Bettina Banayan is a culinary student and performance artist in Manhattan. She’s done several performance pieces on the subway. Most recently, she took a cake on a subway and decorated it. Subway passengers reacted with surprise and amusement.
Passenger: “Whose birthday is it?”
Banayan: “It’s everyone’s birthday.”
Banayan pulled out a pastry bag to a provide decorative line and finish the cake. Then she asked, “Does anyone want cake? I have plates and forks and everything.”
They did, indeed! She sliced the cake and served it on paper plates. When a passenger asked why she’s doing this, Banayan explains:
I think that it’s important . . . New Yorkers aren’t very personable with each other. We’re like constantly in people’s private space especially on the subway. I think it’s important to have some kind of community.
Judging from the passengers’ reactions, I’d say that she succeeded. 9:10-9:56 shows an especially good moment.