This NYer could be both the hero Gotham deserves, AND the one it needs. This subway busker leave’s his case open and invites the needy to take as much money as they need.
As you well know SecretNYCers, it’s not often we get to share a positive news story, but when this came across our desk the whole room caught “The Feels,” that is the reason you’re reading this right now.
This musician, who plays mainly country, rockabilly and bluegrass, is special because as opposed to collecting money from NYC’s straphangers, he leaves his case open and invites those in need to take as much money as they need to get by. His sign reads:
If you’re homeless or need help, take as much money as you need from the case. (I just like to play) #hopefulcases
#hopefulcases @hopefulcasesmusic New York is a jungle and I’ve had my share of indifference. This boy on the subway was one of the little few New Yorkers I’ve seen get out of their comfort zone and try help people in need. So Its worth it following him on Instagram and trying help him share his music. You can find him on the account and hashtag mentioned above.
In his own words:
The idea of this project was to change the way we think about giving in a city that can be isolating and hard at times. […] but the goal of this project (besides getting as many musicians involved) is to spread the idea that if you see someone in need, give. To talk with them. To treat them like the humans that they are. That homeless/struggling person who we assume will “just spend it on drugs/booze” is somebody’s brother, sister, mother, daughter etc. I’d rather be wrong 9/10 times and help that 1 person who needs it. (reddit)
He takes no money from the donations, appart from the odd “cool foregn coin,” and any extra money goes towards buying single ride metro cards that he hands out.
Are you a musician that wants to get involved? You can reach out to #hopefulcases at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured image source [reddit]