"People Watching in the Park" Street Performers Tip by sarahandgareth
Street Performers, New York City: 14 reviews and 14 photos
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!
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