Breakdancing, also known as b-boying or breaking, started in New York City in the 1970. Over the last 40 years, it has become a worldwide phenomenon and you are just as likely to see people breakdancing in Tokyo, London, Seoul or Moscow as you are on the streets of NYC.
You can never be 100% sure where any when you can find a crew performing, but here are some places that tourists visiting New York City may be able to check out some breakers putting on a show. Remember that they often come around to collect money so if you like the show and have an extra dollar or two, be sure to throw something in the hat!
- Time Square, Herald Square and Union Square subway stations
- City Hall, east side by the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge Station
- Battery Park near the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry lines
- Washington Square Park, sometimes around the fountain
- Central Park, by the Promenade or the Bethesda Fountain
Here are some videos to give you a taste of what you might see.
People breakdance on the streets
Awesome breakdancing in New York City
Awesome NY Breakdance
Street Acrobats – New York City (Afrobats) Part 1
They do it in New York subway stations
NYC New York Subway Metro Breakdance Dancing / NY Dance / HD
New York, Breakdance
New York Subway Break Dance
And on subway trains
NYC subway break dance