American Apparel on East Houston Removes Benches

Posted on: August 19th, 2010 at 6:33 am by

Whatever remains of the once-heralded bench scene outside the American Apparel at 183 East Houston has taken a hit.  Five of the nine benches on the Orchard Street front were recently pried from the concrete. We stopped into the store yesterday evening to find out more details.

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According to one sales associate, this permanent removal was a “whole ordeal,” but necessary since they “didn’t want people living outside the store anymore.”  And since this particular branch is open until 2 am, the powers-that-be wanted to ensure safety of their employees around the perimeter.  Something dire must’ve occurred for such drastic measures.  Indeed, those benches were in place for years, and yanked all of a sudden.

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Worry not, though.  The mayor and watchdog of upper Orchard Street, Nathan, still has his perch.

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