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Tarrytown Law Would Permit Sidewalk Musicians

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The sidewalks of Tarrytown could be alive with the sound of music if a proposed law is approved by the village board.

Trustees have scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 4 to consider whether sidewalk musicians should be allowed to perform on Main Street. The hearing will take place at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.

Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said the law is being considered because a man was performing on Main Street one day in violation of the village code.

“He was stopped and a request was made for the village to consider allowing for such an activity on the sidewalk,” Blau said.

The proposed law would restrict the number of musicians allowed, the location where they would be able to perform and the hours music would be permitted. The rules make sure “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,” the proposed law says.

Officials note that the Tarrytown Merchants Association has expressed a desire to allow sidewalk entertainment, and the proposed law is designed to promote sidewalk musicians as amenities to restaurants and businesses in the Main Street area.

Under the proposed law, a permit would allow four musicians to perform separately without amplification on a yearly basis. Music would be allowed only on Main Street between Route 9 and Baylis Court between 5 and 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between April 1 and Oct. 31.

Musicians would not be allowed to solicit money or play within 100 feet of each other. They also would need to have consent from the property owner and business proprietor.

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