Street Performers, New York City
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Grab your guitar, you can play & sing along with the boys here - FUGs / "Dirty Ol' Man"
Anywhere in New York City, from Washington Park, to Bryant Park, to Central Park, to Times Square, there are always some performers entertaining in every corner. It's a pleasant way of getting to know the New York City culture as well as having a great time with the company of others. As the weather turns sunnier (usually in the summertime), they are popping out all over the place. The most that you can find them are in Central Park and Times Square, where most tourists are.
Street performers are common in any large city, NYC is no exception. This guy was hanging out near Times Square and drawing quite a crowd. Since he is standing there in his underwear, I don't think actually performs all that much as his time is taken up posing for photos with all sorts of giggling girls.
Always great entertainment to "people watch" in any big city. New York supplies the ultimate experience...with such masses of humanity..from around the globe. You will often see folks taking a break on the steps of the Met. Museum of Art where they can enjoy the view for a while...or be entertained by the street musicians, singers, or dancers. An absolute must to take at least a little time for this international past time.
In among it all the hustle of Time Square, visitors are likely to find the Naked Cowboy making his living. He’s not really Naked, since that would offend the morals of plenty of visitors, but he does parade around in a white cowboy hat and boots, complemented with tighty-whities emblazoned with ‘Naked Cowboy’ on the rear. He strums his stringless guitar in time to a selection of American classics, and he’ll pose for a photo in return for a small consideration (try $5 for starters).
We read about him in a magazine a few months after we first saw his buff form on a spring day, and he makes upwards of $30,000 a year, with the chilliest months off!
This jolly fellow is a local celebrity for most New Yorkers..
Dan said that he was singing naked in snowy days too..
I took my time,watched him for 15 minutes.I counted maybe 100 people who tipped him 1-2 $ and posed with him with the background decor of Times Square..
He must be a happy guy as he walks naked,sings stupid songs and earns 300-400$ a day -tax free-
I was in my business suit,so I decided to tip him the next time when I am casually dressed..
Let's face it: the park might have been put there for the fresh air, but we all love to go watch the other people who're there, since all of the eccentrics like to escape the chaos, too. Up at the northern end of the Mall, the roller-bladers like to gather and show off their stuff. Some of them are very keen on themselves, with their short shorts and muscled legs, whizzing around backwards, or in one man’s case with a bottle on his head. There’s always a boombox to provide some rhythm, but some of these people are definitely spinning to their own tunes.
On the far side of the 72nd St Tranverse is Bethesda fountain, where you’ll often see Asian couples in full marriage regalia having their photos taken. The photographers seem to take particular pleasure in getting them to clamber halfway into the shrubs, for that ‘surrounded by nature’ look.
Underneath the nearby arcade, called the Angel Tunnel/Bethesda Terrace Arcade, you can see one of the Park’s most distinctive performers in action. Thoth plays the violin and dances in intricate rhythms, singing in a voice that sounds like that of a castrato. It’s a little disconcerting when, between sets, he chats normally to his fans. His hair is made up into a point, and he is covered in bells and tassles, with no shirt. He’s become quite the celebrity: the short documentary film winner at the 2002 Oscars was all about Thoth (we have an annual Oscar party and got wildly excited when he won: no-one else had a clue what we were talking about). Thoth even has his own website now!
I think NYC has more street performers than any other city. I love to stop and watch them, often putting a buck in the hat. This picture shows a gentleman who playing "found" music, that is, music on instruments he has recycled from the rubbish. And damn, he is good. He was on 5th Ave the day I was in NYC....just down a bit from 42nd Street.
It is possible to have a massage in the street (10 mn of relaxation for 10 $).
Forbiden in France : a massage is a medical act and must be done in a specialized institute.
Picture taken 7th Avenue, Memorial Day 2003.
New York has many street artists and scam artists. Give money to the street artists as you see fit. But just say NO to the scam artists. It is really quite easy to tell the difference. Nearly all street artists are preoccupied with their art: drawing, playing music, dancing, mime, magic, etc. Scam artists need to TALK directly with you to trick you into giving up your money. (And then of course there are just plain thieves, but I haven't had the misfortune to deal with these folks.)
again a tip from psychic readings. hehe i didnt go to any actually but just found interesting. specially this one, that on the street is where you can have a reading. wonderful!! hehe
Psychic readings are often found on the streets of nyc. this is give a certain magick and weird look to the city.
this one is located on 20st and 7th avenue.
Some people actually go to the sreet at night to pain the active life on the streets of nyc. this scene was on 6th avenue somewhere between 23 and 28th streets.
This guy was incredible. He was drumming all evening long from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It was very cold so he deserved a few bucks for his performance.