Hello everyone. This week is a news article.
I saw this article on various news outlets and thought I would share it with you.
We are very relieved that it wasn’t one of our deliveries that went wrong. Accidents can happen, but this one is quite impressive.
On the banks of the East River in Manhattan, the tide washed in a grand piano. It sits half-submerged at high tide and mostly exposed at low tide.
It is not actually clear how it got there. New York is awash with theories of how it got there. Perhaps it was thrown off a boat or maybe it is an anonymous art installation. Either way it is a pretty sorry looking instrument.
What is known is that it has been under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge for several days. Initially, it was further out from shore.
It has proved to be a fantastic opportunity for a selfie. New Yorkers and tourists have been flocking to the piano for the chance to get pictures with the mystery piano. Social media was flooded with pictures and videos of the latest tourist attraction.
The piano inevitably doesn’t actually play but that hasn’t stopped people from pretending to play.
Who does it belong to? And who has the responsibility for taking it out of the river? Nobody it seems is taking responsibility. The NYPD, suggests that the Department of Sanitation should deal with it, but there are reports which suggest that the Department of Environmental Protection should clear this poor piano away, but it appears that they are saying the Parks Department are responsible. This could take a while to sort out.
The piano is a Mason & Hamlin piano. Mason & Hamlin was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1854 by Henry Mason and Emmons Hamlin building reed organs. They began manufacturing pianos in 1883, initially just uprights containing new patented innovations relation to a tuning method. Other innovations followed relating to their construction. They were highly regarded pianos by pianists and composers such as Rachmaninoff and Ravel. The 20th century has seen ownership pass into several hands and production has also moved from place to place. Today Mason & Hamlin pianos have settled in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Next Monday is the first blog written by one of our guest writers. It is the young cellist, Hannah Sloane, I’m sure you will enjoy it. Have a good week.