A Day in the Life of a Pop-Up Café

Take a break this weekend from the unrelentingly bleak news about Governor Cuomo’s stealth attack on the transit system, and enjoy this time-lapse of the new pop-up café at Local on Sullivan Street. Up until this July, a camera at this location would only have recorded the occasional act of parallel parking and feeding the meter.

  • J

    This video reminds me of why I love New York: there’s so much life in the city. We definitely need more of these! Also, I find it interesting that these parklets are seldom occupied by only one person. If a person sits there alone, they don’t stay too long, but if they are joined by another person it looks like they stay longer and attract even more people. I believe Holly White observed this in the 1970s, but it’s cool to see it in action like this.

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