Pianos Inspiring Impromptu Serenades All Over New York

by CATHY LEVETT · June 23, 2010

    You may have wondered why there are random pianos placed sporadically around the city. Well I have your answer: Sing for Hope. This non-profit has placed 60 pianos around the city for people to play and interact with one another. The idea for this came from British artist Luke Jerram's artwork called "Play Me, I'm Yours."


    Sing for Hope is a non-profit institution that connects professional artists with schools, hospitals and communities. Jerram has been involved with this program for two years now and has traveled all over the world for the project. The pianos are available from 9am-10pm every day and will be around until July 5. The coolest thing about this is that there is a website for you to post stories, photos and films about the pianos.

    Here are a few of the photos that people have posted to the site.


    A piano arrives at Van Cortlandt Park Monday morning



    Two little boys become friends as they play away at Fort Greene: Visitors' Center Monday



    A man plays "Summertime" for a crowd in Times Square yesterday



    This man played Happy Birthday for his wife on her birthday in Gantry Plaza State Park yesterday


    Staten Island:

    These students enjoyed playing the piano Monday at the Staten Island Zoo


    Be sure to stop and play a tune before the pianos are gone!

    [Images from streetpianos.com]