptight. You can read this in bits and pieces. As the title indicates, these are small snatches of conversation overheard in various places in New York from subways, restaurants, sidewalks, restrooms, classrooms, etc. People say the funniest things on the phone and to each other. It's a bit voyeuristic, but admit it, we all love to get a glimpse ...more
Some of these are disturbing.
Some of these are threatening to the continuation of the human race.
Some of these are hysterical.
Jul 31, 2014 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A of the examples made me laugh, some made my cringe and a lot made me facepalm and reminded me why I purposely try to ignore or block out the random ramblings of other people. I was really hoping this was going to be funnier than what it turned out to be. In the end, it just confirmed that the world (or at least NYC?) is full of crazy/ignorant/racist/prejudiced people. *puts headphones on and walks away*
Apr 25, 2012 Bree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
This is a really long book so it's better to just skip around. I think each page has 4 conversations on it so that is a lot of reading. Some are ridiculous and I rolled my eyes. I didn't laugh out loud and many were not funny but really sad and pathetic. I think a book edition was too much but to browse it on the computer when you have nothing to do might be fine...kind of like
May 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was really funny, and feel I have some insight into NYC culture.
Oct 18, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very entertaining book. My favorite overheard thing is what a guy said on his cellphone: "Fuck you! I have a website you can go to. It's called Or how about" It's that last "" that gets me. It's like in that Austin Powers movie when he's saying "zip it" to Scott.
Mar 01, 2007 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Fun! Great as a coffee table book so people can flip to a page, read, laugh, and go back to life. This isn't a book you'll read straight through, but you might want to!

Some of these are priceless.
Apr 20, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny and quick read that I like to have in the Bathroom at home.
Often I found myself using the conversations within to justify my irrational dislike of New York City.
Nov 04, 2008 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Once again, one of those "coffee table" books that I read in one sitting. Absolutely witty, funny, and entertaining.
Jan 07, 2010 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is what it is. Quirky snippets of out-of-context conversations. At times funny. Other times not so much.
Jan 01, 2008 Rachael marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just got this book for Christmas. I love so I am sure this will be a great book.
Apr 12, 2007 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
hilarious/bizarre/frightening conversations overheard in New York. A fun, quick read!
Justin Meek
Sarah & I are working on a companion book: Overheard in Santa Cruz.
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Aug 31, 2012 Eileen Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Yorkers are funny. Snotty, but funny.
Oct 22, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
people say the funniest things
Jul 14, 2007 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
light read, good for the coffee table.
a quick read, funny as hell
Oct 12, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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