"Last year, arrests for performers onboard subway cars in New York more than doubled. Tip-seeking #breakdancers were held up as a signpost of disorder underground. But in recent months, police officers in the subways have quietly begun delivering a different message on small palm cards handed to the scofflaw showmen they encounter. "Make money," the cards read. "Avoid arrest. Dance!" As part of a pilot program aimed at curbing illicit performances on the rails, the city is urging dancers to take their act above ground, setting aside outdoor space for performances that can allow dancers to earn tips legally. @benjaminnorman photographed Alfonso Stewart, 30, performing last week in #BatteryPark at a street-dancing showcase organized by It's Showtime NYC." By nytimes on Instagram.
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