Pizza Rat, Nazi-style ads and other viral NYC subway stories of 2015

Subway life can be rough, crowded and patience-draining.

But it’s also endlessly colorful, vibrant and surprising. Perhaps because everything takes place in the cramped spaces of tunnels and stations and on platforms, moments in the subway system can take on more meaning than if they happened on the streets.

Take Pizza Rat, for instance. Symbol of every striving New Yorker trying to triumph in the urban jungle or just a rat with a slice of pie? We’ll let you decide.

Here are the top viral moments from the subway in 2015 that kept us talking about subway life.