Art + Culture

Pop-Up Piano Concerts in the Archway!

Picnic tables, free Wifi … a piano? Our newest addition to the Archway invites you to tickle the ivories, courtesy of Sing for Hope, a New York City-based arts nonprofit that’s placing 88 artist-designed pianos in public spaces across the five boroughs through June 16. The goal? Encourage artists from all walks of life to create daily spontaneous concerts that unite neighborhoods around the shared gift of music and art. Hear, hear!

So far, we’ve heard reports that DUMBOnians have not been shy about tapping in to their inner Beethoven. And rumbling overhead trains aside, Archway acoustics are pretty stellar.

To supplement the neighborhood’s musical talent, the DUMBO Improvement District has invited some local music pros to perform. Here’s our line-up of Archway mini-concerts over the next two weeks:

  • Tuesday, June 4 from 12-2PM – “Cowboy cabaret” from solo artist Merry Go Round
  • Thursday, June 6 from 12-3PM (Flea Food!) – Latin jazz from Australian pianist and composer Ben Winkelman
  • Thursday, June 6 from 6-9PM (First Thursday!) – New Orleans brass combo Smith & Ninth Ward
  • Friday, June 7 from 12-3PM (Flea Food!) – Pop karaoke from Joe McGinty
  • Wednesday, June 12 from 12-2PM – New Orleans brass combo Smith & Ninth Ward
  • Thursday, June 13 from 12-3PM (Flea Food!) – Alt country from Jan Bell and the Maybelles

PS – You can also find Sing for Hope pianos nearby in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Columbus Park, Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG 92 and Fort Greene Park. Click here for a map of piano locations across the five boroughs.