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Old 07-09-2012, 05:19 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Not the ones at the Union Square station. At least you can avoid them. But if that team of dancers shows up in your subway car, then you're f---d. They're noisy and dangerous. I think someone commented on this forum that one of those dancers hit a woman on the nose when he did a backflip. Unfortunately, precisely because of that danger, I have to stop reading or whatever, and keep a careful lookout for their wayward limbs.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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Brace for the comments implying you're either a racist or a transplant trying to impose your small-town values on 'real' New Yorkers.


'you rather see them stealing or committing crimes than make money in a honest way?'

I see that one coming.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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Cannot stand them either. I think they have gotten worse, more annoying, because they never bothered me in the past. The express train from 125th downtown is plagued with them.

I hear "showtime showtime folks" and I immediately feel resentful and put upon.

Some of them are children, 10 or 12.

Gotta love the attitude that all should buy their candy or tolerate their annoying antics because it is "better than robbing and stealing."

One day, we were on the express train downtown, kids came on with boxes of candy and said, "instead of robbing and stealing ..." and so on. My significant other responded, when they came over, "No, thanks. Instead of robbing and stealing I am reading a book."
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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How come the police don't bothered them or arrest them like that couple that were arrested for dancing on the Platform?


Arrested for dancing on the subway, WTF?
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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Cannot stand them either. I think they have gotten worse, more annoying, because they never bothered me in the past. The express train from 125th downtown is plagued with them.

I hear "showtime showtime folks" and I immediately feel resentful and put upon.

Some of them are children, 10 or 12.

Gotta love the attitude that all should buy their candy or tolerate their annoying antics because it is "better than robbing and stealing."

One day, we were on the express train downtown, kids came on with boxes of candy and said, "instead of robbing and stealing ..." and so on. My significant other responded, when they came over, "No, thanks. Instead of robbing and stealing I am reading a book."
Lol! They do the same dance moves when I see them. As far as the candy hustlers, it is either basketball team, stay out of trouble, or to put some money in my pocket. You pay 104 monthly for a slew of drama, music, exotic odors, and oh so friendly people.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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I actually saw one that did Michael Jackson on the D train from 59th to 125th streets a few weeks ago. He was decked out in his full Jackson gear and did Billie Jean pretty well.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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What tourists find amusing about busking in general will always remain a mystery to me. Nowadays I notice them more within stations, not necessarily on trains (can't remember the last time I had an impromptu performance on a train, usually with a guy placing a seat right in front of the doors so they can blast the stereo). There's one spot at Grand Central right at the end of the passageway from the shuttle before the staircase to the downtown Lex that they always block during rush hour and it's always a pain. For how much of an NYPD presence exists nowadays, you'd think they'd disperse those crowds.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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Lol! They do the same dance moves when I see them. As far as the candy hustlers, it is either basketball team, stay out of trouble, or to put some money in my pocket. You pay 104 monthly for a slew of drama, music, exotic odors, and oh so friendly people.
OH I despise that line!

"Ladies and gentlemen, I will not lie to you. I am not selling candy for a basketball team, but I am here trying to stay out of trouble . . ." I'm just sitting there like -___-

We're ALL trying to stay out of trouble. How about you go back to school or maybe get a :gasp: minimum wage job if all else fails. No excuses.

On topic, I always shoot for the corner seats mainly because the dancers and people asking for money normally stop in the middle of the car to perform. Lol.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Break dancers are one thing. The "performers" who step into the car with some sort of amplifier and then turn it up full blast...they should be pushed off the train. While it's moving.

Then they want you to give them "donations." I'm pretty sure I'm missing something; why would I want to give money to someone who's been disturbing me?
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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Perhaps that "soliciting money in the subway is illegal" announcement needs to be a little more frequent.

When I see them, I am always loathe to say something, but then I wonder, "If one of these kids falls on his head/hits his head on a pole while he is flipping and the train is moving and gets paralyzed, will he turn around and sue the MTA because the conductor should have told him not to do it?"
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