As they have every summer for the last few years, brightly colored pianos will start showing up around the city next month for anyone to play. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Artist Nick Stavrides decorated the piano above with scenes from around the city, a tribute to his childhood in upper Manhattan and his travels through neighborhoods all over town.
"I tried to put little aspects of New York that I love, in hopes that other people love, too," he says.
The piano he worked on is one of 50 hitting the streets on June 5, part of a project developed by the arts organization Sing for Hope.
This is the fourth year volunteer artists have transformed pianos into works of art. They are placed around the city for people to see and, of course, play.
"Our mission, really, at Sing for Hope is to make the arts radically accessible," says Monica Yunus, co-founder of Sing for Hope. "So through this project, it really engages the community."
The pianos will be on the streets for two weeks through June 21 for everyone to enjoy. They will then be donated to schools, hospitals and community centers.
Bronx native Jose Aurelio Baez spent two-and-a-half months working on one piano as collage piece.
"It's all kinds of advertisements and posters that people put up for shows and local events. So it really represents New York," says Jose Aurelio Baez, a Sing for Hope artist.
And this is the type of reaction the pianos get. It inspired me to sit down with project leader Lester Vrtiak and belt out a little tribute to a certain NY1 anchor: "Pat Kiernan, he's my morning man. Reads me the papers, in my TV land."
Not giving up the day job, but hey, this is all about being musical, even if my singing is more suited for late-night karaoke, not morning TV.
"You don't have to be a singer or a piano player or an artist of any kind, but we believe all of us have that artistic streak," Yunus says.
For more information on where the pianos will be located around town, or if you want to get involved or help out, head to singforhope.org.