Thursday, May 24, 2012

Get a Seat near your Street!

A while back the Chelsea Improvement Company designed benches for their area in south west Chelsea......

The Chelsea Improvement Company bench is inspired by the constant movement and urban rhythms of New York City. It also relates to the new New York City stainless steel-and-glass bus shelters.

The three seats on each bench have generous proportions to accommodate a wide range of people, and make sure people aren't too close together when sitting, a common complaint about public seating.

The product was approved in early 2010 by the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York Public Design Commission and is now being considered as a possible standard bench for the entire city.

The benches were approved as a standard and now

the ChelseaBench has becomes the Citybench


The CityBench program is an initiative to increase the amount of public seating on New York City’s streets. DOT is installing attractive and durable benches around the city, particularly at bus stops, retail corridors, and in areas with high concentrations of senior citizens. These benches will make streets more comfortable for transit riders and pedestrians, especially for those who are older and disabled. Anyone can request a bench. DOT encourages all New Yorkers to recommend locations for benches.
In order to support walking and transit, priority bench locations include:

  • Bus stops without shelters
  • Sidewalks near transit facilities (e.g. subway stations)
  • Senior centers
  • Hospitals and community health centers
  • Commercial zones and shopping districts
  • Municipal facilities (e.g., public libraries)
If you know of a good location that meets the requirements below, click on this link:

1000 benches are available, at least 500 of these are already applied for so if your interested in one for a location near where you'd like to sit in Chelsea, the sooner you fill out the form better.

see also: Chelsea Snags its first Citybench