A close-knit piano in DUMBO

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Piano Concerto No. 2 in slip-stitch minor, maestro.

Claudia Ordonez stitched up the competition as she channeled her inner Chopin on a crocheted baby grand at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, where the fearless ivory-tickler struck the right chord with fellow pedestrians while showcashing Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Piano art project to bring pianos for free use to public spaces this summer.

The eye-popping 88 — a symphony of vibrantly crocheted fibers — is the handiwork of Polish-American visual artist Olek, who isn’t new to needling the public’s curiosity — she enchanted last Christmas by decking out the Wall Street bull in a pink crocheted coat, and always has a knitted project somewhere in DUMBO.

“I have been always interested in developing new ways of creating a dialogue with the viewer on both visual and aural levels,” mused the artist.

The area’s merchants are hoping the eye- and ear-pleaser will drum up lots of interest.

“From the visitors seeking out the pianos across the city, to locals with a burning desire to play Chopsticks on their lunch break, we are encouraging people to use the new free DUMBO WiFi to upload their photos and videos to share their experiences,” chimed Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Business Improvement District.

Musicians are urged to document and share their time at the piano using the FREE DUMBO WiFi. Send a photo or video by e-mail to, or a link to Facebook ( or Twitter (@dumbobid) using the hashtag #DUMBOPiano to enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to an area business.

The piano will remain in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge (Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in DUMBO) through July 2.

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