Seniors Shopping and Walking Trails
Benches are very important for them to be able to walk farther distances and to be able to be outside near their homes.
-Summary of Findings :Creating an Age Friendly NY One Neighborhood at a Time
Chelsea seniors need places to sit on our streets to be able to walk further and more easily do their shopping.
Another older neighbor who has trouble walking lives on 26th and 9th and shops at Western Beef on West 16th off 9th Avenue. She uses her shopping cart for stability and the benches between 26th and 16th street to rest on her journey there and back. Her daughter told me there are long stretches with no place to sit.
Another of my neighbors shops at the Trader Joes on 6th at 21st. I'd seen her walking home down 23rd st with two heavy bags and no place to rest.
To solve this problem and make it easier for seniors to shop/walk in Chelsea, benches have been added to key thoroughfares, turning them into Shopping/walking trails for seniors.
9th Ave is an important senior throughfare with Western Beef, the Fulton Senior Center, the Elliott Chelea Norc , Penn South Norc , Penn South Senior Center,abd the NSA Supermarket all located on it. You'll now find 6 Citybenches have been installed on the west side of the street.
On 6th you'll find Fairway and Trader Joes, 3 Citybenches have been installed on the east side of 6th Ave.
23rd St is Chelsea's main east west throughfare. Here you'll find 5 new Citybenches have been isntalled.
More seating is needed to enhance these new Senior shopping/walking trails. Ideally there should be a bench on every north south Shopping trail and 2-3 benches on each east west shopping trail. You can request a bench at nyc.gov/citybench
As I walked past the new Moonstruck bench, I noticed an older woman walking in the opposite direction. I thought "here's a person that can use this bench" Sure enough she and her companion had a seat there.