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Cityscape: Buskers

Cityscape: Buskers are a Way of New York City Life.
Street performers are a way of New York City life.

If you live or work in New York City, you’ve definitely passed them on the street. Maybe you’ve even hung around to listen to them, or pitched a dollar into one of their instrument cases. Whether underground, in the park, or on the sidewalk, buskers are a way of New York City life. On this week's Cityscape, we're delving into the world of buskers in New York City, from a 12-year-old cellist to a woman who plays the saw.

*UPDATE: This show contains an interview with Heather Jacks, author of The Noise Beneath the Apple. In this interview, Heather Jacks refers to the program Music Under New York as a "permit" program for buskers. For clarification about New York City's laws on busking and public performance in subways, please visit the NYPD's website and the MTA'S MUNY website.

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