NYC’s subways get a lot of shit from the locals -- mostly because they are ALWAYS delayed or there’s some dude sitting next to you who is definitely not wearing pants. But let’s not forget the actually great parts of NYC’s subways, notably that they run 24 hours, are a flat fee, and are filled with hard-working, talented musicians who are out almost every single day looking to share their craft and make you smile. We chatted with five of NYC’s best buskers to find out what they do, and where and when you can catch them doing it.
Grand Central Station, mezzanine of 4,5,6 train
Yasuyuki Takagi, a native of Osaka, Japan, has been living in NYC for more than 20 years. In 2002 he formed YAZ BAND, a four-piece group that plays R&B covers, as well as originals. YAZ BAND is an official member of MUNY, the MTA-sponsored Music Under New York series, and their new CD, Horizon, is set to be released soon. Their hours vary, but for the next few weeks you can catch YAZ BAND at GCS almost every day. Check their schedule here.