Initiative urges subway performers to take act above ground

Michael Bloomberg
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013, file photo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg peers through a window of a No. 7 subway train in New York, as he arrives for a news conference on the platform to discuss the extension of the line. Opening nearly two years after it was initially promised, Manhattan’s newest subway station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, opens for business on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A pilot program in New York City is urging break dancers to move their act from the subway train to above ground.

The New York Times says the new initiative sets aside outdoor space for the performances that allows the dancers to earn tips legally.

The NYPD says arrests of performers aboard subway trains more than doubled last year.

Under the program, officers hand out brightly colored cards with information about the dance initiative.

About 200 cards have been handed out to dance groups since the initiative began in May.

As a result, police say arrests have declined. There were 185 through late August compared to 264 during the same period last year.

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