A project called for Sing for Hope has placed 88 pianos in public places around New York City for people to play before the instruments are auctioned off for charity. We found Eric Donnelly tuning this one not far from our office.
This being New York City, someone stole one of the 88 hopeful pianos not long after it was set up in a park. This being New York City, strangers and neighbors and anonymous angels found a way to replace it. We love this town.
UPDATE on the stolen piano: The mystery has been solved. It turns out that, this being New York City, someone had vandalized the piano and the Parks Department mistook it for garbage and hauled it away. This is a very big and wonderful place.