New York City public transportation might be a hellhole, but at least it’s a hellhole with good music.
On Sunday, for example, Twitter user @Wertwhile was traveling on the subway after a tough week when he encountered a shirtless man carrying a speaker. What could have been a painful moment — someone blasting the worst possible music at the loudest possible volume — became a beautiful one after passengers on the train joined together to croon the Backstreet Boys’ famous hit, “I Want It That Way.”
Look at how pure this all is:
The tweet contains at least one reference that might be unfamiliar to people outside New York City. “Showtime” is a phrase typically uttered by young buskers at the beginning of a subway dance performance. While some passengers love to see dancers spin around on poles, others understandably worry about getting kicked in the face on a moving train.
However, @Wertwhile was so touched by this particular moment that he stopped filming to take it all in.
Twitter users were equally impressed by the sing-along.
Perfect. Everybody from different places and we all get along. That’s how we New Yorkers do. ❤️
— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) June 17, 2019
Ultimate unifier. Love NY
— katymiller (@katymiller) June 17, 2019
I used to feel public music was really intrusive. A friend told me they loved it, "it's like I'm in a movie and this is the soundtrack." That shift changed it for me. Even if I'm in a lousy mood, happy music has a certain irony.
— LisaK 1190 (@LisaK1190) June 17, 2019
I love LA, I was born there. I love Tokyo, I live here. But NYC is something special, no place like it.
— Reggie Casual (@ReggieCasual) June 18, 2019
who said New Yorkers dont have hospitality 🤔
— Lexii🌺 (@livinlikelexxii) June 18, 2019
This just restored faith in humanity
— SOPHANY AUN! (@LaidbackSoph) June 18, 2019
This would never happen on the dc metro. I miss u NYC
— DJ Pants (@DJPants92) June 18, 2019
New York City, you’re OK sometimes.