Park(ing) Day on the Upper West Side

A Park(ing) Space at Broadway and 113th recreated an entire dorm room. Photo: Noah Kazis.
"Pick a Room Kid" at Broadway and 113th recreated an entire dorm room. Photo: Noah Kazis

Here at 113th and Broadway, the curb is normally used to house an empty car. After being transformed by a team of Columbia planning students, however, it could provide a downright luxurious living space for normally-cramped students. The makeshift dorm room had two walls, a TV and cabinet space, a four-poster bed and, on the table, a copy of The High Cost of Free Parking.

Free bike-powered smoothies are available at 116th and Broadway. Photo: Noah Kazis.
Free bike-powered smoothies are available at 116th and Broadway. Photo: Noah Kazis

A few blocks further north, another group of Columbia students offered any passerby a free smoothie, with the blender powered by bike. Just to the right of the blender was a fully sodded seating area, in heavy use.

Barnard's EcoReps set up this Park(ing) Space at Broadway and 117th.
Barnard's EcoReps set up this Park(ing) space at Broadway and 117th. Photo: Noah Kazis

Completing the Morningside Heights trio of Park(ing) Day sites was this tent, with free baked goods, music, and a piñata, set up by Barnard’s EcoReps. Not only did students walking by stop to chat, it appeared to be a popular spot to get some homework done.

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The Upper West Side Streets Renaissance space at 95th and Columbus. Photo: Noah Kazis

A younger crowd enjoyed this Park(ing) space at 95th and Columbus, across from the Upper West Side’s new protected bike lane. With a train set and coloring supplies, kids could design what they’d like to see their neighborhood look like. In the spirit of Park(ing) Day, the expansion of play streets was one prominent request.

  • RT @worldresources, @enviroweb – How do #parking lots affect the #environment ? http://bit.ly/awsJwC Almost as much as #cars!

  • Dave

    Parking in NYC is always at a premium yet given away for free to anyone.
    How ironic that Albany now has permit parking yet it is not even on the agenda in New York. How backwards is that? And how much chance does permit parking in NYC have given upstate’s meddling in our affairs? Sad.

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