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Overheard in New York: Conversations from the Streets, Stores, and Subways

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  191 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The streets of New York are full of characters-eccentrics, tourists, and residents-who don't care who's around to hear them. This collection offers some of the most bizarre, hysterical, and mysterious conversations overheard on the sidewalk, in the subway, or from the next table.

The website has been featured in many publications, including The New
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Chamberlain Bros.
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Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting way to look at our culture. A funny read!
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 05, 2012 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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was really funny, and feel I have some insight into NYC culture.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
people say the funniest things
Eileen Lennon
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
New Yorkers are funny. Snotty, but funny.
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
a quick read, funny as hell
It is what it is. Quirky snippets of out-of-context conversations. At times funny. Other times not so much.
Jan 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
I just got this book for Christmas. I love so I am sure this will be a great book.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Once again, one of those "coffee table" books that I read in one sitting. Absolutely witty, funny, and entertaining.
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
light read, good for the coffee table.
Apr 12, 2007 rated it liked it
hilarious/bizarre/frightening conversations overheard in New York. A fun, quick read!
Some of these are disturbing.
Some of these are threatening to the continuation of the human race.
Some of these are hysterical.
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