Construction Worker Serenades Crowds At 2nd Avenue Subway Project

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The sounds of jack-hammers at the Second Avenue subway project are anything but soothing.

The same can’t be said for the velvety voice of iron worker Gary Russo who is trying to bring some relief to the ears of Upper East Siders.

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For the past two weeks he’s carted his karaoke kit from his home in Queens to sing some Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin classics during his 30-minute lunch break.

“We’re just trying to give back a little bit,” Russo said in a YouTube video.

The crooner stands in front of a sign that reads, “Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Ave. Subway. Enjoy the music.”

Apparently passersby have been doing just that. His versions of “Mack the Knife” and “Sweet Caroline” have stopped traffic.

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“He is the best thing that’s happened to this,” one audience member said. “They couldn’t have asked for better public relations.”

“It puts a human face on this job that has upset the whole neighborhood,” one man said.

Russo can’t believe the response he’s received.

“It’s crazy,” Russo told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks. “I’m overwhelmed.”

Have you seen Russo’s act? Let us know below…

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  • Dave Schwind

    Post more songs from Gary, he sounds just like Sinatra! Definately get on America’s Got Talent…you’ll have your own show in Vegas!

  • Diana J Peters

    Love him ~ what a cutie.

  • Patricia Williams

    WOW!!! Gary Russo you are HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Haze McClanahan Nichols

    AWESOME>>>>>you made me smile !!!! your a great singer….Try out for AMERICAS GOT TALENT!!!!

  • GrantGabriel

    I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  • Mary

    I did see Gary the other day and what a welcomed respit amongst the mayham of second ave. Go Gary

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      • ll

        thanks for the heads up

  • Joyce Phillips

    My dear mother would have swooned over Gary Russo. I love to hear the masters sing. Mr. Russo, YOU are a master. I sincerely look forward to hearing your incredible voice more and more. I have spent my quite a few hours of my day just simply listening to you sing. Many people of our nation will beg you to sing more. More!!! More!!! More!!! We will be waiting for your best CD too. Just keep singing. I am here in Decatur, Illinois, all the way in the central section of the US. I heard you coming from New York. I love it. Your incredible voice resonated all the way from New York to Illinois.

  • liz

    you gotta luv this guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!only in NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I luv his spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    looks like a sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bell Toller

    Can he do Rap music?

  • KC

    Great fun and darn cool, BRAVO!!!

  • eddie

    This is grat..Love it..Get him on the Today Show

  • Ellen

    This guy is great. Should be on American Idol.

  • nanc

    i thought he was great and a cutie pie to boot. I love Frank.

  • nathan


  • lana

    he should try out for X-Factor

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