Craziest Things You've Seen in NYC?

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Good afternoon monkeys. As much of this site must work in NYC or used to work in NYC, what are some of the wildest things you've seen go down in the city?

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Jul 20, 2017

a stabbing on the 5 train

Jul 24, 2017

Angry strangers or...?

Jul 24, 2017
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Jul 24, 2017

Full blown fellatio on the 6 train smh

Jul 24, 2017

i expected public masturbation to be mentioned first

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Jul 24, 2017

Close, that was on the 4 train when I was still in high school.

Jul 24, 2017

So extra but not surprised hahaha

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Jul 24, 2017

Craziest thing I've ever seen in NYC? I think it would have to be the one time I saw a group of summer analysts at a bar who didn't talk about their internship for a full 20 minutes.

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Jul 24, 2017

couldn't have been with a bulge bracket...

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Jul 24, 2017

Bumped into Aziz Ansari at an underground spot in the East Village one time...

Jul 24, 2017

What spot?

Jul 24, 2017

It was like the basement of some restaurant in the Ukrainian village

Jul 24, 2017

While ago, I got stopped by a protest about foreskin

Jul 25, 2017

Same thing happened to me last summer.

Jul 24, 2017

yea that was last summer for me too lmao

Aug 15, 2017

for or against?

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Jul 24, 2017

I haven't spent a lot of time in NYC, so my craziest thing is a bit mundane. I saw Barry Greenstein (professional poker player) at a table in the New York Players Club circa 2004-05. I think he was sitting at a pot limit Omaha table, but can't 100% remember (table was obviously a bit too heavy for the likes of me). I went there a couple times--the last time only a few weeks before it was raided by police (May-June of '05?). I was hoping to run into A-Rod or Jeter there, as it was rumored that they and some other Yankees frequented the place. For those of you in the city, the club was at 200 West 72nd Street. Not sure what's available for card rooms in the city nowadays, but that place was really cool.

Jul 24, 2017

You 2+2? I won rolex from a whale in one of those cash games ages ago. ROFL. A few of the best spots got held up multiple times and moved. Never found out where.

Jul 24, 2017

Not sure if you're asking 1) blind sizes (I usually played 2/4 hold'em there; always wanted to play 5/10 but never had anywhere near the bankroll for it at the time); 2) if I comment on the twoplustwo poker forums (I don't); 3) or if I did a 2+2 program after college (I didn't).

The Players Club was a fun experience. I never had the cash to really sit and play the way I wanted (I was 18-19), but it was such a cool atmosphere and the energy was palpable. Was glad I was never there when it got held up or raided.

I played at another underground card room out in Hempstead a few times. It was this nondescript shit-hole in the back of a strip mall, but they ran great tournies. I think it was operated by the Hungarian mafia or something. Kinda shady.

Jul 24, 2017

Watching a refrigerated meat truck get robbed in broad daylight at a stoplight.
Rachel Weiss pushing a stroller (and being REALLY sad at how fugly she is in person).

Manhattan is tame now. Bums can't afford antics below 59th

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Jul 24, 2017

Saw her this Halloween, i thought the exact same thing.

Couple block away I saw a guy with the best Wes Anderson costume...it was Wes Anderson

This was all in Carrol Gardens. Also say Michael Cera, and Alana Glazer.

Jul 24, 2017

Was outside on the deck of a penthouse when Malcolm X's daughter pulled out some 420. Was just her and I out there. What a crazy/chill evening.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 24, 2017

Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah or Malaak?

Jul 24, 2017

I once saw a train come on time....craziest shit I've ever seen

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Jul 24, 2017

Why lie for silver bananas? Come on man.

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Jul 24, 2017

Not sure bout the craziest thing but.. Met Kunar from Big Bang Theory and Tiesto who were both living in a building I did a short stint in. Tiesto refused to be referred to as Tiesto, and always had his big black suburban waiting for him before he came downstairs, right out front, with the driver at the door waiting to help with luggage so that he didn't have to spend time on the street. Kunar would go up the street for meals with his family though.

