Piano from the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ project returns to Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a hit last summer with the young at heart, and it’s striking a chord with pedestrians in Albany again this summer.

In 2014, 13 artist-decorated pianos were placed throughout the city of Albany as part of the international ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ project. It was a collaborative effort between city hall, the Albany Business Improvement District and business owners.

Tess Collins owns McGeary’s Irish Pub. She said kids from neighboring Arbor Hill missed the pianos.

“The kids from Arbor Hill would play, and my musicians would play with the young kids and at the end of the year, they were heartbroken and came into McGeary’s and said, ‘They took away our piano,’” Collins said.

Collins said she expressed the kids’ feelings to the executive director of the Palace Theatre who said she’d help store at least one piano. A generous patron paid for the piano to be restored, according to Collins.

The piano now sits near a bus stop on Clinton Avenue. It will be available throughout the season and will be covered by a tarp during bad weather.

It’s an open invitation for anyone wishing to tickle the ivories.

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