A sign on a New York City construction site reads: “Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Avenue subway. Enjoy the music. Hard hats and microphones.” And for New Yorkers passing back and forth along Manhattan’s 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side, that’s exactly what is going on, thanks to MTA worker, Gary Russo.
The charming construction foreman offers more than his ability to build a subway to those who may not appreciate all the noise and commotion associated with city construction projects. He offers respite from all the clang and clamor and a mini-concert instead.
His rendition of the Sinatra classic, The Summer Wind, which was recorded on YouTube and indicated below, was a video sensation and anyone watching cannot help but smile at his deft presentation. Russo can sing and perform and probably even Ol’ Blue Eyes himself would have gotten a kick out of his respectful imitation.
Russo performs on his lunch hour and says he wants to give something back to atone for all the inconvenience caused by the building of the subway. His colleagues were surprised that he had the guts to go through with it, but you can’t keep down a voice that needs to sing. After practicing for many, many hours with a microphone at his home in Queens, New York, he decided to sing not for his supper but for public pleasure and approval.
For everyone who passes the 2nd Avenue building site, the little surprise that awaits them brings a much-needed smile and quiet sense of appreciation.
Kudos to you, Gary Russo and…keep singing.