Pop-Up Piano Goes Missing in the Bronx

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

If you see somebody suspiciously rolling by with a white upright piano covered in brown stenciled designs, it belongs to the Bronx.

One of the 88 "Pop-Up Pianos" that have materialized in city parks over the past month has gone missing, according to a spokesperson at Sing For Hope, the non-profit that organizes the program. The piano was stolen from the Williamsbridge Oval near 208th St. and Bainbridge Ave. on Sunday night, and so far, there are no clues as to the culprit.

The piano was secured to an "immobile object" with wires that would have had to been cut. The piano was on wheels, however, and could have been rolled away after cutting the wires.

Just two days earlier, another Bronx pop-up piano in Fordham Plaza was damaged from being knocked over on its side.

"Sing for Hope is heartbroken by both the disappearance of the Williamsbridge Oval Piano and the vandalism of the Fordham Plaza Piano over the past few days," said a Sing for Hope spokesperson. "We are deeply moved by the joy and uplift that they have provided to these two communities and are grateful to the volunteer community organizations that cared for them throughout their residency."

The pianos were installed in parks throughout the city on June 18th and will be removed on July 2nd and donated to New York City public schools.

Sing for Hope said it had repaired the Fordham Plaza piano, and is looking for a replacement piano to donate in lieu of the Williamsbridge Oval piano.


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Comments [6]

Michael Meltzer

There is such a glut of used upright pianos in NewYork, with a little patience, a little homework and a little legwork, you can eventually get one for next to nothing.
So, the people who did this are not only bad news, they are STUPID.
If they are reading this, I said STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!

Jun. 30 2011 10:40 AM
Eileen from New York

It's a shame that thousands will have to go without just because of the greed of a few. Shame on you that took this instrument (I feign to use the word people) for they are not - as one person said - just another reason...........well, you do live in NYC so what would you expect?

Jun. 30 2011 09:50 AM
Henry from Manhattan

This is a disgrace. Stealing or damaging one of these pianos serves no purpose. A real musician would not steal this to keep it and practice...and what pawn shop would pay for a piano? Jim from NJ, I agree, another reason to be ashamed of our species.

Jun. 30 2011 09:38 AM
John J. Christiano from Franklin NJ

David, don't hide your anger. Complete the idiom and the message......

"Don't cast your pearls before swine."

Jun. 30 2011 08:05 AM
Jim from New Jersey, USA

As a musician and music lover, I'm saddened and mildly ashamed of my species. Greed and sheer downright mean-spiritedness mark both these occurences. Shame on the both of you!

Jun. 30 2011 08:05 AM
David from Flushing

Having worked for some years at Montefiore just up the avenue from the site in question, I am not surprised by this incident. If flowers had been planted in that location, they likely would have been stolen as well. There is the old saying about "casting pearls."

Jun. 30 2011 07:16 AM

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