The Sing for Hope Pianos - 88 NYC Pianos in 16 Days

Months ago I wrote about the Sing for Hope Pianos project - 88 donated pianos, repaired, tuned, transformed by artists, and then finally delivered to 88 outdoor locations across the five boroughs of NYC. Then, over the last few weeks I showed you photographs of the artists painting the pianos in the super secret Sing for Hope piano studio. That process was so fun and amazing that I was kind of sad when the artists were finished. I liked visiting the studio and photographing all those colorful works of art under one roof. Sing-for-Hope-Pianos-Waiting-for-their-Artists Marc-Finishing-His-Sing-for-Hope-Piano

Now those pianos are all out on the NYC streets. They have been since June 1st. And man have I been busy. 88 pianos spread over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Locations also include Randall's Island, Roosevelt Island, and Governor's Island. Since June 1st my unlimited Metrocard has rarely rested, I've climbed more subway steps than I care to count, and I've walked dozens of miles to document this project.

At each piano I take some time to walk around it and see how it fits into the environment. Usually there will be someone playing it, sometimes not. If no one is playing, I wait. Only twice has the piano gone unplayed while I was there. I always introduce myself and ask them if they've heard about the piano project and Sing for Hope. If they haven't, I tell them a little about the project and introduce myself as a Sing for Hope photographer. I get them to sign a media release on my iPhone and then take some photographs while they play. I've met some amazing people. Just yesterday I struck up a conversation in a Brooklyn park with a man celebrating his 69th birthday by feeding the squirrels. He's come to that park almost every day for over 45 years and has loved having the piano in the park over the last few days.

Another wonderful thing that's come out of this project is the partnership of Sing for Hope and Chobani yogurt. On a whim, our co-founder Camille called up Chobani after noticing that they give part of their profits to charities and non-profits. Chobani jumped at the chance to help and they have been an active and enthusiastic partner from day one.

Stanley the world's first interactive player piano was at the Chobani Soho store last weekend. Stanley the World's First Interactive Player Piano at Chobani Soho

A few of the Chobani Soho peeps posing with the piano that Chobani decorated. The Chobani Soho Crew and their Piano, Soho

Here are some random shots from the last five days.

Kid at Anya's Sing for Hope Piano, Inwood Park

Woman and Child Playing Anya's Sing for Hope Piano, Inwood Park

Man Stopping at Glady's Sing for Hope Piano, Mitchell Square

Glady's Sing for Hope Piano, Mitchell Square

Man Playing Michael's Sing for Hope Piano at Little Red Square, West Village

Guy Playing James' Sing for Hope Piano at Astor Place, East Village.

Girl Playing James' Sing for Hope Piano at Astor Place, East Village

Yohanna at John Varvatos' Lincoln Center Sing for Hope Piano

Woman and Child Watching Yohanna at the Lincoln Center Sing for Hope Piano

Woman Playing Jessica's Sing for Hope Piano in Greeley Square, Midtown Manhattan

Man Playing Jessica's Sing for Hope Piano in Greeley Square, Midtown Manhattan

The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus at Jenna's Sing for Hope Piano, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens

Sing for Hope Youth Chorus at Jenna's Sing for Hope Piano, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens

Playing William's Sing for Hope Piano at Highbridge Park, Wallenburg Playground

Esmeralda Playing a Sing for Hope Piano, Christopher Street Pier

Man Playing a Sing for Hope Piano, Montefiore Park

Our Sing for Hope Piano Buddy at Kyle's Fort Tryon Park Piano

New York Times Filming Man Playing Sing for Hope Piano at NY Public Library, Midtown Manhattan

My New Australian Friend Playing Maxine's Sing for Hope Piano in Times Square

Mini concert at Laura's Sing for Hope Piano, South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan

Man Shooting Laura's Sing for Hope Piano in South Street Seaport

Elizabeth's Sing for Hope Piano on Hudson River Park Pier, Chelsea

Man Playing Elizabeth's Sing for Hope Piano on Hudson River Park Pier, Chelsea

Kids Swarming Nina's Sing for Hope Piano, Old Stone House, Brooklyn

Father and Daughter at Ellie's Sing for Hope Piano, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Girls at the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus Piano, Brower Park, Brooklyn

AnAnother Man Playing Michael's Sing for Hope Piano at Little Red Square, West Village