Have you heard about the “2nd Avenue Sinatra”?
How about the “Crooning Construction Worker”?
He’s certainly getting his “15 Minutes Of Fame” – and likely, even more than that!
His name is Gary Russo. He’s a worker on MTA’s 2nd Avenue subway construction – a project that has been and will be annoying the neighborhood shop keepers and residents due to the noise, dust, and other inconveniences during the multi-year project.
Except at lunch time.
That’s when Gary sets up his karaoke machine and sings for an ever-growing crowd of passers-by, tourists and media.
I had to check it out!
Indeed, when I got there (2nd Avenue and 73rd Street) around noon, Mr. Russo was singing and a small crown had gathered.
A 2-person crew was taping his perormance.
And I enjoyed several Sinatra tunes.
The crowd loved it!
And, then he started singing Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue”.
I haven’t liked Neil Diamond much – ever since the very well-intentioned mom of a friend of mine bought me a Neil Diamond record for my 12th birthday, instead of the Neil Young record that I had put on my wish list.
It was a sad state of affairs.
I loved seeing (and hearing) Gary Russo singing during his lunch break on 2nd Avenue. He says that he’s trying to give bad a little – trying to make up a little for the noise and disruption that the subway construction is contributing to the neighborhood.
I hope that his “15 Minutes Of Fame” take him where ever he wishes to go. He put a big smile on all of our faces. I love the way he’s following his heart. Did his construction working buddies give him a hard time at first?
Now, he’s become a beloved lunchtime New York City destination.
I’ve had “Song Sung Blue” stuck firmly in my head for days now.