Can you tickle the ivories? If so, show off your skills next week, when 60 upright pianos will be placed throughout the city.

Look for the brightly decorated pianos to pop up everywhere from Astor Place to McCarren Park to the Coney Island boardwalk. Any New Yorker can sit down and play, and some of the city’s most talented artists, such as Alicia Keyes, may even give an impromptu concert on one of them. Every piano comes with a songbook in case you need some inspiration.

British artist Luke Jerram is launching the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos along with Sing for Hope, an arts organization. Public pianos will be unveiled in London at the same time.


“I think it’s really cool to be able to walk down the street, and think, ‘Huh, I played piano as a kid and I’m going to sit down and try it again,’” said Emily Walsh of Sing for Hope.

The pianos will be placed on Monday, June 21, in conjunction with Make Music New York, a one-day citywide festival of over 1,000 free music performances.

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