When to petition the village to allow sidewalk musicians, this might not be the result he had in mind.
There's a public hearing set for Tuesday, September 4, 8 p.m. in the Village Hall for proposed amendments to village code, in which the “Sidewalk Cafes and Vending” section would grow a new “Sidewalk Musician” category.
Here's some of the items proposed:
- Musicians must get a permit to play, good for one calendar year, fee TBD.
- Live music can happen on Main Street between Baylis Court and Broadway.
- And only Fridays, weekends, and holidays, from April 1 through October 31 between 5 and 9 p.m.
- Four permits issued per year in the Village. (One person per permit.)
- Two or more people cannot play together. In fact, they can't play have less than 100 yards between them. And no more than two musicians per block (same side of street).
- Musicians can sing along with their instrument, with no amplification.
- No drums.
- Consent of property owner and/or business proprietor must be obtained.
- Musician can't place any kind of tip jar or request fees in any way.
The proposal explains that:
The Village of Tarrytown has received requests to allow for entertainment on the sidewalks in the downtown commercial district to compliment the restaurants and other commercial enterprises in the downtown commercial district. Prior to the request, an unregulated sidewalk entertainer provided music on Main Street, which was in violation of the Village of Tarrytown Code... It is the intent of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tarrytown to allow for limited sidewalk entertainment pursuant to rules and regulations established in this amendment... so that the public can enjoy the music and the music does not negatively impact the residents on Main Street who reside above the commercial establishments on the first floor.
Do you find the “limited” sidewalk entertainment rules too limiting? Not enough? Please take the poll.