Last week, I shared photos from the first week of the Sing for Hope pianos on the streets and in the parks of NYC. I started with Manhattan and the pianos near our Park Slope neighborhood. Since then, I've explored places further afield.
When I started this process, it was all about the pianos themselves. I had spent so much time in the studio shooting the artists working, that my focus was on the pianos. Then, the more time I spent traveling around photographing, it became increasingly about the new neighborhoods I discovered. Several times I gushed to Kate, "We've got to check out this park I saw today!" Finally, after spending time talking to the people I met at the pianos, I realized it was all about the people. Sure the pianos are awesome, but it's the reactions that people have to them that I've enjoyed the most. It's the conversations I've had. It's the things I've learned about the neighborhoods and the city from talking to people who may have lived her all their lives.
Honestly, this whole project has a richness to it that I didn't fully expect or consider. These pianos have touched lives and filled the city streets with music. And the people of NYC can play, man can they play... The project wraps up this weekend on June 16th. Sunday all 88 pianos will be reunited on the huge plaza of Lincoln Center. There will be performances and concerts each hour and food provided by our pals, Chobani. And at 7:08 all the pianos will be played in unison for a grand finale.
Lunch Break at Scott's McCarren Park Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Girl Playing Scott's McCarren Park Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Lessons at Jennie's Sing for Hope Piano at Jackson Heights Post Office, Queens
Girls Discovering Misha's Piano at Owl's Head Park, Brooklyn
Man Checking out the Vivaldi Partners' Piano at Carmine Carro Community Center, Brooklyn
Man Playing Brad's Sing for Hope Piano in Astoria Park, Queens
Dog Waiting Patiently While Hugo Plays in Astoria Park, Queens
Informal Jam at the Astoria Park Sing for Hope Piano, Queens
Playing Manoela and Gray's Sing for Hope Piano at Shore Road Park, Brooklyn
Margo Playing Violin at the Brooklyn Bridge Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Boy at Stefan's Sing for Hope Piano with Lower Manhattan in the Background, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Angela and Kate at Stefan's Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Boy Stopping to Watch the Action at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Monica at the Flushing Town Hall Sing for Hope Piano, Queens
Sing for Hope Photobomb at Flushing Town Hall, Queens
Royce's Sing for Hope Piano Tucked Under the BQE in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Lennie Playing Sing for Hope Piano at Coney Island, Brooklyn
PS 34 Kids at Their Sing for Hope Piano in Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
Girl Playing Claudia's Sing for Hope Piano in Juniper Valley Park While Men Play Dominos, Queens
Girl Playing Claudia's Sing for Hope Piano in Juniper Valley Park, Queens
Girl Unable to Resist Sing for Hope Piano at Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
Family at Borough Hall Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Allen at the Columbus Park Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Boy at Bourough Hall Sing for Hope Piano, Brooklyn
Dogwalker at Marc's Sing for Hope Piano on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan
Rob's Sing for Hope Piano in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Danesh Playing Rob's Sing for Hope Piano in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Bushwick School for Social Justice Piano at Irving Square Park, Brooklyn
The students of the Bushwick School for Social Justice dedicated this piano to their teacher who was killed during Hurricane Sandy.
Ben Playing the Chobani Piano under the DUMBO Archway, Brooklyn