Fake Wedding Held at Uptown Subway Stations to Protest Loss of Token Booths
February 2, 2012 5:33pm | By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Social Media Editor
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A bride and groom exchanged vows this week amid gawking straphangers at the 168th Street subway station — but true love wasn't the reason for the subterranean nuptials.
Despite the presence of a priest and flower girls, the marriage was actually a piece of performance-protest aimed at drawing attention to the lack of manned token booths at subway stations.
The faux ceremony — also held at 181st Street station — were staged by the UP Theater Company at the Washington Heights stations as a demonstration against the removal of the staffed token booths by the MTA late last year.
A video of the short performance, "Blessed Event," shot by Uptown Current blogger Alex Castex-Porter, shows surprised straphangers as they enter and exit the station, stumbling upon the site of a wedding party on the outline of the former booth.
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