LATEST PAPER
33° Good Evening
33° Good Evening
Entertainment

Looking back at Paul Simon's memorable NYC performances in photos

It's only fitting for Paul Simon to perform what he's saying will be his last show ever in New York City.

Some of the Queens-born singer's most iconic performances took place within the city's storied venues and parks, including the showstopper 1981 Art Garfunkel reunion concert and free 1991 show, both which took over Central Park.

On Saturday, he'll leave New York City with yet another show for the books. The 76-year-old musician will say so long to a decades-long touring career with a show at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

In honor of his farewell stint, we're taking a look back at some of the artist's most memorable NYC show moments, from the 1981 reunion to today.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform together for
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform together for the first time in 11 years on the stage at the Great Lawn in Central Park on Sept. 19, 1981.

Mayor Edward Koch, left, greets Paul Simon, center,
Photo Credit: AP / David Handschuh

Mayor Edward Koch, left, greets Paul Simon, center, and Art Garfunkel at Central Park before the duo's iconic reunion concert on Sept. 19, 1981, held to raise $3 million to put toward the park's restoration. "Simon wasn't talking to Garfunkel. Crimes ranging from auto theft to homicide were almost unchecked, and the city was teetering on bankruptcy," a photographer recalls of the concert.

Crowds react as they listen to Paul Simon
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Crowds react as they listen to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel perform on stage at the Great Lawn in Central Park on Sept.19, 1981.

Paul Simon poses at the Warner Bros. Records
Photo Credit: Newsday / Susan Gilbert

Paul Simon poses at the Warner Bros. Records studio in New York City on Aug. 14, 1986, the same year he released "Graceland."

Paul Simon, who conceived of the New York
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz

Paul Simon, who conceived of the New York Children's Health Project, looks on as Dr. Irwin Redlener, chief of ambulatory pediatrics at the NewYork Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, examines 4-year-old Zaradia Smalls on Nov. 5, 1987.

Paul Simon takes the stage at his free
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Paul Simon takes the stage at his free concert in Central Park on Aug. 15, 1991. The artist recorded the live album "Paul Simon's Concert in the Park" in front of an immense crowd. The album was released on Nov. 5, 1991.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on The
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on The Great Lawn in Central Park for Paul Simon's free concert on Aug. 15,1991.

Paul Simon poses outside of his New York
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jon Naso

Paul Simon poses outside of his New York office on Aug. 24, 1993, one month before releasing the compilation album "1964/1993."

A former Queens College graduate, Paul Simon returns
Photo Credit: Newsday / Al Raia

A former Queens College graduate, Paul Simon returns to receive an honorary degree in 1997.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon sing
Photo Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon sing "Old Friends" at the start of their reunion concert at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, 2003.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon join forces again
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bruce Gilbert

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon join forces again at the 2005 Hurricane Katrina benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. The duo performed "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" at the show, which donated all proceeds to storm relief effort. Pictured, Simon gives R&B singer Aaron Neville an onstage a hug on Sept. 20, 2005.

Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett play the Big
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bruce Gilbert

Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett play the Big Easy concert at Madison Square Garden to benefit Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts on Sept. 20, 2005.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform onstage at
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform onstage at the 25th anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 29, 2009.

Tracy Morgan, left, Paul Simon and Chris Rock
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jason Kempin

Tracy Morgan, left, Paul Simon and Chris Rock perform onstage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education" at the Beacon Theatre on Oct. 2, 2010.

Paul Simon performs at Lincoln Center on April
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Charles Eshelman

Paul Simon performs at Lincoln Center on April 18, 2012.

Sting and Paul Simon perform during the 25th
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy

Sting and Paul Simon perform during the 25th anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17, 2014.

Paul Simon performs onstage during The Nearness Of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok

Paul Simon performs onstage during The Nearness Of You Benefit Concert at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Jan. 20, 2015.

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame / Michael Loccisano

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Paul Simon perform onstage at The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum All for the Hall New York Benefit Concert at PlayStation Theater on Oct. 6, 2015.

Paul Simon performs onstage during Global Citizen: The
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Global Citizen / Theo Wargo

Paul Simon performs onstage during Global Citizen: The World On Stage at the NYU Skirball Center on Sept. 22, 2016.

Paul Simon performs onstage during the Brooks Brothers
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Brooks Brothers / Dimitrios Kambouris

Paul Simon performs onstage during the Brooks Brothers Bicentennial Celebration at Jazz At Lincoln Center on April 25.

Entertainment photos & videos