By Cailey Rizzo
April 04, 2019
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Ben Stiller took the subway in New York City this week. It was not uneventful.

A woman came into the car and, according to a witness, Stiller stood up to offer her his seat. Despite his incognito get-up of aviator sunglasses and multiple zip-ups, the woman recognized him. And she was very excited about it.

She leaped out of her seat and yelled, “You make me laugh so much!” as she took the rollers out of her hair. Stiller laughed and looked around the car.

Other New Yorkers sat on the side and watched the scene, smiling with that special sort of New Yorker display of second-hand embarrassment and vague intrigue. They watched for a few seconds before deciding that it was time to move further down the subway car.

By this point, other people in the subway had noticed their famous fellow rider. People came over and took pictures with the celebrity. Stiller smiled and posed for pictures, including a video with the woman who blew his cover.

Stiller has been a New Yorker for his entire life. He was born in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side. Besides a ninth-month stint at UCLA in Los Angeles, he has always been a New Yorker. In 2016, Stiller bought an apartment in a West Village condo that’s also the home of Jon Bon Jovi.

Stiller is not the only celebrity who has opted for public transit to get around New York. While on the campaign trail, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made appearances at the subway turnstile and in the cars.