Joseph Bolanos is the president of the 76th Street Park Block Association, has been an Upper West Sider for over 45 years, and has been a community advocate for over 20 years. He was also the president of the 20th Precinct Community Council from 2000-2003.
This March, he began doing good for his neighborhood in a new way – by dancing in the street to show his support and solidarity to frontline and essential workers!
You can catch these amazing performances on 76th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
“I’ve danced a few evenings since March 17th which was the first one. I’ve danced to Sinatra’s “New York, New York”, Ella Fitzgerald’s “Manhattan”, Bobby Darin & Michael Bublé’s “Mack the Knife,” Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.”
People gather to see him dance as they applaud and video the wonderful tribute.
Bolanos and neighbors have participated in the 7pm clap for the last two months on a nightly basis. About his neighbors, Bolanos says “we’re in this together. And it’s not about me. It’s about my neighbors. Without them, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Here’s a clip of one of his popular performances (best to view in full screen mode!).