On Monday, October 1, 2012 a crew of New York City Department of Transportation ironworkers descended upon Chelsea to install Chelsea's first Citybench in front of the Fulton Senior Center at 119 9th Avenue.
In the week since the installation of the Citybench it's apparent it has been a great success, with a constant stream of people sitting at the bench, either to wait for a bus or simply as a place to relax,sit down and schmooze with a friend.
The $3 million dollar CityBench program is mostly funded by a $2.4 million Bus Livability Grant from the Federal Transit Administration to further their goal to "help integrate transit into a community through neighborhood improvements and enhancements to transit facilities or services, or make improvements to areas adjacent to public transit facilities that may facilitate mobility demands of transit users or support other infrastructure investments that enhance the use of transit for the community.
If you'd like to snag a Citybench for a location near where you live go to nyc.gov/citybench. For more information on Park Chelsea: Chelsea's Age Friendly Park, go to ParkChelsea.com