59th street & Lexington Subway Station

Subway Conductors’ Window Habits

March 11, 2008
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Subway Conductors’ Window Habits

As I was setting up to play at the Music Under New York site at the 59th street & Lexington subway station a lady wearing an MTA coat walked by, leading a bicycle. She called out to me “Natalia, you’re all right”. That means she bothered to read the MUNY permit banner which I...
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Don’t Break Any Guitar Strings

February 18, 2008
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Don’t Break Any Guitar Strings

At 11:30am, as I was setting up my gear at the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street subway station, a lady sitting on the bench near by said to me “How are you?” She recognized me and was happy to see me. What a nice start of the day. A guy...
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Lady in Wheelchair and Guy Didn’t Pay Fare

December 23, 2007
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Lady in Wheelchair and Guy Didn’t Pay Fare

Going up the stairs to catch the train to Manhattan a blond girl carrying a guitar asked me if I want help lifting my cart up the stairs. It turned out it was Mimi, a Blue Grass & gospel musician who has been playing in the subway on and off for a few years....
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A Black Sweater

December 21, 2007
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A Black Sweater

Mason’s group, “N” tune, was performing at the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street subway station when I arrived. They are not members of MUNY – they freelance. Mason wasn’t with them today, but they had a returning singer wearing a long coat – he used to sing with them a...
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Names are Superfluous

December 14, 2007
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Names are Superfluous

As I came up the stairs, lugging my busking equipment to the #6 train platform at the 59th street subway station, a lady told me she was having a bad day. It was her first time ever taking the subway in New York City (she is from PA) and a lady had just fainted...
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Singers Everywhere

December 6, 2007
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Singers Everywhere

As I was playing at the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street subway station I could hear the sound of singing faintly drifting in the subway station. I wasn’t sure where the sound was coming from. Chill, Bow and two friends were “doing the trains” – walking from train car to...
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Day Before Thanksgiving

November 23, 2007
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Day Before Thanksgiving

On my way to the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street & Lexington subway station I ran into Frankie, playing guitar, singing and whistling on the N/R/W platform. He told me that he was at the 96th street station this morning, then went to Times Square to use the bathroom (the...
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The Smell of Winter in NYC

November 10, 2007
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The Smell of Winter in NYC

When I got to the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street and Lexington subway station, there were 3 guys singing there, accompanied by a 4th guy on keyboard. They are “N” Tune – an R&B group which sings songs from the 50’s through the 80’s. Really nice, older guys, who sing...
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East Side Buskers

October 18, 2007
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East Side Buskers

When I arrived at the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street subway station at 11:40am I found Tai Qi singing ‘Ave Maria’ there. He is an opera singer from China – really nice guy, tall with a bass voice. He had only been playing for 40 minutes when I arrived, but...
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Blogging and Busking are Similar

September 30, 2007
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Blogging and Busking are Similar

I arrived at the Music Under New York spot at the 59th street & Lexington subway station at 11:35AM. A nice oriental gentleman helped me carry my cart up the two flights of stairs. Matt, an NYU journalism student, watched the scene and asked me a bunch of interesting questions about my blog and...
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