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Piano Man of Tent City

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Lakewood, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

A former radio personality is among the residents of a tent city in Lakewood, N.J. and he brings some entertainment to the homeless that have sought refuge there.

His name is Michael Berenzweig.  And now, he's known as the piano man of tent city.

Berenzweig used to work as a co-host and producer at public radio station WBAI in New York City.

He grew up in Jamaica, Queens. His mother taught him him how to play at the age of 3.

Berenzweig says he even played piano across the street from Carnegie Hall at the age of 8.

He says his wife Marilyn worked in the textile industry in New York City making $100,000 a year. She was the main bread winner for the family.

She lost her job and they eventually ended up in the tent city, where they have lived for the past three years.

Besides being a piano player, Berenzweig is also a vegan activist who runs a chicken sanctuary in the tent city.

He gets a Social Security Supplemental Income check and uses the money to care for the animals.

He hopes to move to South Carolina but wants another family to care for the animals.

His favorite song to play in tent city is New Age by the Velvet Underground. He also plays guitar and blues harp.

Chasing New Jersey will profile Michael Berenzweig on Friday night at 10 p.m. on My9.

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