Defective Allen Street Mall Benches to Receive Upgrades Starting Today

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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More than a year later, the New York City Parks Department is finally coming through on promises for the Allen Street Mall. Namely, the issue of those defective iron benches dotting the six renovated medians between Delancey and South Streets. (Still no updates for beleaguered medians north of Delancey, though.)

When we first exposed the failed seating in these pedestrian areas last October, Parks acknowledged the problem, and even admitted that there was a manufacturer defect in the wood used for the slats. The first broken promise was that a new shipment would arrive the following spring. Nothing.

Then another report this past August, and subsequent promise stating end of September 2015 as delivery date. This appears to be happening, though.

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We are told this morning that work on the replacement seating is to begin sometime today.

It’s also worth noting that the SPaCE Block Association and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver helped push Parks on this matter ever since the problem was identified.

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