[Above left photo courtesy Gothamist]
The mysterious eight-foot-tall bench installed on the median of East Houston Street near Suffolk earlier this week—news of which was broken by Gothamist—has been carted away by the Department of Transportation as of this afternoon. A report from the scene from a special Curbed correspondent: "She's gone, baby. All that remains are some white chalkings indicating what once was, and a sign from the Department of Transportation kindly asking the bench's owner to claim the property within 48 hours or risk its total destruction. Sad." And yet somehow noble.