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Jul 24, 2017
iBankedUp:

Not sure bout the craziest thing but.. Met Kunar from Big Bang Theory and Tiesto who were both living in a building I did a short stint in. Tiesto refused to be referred to as Tiesto, and always had his big black suburban waiting for him before he came downstairs, right out front, with the driver at the door waiting to help with luggage so that he didn't have to spend time on the street. Kunar would go up the street for meals with his family though.

What did Tiesto what to be called?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 24, 2017

James Dolan allowing Isiah Thomas to run the Knicks all by himself.

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Jul 24, 2017

Living in NYC in 2008 with all the companies going down in flames was something.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 25, 2017

How so? What's the wildest thing you saw relating to the crisis?

Jul 24, 2017
Donald Drumpf:

How so? What's the wildest thing you saw relating to the crisis?

Just imagine having a close circle of friends, many of whom went to top schools and thought they had secure jobs when then joined a couple years prior. Then seeing companies get torn apart, bought and sold, and hearing that certain friends were just 'gone'. You had lunch/brunch with them last week and now they are just not there. The industry changed and the pieces are around you, including severed relationships with people you thought were going to be there for years to come.

It was slightly unexpected and then very drastic.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 24, 2017

Homeless people on the train, I thought they were invented actors from Stallone's movies from the 80s.

-MikeFromBaruchII
Son of a VP at a Boutique
"If you cant work transactions why not advisory?" - Quote
Leverage Leverage Leverage - Motto

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Jul 25, 2017

Trying to get to an airport during the great blackout. I missed 9/11 by 9 months. Heard a lot of stories...that was rough.

Jul 25, 2017

Everyone needs to try their hand at witnessing some Berlin debauchery. From the Sbahn orgy leaving Berghain to women walking their pet bananas on leashes through Alexanderplatz, this place seems to out do itself every week.

Jul 24, 2017

Very true - you can literally go at any time of the day to the areas you mentioned and you'll see some crazy s*it.

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Jul 25, 2017

I've seen a lot of crazy shit in NYC, but nothing even comes close to those planes smashing into the twin towers.

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Jul 25, 2017

What were you doing at the time?

Jul 25, 2017
FinanceRob:

What were you doing at the time?

Working across the street at 3 World Financial Center. Brutal scene, as you could imagine.

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Jul 25, 2017

This. I saw the second plane hit live. My brain at the time I don't think could fully process what I was seeing. Kind of just stood there frozen in disbelief. Never felt that way in my entire life before or after.

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Jul 25, 2017

I saw the first plane hit live. Aside from the marginal difference of it being unprecedented in my case and not in yours, the feeling you're describing was exactly the same. For everyone around me, too - it was as if the entire world ground to a silent halt.

Jul 25, 2017

Seconded. This is exactly where I was the moment the first plane hit, standing on that street corner.

That same corner later on in the week of the attack. Those green awnings on the left are where the TD Bank now stands:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UnQUEZTX7vQ/U4uFAgPg-uI/AAAAAAAAAjs/c4nO7IaBflQ/s1600/28-3-chambers.jpg

I remember hearing a jet turbine and looking straight up, saw a gleaming 747 flying low, and about five seconds later it collided with the north side of the tower, which is what you can see in that maps view.

I think (at least I hope) that the city will never again see a time like that day, or the weeks that followed. I lived a few blocks away from the towers at the time, and there is just no comparison to what the world was like following the events of 9/11.

Jun 27, 2018

One of my old bosses has this story, it had me crying in her office.

She was on a floor in the 30s of the North Tower, but only because she was going down to pick up a friend and grab a coffee. Her office was on floor 95, would have been directly in the impact zone. not even 5 minutes after she left that floor the plane hit. They evacuated and just started heading away...eventually she said she watched the north tower collapse while riding out of the city over the East River. It was so chilling to listen too.

Jul 25, 2017

One of the few times I've been to NYC, I get back to my hotel from a day in the city and turn on the news. There had been a string of poop related incidents in Midtown, where a homeless man was throwing his feces at people. They finally nabbed the guy that day as there had been 3 reports of this happening. Needless to say, he was in deep shit.

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Jul 24, 2017

+1 for making me laugh out loud.

