Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bryant Park Furniture Takes Center Stage on Broadway


The finished product of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) “Green Light for Midtown” project was unveiled yesterday morning, as sections of Broadway that had been shut down to vehicular traffic over Memorial Day weekend were finally furnished with tables, chairs, benches, and umbrellas.


DOT’s furniture of choice was bistro-style chairs and tables, similar to those that have inhabited Bryant Park since 1992 and 1999, respectively.


Of the three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) the pedestrianized stretch of Broadway runs through, each selected different colors and materials for their furniture. Here’s the bistro chair cheat sheet to help you identify which BID manages and maintains the section of Broadway you’re in:


- Red and silver metal chairs: Times Square Alliance


- Natural wood slatted chairs with black metal frame: Fashion Center


- Light green Duraflon (lighter than metal, more durable than wood) chairs: 34th Street Partnership


If you find yourself reclining in a dark green, wood slatted chair, you’re either in Herald Square Park, Greeley Square Park (both managed by the 34th Street Partnership), or good old BP.



Read more on yesterday’s completion of the ”Green Light for Midtown” project on the New York Times City Room blog.

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