New York City has a reputation for being a tough, even rude place, but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, NYC is home to a vibrant, diverse population that looks out for each other and loves to have fun. It’s more like an extended family of 9 million people than a roiling cauldron of simmering incivility. Are there scuffles and arguments? Sure. But there are just as many happy moments with strangers. This is one of those moments.
Recently on a New York City subway, a passenger got on pumping the Backstreet Boys’ classic hit “I Want It That Way.” It’s such a catchy tune the weary passengers couldn’t help but join in and belt it out—together.
Had a really tough week and tonight I was the subway and some guy walks between train cars, shirtless, bumping a speaker. I wasn't in the mood for Showtime particularly. But sometimes people and life surprise you and a little magic happens. pic.twitter.com/S7o4282SOS
— Joel Wertheimer (@Wertwhile) June 17, 2019
Civil Rights attorney and former Obama official Joel Wertheimer couldn’t help but share the touching moment on Twitter. “Had a really tough week and tonight I was the subway and some guy walks between train cars, shirtless, bumping a speaker. I wasn’t in the mood for Showtime particularly,” he wrote, referencing the famous Showtime subway dancers. “But sometimes people and life surprise you and a little magic happens.”
The spontaneous event was reminiscent of another recent NYC subway sing-along when Robyn concert-goers held an impromptu dance party on a subway platform after the event.
— Triszh Hermogenes (@triszhermogenes) March 9, 2019
And that’s New York City at play, if you want to see how they come together to work, check out this viral video of subway passengers helping a man transport a giant girder (it’s unclear why this was happening, but hopefully he got it to where it was going).
NYC is different man pic.twitter.com/diE9KVpvRo
— Zad ???? (@ECM_LP) March 15, 2019
In conclusion, I love New York and so should you.