NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Stein felt useless -- stuck in his Brooklyn brownstone apartment, watching his neighbors suffer deprivations as COVID-19 swept the city. He knew what he had to do. He took out his accordion. And he played.
His stage is the steps leading up to his building, his stoop. He regularly sings and plays during the nightly 7 p.m. rounds of applause for health care and front-line workers.
Over the past few weeks, he has played three 45-minute concerts. Said Stein: “I try to come up with songs of hope. We need to keep our spirits up. We need hope now.”