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West Chelsea Too Cool for Hopelessly Unhip City Benches

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Gothamist is worried that the classic green New York City bench is going the way of the classic green New York City newsstand (curse you, Cemusa!), and they're right to be concerned. First the renovated Washington Square Park installed benches that are one guy's nightmare, and now look at what the mysterious Chelsea Improvement Company has installed at Tenth Avenue and West 16th Street. Metal Shutter Sitters, anyone? The West Chelsea Starchitecture District surrounding the High Line is already unlike any other neighborhood in New York, with its futuristic skyline, controversial politics and cruel and unusual punishment. Shouldn't it just break off and become its own city already?
· Are NYC's Green Benches Becoming Extinct? [Gothamist]