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Ode to the Subway Bench

Paul Goldberger crafts an ode to what he terms "one of the best things in New York?s public realm": the wooden benches that line NYC's subway platforms. He writes, "For all their massiveness they exude an almost domestic air, more like a sofa than a church pew. What is more surprising is that when you sit on them, they even feel more like sofas than church pews. They look hard but feel soft. It is the opposite of the molded plastic seats in subway cars, which look soft and feel hard."
· Object Lesson: Subterranean Modernity [Metropolis]