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Garbage Haulers Almost Throw Away Piano Donated By Jersey City Mayor

Jersey City sanitation workers were about to haul away this piano in the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza, before being told Mayor Steven Fulop had donated it for the public. (Credit: Karl Sison; used by permission)

Jersey City sanitation workers were about to haul away this piano in the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza, before being told Mayor Steven Fulop had donated it for the public. (Credit: Karl Sison; used by permission)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop set up a piano this week in the new Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza, but it almost ended up getting hauled away by the garbage men.

Fulop donated the white upright piano for the plaza so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday. He issued a tweet the following day, jokingly wondering if someone might steal it.

A subsequent tweet showed a Jersey City resident sitting down and playing the piano.

But on Thursday, Jersey City sanitation workers came to the plaza and started to push the piano into their truck, apparently thinking it was garbage.

A resident, Karl Sison, tweeted a photo showing three workers holding the piano as it stands on its side, poised to hurl it into the yellow garbage truck.

Sison told The Jersey Journal the sanitation workers stopped when told them the piano was not junk.

The piano is now stored in a construction area next to the Skinner’s Loft restaurant, the newspaper reported.

The pedestrian plaza is open from 3 p.m. to midnight each weekday, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the newspaper reported.

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