Jul 25, 2017

Pre-drink got out of hand and one of the interns thought that butt-chugging would be a one-way ticket to a return offer.
When he realized people were more disturbed than impressed he proceeded to call everyone a GDI goob while on all fours.

Welcome to the jungle.

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Jul 31, 2017

Serious question: can you do this? Can everything be ingested anally?

Jul 24, 2017

serious answer: if you rectally administer any substance the effect will be much greater and quicker, this is because your colon and intestines are mucus membranes and the alcohol or "whatever" is quickly absorbed into the blood stream without the need of digestion.

By ingestion you usually retain like 40-60% of the property of the substance, insuffulation retains more of the property but is not recommended for liquid substances. Rectal absorption you retain 90% of the substances effect and is the quickest way to administer any "medicine".

Jul 25, 2017

A few years back I was taking the E train downtown on a Thursday evening when a homeless guy whipped his junk out and started beating it off in front of some poor girl. A bunch of us kicked the guy off the train at the next stop. I've also seen a homeless guy taking a dump at the top of one of the stairwell exits of Chambers Street on a Saturday morning. The tourists were mortified.

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Jul 25, 2017

About 6 years ago I was walking out of work when I suddenly, the ghastly sight of hundreds of plebians loitering about Zuccotti Park was thrust into my field of vision. Luckily, there was a Brooks Brothers right on the corner, allowing me to quickly escape this angry crowd of vulgar proletariates and spend the remainder of my TARP bailout...crazy

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Jul 26, 2017

My buddy at JPM getting off before 7PM

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Jul 26, 2017

People paying to go to a Knicks game.

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Jul 26, 2017

Actually pretty disappointed I haven't seen anything crazy this summer interning in NYC

Jul 25, 2017
HendrixBanker:

Actually pretty disappointed I haven't seen anything crazy this summer interning in NYC

See my comment and a few others above and just be happy. Crazy doesn't mean good. It usually doesn't.

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Jul 26, 2017

I was thinking more stuff I'd laugh at...nothing serious like that

Jul 26, 2017

A lady smoking crack on the B train. It wasn't pretty at all.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

Jul 26, 2017

Duplicate

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

Jul 27, 2017

Tough call after 20+ years in the City. I'll go with a tie between:

-- Conference bike pedaled down Broadway at 2am by eight totally drunk Hasidic Jews, with the Rastafarian steersman in the middle, helpless with laughter.

-- Fraternity brother took a part time job as "sandwich board" man, they dressed him up as a giant bottle of New Amsterdam beer, with his face sticking out of the neck, and wearing tights. He stood around on a sidewalk in Midtown with any & all passersby mocking him, including some of his own bros, who took pictures. He quit after a day on the job and we had to talk him out of committing suicide.

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Aug 2, 2017

not nyc but i've seen a guy slowly walk to the end of the train platform, climb down the stairs onto the tracks, and run from one side of the tracks to the other side literally three or four times. each time he had to jump over two (maybe four) 3rd rails along with four train tracks. honestly thought he was trying to end it all but ended up being fine, climbed the stairs on the opposite side that he came on and walked off.

Aug 4, 2017

Both NYC and Newark have the most batshit insane homeless people I've ever seen anywhere. Like, walking down the highway in the center lane, holding up traffic while clearly high, ignoring the people honking at them....and then a cop ignoring them. People in cities are depersonalized to an amazing degree, and even more strangely there are no shortage of charities that actually want to help people. The rationalizations you hear from people about this are an excercise in the absurd.

Jul 24, 2017

The peak of this was seeing two homeless guys fighting each other in the street while I watched all the way up from this window. Was funny yet sad.

Jul 24, 2017

Once, on the subway, I saw a real thug looking guy get up for an old lady to sit down.

That was pretty crazy.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 9, 2017

Some guy humping a statue of a little girl.

Aug 9, 2017
Ehmerica:

Some guy humping a statue of a little girl.

Did this happen to be downtown, across from a giant bronze bull?

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Aug 9, 2017

Yep. It was in a photograph form via the interwebs.

Aug 14, 2017

Homeless people having passionate intercourse.

