There was a time when we ran some street tours in New York City. It was called “See New York on $20”. These were off the beaten track tours where we had the Rock ‘N Roll Tour, the Movie Tour, and so on. These were essentially walking tours (although we also took the subway using tampered subway cards. Yes, I know it was a risk because if we got caught we were staring at some jail time. Nevertheless we ran it for a few weeks, me and a friend of mine from Tibet named, Sirene, until we nearly got caught. Yep, we decided to do something more legal after that without using tampered subway cards.
We posted our tours on Craig’s List. For example, for the Rock ‘N Roll Tour we took tourists to the Brill Building in Times Square where composers like Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and others wrote pop classics. We took them to CBGB’s that was at that time still open. There was the Chelsea Hotel where Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious murdered his girlfriend Nanc Spungen.
One of the more favorite places we’d go to was the Queensboro Bridge and while sititng on the benches we’d play Simon and Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge song (Feeling Groovy)” that has to be one of the happiest, hummable, sing-alongable, and did I say happiest songs ever? That sure was fun.
And now I’m playing “The 59th Street Bridge Song” and reminiscing. Them golden days. And yes, I am feeling groovy.
What a memory! What a time! What a song!