Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall Remain Without Remedy
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The Allen Street Mall still suffers from absolute neglect. Respite nowhere in sight. Nothing new, really. Just look at the benches dotting the median from Delancey to South Street.
Wood slats on most of the iron benches are either broken or gone altogether, leaving assless seating for those who pass. Locals have since taken to frontier medicine, though, installing cardboard boxes and errant plywood for proper seat bottoms. No official remedy is in sight. Bupkis.
The guilt is not entirely with skateboarders, though, as you might conclude. Rather, the manufacturer. The Parks Department confirmed to Community Board 3 last October that there was a defect in the initial shipment of wood used for the bench slats. Apparently the pieces were so brittle that you could easily break with one hand. Replacement slats were reportedly reordered at no additional cost to the city late last year, and promised for spring 2015 rollout. Obviously, that target was missed, and now there is no timetable.
Meanwhile, there is still a push to finish renovating stretches of the Allen Street Mall between Hester and Madison. That fight is led by the SPaCE Block Association. Pretty much all the medians north of Delancey are in terrible shape.