My Perfect Weekend: José Perez

New York street interviews: We ask New Yorkers what they like to do on their days off.

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José Perez, 52
Upper West Side

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“I’m a minstrel. I perform in the West Village at night—Christopher Street or Perry Street off Seventh Avenue. I usually serenade strangers, couples. I like to sing to couples that are holding hands, people that I see are in love. I do it to make them happy, or to make a child stop crying. Depends.”


“I donate my time at Kateri nursing home (150 Riverside Dr at 87th St; 646-505-3500, They wheel people into the dining room and I play for 20 minutes. They can request songs, but I usually play my favorite Latin songs like ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Guantanamera.’”

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“I perform in Central Park(59th St to 110th St between Fifth and Eighth Aves; 212-310-6600, Sometimes I go to the fountain, other times I’m at the Imagine circle. I like seeing different people, different cultures.”

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