3 Reasons Why the NYPD’s Crackdown on Subway Showtime Guys is a Good Thing

There’s nothing like feeling like you’ve been heard. Last year, we posted 5 reasons that “it’s showtime” in the subway needed to end. We envy those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing the horror of a group of moderately talented urchins shout “IT’S SHOWTIME” and proceed to spin their Air Jordans in your face as they “perform”. Who’s impressed by this? German tourists, people from Kansas and no one else.

So imagine our unbridled glee when news broke that new (old) police commissioner Bratton laying the smackdown with a crackdown on this menace. Reports say that this year alone the MTA forwarded 21 rider complaints to the NYPD about them – and an undercover operation busted a group of dancers who were getting a little too aggressive in making space for their performance during rush hour.

So here’s our 3 reasons the NYPD’s effort to shut this “entertainment” down is a good thing.

1. Rush hour is bad enough – no one should have to deal with a band of yelling, screaming and flying “performers”

2. It’s really just glorified panhandling…except RIGHT UP IN YOUR FACE.

3. This will make every real New Yorker happy. For real.

No, seriously, check out this Reddit comment:

There was a fantastic moment with these kids on my commute home the other day.

They tried to start their routine on a very crowded Q train and nobody moved. After 2-3 attempts to get people to clear a space nobody moved and nobody paid any attention to them. Eventually they stood quietly for the rest of the ride.

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2 Responses to 3 Reasons Why the NYPD’s Crackdown on Subway Showtime Guys is a Good Thing

  1. Whodiditandran July 5, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    As I drilled through this, I couldn’t help but be struck by the irony of the statement that appears after it: Be Sociable and Share. No one particularly likes having their commute hijacked by any performers whether they be good or bad. At the same time, it’s a unique New York thing, so if you consider yourself as a true New Yorker, you should embrace it. Why do the tourists from Germany and Kansas enjoy it? Because they’ll never see anything like it back home. And enough with the Kansas/German/wherever they’re from disdain for tourists. Would you care to make up the financial shortfall this city would experience if they didn’t come here? Nimbyism is one thing, but unless you live on the 2 train, please just give it a break.

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