A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 07, 2017
“I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher” (joke)

A frequent subway announcement is that the train is “being held momentarily by the train dispatcher. Oliver Burkeman posted a joke on Twitter on April 24, 2014:

“I wonder if, when they embrace, the train dispatcher’s spouse ever thinks ‘I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher.’”

The line was included in WNYC Digital‘s “The 19 Truest Tweets About Life in New York City” on August 1, 2014.

Dan Amira posted a different “train dispatcher” joke in McSweeney’s on May 1, 2015:

“Ladies and Gentleman: We are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher. The train’s dispatcher is a wicked man who gets a sick thrill from toying with your lives like a god. Please be patient.”


Twitter
Oliver Burkeman
‏@oliverburkeman
I wonder if, when they embrace, the train dispatcher’s spouse ever thinks “I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher”
11:20 AM - 24 Apr 2014

WNYC Digital
The 19 Truest Tweets About Life in New York City
Aug 1, 2014 · by Julie Whitaker
(...)
Oliver Burkeman ✔ @oliverburkeman
I wonder if, when they embrace, the train dispatcher’s spouse ever thinks “I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher”
12:20 PM - 24 Apr 2014

Twitter
Carmelina Speaks
‏@CarmelinaSpeaks
“I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher,” had me LOL MT “@WNYC: The 19 Truest Tweets About Life in NYC http://bit.ly/1uOopdD
11:53 AM - 5 Aug 2014

Twitter
Paul Intriago
‏@D_real_PAUL_I
Crap, I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher
12:08 PM - 24 Dec 2014

Twitter
Joey C
‏@WickedWitch89
I wonder if when they embrace the train dispatcher’s spouse ever thinks “I’m being held momentarily by the train dispatcher” #ThoughtsOnThe6
9:26 PM - 1 Jan 2015

McSweeney’s
MAY 1, 2015
HONEST SUBWAY ANNOUNCEMENTS
DAN AMIRA
(...)
Ladies and Gentleman: We are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher. The train’s dispatcher is a wicked man who gets a sick thrill from toying with your lives like a god. Please be patient.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Saturday, January 07, 2017 • Permalink