Adam Lederer was nodding off during a 5:30 AM commute to Brooklyn on Thursday morning when he awoke to a very loud licking noise on the train (he couldn’t recall if it was an A or an E). “I hear audible licking. I open my eyes,” he told ANIMAL. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing.”
What he saw was a true New York hero. A man rolling a massive blunt before most of us have even had our morning coffee. This man did not give a fuck.
“It was so comically large, I thought it was a joke,” said Lederer, who works as an assistant to producer and writer Josh Safran. He estimated that the blunt was “three fingers wide and three fingers high.”
“And no one else seems to be noticing this,” he recalled, in awe. So naturally, the 24-year-old pulled out his phone and started taking photos. “This could be the greatest moment of my life,” he remembered thinking.
Sure enough, the man started lighting up. As the pungent odor wafted through the car, Lederer realized, “This guy is hotboxing a subway car.” By this time, other people were definitely noticing. “Everyone across from me, we started looking at each other and started smiling and laughing,” he said.
At the next stop, according to Lederer, the train stopped “for longer than it should.” He saw law enforcement officials enter the next car. All the while, the man continued smoking. “He didn’t seem to give a shit,” said Lederer. The officials left, the train kept rolling, and our fine gentleman kept toking.
“No one was going to say anything because we all loved him,” said Lederer, laughing. “I think he should get a key to city, to be honest.”
As if that wasn’t baller enough, our astonished witness said that after the man finished he blunt, “he passed out.”
Lederer, who has lived in the city for 5 years, confirmed that without a doubt, “It was the greatest New York City moment of all time.”
(Photos: Adam Lederer)