Our net­work of spies and eaves­drop­pers around the five bor­oughs are al­ways lis­ten­ing. Here are some of our most trust­wor­thy spies, who have con­tributed 25 or more pub­lished sub­mis­sions to the site. (If you’ve con­tributed lots of quotes to the site but aren’t yet list­ed here, then let us know.) See if you can find them on the street. You won’t.
Top SpiesRachel W

Rachel W. holds the record for be­ing the on­ly mas­ter eaves­drop­per who is al­so deaf and mute. How­ev­er, her sta­tus as a high­ly-de­sired and so­cial­ly ad­vanced NYU stu­dent may po­ten­tial­ly pro­vide an Olsen-Twin-re­lat­ed sub­mis­sion.

Su­san V

Suze V (Su­san Vol­chok) is a New York writer for whom things over­heard (via shame­less eaves­drop­ping) are cru­cial re­sources… not to men­tion per­fect jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for any/all hours spent away from her desk. In­ap­pro­pri­ate lis­ten­ing-in is a skill she’s honed from ear­ly child­hood.

Top Spies
Top SpiesRich Mintz

Rich grew up in Los An­ge­les, be­fore West L.A. and the Up­per West Side be­came
mir­ror im­ages of each oth­er. Now he works for Busy­Tonight, sur­round­ed by the tourists and oth­er fau­na near South Street Sea­port.

Jess Mc­Gins

Orig­i­nal­ly from Philadel­phia, Jess came to her sens­es and moved to New York. When she grad­u­ates Ford­ham, she will look for a cushy job or a sug­ar dad­dy. Aside from spy­ing, Jess just galla­vants around the city meet­ing peo­ple.

Top Spies
Top SpiesKaitlen Ex­um

Some peo­ple like to watch. Kaitlen likes to lis­ten.

Bec­ka Dash

Bec­ka Dash is a hard-charg­ing push­er of chil­dren’s books (read: pub­lic li­brar­i­an), NYC na­tive (read: born to eaves­drop), and de­vot­ed cross­word puz­zler (read: cam­ou­flage for eaves­drop­ping, who may one day achieve her dream of hav­ing an all-can­dy di­et.

Top Spies
Top SpiesKi­ra

Ki­ra does most of her eaves­drop­ping on her reg­u­lar walk home from her day
job in Mid­town. While she has oc­ca­sion­al­ly been known to steal things she’s
over­heard for her fic­tion, she nev­er sins in the oth­er di­rec­tion.

Matthew K. John­son

Matthew may look like he’s lis­ten­ing to his iPod, but no mu­sic soothes his rag­ing cu­rios­i­ty. His skills as a play­wright al­so make him a mas­ter at dis­tin­guish­ing in speech whether you’re us­ing an ellipses…or a dash. He’ll hap­pi­ly share this skill with you–for a small fee.

Top Spies
Top SpiesTing

Ting is a stu­dent in the Stern school of busi­ness and he hates it with all his heart and soul (if he has the lat­ter). He was born and raised in Shang­hai, which is prob­a­bly the on­ly city in the world that fea­tures more fucked up con­ver­sa­tions and more swear­ing than NYC has to of­fer.

Gre­go­rio Pe­droza

In 2002, he was sent to NYC from Cal­i­for­nia for a crime he did­n’t com­mit. He es­caped from a max­i­mum-se­cu­ri­ty dor­mi­to­ry in Man­hat­tan and fled to the Queens un­der­ground. To­day, he sur­vives as an eaves­drop­per. If some­one has a se­cret, if no one else can hear it, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire… Gre­go­rio.

Top Spies
Greg Rut­ter

Greg was born with a third ear which makes him the per­fect Over­heard In New York con­trib­u­tor. This al­so makes him per­fect per­son to point at and gasp in hor­ror. The two def­i­nite­ly go to­geth­er quite … per­fect­ly.

Top Spies
Top SpiesHobo Whis­per­er

A life­long Bronx­ite, Hobo Whis­per­er has honed his lis­ten­ing skills while rid­ing the sub­ways — pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the al­ways hu­mor­ous, some­times philo­soph­i­cal rant­i­ng of NY­C’s un­der­ground com­mu­ni­ty.

Rose Fox

Rose Fox is the re­sult of a ge­net­ic ex­per­i­ment to cre­ate the per­fect writer. Hav­ing es­caped from the lab­o­ra­to­ry, she now roams the streets of New York, look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion in gut­ters and rain­bows.

Top Spies
Top SpiesDun­can

Dun­can is cute, gay, and plays the ukulele.
He’s al­so a play­wright — check it out here.

Spe­cial Agent 83189

Spe­cial Agent 83189 is an un­der­cov­er spy for the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency.

Top Spies
Top SpiesCol­le­giate Cutie

Col­le­giate Cutie was born and raised in Queens. Her moth­er al­ways taught her nev­er to make eye con­tact on the train, so she just eaves­drops in­stead. It makes for a more en­ter­tain­ing com­mute.

Thorn

Thorn is a first gen­er­a­tion New York — Amer­i­can ac­coun­tant. Be­cause her job is so bor­ing she spends a lot of time amus­ing her­self at the an­tics of oth­er New York­ers.

Top Spies
Top SpiesMal­lo­ry McMa­hon

Mal­lo­ry broke her iPod so she de­cid­ed to start eaves­drop­ping on peo­ple in­stead of lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. She tells her­self that this makes her a bet­ter play­wright, but re­al­ly, she’s just nosy. Some­times she’s loud, too, and on more than one oc­ca­sion has seen Over­heard in New York and said, “Oh shit! I said that! That’s me!” …oops.

Trey Givens

Trey Givens is a south­ern blog­ger who chased some­thing shiny and wound up in the Big City. In ex­change for teach­ing yan­kees how to use and pro­nounce “y’all” he is learn­ing how to swear with­out be­ing an­gry about any­thing.

Top Spies
Top SpiesOf­fice Pe­on

Of­fice Pe­on is a na­tive of Cal­i­for­nia who’s putting her Ivy League de­gree to good use work­ing at an in­dus­tri­al sup­ply com­pa­ny in cen­tral Jer­sey (barf). Hav­ing come from a pure­ly non-prof­it back­ground, she now owns a pair of steel toe shoes, has rid­den on a fork lift, and once vis­it­ed a card­board box fac­to­ry. She en­joys fan­cy restau­rants, Broad­way the­ater, and sex ed­u­ca­tion, and plans to quit her job soon in hopes of be­com­ing a gy­ne­col­o­gist.