Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sing us a song, you're the piano man

By Meredith Deliso

Get ready to hear the beginning to “Für Elise” on repeat.

Starting this Saturday, free pianos will be placed in the city’s parks and streets as part of a public art project that encourages involvement in music and their surroundings.

Sing for Hope helped launch the project in New York last summer with 60 pianos, and this year it has even more keys hitting the streets. In some apt symbolism, there will be 88 upright and grand pianos scattered through the city — that’s for 88 keys on a piano — from June 18 to July 2.

In Brooklyn, you can tickle the ivories at more than 20 popular public spaces, including the Coney Island Boardwalk, Grand Army Plaza, and several parks, from Williamsburg and Red Hook to Fort Greene and Bay Ridge.

The pianos shouldn’t be hard to miss as is, but artists will help them stand out even more with unique decorations. In DUMBO, Olek will do her signature crocheting job, covering the seat and the entire piano in yarn — save for the keys, of course.

Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos at various locations, June 18–July 2. For info, visit


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