Thursday, June 17, 2010

Keys to the City You Can Play: 60 Pianos in NYC

NEW YORK — "Consider them keys to the city. Anyone who gets a sudden itch to tickle the ivories will be able to play free public pianos in 50 places throughout New York City, from the Coney Island boardwalk to the Metropolitan Museum.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that 60 pianos will be available in New York City until July 5. The concept was conceived by British artist Luke Jerram.  Some of the pianos will be outside. They'll be equipped with tarps in case of rain."

HT: Joyce Howe

10 Comments:

At 6/18/2010 2:15 AM, Blogger randian said...

More moonbattery. How long until those pianos are vandalized, destroyed, or stolen, just like in Cambridge or Edmonton?

 
At 6/18/2010 7:28 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Are these 60 pianos yet another taxpayer financed bit on nonsense?

 
At 6/18/2010 9:03 AM, Blogger Tom said...

There is an endless supply of free used pianos. Lots of people don't want theirs anymore. You could put an ad in the paper "Free piano removal" and get all you want. But look out, they're very heavy.

 
At 6/18/2010 9:11 AM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

'Are these 60 pianos yet another taxpayer financed bit of nonsense?"

Keys to the City You can play appears to be financed by Sing for Hope. "Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization that nmobilizes professional artists that benefit schools, hospitals, and communities."

 
At 6/18/2010 9:31 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization that nmobilizes professional artists that benefit schools, hospitals, and communities"...

So did they physically go out there and put the pianos in place or was it the overpaid city employees involved in that?

How about maintaining them and keeping them free of graffiti and vandalism?

Will that be city cops at work or will 'Sing for Hope' brigade post 'piano watchers' at all sixty spots?

More leftist 'feel good' nonsense that accomplishes little in a city that can't afford what its doing now...

 
At 6/18/2010 1:04 PM, Blogger pabrams said...

The graffiti will look lovely on these pianos. It will coordinate nicely with the graffiti on the buses, subways, walls, signs and storefronts.

 
At 6/18/2010 4:28 PM, Blogger QT said...

Juandos,

Agree with you. This is a pretty dumb idea. Pianos are wooden instruments highly susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature...who is planning to tune these babies or replace the cracked sound boards. Even if they are escape vandalism, how can they escape the ravages of weather? Is the average citizen Paganini or Mr. Bean? Some of this might not be enjoyable.

Every dollar that goes toward this program has likely come from either a private individual or from a government agency devoted to promoting culture/arts.

A much more economical way of promoting music is to play Argentinian tango music in 60 locations and encourage spontaneous latin dancing in the streets!

 
At 6/18/2010 8:10 PM, Anonymous grant said...

QT:
The obvious Idea is that you get behind them if you are cut short.

 
At 6/18/2010 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears there's strap or a chain that connects the bench to the piano, so if someone steals the bench they have to hock the piano as well.

I suspect the outdoors ones will age and degrade rapidly such that nobody would want to steal them.

One thing I've always wanted to be able to do to walk up to a piano and play a mixed repertoire of ragtime, classics, pops, jazz, etc. from memory. Unfortunately, I can't even play chopsticks.

Someday maybe when I'm retired I can take lessons.

 
At 6/19/2010 4:29 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"A much more economical way of promoting music is to play Argentinian tango music in 60 locations and encourage spontaneous latin dancing in the streets!"...

Ahh QT, as usual you come up with and excellent alternative...

These folks look like they're having fun out on calle Florida...

Great idea!

 

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