From the Queens Gazette:
Residents and pianists of Astoria were greeted with a disturbing sight on Saturday, June 26 at Athens Square Park upon the discovery that one of the pianos placed last week by the organization Sing For Hope had been completely destroyed.
“It’s an unfortunate event,” Sing For Hope’s Chris Herbert said. “The piano was removed, however, we hope to be able to bring a replacement to Athens Square Park soon.”
On June 21, the pianos were installed in sixty locations across the five boroughs of New York City. Presented by the nonprofit organization Sing For Hope, the program called, “Play Me, I’m Yours” allows New Yorkers from all walks of life and visitors from around the globe to engage in making music right on the city’s streets. In Western and Central Queens, six pianos were placed in neighborhoods with large and multi-cultural populations. The locations include Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Athens Square Park in Astoria, Rufus King Park in Jamaica, Hoffman Playground in Elmhurst and on 37th Avenue in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office.
The badly vandalized piano at Athens Square Park, 30th Street and 30th Avenue, had all of its keys and part of its inner gears removed.