Cellist Lynn Harrell is singing praises for New York after he got back the $4 million Stradivarius he mistakenly left in the trunk of a taxi. "I love this town," Harrell told the Daily News yesterday

Cellist Lynn Harrell is singing praises for New York after he got back the $4 million Stradivarius he mistakenly left in the trunk of a taxi. "I love this town," Harrell told the Daily News yesterday (May 15) after being reunited with his 1673 Stradivarius.

"There's so much talk about the city being... impolite and full of thieves," the 57 year-old musician said. "But New York has heart, and always in times of stress you feel that, whether it's a blackout or you lose your cello."

Harrell left his cello in Mohamed Ibrahim's cab on Monday night after he was dropped off at his apartment. A short time later, Ibrahim returned to Harrell's building with the instrument but was unable to reach him. Harrell called Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman Allan Fromberg, who arranged a pickup at Ibrahim's garage.

Harrell, who sold his home in the Hamptons 10 years ago to buy his prized cello, plans to give Ibrahim tickets to his next performance and an undisclosed cash reward. Fromberg will get some "very nice" wine for his efforts, Harrell said.

Does this story sound familiar? In 1999, cellist Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5 million, 266-year-old cello in the trunk of a taxi but police tracked it down at a garage in time for his evening concert.

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