Bettina Banayan just wants to bring New Yorkers closer together, figuratively. It’s almost impossible in the literal sense. So the culinary school student decided to hop on the subway, ice a cake, and serve it to strangers.
In true New York fashion, as she tried to explain to one passenger why she did this, the train’s conductor started yelling over the intercom to keep the doors clear.
“New Yorkers aren’t very personable with each other,” she explained, after he finished. “We’re constantly in people’s private space, especially on the subway. I think it’s important to have some kind of community.”
She also accurately notes later in the video, “Everyone likes cake, you know?”
At first, commuters were reluctant to accept a slice from Banayan. There was an audible laugh in the car when she first asked if anyone wanted cake. But then she revealed her intentions. Fellow subway goers not only asked for a piece after hearing from the student, but also offered to pass some around to others.
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