Being one of the busiest train stations in the country, Penn Station is a great place to see buskers. Just the other day, I saw this man playing the violin to the instrumental versions of popular songs. Some of the songs he played included Lynard Skynard‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Kashmir”.
Here’s a spontaneous subway performance someone sent to me. I love seeing things like this!
EDIT: It turns out this video was taken by a singer in New York named Jessica Latshaw. You can find her blog here!
Anybody see any buskers in the cars of the New York Subway? Well, this past Holiday Season was a big one for them!
Several New York buskers have been raking in the dough this season, with some making as much as $50 an hour. Usually it’s drunks and yuppies that give the most money, and the Holiday Season is the best time to find people like that on the subway!
It is legal to perform music on the train, but if you are impeding passengers and asking for money, the MTA or NYPD can charge you. Still, there is no shortage of brave buskers gracing passengers with their music.
As you may have guessed, I haven’t been able to put up many posts as of late. I was really hoping to keep this going, and perhaps even improve it. What I didn’t count on, however, was the fact that I won’t be in New York after the end of the semester.
As I said in my About Me page, I am a grad student, but I also live in student residence while I’m studying. When there’s a semester break, I live in New Jersey. Now, normally I would jump at more chances to visit the city, but with money being tight and all, I just don’t see that happening.
Therefore, I will be limiting my posts to a few times a week. Obviously, there won’t be much in the way of documenting performances, but I will definitely try my best to give you all the latest busking news, busking facts, and busking events.
Please don’t misunderstand; this project will still be going on. I’m just limiting some of the time I’m putting into it for now. Come late January, I’m definitely gonna be doing more.
To those of you who have been keeping up with this, thank you so much!
Currently, there is a huge debate between buskers and the New York City Parks and Recreation. There have been several new regulations limiting where buskers can perform, specifically in Union Square and Washington Square.
Under the new rules, buskers can’t perform in Union Square’s Southern Plaza, or perform within 50 feet from any monuments or 5 feet from a park bench in Washington Square Park. The reason for these regulations is to prevent congestion and allow unobstructed views of the monuments.
I’m presenting this project to my professor today. To better match the theme for it, I’m going “undercover” here as a busker!
This, or course, does not at all mean I’m gonna stop right after I present. In fact, this class is just the beginning. I plan to continue Sound of the City Streets well after I receive my final grade! I even plan to improve on it as I go!
So stay tuned!