- See more at: http://blogtimenow.com/blogging/automatically-redirect-blogger-blog-another-blog-website/#sthash.Q6qPkwFC.dpuf (UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: Oval Park Piano May Have Been Removed as Trash; Not Stolen | Bronx News Networkbronx

Friday, July 1, 2011

(UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: Oval Park Piano May Have Been Removed as Trash; Not Stolen

[Update: Following is confirmation from a Parks Department spokesperson that the piano was discarded, not stolen: “Parks workers unknowingly discarded the piano which appeared to have been vandalized and was lying on its side. We were just alerted to this today and we send our apology to the community and sing for hope if any trouble was caused by this.”]

According to Deputy Inspector Joseph Dowling, commander of the 52nd Precinct, witnesses interviewed by detectives said that a sanitation truck removed the now-famous, presumed-stolen Sing for Hope piano from near the tennis courts on Williamsbridge Oval, thinking it was a discarded instrument. (A new piano was donated to the community Wed. night, and painted by children yesterday, with the help of the Friends of Williamsbridge Oval, Mosholu Preservation Corp., and community residents.)

We're still waiting for comment from the Parks Department press office, and Dowling said the accounts still needed to be confirmed.

An unfortunate bureaucratic snafu if true (we'll let you know as we find out more), but think of the multiple bright sides this Independence Weekend people: no heartless neighborhood thief stealing music from the children; an indefinite period of public piano playing since Sing for Hope was supposed to retrieve the original piano this weekend; and what better illustration of how awesome the Norwood community is?

Have a great, safe Fourth everyone!


  1. Vandalized: BS! Just more of the Parks covering their butts! Nice!

  2. How did the Parks Department not know what happened to othe piano, despite all the media attention, until after it was investigated by the NYPD?

    Did the Parks manager make any effort to find out what happened? It seems like the police were forced to waste their resources investigating a theft because Parks refused to admit their mistake.

    And why didn't Parks reach out for help fixing the supposedly "vandalized" piano?

    This sounds like nothing other than a cover up!


  3. I bet they don't live in the Bronx, so why should they care? Just more lack of pride, lack of respect, lack of integrity.

  4. This neighborhood -- which is awesome - got another undeserved black eye.

    this was big news when it happened - where's the media (present company excluded) when the truth finally surfaces

    Thanks Park staff.



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