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.