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Map: The NYC-Area Neighborhoods That Gave the Most Musical Instruments
Monday, June 23, 2014
Residents of the Upper West Side, Park Slope and the Maplewood, NJ donated the most instruments during WQXR’s Musical Instrument Drive, which took place between March 28 and April 7. Those are among the findings from a station inventory of nearly 3,000 donations – from accordions to zithers – from across the tristate area.
Residents of the 10023 zip code gave the most, with a whopping 87 donations from this neighborhood, which extends from Central Park West to the Hudson River, and from Columbus Circle north to W. 77th St. The Upper West Side zip codes of 10024 and 10025 brought the next highest concentrations of donors, at 66 and 63, respectively.
Park Slope, Brooklyn (11215), Maplewood, NJ (07040) and the West Village (10011) closely followed with 42, 32 and 27 donations. Instruments were collected at 14 drop-off locations around the region.
The numbers offer a non-scientific snapshot of the New York area's musician (or former musician) population, and bear out historic patterns suggesting that musicians concentrate around the West Side of Manhattan.
The most popular instruments were violins, guitars, flutes, clarinets and trumpets (extremely large instruments such as pianos or organs were not accepted). The donated instruments are being fixed up and will go to needy New York City Public Schools.