Video: NYPD officer plays guitar for tourists

NYPD Officer Steven Seidenstein broke out some “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for a group of tourists waiting to get tickets to the Boss’ Broadway show

By John Annese
New York Daily News

NEW YORK - A guitar-strumming cop has found a new gig on Broadway – as Bruce Springsteen’s unofficial opening act.

NYPD Officer Steven Seidenstein, who’s assigned to the Midtown North precinct’s Theater Squad, broke out some “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for a group of tourists waiting to get tickets to the Boss’ Broadway show – and now, his impromptu performance has a second life on social media.

The 36-year-old Army veteran, who returned from a deployment in Afghanistan less than a year ago, said he was doing his normal patrol about two months ago when he heard a tourist named Alexandra playing her guitar.

She was part of a crowd who had lined up at noon to see Springsteen’s show at the Walter Kerr Theatre, hoping to catch a glimpse of the music legend.

“These people are real dedicated,” he explained.

As Seidenstein tells it, he walked up to her and asked, “Excuse me ma’am, was that you playing that music?” then said, slyly, “I’m gonna need this guitar ma’am.”

He started strumming and she sang along while someone recorded the scene on a cell phone. The NYPD released a snippet of his guitar hero turn on Twitter Wednesday.

“She was actually really a great singer,” Seidenstein said.

The dad of three said he’s been playing guitar on and off most of his life and even got to bring one on his recent deployment. His favorite guitarist is Eric Clapton.

When asked which version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” he was playing, Seidenstein didn’t miss a beat. The original, by Bob Dylan.

“Dylan is much better than Guns N’ Roses, for sure,” he said.


It was Alexandra's first time in the Big Apple ? when she had an interaction with New York’s Finest she won't soon forget! Alexandra is a musician from Sweden who recently made a dream trip to NYC to play a few gigs and see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway. While on line at the Walter Kerr Theatre, she played her guitar and took requests from fellow fans to pass the time. A few hours later, Officer Seidenstein from NYPD Midtown North Precinct asked Alexandra if she was the one who had been playing guitar all day. Although at first reluctant to get in trouble, she admitted it was her. Officer Seidenstein then asked her to hand over the guitar, but she wasn’t in trouble...he wanted to jam out with her too. Check out their collabo!

Posted by NYPD on Wednesday, December 19, 2018


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