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A Ride Back In Time

Wow! Now that’s cool. Awesome. As I was going my way today, I thought I was seeing things as I was standing on the F and V subway train lines today. Some V train that looked like it was from Back To The Future pulled into the station. But it wasn’t from Back To the Future. It was some vintage train from the 1930’s that the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority is running every Sunday this month on the V line. Is this train here for the holidays? It almost seemed surreal boarding the subway train as I had to ask the subway conductor if this train was going my way, and sure enough it was. And the conductors were handing out New York Transit Museum Calendars, and people were walking all over and through the train cars taking photographs everywhere. It was a tourist attraction ride back in time and a subway history lesson indeed to find about the history of the six train cars; that every train car was from a different year or decade. And the train conductor and signs posted throughout all other cars said something about “The r1 series car in 1930” that ran up until the 1970’s and that the MTA in now on the r142 series or something like that. Everyone on the trained almost seemed out of place with the vintage backdrop and the party like atmosphere on the travelling museum. I almost wanted to stay on the train and ride it back and forth all day, but instead I kept going my way. What a great ride back in time.
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Going My Way?


As it happened yesterday and may happen again tomorrow, so much that I find myself cutting and pasting the same blog entry over and over with no end in sight. Does this mean my friends should find another subway station to play their music in or quit playing their music altogether. Should they quit their day job? And so I guess the Metropolitan Transit Authority trauma drama with my friends really cool drum and horn band who play as part of the MTA Arts For Transit/Music Under New York Program usually starts out something like this: “Dear MUNY Musicians and Performers, the next Call-in will be another double, scheduling for 4 weeks. You did really well last time juggling and projecting your availability. Good luck and talk to you on September 26 or 27 @ Call-In etc.. And also Happy Birthday to Angel Marin of AGUA CLAA, and Natalia Paruz the Saw Lady on the 25th. All the best wishes, and life long happiness to you both!” And so the story goes; can somehow the Metropolitan Terrorize its subway riders going their way Association change it procedures for the harassment of its subway musicians and riders. Is it possible the New York City MTA can somehow free everyone and make its fares free to ride the subway so that all of those underground polizei will not be necessary. This band has been keeping this blog busy with its subway gigs and the many times it has been shut down at the 42nd street Times Square subway station every time they show up to play by the same polizei over and over with no end in sight. This time they were issued a summons for disorderly conduct, to appear in court five minutes after they started playing. And these tickets seem to be discerning, as they are issued to the same person in the band over and over. And by the way, is it possible to have a close all courts day, month and year? Oh, that’s a whole another blog posting. And those prerecorded “If you see something, say something and all bags are subject to random bag searches” messages are a whole another blog posting also. I can cut and paste the the many times I have blah blogged about this topic before and you can read some of the posts here. How do other subway systems in other cities and countries operate. Do these confrontations with polizei and subway musicians happen all the time everywhere. Do all cities follow the same models and procedures for fares and entertainment and are there any trauma drama support groups for these types of situations. Is another world possible? Since when is art a crime and what does this have to do with a No Police State?

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Music Under New York

And so I guess the Metropolitan Transit Authority trauma drama with my friends really cool drum and horn band who play as part of the MTA Arts For Transit/Music Under New York Program usually starts out something like this: “Dear MUNY Musicians and Performers, the next Call-in will be another double, scheduling for 4 weeks. You did really well last time juggling and projecting your availability. Good luck and talk to you on September 26 or 27 @ Call-In etc.. And also Happy Birthday to Angel Marin of AGUA CLAA, and Natalia Paruz the Saw Lady on the 25th. All the best wishes, and life long happiness to you both!” And so the story goes; can somehow the Metropolitan Terrorize its subway riders Association change it procedures for the harassment of its subway musicians and riders. And it has happened again. Is it possible the New York City MTA can somehow make its fares free to ride the subway so that all of those underground polizei will not be necessary. This band has been keeping my blog busy with its subway gigs and the many times it has been shut down at the 42nd street Times Square subway station by the same polizei over and over with no end in sight. This time they were issued a summons for disorderly conduct, to appear in court five minutes after they started playing. And by the way, is it possible to have a close all courts day, month and year? Oh, that’s a whole another blog posting. And those prerecorded “If you see something, say something and all bags are subject to random bag searches” messages are a whole another blog posting also. I can cut and paste the the many times I have blah blogged about this topic before and you can read some of the posts here. How are other other subway systems in other cities and countries. Do all cities follow the same models and procedures for fares and entertainment. Is another world possible? Since when is art a crime and what does this have to do with a No Police State?
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Subway Musicians

And so I find myself blah blogging about this same topic again. Are my blog topics repeating themselves? The harassment of New York City subway musicians, with or without a permit. And so I heard the same story happened again yesterday and may happen again and again with no end in sight. Again, is the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority becoming the New York City Metropolitan Terrorizer Association? My friends are members of the Music Under New York program. Their music rocks and will get you grooving. Their band plays their music, horns, drums, bucket drummers and shakers at the Times Square 42nd Street subway station weekly and just about every other time they show up to play, they are harassed, threatened, shut down and yesterday, physically ejected from the subway station by New York City transit cops, police policies and polizei. It’s almost as if they are on the New York City subway most wanted list for that subway station, for yesterdays reason of the day was “Terror alert” and it seems as if civil liberties are disappearing at the speed of light in the name of security, terrorism and now the latest trend, “Plots”. Again, what can one do in this situation except complain. I believe subway musicians are harassed daily more or less in the New York City subway system for noise volume, traffic congestion and various other reasons. Is there a support group for the trauma drama of subway musicians, a subway musicians union? As MUNY itself provides no support for this purpose. And so I did yet another goggle search. There is a really great resource website, City Lore that offers information about the rights of subway musicians (if you really have any), your rights and responsibilities, court decisions in your favor,(which by the way, should courts be boycotted?), that’s a whole another blog post, the transit police, transit police fact check, subway station managers, legal assistance, performing on the streets and in the parks, our views, what do you think?, confrontation sheets and other sources. Since when is art a crime and what does this have to do with a No Police State? Have a great day.

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