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Overheard in New York Updated

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  171 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!
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

Oh. Snap.
Guido #1: So, what do you think about this new shirt?
Guido #2: It's fucking great. You should buy another one just like it and throw them both out.
--Hudson Hotel, West 58th Street

To borrow a phrase from my friend Dan, Overheard in New York falls under the category "necessary reading." There are countless gems to be gleaned.

More Like Man-dog.
Teen #1: Damn, kid! Your face mad hairy!
Teen #2: I'm a grown-ass man, dog.
--A train
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*
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
I thought this was really funny, and feel I have some insight into NYC culture.
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Once again, one of those "coffee table" books that I read in one sitting. Absolutely witty, funny, and entertaining.
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.
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.
Eileen Lennon
New Yorkers are funny. Snotty, but funny.
people say the funniest things
light read, good for the coffee table.
a quick read, funny as hell
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