The Crazy Things We Stop To Stare At In NYC!


It is amazing the extremes most of us go through here to live in NYC. The annoying crowds. The smells of rotting trash in the summer. Sweltering subway platforms. Our arrogant Mayor acting as Big Brother. Large soda anyone? The ridiculous cost of living and high rental prices. Oh, and I can’t forget all those little critters that seem to show up more often during the hot humid weather season. What the heck was that thing? A cat or a rat? Holy shat it’s a cockroach! Seriously, these nasty things are everywhere and will never, ever, go away. Plus, they seem to be getting bigger as if they were exposed to radiation in a 1950’s cheesy sci-fi flick. As I am observing this thing cross my path along the sidewalk I think “Hey Mayoro Bloombito – why don’t you outlaw all these creepy crawlers too while you are at it. Banish them to New Jersey or some other strange land!” (sorry Jersey-ites)

Then, I started to think about all the things us New Yorkers actually stop to observe. Some might be universal. We just have to stop and look. Here are a few that come to mind.

3u4zj3Watching the washing machine. I am in a laundromat right now as I am typing up this post. A few seats away from me is an older gentleman staring blankly at the washer as it rotates his clothes round and round. Like he is in trance. Why do people do this? After a minute there is really nothing more to see. It’s like watching the same Friends episode over and over. It drives me crazy. Hey Joey, how you doin’?

Rats on the subway tracks. Oh, come on now. You know we all do it. There is something grossly enjoyable about watching these furballs of vermin scurry around the subway tracks and disappear into a small crevice. It’s all fun and games until we see them actually run up on the platform! I have seen that a few times and it’s kind of funny to hear grown men squeal in fear and cringe like little girls. Me? I swear I didn’t scream that loud! Don’t judge. It looked like it was getting close to me!


Seeing a couple go at it on a street corner. Not as in playing tonsil hockey, but as in an all out brawl. I can’t count the amount of times I have seen a couple air out their dirty laundry in full view of the public. “I know you’re cheating on me!” “You hate my parents!” “You’re a selfish loser!” “You suck in bed!” Personally, if I ever got in a fight with my gal and she yelled that out for all to hear it’s game over. Don’t say another word. Hand in your man card and walk away. Move to another neighborhood because you have just become the guy who sucks in bed to everyone. Ouch!


Watching two people fight over a parking spot. This one is awesome! I have seen this a few times and it makes great theater. Grab some popcorn and take a seat on the couch. With so few free parking spots available on the side streets it’s like finding a rainbow colored unicorn

36aqvxIf you do drive and you stumble upon one grab it quick before another driver snatches it up. I have seen one guy pull ahead to parallel park into one and another driver quickly pull into the spot cutting him off. Then the fireworks begin! Cursing, threatening, fisticuffs, drama! It’s like watching an action adventure movie! Makes me so glad I do not own a car.

Rubbernecking an accident. This one drives me nuts. Especially when I rent a car to go out and see clients. I end up getting stuck in slow moving traffic and late for a meeting. Not because of the car wreck or lane closure, but because everyone has to crawl by to look and see what happened. I have actually seen people taking cell phone pictures as they slowly roll by. Idiots. You’re not gonna get more likes on Facebook or get famous by Instagramming that! Hit the gas pedal. Move!










Maybe this is just one of my personal favorites but I get all warm and giddy inside when I see a guy all dressed up in a suit before heading to his Wall Street job scooping up hot wet dog poop in a plastic bag in his hand. They always try to look away and not make eye contact to make it seem like no big deal while being emasculated in this manner. Especially if it’s one of those little yip yip pocketbook dogs. I purposely slow down, look right at them, and smirk a bit. Look, I am a dog lover and appreciate when people do the pooper scooper thing. Yet, seeing this on my way to work in the morning always puts an extra skip in my walk and smile on my face. Life is good.


So, are you guilty of any of these? Are there any I missed that could be added to this list? I am sure there are a few more. After all, we can’t help but to stop and look. Admit it – we love the drama. We stop and stare. We’re all curiosity ho’s!

34 thoughts on “The Crazy Things We Stop To Stare At In NYC!”

  1. See, I get a pep in my step when I see somebody pick up their dog poop for a different reason. I think to myself, “Oh, Thank God, one person who picks up their dog’s shit in this neighborhood.” It seems like nobody picks up after their dog, there is literally poop everywhere. So I get happy and think well wishes to those people who do what they’re suppose to. 😉

    Jules of Canines & Couture

    1. Hey Jules!

      At least here in NYC it is a law, and most people do abide by it. Yet, there are some fools that let their dogs crap everywhere and leave it. Makes me want to throw it at them! 🙂

  2. You forgot homeless guy getting arrested in the train station for peeing on the wall. I’ve seen it happen and I could not turn away. Ha! Again, it’s like theater!

  3. Yep, you nailed it. I am guilty of many of those and I don’t even live in a big city. And I get an extreme amount of pleasure zoning out while watching the washing machine. I tried watching the dishwasher, but it just wasn’t the same.

