To those who doubt the continued user-friendly evolution of the Financial District from after-hours ghost town to booming residential playpen, we say this: pop-up sidewalk cafés! A pair of Pearl Street restaurants have convinced the Department of Transportation to let them hijack parking spaces and build a San Francisco-style wooden patio "ringed by lush plantings and filled up with public seating," DNAinfo reports. The contraption will be up through November, and if all goes well (a third restaurant that was supposed to take part recently closed), DOT may expand the idea?over objections, of course. Several community board members "lamented the loss of five parking spaces," DNA notes.
· Pearl Street Sidewalk Cafe Will Replace Parked Cars with Green Space and Public Seating [DNAinfo]