Shout Out Your Neighborhood Celebrity

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Street performers Tic and Tac, aka Kareem and Tyheem Barnes say their numerous summonses have been dismissed is asking its readers to nominate a list of neighborhood celebrities so the site can tell their untold stories. Carla Zanoni, Director of Social Media and Audience Engagement for, describes the project. And we ask listeners: Who's your neighborhood celebrity?


Carla Zanoni

Comments [17]

Janice from East Village

I remember a character from the 60's. "Roll-a-reenie" was a man on roller skates, dressed in a princess costume - complete with tiara and magic wand. He skated around the village blessing people with his wand.

Jul. 23 2014 02:57 PM

Does Radio Man count? He seems to be a staple of outdoor shoots in every neighborhood in the city. Last night I saw him in the background of the new movie Begin Again.

Jul. 23 2014 02:05 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

hilts - yup.

Jul. 23 2014 11:38 AM
katie from brooklyn

Thanks to Andy from the LES for posting that Gothamist piece w/ Anthony. He makes my day whenever he drives by.

Jul. 23 2014 11:37 AM
Linda from Manasquan NJ

So this is my vacation home "town" personality. In Rincon, Puerto Rico we have a guy that us gringo's call "Puerto Rican Elvis", He has dyed "black" black hair and big sideburns and wears his red sneakers and a whistle around his neck. He "directs" traffic out of the always congested "Econo" supermarket parking lot and knows everything that goes on in that wonderful little one horse town. No traffic lights in Rincon, just PR Elvis.

Jul. 23 2014 11:33 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

There's a junky/crackhead guy who "dances" around train North Brooklyn train stations. He doesn't interact with anyone but surely brings endless joy to those who see him do his thing. I once brought him his discarded wallet while he busily popped and jumped outside a laundromat.

Jul. 23 2014 11:32 AM

This was a breathtakingly idiotic segment and completely unworthy of the mission of public radio.

Shame on you Brian for trivializing WNYC.

Jul. 23 2014 11:31 AM
Donald from Inwood

Does your guest remember "Circles" from Inwood in the late seventies? He hung around Dykman and Broadway just walking in circles for hours.

Jul. 23 2014 11:29 AM
sullivan street resident from manhattan

Most people think of Soho as more of a shopping mall than a "neighborhood" but our block of Sullivan Street just south of Houston has a great cast of characters we all see everyday on the street outside the Local Cafe, but the anchor of the block is Father Joe and his dog Blue who are almost always sitting outside the rectory. Everyone knows them and they are always so sweet to everyone who passes by.

Jul. 23 2014 11:29 AM

There's a man at every parade in the city on a bike with a colorful beard and lovey dress.

Jul. 23 2014 11:29 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Alan from Chelsea's (and probably NYC's) last great video rental, Alan's Alley. And he's NOT closed--just moved within the neighborhood. We rejoice:

Jul. 23 2014 11:29 AM
Polly from Morningside Heights

In Morningside Heights, it's the Allelujah guy. He walks around the neighborhood in the evening yelling, "Allelujah! Alleluja! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, allelujah!" and handing out pamphlets.

Once I was visiting a friend in California and a friend of hers came over for dinner. When I told my friend's friend where I lived, she said, "Allelujah!" She'd lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years.

Oh, look! A caller just mentioned the Allelujah guy!

Jul. 23 2014 11:28 AM
Andy from Lower East Side

This is a profile on Anthony, the guy who drives around Williamsburg in a Red Subaru singing oldies. He is by far one of the most wonderful personalities I've ever met in the 12 years I've been in NYC. Native Williamsburger, pre-artists/"hipsters", and used to run karoake on Tuesday nights at The Woods on S.4th:

Jul. 23 2014 11:26 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Sounds like DNA Info wants to riff off Brandon's exceptional human interest photography on his blog/FB page, Humans of New York (HONY):

Jul. 23 2014 11:26 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Why direct more attention to these irritating public nuisances? Esp the a-hole who drives around shouting/"singing" oldies over his radio. Ridiculous.

Jul. 23 2014 11:25 AM

wow, how old is the pic for this page? Great to see what the fountain and background restrooms looked like 3 years ago. ha. lazy interns? come one BLS, raise the bar.

Jul. 23 2014 11:23 AM
Jack from South Bronx

The Bronx Obama!


Jul. 23 2014 11:20 AM

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