NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Who stole a 500-pound piano from a public park in the Bronx?
That’s the question being asked by members of the community in Norwood and by the non-profit arts group that placed the pop-up piano in Williamsbridge Oval Park.
According to officials at Sing for Hope, the upright piano was taken Sunday night.
Emily Walsh, Director of Operations at Sing for Hope, said she was “heartbroken to learn that the piano disappeared.”
Walsh said a volunteer organization and the Parks Department had been looking after the instrument. She believes whoever stole the piano definitely knew what they were doing.
“You would definitely need a plan to move it. It’s a bright piano, it’s about 500 pounds. So it’s definitely someone who intended to remove the piano,” Walsh said.
Walsh said aside from losing the instrument, it was a blow to area residents, who were able to enjoy the music.
“I think that the community value and the emotional value is incredibly high — especially in communities that don’t have regular access to the arts,” she said.
While the piano has yet to be recovered, a community group says someone has come forward with an offer to donate a piano, according to a message posted on Friends of the Williamsbridge Oval’s Facebook page.