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Public Pianos Returning To New York City

A public piano is seen in Central Park near Columbus Circle - New York, NY - Jul 4, 2010 (credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

A public piano is seen in Central Park near Columbus Circle – New York, NY – Jul 4, 2010 (credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - The pianos will be out for those who can play a little and those who can really play.

Pianos will be placed in public spaces in New York City starting on June 18.

Camille Zamora, co-founder of Sing for Hope says, “For so many people, I think it’s just such a New York moment and a New York story to have people gathering around an instrument.”

“To me, it sums up what music is about, what art is about, which is pulling us together, showing us our commonalities,” says Zumara.

They’ll have more than the 60 pianos they had out last year. “We chose 88 because 88 keys on a keyboard,” she says.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell At The Announcement


Each of the keyboards will be designed by a different New York artist.

Annamarie Trombetta works on her design for a public piano - New York, NY - Jun 7, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Annamarie Trombetta works on her design for a public piano - New York, NY - Jun 7, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

AnnamarieĀ Trombetta is one of them. Last year, she loved seeing the impact.

“It was really great to see people standing around, watching somebody perform,” says Trombetta, whose piano will depict the past, present, and future of the World Trade Center.

LINK: Sing for Hope

Locations will include Central Park, Prospect Park, and Crotona Park.