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what to do in nyc: seek out a classic "only in the city" moment

many times street performers are more of a bother than anything else. 

but then, every once-in-a-while, you come across someone or something that takes your breath away and you think... i wouldn't want to be anywhere else right now, because this is perfect.

yesterday, waiting for the e train  at 53rd and lexington, i heard opera that gave me chills in the best possible way. and i don't even like opera.

and it was one of those, only in new york moments which can be found just often enough if you keep your eyes open. 

ps: when he finished, the entire station erupted in applause. yup, me too. it was that good.


sheila said...

that is awesome!

Sara said...

It's a little different than an acoustic guitar or the harmonica, isn't it? Gotta love a good bass!

Hanako66 said...

wow, I'm a little jealous, I must admit! ...to live in NY!

Alexandra said...

Oh my goodness yes...this is precisely why I love nyc and believe everyone should live there sometime in their lifetimes. it's moments like these that make you go "wow, what an unusually enchanted place this is"

mic said...

i am only slightly ashamed to admit that i got one of those "perfect NYC" moments the other day when i passed the Cupcake truck on my lunch break.

Ali said...

Love it. Just LOVE it.

Ash said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean... in Boston, I was with my brother, waiting to catch the T and it was late afternoon. There was this guy who was blind, singing in a gruff voice in French, strumming a guitar. It was so wonderful... the perfect music for the perfect moment.

I've also really enjoyed street performers drumming on trashcans in D.C... I don't get too much of that sort of stuff here in Utah, but when I go elsewhere, I love it!

Brittan said...

I love your blog! I'm moving to New York from Texas in a month to go to grad school at NYU and I'm absolutely terrified. I'm a single mom with a 7 year old son and, while we've made through a lot, we've never made it through a move across the country to the biggest, most expensive city EVER! Anyway, I am reading your "what to do in nyc" posts like the Bible.

Thank you!

Emma said...

I love little moments like this in London too, they're the best!
I'm really enjoying reading about New York on your blog, makes me want to book a trip and fast!