Wednesday morning was an extremely scary one for New Yorkers this week, as the explosion rocking Park Avenue brought to mind fears of terrorism and all sorts of emotions those in the Big Apple are far too familiar with. Sadly, the incident in Harlem took at least three lives, including one cop. Nine others are missing, with an upwards of 70 people wounded from what was apparently a gas leak.
In the next few days, plenty of individual stories are likely to come out. But in the meantime, this rather unique one detailed in The New York Post really caught my eye:
“I was watching TV and there was a massive explosion, like a sonic boom from a jet, and then the whole building was on me,” remembered [Colin] Patterson, a piano technician who lives behind the Absolute Piano store on the building’s ground floor.
“The pianos flew in the air — pianos were all around me,” he said.
“They were literally on their side. I was stuck in some miraculous cocoon” of pianos, he said of the massive wood and steel instruments that fell benignly around his body — shielding him from the weight of five stories worth of debris.
What an image.
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