anna brones

writer + artist + activist

Parking Space Turned Cafe

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Park(ing) Day is this Friday — props to those who will be converting parking spaces into mini urban parks — so I figured a mention of this super cool looking pop up cafe in New York was fitting, pulled from this week’s installment of Foodie Underground:

Sponsored by two neighboring eateries – Bombay and Fika – and the New York City Department of Transportation, the pop up cafe is composed of a wooden platform that houses 14 tables and 50 chairs. An attempt at solving the problem of cramped sidewalks which don’t leave much room for outdoor seating, the pop up cafe is part foodie attraction and part public space improvement. In fact, Bombay and Fika don’t offer table service, and anyone who wants to take advantage of the space is allowed to take a seat.

Taking the place of several parking spaces, the outdoor seating doesn’t conflict with the sidewalk traffic, and it’s a project that the DOT is more than happy to support. “Every time we put down just an orange barrel, people just materialize out of nowhere,” said Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to Streetsblog. “If you build it, they will sit.”

Image: DNA Info

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Written by Anna Brones

September 15, 2010 at 12:17

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  1. That’s fabulous! What a great way to replace something utilitarian and ineffective with something to get people talking about urban design, livability, improving walkways, etc. I’d love to hear how it turns out and if they plan to repeat it.

    Andrea J. Phillips

    September 21, 2010 at 07:22


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