Aug 14, 2017

Partying with the Mole People

Apr 8, 2018

Not getting staffed on friday

Jun 25, 2018

People thinking that high rents are cause by 20 billionaires living in Midtown and not millions of people paying way below market rent because of rent control / rent stabilization / Section 8 / NYCHA / 80/20 set asides etc etc etc...

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Jun 26, 2018

Section 8 pays market rent, my man

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Jun 25, 2018

And we pay 90% of it....

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Jun 26, 2018

not exactly true..section 8 pays what the govt decides is the "market rate"...but that is often below what the actual market rate is for a non section 8 apt. Owners decide to take the section 8 rent because its guaranteed money and easier than chasing after people who don't pay their rent and the eviction process is long and a pain in the ass.

However, in the long run, rent stabilization and rent control (different from section 8) is a disincentive for real estate developers to build more housing...which creates an artificial shortage...but it affects prices (and housing availability) in NYC a lot.

just google it...you're welcome

Jul 24, 2017
Port Ricky:

People thinking that high rents are cause by 20 billionaires living in Midtown and not millions of people paying way below market rent because of rent control / rent stabilization / Section 8 / NYCHA / 80/20 set asides etc etc etc...

Yes, let's blame poor people and policies intended to protect poor people for high rents. Amazing. Zoning laws are the issue. Ancient residents in the east village, lower east side, west village, etc. prevent anything above 6 stories from being built so you have 6th floor 2br/1ba walk ups that are 100 years old going for like $4000 per month because we need to "protect the character of the neighborhood". NIMBY anyone?

Like, jesus, we can have rent controlled housing to ensure the most vulnerable people have housing and also have sane zoning policy that doesn't choke the supply.

Stop blaming poor people and policies meant to protect poor people for high rents. Blame NIMBYs who refuse to allow buildings over 6 stories to be built because they don't want their neighborhood in the most densely populated few square miles in the country to change.

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Jun 25, 2018

We don't have to house poor people in the most expensive zip codes in North America. Poor people need housing...Detroit needs residents....light bulb?

Also, there seem to be very few blocks in the entire city that don't have at least one active construction site. Are you claiming htere isn't enough construction going on? And that has nothing to do with record levels of concessions on new market rate apartments.

Look, there is nothing wrong with being poor, but there is nothing right with it either.

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Jun 25, 2018

I once saw a dog holding its leash and walking itself

Jun 25, 2018

Pistol-whipped and robbed outside of Ravenswood Houses circa late 90s.

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Jun 25, 2018

Here's an NYC story that's actually heartwarming.

A couple years ago on Labor Day Weekend my ex-girlfriend's sister was in town from Nigeria so we all went to Times Square for the obligatory tourist visit.

Times Squares is always packed on summer holiday weekends (families and young kids in NYC for the first time) and this particular day there was a big traffic jam where a fire truck with its sirens wailing was frantically trying to get through an intersection to get to an emergecy.

Times Square traffic is always a train wreck, but the drivers got really overwhelmed with the sirens and honking and shouting from the firemen, and this intersection just locked up with five or six vehicles angled all kinds of different ways and no one knowing how to unjam them. All these different people are standing on the sidewalk shouting at different drivers to move different directions. It was tense, disheartening, and a total shit show. Time sort of stood still for about 40 seconds as everyone worried about the fire presumably burning nearby.

All of a sudden, a street performer--dressed in a full Spiderman costume--burst into the middle of the intersection and took control. He must have saw a way to unjam everything because just started pointing and gesturing each of the different drivers, who all followed his directions without any hesitation, presumably because he was dressed in a Spiderman suit.

So Spiderman clears the intersection and the firetruck passes through, with firefighters saluting and honking at Spiderman, who salutes them back as the crowd claps and cheers.

The best part was that there were a couple of kids standing in the crowd who were right at that age around four years old where the lines between what is fictional and what is real is not quite clear to your mind yet. Their reactions were absolutely priceless. This little guy about four years old was losing his mind like "It's Spiderman! IT'S SPIDERMAN!!!" He was 100% certain that he had in fact seen the REAL Spiderman save the day, just like in the movie.

