Whose Broads Stripes

One of the most imposing buildings on Wall Street, Federal Hall was the original home of the United States Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. It was here that George Washington first took the oath of office.

Today, while Wall Streeters despaired over a slump in the stock market, the steps of the Federal Hall were the site of Lawrence Goldhuber’s Whose Broads Stripes.

No signs, announcements or explanations preceded the performance, so the tourists who crowded around the building, snapping each other’s photos, were shocked when guitarist Geoff Gersh launched into Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and two showgirls dressed in red and white sequined gowns began to dance with feathered fans.

After a few minutes of shimmying in the sunlight, they went back up the steps and held aloft protest signs. The music changed to a recording of Pink Floyd’s Money, the dancers dropped the signs, descended and flung phoney $50 bills into the air. 

As the audience dove to grab the funny money, the glamour girls seemed to notice a middle-aged businessman sitting on the steps with the rest of the lunchtime crowd. They pulled the laughingly protesting man to his feet, and he awkwardly, gamely attempted to join them in their dance.

Then, suddenly, they covered him with their fans. From behind the feathers, the man’s jacket flew into the air. Then his tie. And then … when the women lowered the fluffy white fans, the stuffy businessman was gone, replaced by a dancing, strutting superhero.

Geoff Gersh
Geoff Gersh in front of Federal Hall

Geoff Gersh
Geoff Gersh & his guitar

The showgirls appear

Dancing on the steps

Displaying signs asking for peace and love

Throwing fake $50 bills to the crowd

Spotting a businessman beneath the statue of Washington

The businessman awkwardly joins in the dance

They hide the businessman behind their fans

He emerges as a superhero

The superhero & showgirls shake & shimmy together

The end!

Lawrence Goldhuber/BIGMANARTS
Geoff Gersh
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council: Sitelines
River to River Festival
Pink Floyd
Jimi Hendrix
Federal Hall National Memorial

10 Responses to Whose Broads Stripes

  1. photowannabe says:

    That would have been quite an experience to see.
    How do you find all these phenominal photo opps?
    I can’t wait to see where you will take us next.


  2. Carlos says:

    Thanks for the visit and comment. I promise I’ll be back with more time. I hope I can visit NYC soon to see for myself the places you are showing us.


  3. AC says:

    Very interesting snaps and article. Thanks for your comments on my photoblog.


  4. Annie says:

    When the stock market dips it’s time to buy! Do you suppose that was the message here?

    This was so much fun to see and to hear you tell about. I’m glad I could see it through your eyes since I wasn’t able to see it through mine.


  5. Cathrine says:

    thank you so much for letting me experience this 🙂 through your photos. Very cool !
    Thank you for your generous comment at my site 🙂 !
    I used to live in NY. As a teen. 81-87. On Staten Island.


  6. Geoff says:

    Great blog and very nice write up……that’s me in the pictures! 🙂 Is it possible you can send me some of the pictures you took? They look great!!


  7. moi says:

    haha…and you captured it perfectly….step by step, for the lack of better expression 🙂


  8. annulla says:


    Thanks so much for your comments. I really want to thank you for the show. Your playing was great & the whole performance was wonderful.

    I am sending you all the photos of you, including some that were not posted online.




  9. lolalesheim says:

    Home of the Brave alright. Lars, Jimi would be proud. You’ll always be my Super Hero. xoxoLola


  10. Judy Seif says:

    I saw the performance and loved it!


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