Trip Tips: New York City for music lovers

Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:51pm EDT
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By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city.

New York is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums.

The city that never sleeps moves to the beat of many different drummers, from the timpani player at the New York Philharmonic to the street performer skillfully pounding the bottom of an overturned plastic bucket.

Many of New York City's 8.4 million residents were born in another country, which means the typical subway rider has likely commuted to the sounds of an Andean harp, a West African kora, a Chinese erhu or a Caribbean steel drum being played at rush hour as part of the Music Under New York program (

Even the subway trains make music to some ears. Fans of the late American composer Leonard Bernstein swear certain subway trains sound the first few notes of his "West Side Story" hit "Somewhere" when they pull out of the station.

Here are tips for music lovers to get the most out of a trip to New York City from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


A man plays an erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, in the subway following the 14th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New York, in this February 17, 2013 file photo.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files