Brooklyn Residents Are Planning a Borough-Wide ‘Singalone’ This Saturday & Sunday

Although countless families across the globe are confined to their homes, that hasn’t stopped many from spreading a message of hope and happiness. Yes, from Italy to Brooklyn, New York, people practicing social distancing are unifying through the gift of song.

The trend of neighborhood singalongs began in Siena, Italy, where townspeople found some solace in this uncertain time by singing a traditional folksong called “And While Siena Sleeps” together from their windows while the streets remained empty.

This inspiring act of solidarity has continued on throughout Italy, with people in all different parts of the country waving flags from their homes and belting out tunes with joy despite the nationwide lockdown.

Thanks to social media, their inspiring efforts to lift morale have made their way stateside.

Citizens of Brooklyn came together last night, March 19, to serenade one another from the safety of their fire escapes, windows and rooftops. They called it a Brownstone Brooklyn Singalone (get it?). People from Park Slope to Clinton Hill were invited via Facebook host JJ Berney, who shared a Google Doc playlist and coordinated Brooklynites to sing from 6:30 p.m. on. The Singalone set list included hits from Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Madonna and even Kermit the Frog. Many of them were New York-themed, like Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” but others were simple feel-good tunes meant to spark positivity, like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”

If you missed it and would like to participate in the next Singalone, a new Facebook group has been set up to give it another go tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22.

Better start warming up those vocal cords now.


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