Best way to honor street musicians - 2007
Buskers Hall of Fame
The fine art of busking (a/k/a street performing) is practiced throughout the boroughs, but you can find the Buskers Hall of Fame in Manhattan at Pier 17. The hall was initiated by the South Street Seaport organization in 2005; the first inductees included juggler Josh Weiner (who'd been performing in the area since the early '90s and served as an advocate for local street performers) and noted mime Nancy Lyon. A plaque on lower Fulton Street (near South Street) in the form of a sandwich-board sign marked the occasion, which was followed by two more inductees in 2006: singer/songwriter Bethany Wild and magician/musician Magic Brian. Though nothing has been planned for '07, there will be more inductees announced in April 2008, in conjunction with next year's annual street-performer auditions—which should give all you cyclists, contortionists, and prestidigitators plenty of time to prep.