DOT Secures Federal Grant to Add More Sidewalk Seating

DOT officials and others with CityBench number 1,500, at MS 22 in the Bronx. Photo: DOT
DOT officials and others with CityBench number 1,500 at MS 22 in the Bronx. Photo: DOT

A federal grant will bring more public benches to NYC sidewalks, DOT announced yesterday.

The CityBench program, a PlanNYC initiative launched in 2011, has brought hundreds of steel benches to streets across the boroughs. DOT marked the installation of the 1,500th bench yesterday, at MS 22 in the Bronx, and said the Federal Transit Authority has awarded the program an additional $1.5 million. The FTA provided 80 percent of the initial $3 million CityBench budget.

CityBench targets commercial districts and areas where seniors and people with impaired mobility lack places to sit. Bench sites can be requested via the DOT web site.

“New York’s CityBench program is a welcome reprieve for many who pound the pavement every day,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The additional funding for this program will benefit many, especially those in my district of East Harlem, which has a prominent and growing senior population.”

  • AnoNYC

    There’s a severe lack of public seating in this city, especially within impoverished neighborhoods. I welcome this expansion.

  • Mason Wallace

    Does anyone find it sad that there’s a federal grant for public seating and it was applied to NYC?

  • The-Fish

    Rudy got rid of those for a good reason… loafers and bums will return to NYC… just wait. Go to the park and people watch.

  • The-Fish

    Wrong, just wrong how the city took funding for such a thing… Rudy would be so upset.

  • The-Fish

    Sure you do… until the sign with “anything helps, will work for food, no lie I want beer money etc.

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