  4. Ha! Rubbernecking…never heard that before. In Chicago, we call it a gaper’s block, and it tends to make me want to cut some bitches. Such is life.

    I totally love people watching, so I stare at all sorts of random human interaction shit…And then people notice and look at me funny.

    As far as watching the washer, I feel like that would be better than not (which is what I d0) and ending up having to re-wash your laundry because you’ve totally forgotten about it…3 days later…

    1. Hey Chrissy!

      Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and commenting!

      A gaper’s block? It all makes us want to cut a bitch at times! LOL!

      I think we all love to people watch. Some of them are freaks! Hey, you better go get that laundry out of the machine before I dump it onto the floor! :-p

  5. The biggest roaches and rats I’ve ever seen have been in the tropics. In the Philippines I’d seen a rat that was over a foot long. Seriously. It was bigger than some rabbits.

    Are Laundromats a common thing in NY? I don’t think I’ve ever had to do my laundry in one. Most apartments I used to live in had laundry rooms on-site.

    1. Hey Kitt!

      Yowza! That is some nasty stuff. Those are big critters!

      We are loaded with laundromats and dry cleaners here. Some buildings like mine have a laundry room but most do not. Depends on age of the building sometimes. Plus, lost do a drop off and pick up service. We don’t have time to do our own laundry.

  6. The Parking. Saw a funny one from Beijing a couple years back where they made these rugs that look like street no parking zones, you simply roll it out into a spot, then when you leave, roll it right back in. You don’t have to live in New York to jostle on Parking, I actually even see it in the suburbs where we have ten miles of parking space surrounding the store, whats worse is when they get out of the car in fancy work-out gear- like really, you couldn’t have walked twenty-five feet to the store?

    1. Hey Peggy!

      That carpet story is too funny! Wonder if it would work here in the city? Also, I have seen what you just described when out in the suburbs. Even worse when they park in the handicap spots. Idiots.

  7. This was friggin hilarious. Why do people stare at the their clothes tumbling in the washer? Maybe they’re getting a telepathic message from the bubbles.

    I’m pretty sure this was a Seinfeld episode: “I have seen one guy pull ahead to parallel park into one and another driver quickly pull into the spot cutting him off.”

    1. Hey Lauren!

      So glad you got a chuckle from this one! I could never figure out the washing machine thing. I think a lot of these things I write about could have been used on Seinfeld. A few years too late!

  8. Ewwwwah to the first picture. I didn’t stare at it too long – just had the “What-tha?” reaction. I’m not a stopper and starer, I keep it movin’. I did see something in an accident once that I wished I hadn’t seen so that’s pretty much why I keep my eyes forward. I guess the biggest “in yo face” incidents happen at Walmart and you just can’t help it. Let’s see a whole family – mom, dad, two 8ish year old son’s wearing pj’s. Do people do that in New York – where the pajama looking clothes like say to the laundry mat? I guess the laundry mat would be okay but I personally wouldn’t walk in them to my mailbox.

    1. Hey Kenya!

      I could stop and stare at the people of Walmart all day long! Now that’s a freak show at times! Yes, we have those wackos here too that wear their pj’s to the laundromat, the movies, supermarket, etc. WTF?

  9. I always liked watching the people who have the right of way at a green light get into it with cab and other drivers who try to make a turn while they’re walking. Not that I’ve ever banged my hand on the side of a cab or said anything that could be construed as being inhospitable…

    1. Hey John!

      I have seen that many times here. I have also been that guy who has kicked or banged on a cab, along with throwing out a few choice cuss words!

  10. You don’t have to deal with school drop off and pick up lines, but I myself may have once given someone the finger in one of those lines. My friends still tease me about it.

    Cook me that Lobstah!

  11. Good stuff here. I think the same could be said about many cities, and even smaller places. Well, not the cockroaches near me. Or the rats in the subway, being I don’t live near one. But we have deer!

    1. Hey PJ!

      I bet people stare at a lot of the same things no matter where they are. I can just imagine if we had deer roaming the streets of NYC!

  12. People are horrible about slowly down to look at accidents here too. It’s makes traffic a mess! The dog poop one is really funny 🙂 Have a great week!

    1. Hey Ann!

      I think people everywhere do that. All they do is slow everyone down and block traffic. Oh, I can’t stand when they don’t pick up after their dogs. When they do it all dressed up I have to laugh. 🙂

  13. I saw two events in NYC that left an indelible impression. There once was a club on York and about 77th. A guy and a gal were using the sidewalk as a waterbed, if you get my drift. The second incident was on a cross town bus. Typical narrow street and up ahead two cars were stopped, blocking the street while two guys argued at the top of their lungs. The guy in back came back to his car, got out a handgun and started waving it. The guy in front hopped in his car and took off, the second guy after him. “Well, I thought, a bit extreme but at least the bus can move now.”

    1. Hey Astro!

      Nothing like a little UES street sex! That other incident sounds just about right for NYC, and pretty funny! Both great stories.

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