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Visitors to Downtown Cranford Enjoy Community Piano

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The piano was painted by local high school students and will only be available through the summer. Credits: Downtown Cranford
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CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford’s public piano is only available for the summer, so enjoy it before time runs out.

The idea came to fruition after a Cranford resident heard of a similar idea and asked to bring it to Cranford, with help from the deputy mayor and a Cranford family.

“I came across an article last year about a company that will bring pianos in for 1-2 weeks but the cost was prohibitive,” Kathleen Miller Prunty, Director of Downtown and Exconomic Development, said. “Then, a few months ago, a new Cranford resident, Gabe Bailer, stopped by to talk about the same idea and suggested we ask if anyone had a piano they wanted to donate. Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin put out the word and the Lafferty family of Cranford stepped forward with a piano.”

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The piano, which is covered in bold, bright colors, was painted by Robert Zanfardino, Ben Romero and Erin Joyce from Cranford High School. There are no concerts organized with the concert yet, but Miller Prunty said she’s working on it.

“People of all ages love it,” Miller Prunty said. “It’s so great to see young people, commuters, just about everyone sit down to play.”

The piano will only be available through the summer in Eastman Plaza. It is completely free to use and open to anyone.

“The public piano is another example of being creative, thinking outside the box and giving people, again of all ages, yet another reason to come downtown and stay for a while,” Miller Prunty said. “There is no one single strategy for a successful downtown. It’s about creating an environment where it is interesting and appealing to shop, work, live, walk.”

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