It was one of the few times where I didn't capture something on my smartphone (I try to use it minimally) and really wish that I had.

"Now you's can't leave." -Sonny LoSpecchio

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Jun 25, 2018

It was a few years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Such was the poignancy of this event.

I was at the typical upscale cocktail mixer at a rooftop bar, filled with pretentious people. It was a balmy summer evening, so the men were sweating, looking awfully uncomfortable in their suits. In the midst of this chaos walked in a tall man with wavy blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and a chiseled jaw that could have been sculpted by Michaelangelo himself. The crowd immediately gravitated to him, their eyes gazing on him, watching his every move. He was not wearing a suit. Instead, he wore just jeans, a shirt, and a black fleece HBS class jacket.

Despite the casual demeanor, he carried himself with gravitas, the type of presence only worn by those who have been winners their entire lives. While the other men were drinking fancy overpriced cocktails, he drank a Bud Light, a perfect complement to his confident casual look. As he walked around the room like a T-Rex in his prime scouring for prey during the Jurassic Period, the men sheepishly nodded at him while women devoured him with their sensual eyes. The man locked eyes with his target: a tall elegant blonde with a lithe yet fit toned body, wearing a dress that accentuated her sexy figure but still maintained class. Men were chatting her all evening but with no success, as she was waiting for a true ALPHA male to take her.

After exchanging a knowing smile, the type of smile that indicates that they both knew what the night would bring, they chatted. He whispered in her ear: "Do you want to DCF with me? I will lower your cost of capital and elevate your value to a level you could only dream of." She laughed and blushed. She did not understand what he actually said, but that was irrelevant. It was his raw confidence and charisma that drew her to him.

After about 30 minutes, he held her hands and walked to the elevator. The men were stunned at what they just witnessed. He looked back, with a smirk on his face. It was the smirk of a winner. The smirk of a champion. The smirk of an ALPHA CHAD.

NOTE: This post is a work of fiction.

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Jun 25, 2018

Suicide from the 12th floor. Landed on a guardrail and head severed instantly. (Didn't see the actual impact, but saw it immediately after impact due to the impact noise). Contrary to what you see in the movies, dead bodies don't bounce. This was.in FiDi, near the entrance to the BatteryPark tunnel. I believe the guy worked in finance.

Jun 25, 2018

I know exactly who you are talking about. Met him once through a mutual friend. I won't mention his name or the firm out of respect. This story was very well covered.

Jun 26, 2018

A first year analyst walking around Tribeca at 5:45 PM.

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Jun 26, 2018

Murder.

Aug 14, 2017

....yeah this is gunna require a story

Jun 26, 2018

Few years back a drunk guy walked up to a gay couple walking in the village and said something to them before shooting one of the guys in the face. It is amazing how fast police drive through the busy streets at night when there is a guy with a gun running around. I just stood there in awe of what happened...

I was about half a block up the street. Here is the article

Jun 26, 2018

7:30 am on a weekday. Homeless guy starts yelling at his friend, gets up, and does a running handspring into a backflip. No idea what they were arguing about but I think he proved the point that crack does in fact give you super powers.

Jun 26, 2018

A guy shitting blood on the M, which is nothing compared to the shit I saw in St. Louis.

Aug 9, 2017
Esuric:

I guy shitting blood on the M

Hmmmm. You should probably get that looked at. Not only is that disgusting and unsanitary, shitting blood probably isn't good for your health. Also, your sentence structure needs work. ;-)

Jun 26, 2018

tx, ill work on it

Jun 27, 2018

A homeless person literally wanking it in front of Columbus Circle (the curved hubba towards the crosswalk) while I was walking with my "then" girlfriend at the time. Thanking he had his back turned but still just popped up in my mind now unfortunately.

Jun 27, 2018

Crackheads etc.

Jun 27, 2018

I once saw someone pick up a five dollar bill and give it back to the person in front of them who dropped it. For NYC, I thought that was pretty crazy.

Jun 27, 2018

Not that crazy, but if I had a dollar for every time I've seen a black woman beating the christ out of her child on the train in NY or DC (seems to be a universal phenomenon), I'd be on the next Forbes 30 under 30.