NYC Installing Benches Across 5 Boroughs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You’ll soon have more places to relax in the Big Apple.

The Department of Transportation has launched the CityBench program, and plans to install 1,000 benches across the five boroughs over the course of three years.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

The first benches were unveiled last week at Chelsea’s Covello Senior Center. Each is made from carbon steel and sports three separate seats.

To designer Ignacio Ciocchini, they are places to stop and rest, wide enough to afford sitters personal space.

“The bench represents a space where you can sit and relax, so you can recharge your energy,” he told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Montone stood on Greenwich and Warren Streets to ask pedestrians what they thought of the benches, but many speed-walking New Yorkers were too busy to notice.

Asked if he could just stop and sit down, one man answered Montone: “No, I can’t. I have to get to a meeting.”

Another pedestrian was in such a rush, she didn’t even notice the bench.

“Rush, we’re all in a rush,” Diane said, although she did promise to give it a shot, tomorrow.

However, one man who did try out the bench, a carpenter from Glendale, gave it a positive review.

“It’s good…comfortable,” he told Montone.

What do you think of this bench initiative? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Karen says:

    How about making bus shelters mandatory for all concerned. Not just for some bus stops and forget about the others. There are blocks having no bus shelters, but across the same street, going the opposite way, there are bus shelter for the same bus route!! There are shelters for trains, subways, some buses,etc. The money for benches should go to the bus shelters for the needy, poor, disabled who have to get to work the hard way. Since we dont have money to spare, we cant take a cab or drive to work. There are no options.

  2. PATCHES says:

    I believe that the benches and the bus stop area in Astoria{31st ave. an DITMARS} needs an upgrade ASAP, these benches are a health issue, on top of being weather checked beyond repair, We too must stand in an exposed area waiting for buses, exposed to all the elements of nature, some of us are disable seniors, Bring back the foot patrol of police and their presence should help. Its your community you should feel proud. There are answers to all problems. Safety for the people should be number 1.

  3. J L says:

    How about all the bus stops? Tired of standing since the buses are not frequent anymore.

  4. HelenR says:

    We had benches in Brooklyn and then they were taken away because people were hanging around. Now they want to put them back – I love the waste of money!

  5. BINESS MAN says:

    THANKS NYC.NOW I CAN SIT IN COMFORT WHILE I CONDUCT MY DRUG BINESS

  6. E says:

    Metal benches so that the animals of NYC can’t destroy them…very nice

  7. NYChris says:

    Who edits these articles? Do you need a degree and does this editor have one?

  8. whiskey tango foxtrot says:

    With deficits growing, unemployment high, gun violence up, new benches are just what this city needs.

    Way to go!

    You’re doing a heckuva job, Bloomie.

  9. fox mulder says:

    Finally…..more beds for the homeless

    1. Michael H. says:

      See those little armrests between the seats? Those prevent these benches from being used as beds. Benches at bus stops throughout the city have similar features. C’mon Spooky, I thought you were more observant than that…

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