Monday, December 18, 2006

Unsilent Night

On Saturday night, three of my friends and I participated in the 15th Annual Unsilent Night in the City. What is it, you ask?

This year, roughly 1500 people gathered at the arch at Washington Square Park, some of whom had large boomboxes in hand. Composer Phil Kline passed out tapes with various instrumental recordings to the people with boomboxes. At 7:00 pm, the countdown began, and everyone simultaneously pressed "PLAY."

Then we began a slow, steady march from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park (roughly a mile), through the streets of Manhattan, boomboxes working together to create a symphony. It was surreal. Traffic stopped. People watched from their high-rise windows.

The other thing that made this fun was that it coincided with SantaCon, an all-day long parade of Santas throughout the city.

So, alongside all the regular people at Unsilent Night, there were also several hundred people dressed as Santa. Spectacular!

Here's a pic from SantaCon. I'll have a video from Unsilent Night posted soon!


janoose said...

wow, i dont think i have words for how jealous i am of that.

wow. seriously, that is glorious beyond belief.

Lindsay said...

yes. that's definitely rad. i can't wait to see the video!

Kym Rohman said...

um. ya. moving. i think the santa thing is new...

TLC said...

And we shall welcome you back with open arms, Kym!!! Puh-leeeeease move to the Village.

(Lindsay, that goes for you too!)