Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
LOOK: NYC Unveils Haute Scaffolding
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - 05:10 PM
With more than 6,000 construction sites in the city using sidewalk sheds to cover more than 1,000,000 linear feet of walkways, there's a lot of eyesore removal to to turn all those painted plywood rafters into something out of Belle Époque Paris.
The winning entry the Urban Umbrella pictured above, was designed by Young-Hwan Choi, a 28-year-old student from the University of Pennsylvania.
The prototype is under construction now to be installed in Lower Manhattan soon.