Break Dancing Aboveground

I submitted the following essay as part of my application for Boston's New Urban Mechanics Summer Internship. I mentioned this idea to a friend and she thought this could be a neat intervention for thesis. A couple of months ago I saw three young and sweaty guys ask NYC subway riders for donations. They had just concluded a performance that included break dancing, spinning, and going up and down the subway car poles and bars. They were impressive! The guys left and one upset rider spoke up: “Are you all ok with this? Look at what they did.” The screen on his phone was shattered. Curious to learn more I went and talked to him. “It was about a month ago. I asked them for $40 to fix it. They ju



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