BY LORENZO LIGATO | To many people, street-corner doo-wop singers conjure up an iconic image of New York. But to some West Villagers, they’re simply an annoyance.
Serenading summer tourists with R&B tunes, doo-wop groups have animated the street corners at Bleecker and Leroy Sts. with their a cappella stylings for decades. But after years of oldies sets and soul music performances, some residents and local businesses want the noisy singers gone.
“I can hear these guys right outside my window, and after 15 years, I would like to shoot them all dead,” Rosemary Bella, a fed-up Bleecker St. resident, angrily told the New York Post, earlier this month.
Doo-wop was the hot topic at the Sixth Precinct Community Council meeting on Wed., May 30, when community members expressed their anger at the singing groups and requested that the city put an end to their alfresco gigs. The performances, residents and merchants said, are too loud and last for hours — from early afternoon until late night, peaking on Fridays and Saturdays.