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Street Artist Unlawfully Arrested For Performing Under Times Square #myNYPD

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Published on Apr 15, 2014

I am arrested while performing a puppet show in the 42nd st Subway Mezzanine under Times Square at one in the morning, as far as I'm concerned completely unlawfully, in a city where the Metro Transit Authority's Rules of Conduct clearly stipulate (section 1050.6) that "The following activities are permitted: Artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations." At the time they wouldn't tell me why they were arresting me and later charged me with impeding pedestrian traffic and disorderly conduct, both of which are obviously illegitimate and fallacious charges as you can see in the twelve minute video my friend so happily happened to be filming that night.

I have been performing around New York for five plus years, and care deeply about the city's cultural fabric, and especially cherish street performance as a base-level populist form. I work with a busker solidarity/advocacy organization buskny.com, and we have been noticing a sharp rise in harassment of street performers in the past few months since the city council's recent actions and the appointment of Commissioner Bratton - and I do see this arrest as part of a wider crush against street culture.

More of my actual work can be seen on my website enormouface.com, (especially enormousface.com/puppetshows.html for this stuff in particular) and Sergio's great film of another recent performance can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoUQH... Please contact me with press suggestions, and help keep street culture alive in New York City.

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