Oscar “Isaac” Theil, 65, was on his way home to the Kensington section of Brooklyn on the Q train when an unidentified man fell asleep on his shoulder for more than a half hour.
Another rider was amazed at the scene — a black man sleeping on the shoulder of a white man in a yarmulke — so he gently asked if he wanted help to wake the slumbering straphanger.
"He had a long day so let him sleep. We’ve all been there," Theil responded.
The other rider captured the moment with a quick cell phone picture that he then posted online with a brief explanation.
"I just kept steady so he would be able to sleep," said Theil, who had been returning home from watching his granddaughter on the Upper East Side. "It wasn’t easy to do because he was dead weight."
The reddit user who started it all is amazed how it has become an international sensation.
"It really wasn’t about the ethnicity of the people," he told The News, asking to remain anonymous. "It was just more that New Yorkers, especially in the subway, don’t want to touch people or have them get in their personal space. That was striking to me and made me smile and I thought was a very nice gesture."