By: Maryann Lopinto
On Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 was proclaimed Tin Pan Alley Day with a free outdoor four hour concert, on the Flatiron North Public Plaza, which is right in front of the famous Flat Iron Building on 23rd between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. It was presented by the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project and Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.. It featured more than two dozen leading performers such as Klea Blackhurst, Anita Gillette, Eric Yves Garcia, Vince Giordano, Danny Bacher, Steve Ross and special guest Marilyn Maye all who perform the Great American Songbook.
The event celebrated the official New York City landmark designation of Tin Pan Alley buildings at 47-55 West 28th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue. This was the birthplace of the Great American Popular Music in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
I was not aware of this area being so historic. I live on 28th and 8th, just two blocks away from this. Wow. I love my neighborhood more than ever.
Photography: Maryann Lopinto