UPDATE 8/28/15 – Sadly, Gary Russo’s body has been found hanging from a tree in a park in Queens, and died from suicide. His car was found empty near a stretch of reeds in the outer-city neighborhood of Howard Beach earlier this month.
Original story: An iron-worker who is known as the “Second Avenue Sinatra” has been missing since July 28 from New York.
Gary Russo, 54, went missing from his Queens neighborhood, Howard Beach and has no shown up at his job as a foreman for Kiewit Corp.
Back in 2011, Russo who was helping to build the Second Avenue Subway decided to sing in public during his lunch break in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He used a karaoke machine and began singing standards like “Mack the Knife” and “Sweet Caroline.”
New Yorker’s would stop and listen and dance and a video caught him singing Sinatra’s “Summer Wind'” that hurled him to fame. His video received millions of views and he appeared on Good Morning America and was asked to sing “New York, New York’ at the start of the New York City Marathon.
Shortly after his sudden fame, Russo was transferred and he was not able to sing there although he did sing at local venues.
“It was only when I set out to do what I loved singing for others … that I really found what I was looking for,” Russo wrote in a 2012 self-help book he co-authored with a psychologist cousin called. “Myself.”
His family stated that Russo didn’t see to be as happy as usual and although he was working on different creative projects.
Family and friends hope that he is still out there but maybe taking some time for himself..
If you have seen Russo, please have him get in touch with his family or leave an anonymous tip here.