Friday, May 8, 2020
A rooftop musical salute to frontline workers
Text and photos by Stacie Joy
I'm running late and it’s unclear if, due to rain, this event (on April 29) will be postponed. Billed as a citywide symphonic fanfare to honor courageous frontline workers, musicians Frank London (event co-organizer), Tine Kindermann, Tony Geballe and Thomas Linder are already setup on a rooftop on 12th Street near Avenue C.
I arrive a bit breathless, in part due to running in the rain with my heavy equipment, in part to the six flights of stairs, but also my stress that I will miss the strict 7 p.m. start time.
The 7 p.m. Clap Because We Care starts with the traditional banging of pots and pans and then the swell of clapping and cheering takes over, despite the rain, and the musicians — jokingly referring to themselves as the 6 Feet Apart band — start to play.
Neighbors clap from their fire escapes, windows, patios and rooftops, and for about 10 minutes or so music fills the air. Here's Frank London on trumpet..
Everything seems quiet and still, and quite relaxed when they put down their instruments. Everyone poses for a socially distant group shot before I pack up my equipment and head back downstairs.
With thanks to Robert Galinsky for helping secure the roof and spreading the word of the event!