Jumpin' for Joy, Orthodox Filmmaker High-fives New York, Garners Plenty of Video Views

Meir Kalmanson says his effort -- leaping into high-fives with folks hailing taxis -- was designed to spread cheer, ease stress.

Good vibes sometimes make good video.

With the simple goal of spreading good cheer, a 24-year-old Orthodox Jewish filmmaker spent a July afternoon high-fiving Midtown Manhattan people hailing taxis.

And Meir Kalmanson's video of his effort -- leaping into high-fives with everyone from bemused executives to shoppers to a cellphone-occupied fellow annoyed at the interruption -- has garnered almost 400,000 views on YouTube since he released it on Sunday.

I wanted to make people smile, give off good energy and good vibes, Kalmanson told VIN News.

Everyone is always hustling and bustling, trying to grab a taxi. Just the simple act of a high-five can do wonders at a moment when someone is stressed out.

The video, "High Five New York," was shot around Bryant Park, which sits between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas from 40th to 42nd Streets in Manhattan.

The background music in the video is "Life" by the Latvian musician Tobu, the website reported.

VIN is formally Voz Iz Neias, Yiddish for "What's News?" 

Meir Kalmanson high-fives New York in YouTube video.