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Seen on the Street: New York's CityBench

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A CityBench on Varick Street (photo by Kate Hinds)

New York is in the process of installing 1,000 CityBenches across the city. We noticed today that two have been placed outside of WNYC (TN's world headquarters).

When the New York City Department of Transportation announced the program last year, commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said: "Even New Yorkers need a respite every now and then. So having these points along busy corridors, where people can actually rest and take it all in, is a really important part of what makes the city so great."

(photo by Kate Hinds)

Bonus: the bench is strategically oriented so that users can put their backs to the traffic that often characterizes the Varick Street approach to the Holland Tunnel.

(photo by Kate Hinds)

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TN MOVING STORIES: Cubans Now Allowed to Buy and Sell Cars, California Facing $293 Billion Transpo Shortfall

Monday, November 07, 2011

Top stories on TN:

NYC subway riders worry that service is sliding backwards to 1970's standards. (Link)

Do residential parking permits have unintended consequences? (Link)

The mayor of Detroit promised striking bus drivers safer working conditions. (Link)

A car in Cuba (photo by Arjen Konings via Flickr)

Cubans are now allowed to buy and sell cars for the first time in half a century. (New York Times)

California faces a $293.8 billion shortfall over the next decade to maintain its crumbling roads, outdated freeways and cash-strapped transit agencies. (Mercury News)

Private equity firms are investing in used-car lots, which "focus on people who need cars to get to work, but can't qualify for conventional loans." (Los Angeles Times)

The new head of the MTA must convince Albany to fund capital needs and increase transit funding if he wants to move the agency forward. (Crain's New York Business)

A Senate committee marks up the highway reauthorization bill this week. (Politico - Morning Transportation)

The head of the TSA will be on the hot seat before a Senate committee this week, where he'll face questions about security procedures. (The Hill)

A judge rejected Minnesota Public Radio's lawsuit over the Central Corridor light rail project; the station had claimed the rail line would disrupt broadcast operations. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

New York City will be putting more benches around town. (WNYC)

A digital artwork installation is temporarily on display at the Union Square subway station. And:  it moves when you do. (NY1)

A bicycle recycling group often hits paydirt in the basement of NYC apartment buildings. (New York Times)

More on Seattle's sperm bike from NPR.

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The City Wants To Help You Take A Load Off

Sunday, November 06, 2011


New York is known as the city that never sleeps — but what about when you need to stop and rest or simply enjoy the view?

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