July 1st, 2010; The New Yorker’s Piano

On the corner of Bleecker Street and Sixth Avenue sits the most beautiful piano to date! A multitude of colors splashed all over with graffiti like flare and an intricately drawn character on one side of the piano that grabs your attention! I played about 5 songs here because no one seemed to want to take it from me…so like each piano says, “Play me, I’m yours, this piano was mine for about 30 wonderful minutes! I played a song that I love by the Black Eyed Peas called “Meet Me Halfway,” and as I was playing it struck me how much this piano reminded me of New York. 1.) because it was very near to the first apartment that I lived in in NYC, 2.) because it is on a very busy corner where a few different streets meet, the traffic is loud and the people are even louder! And 3) because the way that this piano was painted was so representative of New York City!

This is a city of people of all colors and backgrounds seemingly thrown together, one on top of the other in crazy disarray! And yes, It may look like a mess to the outsider! The streets don’t always come together perfectly and there are people screaming on street corners, cab drivers laying on their horns, garbage on the streets and the wildest hairstyles and clothing that you’ve ever seen! But somehow we all work together and live side by side to create this beautiful and bustling city called New York! And it really is beautiful! It isn’t shiny like Chicago, or on a white, sandy beach like LA, but New York’s beauty comes from its character…different in every neighborhood, but always dramatic, bold and splashed against the canvas of skyscrapers and brownstones with color and bravado! Just like this painted piano!

I fell in love with NYC the moment I stepped off the plane with suitcase in hand and dreams in my heart! Alicia Keys got it right when she sang “Now you’re in New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York! These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you!…”.

Let’s here it for New York, New York, New York!!!

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