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Check out photos of Unsilent Night in the Village (slide show)

Families showed up at Washington Square Park to make music with boom boxes, accompanied by a perfectly timed snowfall.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Unsilent Night 2013

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Unsilent Night 2013


This trippy musical performance piece dreamed up by composer Phil Kline in 1992 is downtown’s decidedly arty, secular answer to Christmas caroling. Boom-box-toting families gathered under the Washington Square Arch, where they were given a cassette or CD of one of four different atmospheric tracks, on Saturday, December 14. Others downloaded the Unsilent Night app and synced up via smartphone. Everyone then pressed play at the same time and marched through the streets of New York together, blending their music and filling the air with a beautiful, echoing 45-minute piece. The falling snow lent the event an especially festive bent. Check out our photos of Unsilent Night and you may just want to join in the fun next year.

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