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Recorded 5/12/2008… and compressed horribly on 12/21/2010.
Then again, you’re likely to spend a fair bit of time de-livering no matter how - or when - you slice it. The point here is that, just because the flounder was caught by a Russian-Jewish WW2 veteran in the waters off Far Rockaway, doesn’t mean the thing comes without internal organs.
While the massive amounts of accumulated footage are being processed (slowly), here’s a quick snippet that I find somewhat interesting… I think I responded correctly, but what would you have done?
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I’ve got five sites lined up for tomorrow - Coney Island (approximately W16th street on the boardwalk), Prospect Park Carousel, McCarren Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall. It also appears that it will be MTA to the bitter end… Thought to get the car out for the last day, but it doesn’t seem to make sense at this point.
For the last leg, I hope to play the piano in Brooklyn Bridge Park, then to cross the bridge to the Manhattan Side and finish up at City Hall. Anyone care to join the march?
Some photos from the last couple of days… As I said, the videos will take a bit longer to put together and make palatable. Hope to have those posted soon.
Anonymous asked: Looks like you are doing good. Do you think that you will get all 60? I hope it works out for you. Good luck.
It’s going to be close! Thanks for the kind words,
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Heading into the last few days of the exhibit, I’ve got about 11-12 pianos left, depending on how one counts. As of now, I have yet to visit: 1 in Queens (Hoffman Park), 3 in Manhattan (Central Park Dana Discovery Center, South Street Seaport Museum and City Hall Pk), 3 in the Bronx (Joyce Kilmer, Fordham Plaza and Van Cortland Park) and 4 in Brooklyn (Coney Island, Prospect Pk Carousel, McCarren Pk and Brooklyn Bridge Park). A fifth site in Brooklyn - Von King Park, BedStuy - has had its piano badly damaged (similar to the Astoria piano). Thus, even though the piano was locked when I visited the site last Friday (with a video to prove it!!!) I won’t make another attempt, as it seems as though there’s nothing to play there. The same goes for the piano in Madison Square Park in Manhattan - it had already been taken out last Sunday. The total of piano sites visited (including those I still have left) would then come to at least 58. If you count the locations listed on the website - http://www.streetpianos.com/nyc2010/ - you get 57, and since there are actually 2 pianos on the Hudson River pier, that makes 58. Perhaps I’ll discover two more extras among the remaining sites…
I would obviously like to finish this project rather than to come painfully close. (Tomorrow’s 7-3 shift in MCR will make things a bit more interesting, for sure.) What’s more, I’ve not had the time (or maybe the motivation?) to lose sleep and edit down the videos for your consumption, which is why the most recent video I’ve posted took place last Thursday. But too much effort has been put in, and too many memorable moments have come to pass for me not to share it with others. I hope you’ll stay tuned for the videos, even though they’ll be posted after the exhibit itself ends.
For now, here are some very common and rather unremarkable photos from a couple of the remarkable places I’ve visited during the last two days…
The Piano at Columbus Circle, at the entrance to Central Park. This was part of a WQXR meetup, in which people were given a chance to play for the audience of devoted radio listeners, curious onlookers and innocent bystanders. None other than the great Jeff Spurgeon announced my performance… Check out the blog at www.wqxr.org for performances by Jeff and his co-host for the event, Naomi Lewin.
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